Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Russians Allowed to Stay Up to 90 Days Visa Free, 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, October 16th, 2023, to Sunday, October 22nd, 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 Cabinet, led by Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, approved on October 16th, 2023 for Russian tourists to stay up to 90 days, increased from 30 days, on a visa-free program.

Tourism operators in Pattaya say they are concerned about the Thai government’s visa extension program for Russian tourists as they fear it could bring in an influx of illegal workers who might steal Thai people’s jobs. In contrast, operators in Phuket believe the program will contribute additional revenue to the country.

2. The Similan National Park and the Mu Ko Surin National Park in Phang Nga reopened after many months of closure for tourism.

Lots of Thai and foreign tourists visited islands in both national parks on the first day after the reopening on Sunday (October 15th).

3. The infamous suspect in a black panther hunting case, Premchai Karnasuta, was approved for sentence reduction and released on October 17th, 2023, without equipping an EM device due to diabetes.

On February 4th, 2018, Premchai and his friends were arrested at their campfire in Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi, for hunting wildlife: 1 black panther, 1 kalij pheasant, and 1 barking deer.

4. Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin for an official visit to Thailand next year.

The reaction to this invitation was very mixed on our social media platforms.

5. The Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has urged to evacuate all Thai workers in Israel who want to go back home by the end of this month, October 2023, by increasing more flights.

The Thai death toll in Israel has risen to at least 30 as of October 22nd, 2023.

6. On October 21st, 2023, regarding the case of Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai Prime Minister, was an exemplary inmate according to the Ministry of Justice and currently undergoing treatment at the Police General Hospital.

However, the recuperation period would only allow one to stay up to 60 days, the deadline was on October 22nd, 2023.

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 five 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.