Thailand haze face masks distributed

Thailand haze situation in the south sees slight improvement, agencies told to take action

Thailand Haze

BANGKOK: — Thailand haze FACE masks were distributed yesterday in haze-hit southern Thailand even as the situation saw a slight improvement compared with Thursday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday instructed relevant agencies, including the Public Health, Interior, Education, and Defence ministries, to take action on the southern haze problem as per their responsibility.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn stated that his ministry had ordered public hospitals in the affected area to advise the people to prepare themselves and stay healthy during the haze, and it also distributed the face masks.

“The PM was very worried about the people’s health and ordered us to take care of the people affected by the haze,” Piyasakol said.

He advised people in the South to avoid outdoor activities and if they wanted to exercise, they should do it indoors.

In Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, which had particulate matter up to 10 microns in size (PM-10) at the highest level on Thursday, the Songkhla Provincial Health Office, Songkhla Hospital and Hat Yai City Municipality gave out face masks at Sapsin Plaza Market, one of the mask-distribution centres in the province.

A total of 269,050 face masks were handed out to the people in all 16 districts of Songkhla as of yesterday.

Piyasakol stated that hospitals in the South were told to stay vigilant in order to prepare for the rise of air pollution-related sickness.

“Currently, there is still no steep rise in the number of people complaining of respiratory problems but the PM has instructed us to keep our eyes open for them,” he said.

Education Minister General Dapong Ratanasuwan said the haze problem had not affected educational institutions because it was the semester break.

However, children studying with tutors during the break may be affected by the haze, so he asked their parents and guardians to give top priority to the students’ health.

Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon said Prayut had instructed the military to lead operations to spray water to relieve the haze situation.

The centre to tackle the haze problem, based in Songkhla, reported that the situation would get better from today because the wind direction was changing from southwestern to northeastern, which would bring more rain to the area.

According to the Pollution Control Department, particulate matter up to 10 microns in size in the southern provinces was reduced from Thursday.

As of yesterday afternoon, the PM-10 level in Hat Yai, was 245 micrograms per cubic metre of air, Satun was 228, Yala was 173, Pattani was 168 and Narathiwat was 137.

The safe level of PM-10 is 120mcg per cubic metre of air.

Source: http://www.nationmul…M-30271493.html


— The Nation 2015-10-24

 

 

 

 

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Bangkok International Airport

Bangkok International Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ; rtgsSuwannaphum; pronounced  [sù.wān.ná.pʰūːm] (Thai pronunciation); from Sanskrit, सुवर्णभूमि, “Golden Land”), (IATA: BKK, ICAO: VTBS), also known as (New) Bangkok International Airport, is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand. The other one is Don Mueang International Airport.

Suvarnabhumi was officially opened for limited domestic flight service on 15 September 2006, and opened for most domestic and all international commercial flights on 28 September 2006.

The airport is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai Airlines. It also serves as regional gateway and connecting point for various foreign carriers.

The airport is located on what had formerly been known as Nong Nguhao (Cobra Swamp) in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of downtown Bangkok. The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by King Bhumibol Adulyadejand refers to the golden kingdom, hypothesised to have been located somewhere in Southeast Asia.

The building was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy / Jahn Architects. It was constructed primarily by ITO JV. The airport has the world’s tallest free-standing control tower (132.2 metres or 434 feet), and the world’s fourth largest single-building airport terminal(563,000 square metres or 6,060,000 square feet).

Suvarnabhumi is the tenth busiest airport in the world, sixth busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country, having handled 53 million passengers in 2012, and is also a major air cargo hub, with a total of 95 airlines. On social networks, Suvarnabhumi is the world’s most popular place where Instagram photographs were taken in 2012.

The airport inherited the airport code, BKK, from Don Mueang after the older airport ceased international commercial flights. A modern motorway no.7 connects the airport, Bangkok, and the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, where most of the manufacturing for export takes place.

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Baan Amphur Pattaya Thailand

Baan Amphur Pattaya Thailand

 

Baan Amphur Pattaya Thailand. Pattaya (พัทยา) is a seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand, about 150 km southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is mostly famous for its go-go and beer bars, but local authorities have made some efforts to provide more family-friendly attractions and activities. Although the sex industry is still going strong and sex tourism remains the key money earner for Pattaya, the resort also attracts local families and holidaymakers from around the world.

Efforts by local authorities over the past few years have improved the quality of the beaches, but they are still lacklustre by Thailand’s standards, and over-development has long since destroyed some of the natural charms the area once had. However, the plethora of hotels and guest houses, and easy access from the capital and airport, make it a popular weekend getaway. Catering for over five million annual visitors, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options and a wide variety of things to do. Its population is a colourful mix of nationalities and ethnicities from near and far.

