Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Pride Month Celebrations 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, June 5th, 2023, to Sunday, June 11th, 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!And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!

  1. Thousands of LGBTQ+ people, their allies, and political leaders marched through central Bangkok on Sunday to mark Pride Month and promote gender equality in the second official Pride parade to be held in the country.

Thailand’s PM-hopeful and leader of the Move Forward Party (MFP) Pita Limjaroenrat pledged at a Pride event in Bangkok that he would mandate a Parliament vote for the marriage equality bill for LGBTQ+ people within 100 days after he takes office.

Many more pride events will take place throughout June.

2. A group of cannabis supporters announced that they will celebrate the so-called Thai Cannabis Day in front of the Parliament on June 9th.

June 9th marked the one year anniversary since Thailand decriminalized cannabis.

3. Thai police are searching for a young missing Malaysian woman who has been out of contact with her mother for days during a visit to the border town of Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

The last pictures she sent indicated that she was in the the border town of Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai. The town was located on the opposite of Myanmar’s border town Tachilek. She is still missing.

4. The Thai Election Commission announced this evening, June 9th, 2023, that they have dismissed multiple complaints and petitions against Move Forward Party Leader and PM hopeful Pita Limjaroenrat around the holding of media shares, stating they were filed past the legal time limits for complaints.

Therefore, the issue is no longer the holding of the shares but rather if Pita knowingly ran for PM with them and knew they could disqualify him. If found guilty, Pita could face significant prison time and be disqualified.

5. The Thai Alcohol Business Association, or TABA, announced last Friday, June 9th, 2023, that it supports an amendment of the country’s current alcohol control regulations to benefit brewers, distillers, tourists, and, consumers.

The 2PM to 5PM alcohol sales ban has been in place for about fifty years and the exact reason for the ban is unclear in the current day with various reasons and myths given often by officials and residents 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.