Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: General election Date Set, and more

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, Monday, March 20th, 2023, to Sunday, March 26th, 2023. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

Let’s get started and see what the top stories were!

  1. Bangkok Police apprehended three Chinese nationals for allegedly abducting and extorting around 3.2 million baht from a female Chinese master’s degree student.The three abductors briefly fled to Pattaya before moving to Sa Kaeo province where the authorities arrested them. They entered Thailand three times by using student visas, according to police data. The three are being intensely questioned by police.
  2. On March 20th, His Royal Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand gave his endorsement to the dissolution of the country’s House of Representatives, which officially marks the start of the campaign season leading up to the upcoming May polls.

Under Thailand’s constitution, the election must take place within 45 to 60 days after the dissolution of parliament, and it is customary for the elections to be held on Sundays.

Thailand’s general election will be held on May 14th, the Election Commission has announced.

For foreign readers one of the biggest effects of this event will be a certain alcohol sales ban, which means bars and nightlife must close, for 24 hours from the evening before the election to the day of when polls close for the actual election day.

The Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha marked his 69th birthday today, March 21st, 2023.

3. Three people have been reported dead after a man opened fire at a housing estate in Phetchburi.

The gunman is identified as Mr. Anuwat Waenthong, 29.

A 29-year-old gunman who had killed three people was finally shot to death by police after he attempted to fire his weapon at law enforcement.

Anuwat was a former park ranger and according to Piti was nervous yesterday as he had to go to court. Anuwat had several former court cases including assault and illegal drugs .

4. Officials raided a restaurant/bar in Buriram where they reportedly uncovered two minors and two women were arrested elsewhere in Thailand for alleged online child sexual exploitation.

Four female teenagers aged from sixteen to seventeen were found servicing customers in the restaurant.

The arrest of the two women came after the ATPD Police have rescued female teenagers aged from 15 to 18 in many provinces in the southern part of Thailand.

And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.