Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Suspected Cyanide Killer Arrested, High Electricity Bills, and more 

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from the last week, Monday, April 24th, 2023, to Sunday, April 30th, 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. The Thai Democrat Party said it supports sex toy legalization in Thailand, where they are currently illegal, as a controlled item to diminish sex crimes.
    Buyers should be over 18 years old.
  2. A group of 45 medical personnel, academics, and citizens filed a petition against the legal marijuana policy backed by the Bhumjai Thai Party.

The Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine iterates to the public that it is against the law to sell cannabis to children under 20 years old, pregnant women, and breast-feeding women, following a viral video clip that shows an unidentified teenager smoking weed.

Cannabis remains a polarizing issue ahead of Thai Elections.

3. Renowned American comedian Conan O’Brien is currently filming for his future broadcasts in Bangkok, Thailand. He seemed to very much enjoy his time, as evidenced by his frequent tweets about his recent adventures, which include trying out Muay Thai, donning traditional clothing, and even eating scorpions.

Conan seems to be having an absolute blast in Thailand.

4. The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) arrested a woman who invited a close friend to go make merit before her mysterious death on April 14th, 2023.

Thai police arrested the wife of a high-level police officer on suspicion of killing at least 12 friends and acquaintances using cyanide.

The case has consumed much of Thai media coverage and horrified the Thai public.

5. Mr. Praiphon Koomsub, former Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University, explained an increase in the Thai power bills recently.

He said the increase actually started at the end of 2022, but people did not acknowledge it until March to April when the weather became significantly hotter, leading to an increase in electricity consumption and thereby a surge in power bills.

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


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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.