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NATIONAL NEWS from Surf 102.5 FM - Friday December 30 2022


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Listen to the news: 

Prime Minister Prayut met with the travel and sports minister and head of the  TAT to discuss how to handle the arrival of Chinese tourists that are expected to arrive from January 5th. 
Thailand is not expected to require Chinese visitors who are fully vaccinated to take a Covid-19 test..  
Some 300 thousand Chinese tourists are expected to arrive during the first quarter of 2023.


A woman was sentenced to 20 years in jail for the theft of 250 million baht from her 85 year old mother

The court found Mawadee guilty on 84 counts of forgery, and conspiring with bank employees to change authorizing signatures on her mothers account causing damages of more than 250 million baht since 2017. One bank employee was sentenced to 2 years and 2 others were acquitted.


A tour boat off the coast of Phuket spotted two bodies floating in the sea yesterday off the coast of Chalong. 

The Navy found the two men tied together with a life jacket and a floating buoy, both are believed to have been from overseas.  


The man who fell from the third floor of Phuket airport yesterday had died from his injuries.
It’s understood the 34 year old American tourist had run out of funds and had been seeking help from family overseas.

Press reports suggest the man may have jumped from the 3rd floor.



Cambodia: the death toll following the fire at a casino in the border town of poipet reached at least 19, with more than 70 injured and around 30 still missing 
Most of the injured suffered burns, smoke inhalation and broken bones. 

The casino owner is an 85 year old former thai politician whos wanted on charges of corruption. 

India: will from January 1st require overseas visitors from 6 countries to obtain a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival. This will affect travellers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

WX: Sunny,  some light cloud: particularly in the south 

Chiang Mai: Sunny 26C
Bangkok: Sunny 30C       
Pattaya: Sunny 30C.
Phuket: Sunny Cloudy  29C
Hua Hin: Sunny 28C .

Credits: Bangkok Post, The Nation, Asean Now, Khaosod English,  Hua Hin Today, Royal Coast Review, Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn, Thainewsroom.com, The Pattaya News, Phuket News, Channel News Asia, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times. The Irrawaddy. Windy.com. Wunderground.com


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