Thailand morning news for February 13

Thailand morning news for February 13
Online English lessons

Thailand morning news

Thailand risks slipping to 3rd place in rice exports
Thailand risks losing its place as the world’s second biggest rice exporter this year thanks to weaker competitiveness and a lack of rice varieties to cater to changing market demand.
— Bangkok Post

Growth may be less than 1% in Q1: Somkid
A key government official has painted a bleak picture for the immediate outlook for Thailand’s economy.
— Bangkok Post

One Thai from Wuhan clear of coronavirus and discharged from hospital
One of the 138 Thai returnees from Wuhan, who has been in Queen Sirikit Hospital at Sattahip naval base for treatment for a Covid-19 coronavirus infection since February 6th, was discharged from on Tuesday night after his condition had improved.
— Thai PBS News

Final Moments of Korat Shooting Victims Show a Pattern of Sacrifice
Among the 29 victims killed by a disgruntled soldier in Korat over the weekend were a police officer who tried to block the killer’s path with his truck, a mall guard who bought time for shoppers to escape, and a woman who used her body as a shield for her daughter.
— Khaosod English

Cabinet forms committee to help those affected by mass shooting
A meeting of cabinet ministers has approved a proposal to establish a committee to follow up on measures to help those affected by the mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima over the weekend.

Westerdam cruise ship not allowed to dock – Health Minister
There have been several reports claiming that the Thai authorities have permitted a Westerdam cruise ship, operated by Holland America Line, to dock at Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi after being turned away by other countries out of coronavirus fears.

More people suffer from mental issues after mass shooting
The mass shooting over the weekend in Nakhon Ratchasima province can have had an adverse impact on people’s mental health.

Pareena set to face encroachment charges
The Royal Forest Department (RFD) is poised to lodge a police complaint against Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP Pareena Kraikupt over her alleged encroachment on 682 rai of forest land.
— Bangkok Post

Mass shooting puts army officers’ side deals under scrutiny
A soldier’s killing of 29 people in a rage over a housing deal involving his superior officer has brought attention to the business dealings of army personnel.
— Bangkok Post

HTMS Bhumibol escorting cruise ship
The frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej was reported to be escorting the cruise ship Westerdam to an undisclosed port in Thailand to disembark its passengers.
— Bangkok Post

Cruise ship has not applied to enter Thailand
The Marine Department on Wednesday confirmed the cruise ship Westerdam had not yet sought permission to enter Thailand, having already been refused entry by three other countries due to fears of coronavirus infections on board.
— Bangok Post

Exclusive: Maya Bay prepares to reopen to tourists earlier than expected
Maya Bay in Thailand, one of the world’s most celebrated but beleaguered beaches, is preparing to reopen earlier than expected, having closed to tourists in 2018.
— The Telegraph

Jail for leaders of 2008 raid on NBT
The Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced five leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to 1-2 years in jail for breaking into and damaging the state-run NBT TV station in 2008.
— Bangok Post

MD closely monitors Westerdam cruise ship after being barred from entering Thailand
The Thai Marine Department is closely monitoring the Westerdam, which has been denied entry into the Kingdom, as the vessel is suspected of carrying passengers contracting the 2019 novel coronavirus.
— Newsline (video)

Forged in crisis, Thailand’s youth are discovering their political voice
Just as dusk spread across Bangkok on a recent Sunday evening, the mood in a cavernous warehouse near a busy traffic intersection was electric.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Coronavirus Impact Puts Thai Economy Closer to Recession
A technical recession is looming in Thailand after a key government official painted a bleak picture of the economy.
— Bloomberg

Preparations under way to evacuate 21 Thais on Westerdam cruise ship
Preparations are under way to evacuate 21 Thai citizens on board Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship and to provide necessary supplies to the ship, once there is a greenlight…
— Thai PBS News

Officials Say British Convict Not Infected by Coronavirus
Top corrections official on Wednesday refuted a claim published in a British tabloid that a British inmate extradited from Thai prison was infected with a new strain of coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

Opposition will walk out when budget session resumes
The opposition will again walk out and abstain from voting when the House of Representatives convenes on Thursday to restart the 2020 Budget Bill debate in the second and third readings, opposition chief whip Suthin Khlangsaeng said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Donations for Victims of Korat Killings Top 23 Million Baht
Cash donations and funds raised to assist victims of Thailand’s weekend mass shooting have reached up to 23 million baht (735,764 U.S. dollars), said Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai, on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Cruise ship stranded by COVID-19 fears to dock in Cambodia
Cambodia has agreed to let a cruise ship, that has been turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard may have the coronavirus, to dock and disembark its passengers, the Holland America Line said on Wednesday (Feb 12).

