Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Fireworks Warehouse in Narathiwat Explodes, 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, July 24th, 2023, to Sunday, July 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. A 6-year-old Egyptian girl tragically drowned at a waterfall in Mueang Phang Nga.

A 6-year-old Egyptian tourist travelling from Phuket with her family died after she slipped into a waterfall in Phang Nga while having her photo taken by her mother on a bridge.

Rest in peace.

2. A 59-year-old German man has been pronounced dead after going scuba diving in Phang Nga. His body was taken back to a hospital in Phuket.

His friends reportedly told investigating police that the man went down to 20 meters deep in the sea before coming up onto the boat and taking a rest, seemingly exhausted but not ill.

3. This Friday, July 28th, marks the 71st royal birthday of King Vajiralongkorn, who is Thailand’s current monarch.

The Pattaya News extends our heartfelt wishes for His Royal Majesty’s enduring health and wellbeing in the years ahead.

4. Passengers on a ferry from Donsak to Samui Island suffered a major scare after the boat engine malfunctioned for more than two hours.

After more than two hours another ferry from Samui heading to Donsak helped to pull the malfunctioned ferry with ropes to Samui.

5. At least ten people have died, 118 people have been injured, and more than 200 families have suffered, many with their homes destroyed, after a fireworks warehouse exploded in the Su-Ngai Kolok district on late Saturday afternoon (July 29th).

The death toll on Monday (July 31st) is up to 12 with 121 injuries and 290 houses damaged.

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!
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.