Bangkok’s 7-Eleven Adds Latest Service: Laundromats
Local laundromats are now at the risk of being hung out to dry after a 7-Eleven store rolls out its own washing machine service, the latest service in its increasingly monopolistic grip on consumers lives.
— Khaosod English

Thailand awaits Chinese recovery as oil shoots up amid hopes that the crisis may be over by April this year
As Thai officials consider the fate of an American owned cruise ship that has been trying in vain to find a port following a coronavirus scare, the country is also hoping that news from China and a recovery in oil prices may indicate the start of the end to the crisis.

TCBC Celebrated 70 Years of Thailand-Cambodia Diplomatic Relations.
To Focus on Commercial Strength and Bilateral Investment for the Growth of CLMV Economy
— Bangok Post

Raised in Thailand, but courting success in Hong Kong
Building a successful startup is the dream of every entrepreneur, but only a few are able to achieve it, with startups established outside the founder’s home country being even rarer.
— Bangok Post

Phuket speedboat crash captains released on bail
An official of the Phuket Provincial Court confirmed this morning that both captains involved in the speedboat collision on Monday that killed two Russian children and injured more than a dozen others were released yesterday on bail of 150,000 each.
— The Thaiger

Deputy PM wants rural road safety push for Songkran
With Songkran and its infamous “7 dangerous days” rapidly approaching, the Interior Ministry has asked local authorities and administrations for effective measures to prevent road incidents.
— The Thaiger

Teacher Says Those Killed in Korat Shooting ‘Lacked Mindfulness’
A teacher at a northern public school faced fierce criticism on Wednesday after she told her students in class that the 29 people died in a recent mass shooting because they were unattentive of their surroundings.
— Khaosod English

“Forgotten tourists” enjoy Pattaya
Pattaya’s Chinese golden goose has officially flown the coop, and hotels are cheaper, traffic is better and maybe even the service has improved a bit.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Mai a “ghost town” as tourists stay away in droves
The coronavirus outbreak has turned Chiang Mai into a ghost town. The city’s Thansettakij newspaper today reported the results of its survey on tourist attractions since February 8, Makha Puja Day and the start of a three day holiday.
— The Thaiger

Former PAD leaders given 1 and 2 year prison sentences
Five former leaders of the anti-Thaksin movement, the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), were sentenced to imprisonment from 1-2 years without suspension this morning for their lead role in the illegal intrusion into the state-owned NBT television station and Radio Thailand in August 2008.
— Thai PBS News

Dead infant discovered in Pattaya
Police are investigating the death of a newborn boy after his body was found dumped in front of a house in Pattaya. Barking dogs alerted neighbors.
— The Thaiger

Tips when buying a vacation home in Thailand
Imagine beachfront villas, riverfront condominiums and mountain hideaways. Vacation homes like these are often purchased for particular lifestyles and leisure activities.
— The Thaiger

Monk Recalls Korat Soldier’s Deadly Rampage at Temple
A rogue soldier whose rampage left 29 people dead and dozens more injured in northeastern Thailand terrorized a Buddhist temple on his way to a shopping mall where he held people hostage in a nearly 16-hour siege.
— Khaosod English


Feature photo Dr.Kid Science Camp

This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on the Nakhon Ratchasima city mass shooting on February 8.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



About Thailand morning news.

Thailand morning news roundup is the most comprehensive hand-curated selection of Thailand English language news headlines published. Each weekday we scour hundreds of local and international news sites and websites to find the most recent Thailand English language news today.

We filter our the dull, the boring, the repetitive, and the click-bait and package all of the Thailand daily news that you need to know to start your day into an easy to read, time saving format of Thailand news headlines and first paragraphs before 7.15am Bangkok time.

We clearly identify the source of all the Thailand news headlines, whether it is behind a paywall, a media release, or whether the news site uses annoying pop-up advertising or auto-play video, in case those things annoy you too. If a website uses particularly invasive pop-up adverts, we’ll tell you.

This enables you to make an informed choice of whether you want to learn more by clicking directly through to the original Thailand news article, or keep on reading the remaining Thailand daily news headlines.

Click here to get your Thailand English language news today by email before 8am Bangkok time daily. Remember to watch out for the confirmation email from us to confirm your subscription. Check your trash folder if you do not see it.

For more immediate updates download the AEC News Today Mobile App from the Apple or Google stores, or follow us on Twitter.



Governance, not government; policies not politics.


The following two tabs change content below.

John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

Support independent media by sharing using these tools. Do not steal our content

Make a comment

Your email address will not be published.