Pattaya occupies most of the coastline of Bang Lamung District (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). This article only deals with Pattaya proper, which spans the areas to the east of Naklua Beach and Pattaya Beach, plus the Buddha Hill headland (which is immediately south of Pattaya Beach). Jomtienis covered in a separate article, and contains Jomtien Beach and the areas east of it, including Dongtan Beach. The beaches of Jomtien are much broader and generally in a better shape, and the atmosphere locally is more sedate and family-oriented than at Pattaya Beach.

Pattaya’s downtown area is easy to get around. Running north-south, a few hundred metres apart, are Beach Road(Thanon Hat Pattaya, sometimes also referred to as First Road) which borders the main beach (Hat Pattaya), Pattaya Second Road and Pattaya Third Road (with the smaller but busy Soi Buakhao in between), and the mainSukhumvit Road coastal highway. Beach Road is one-way (southbound), likewise Second Road (northbound).

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Man saves tourists in Thailand

Man saves tourists in Thailand sinking in mud

 

The incident Friday morning in Krabi province was caught on camera by an amateur photographer from Bangkok, who posted the video on his Facebook page.

Man saves tourists in Thailand. A construction worker on a fishing trip dramatically rescued two Norwegian bird watchers who were sinking into a mudflat in southern Thailand, lying down in the mud to allow the pair to use his body to pry themselves to safety.

The incident Friday morning in Krabi province was caught on camera by an amateur photographer from Bangkok, who posted the video on his Facebook page. The posting got at least 1.6 million views, with many showering the rescuer with praise.

The Norwegian pair, whose names were not released, had taken their cameras to a river estuary at first light Friday, but the mudflats proved to be far less firm than they had thought. Very quickly, they found themselves sinking.

A local construction worker, identified by Thai media as Chat Ubonchinda, was heading home from his fishing trip by boat when he spotted them.

First, he tried to pull the two out, but the mud was too thick.

After taking their belongings to firmer ground, Chat lay down in the mud and let the two lift themselves up by pulling against his body. One of them even crawled across his back on the way to safety.

“All Thais are proud of what you did, it’s great and no more words need to be explained,” Somchai Ouansakul wrote in a Facebook comment. “I wish all Thais would have such a big heart like this.”

 

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Nakhon Sawan Thailand

Nakhon Sawan Wat Kiriwong

The Golden Body of Buddha Wat Kiriwong , Thailand · Golden Temple, Nakhon Sawan

Nakhon Sawan Thailand

Nakhon Sawan Province, also known as Pak Nam Pho is where the rivers of Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan converge and form the Chao Phraya River, the most important waterway of Thailand.

Nakhon Sawan is in the lower northern part of the country between the North and the Central Region. It is regarded as the doorway to the North and it is the hub of transportation in the Lower North.

Getting there

BoundaryNakhon Sawan is situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. It has a total area of about 9,597 square kilometers and is 237 kilometers from Bangkok. It borders the following provinces:

North borders Kamphaeng Phet and Phichit
East borders Phetchabun and Lop Buri
West borders Tak
South borders Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, and Lop Buri

By Car
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahon Yothin Road) to Km. 52 then Highway No. 32 (Asian Highway) past Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri, Chai Nat, and Uthai Thani into Nakhon Sawan. The total distance is about 240 kilometers.

By Bus
There are several regular and air-conditioned buses running daily between Bangkok and Nakhon Sawan. For more information, please contact the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit), tel. 66 2279 4484-7 (air-conditioned).

By Train
The Northern Line runs many times a day from Bangkok through Nakhon Sawan and ends in Chiang Mai. For more information, please contact the Travel Service Division at tel. 66 2223 7010, 66 223 7020

Major Festival

Boat Races for His Majesty’s Trophy
Boat Races for His Majesty’s Trophy is held annually at the end of the Buddhist Lent on the Chao Phraya River in front of the Provincial Hall. There are also races at temples along the river, such as Wat Ko Hong and Wat Takhian Luan. The races show the unity of the people, as well as the skill of paddlers and boat owners participating.

 

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Buddha Hill Pattaya

Buddha Hill Pattaya Thailand

Buddha Hill, also known as Pattaya Hill, and the Big Buddha overlook Pattaya. Big Buddha Hill is dominated by a massive big Buddha painted in gold and as high as a three story house some 300 feet above Jomtien and Pattaya’s coastline alike. Originally the Buddha was white but later it was painted in gold and can be seen for many miles around. Surrounding the Big Buddha are smaller Buddha’ statues.

At the base of the stairs leading up to the Buddha image there are usually vendors for soft drinks, and snacks, and small birds in cages. The birds may be purchased to take to the top of the hill and release them to make merit.

Note also the two huge golden seven-headed nagas flanking the steps leading to the top of the hill. There is both a Buddhist temple and a Chinese temple. Affords great views of Pattaya and Jomtien.

Getting there.

Heading towards Pattaya at the top of Pattaya Hill as you leave Jomtien turn left at the traffic lights. After about 1 kilometer you will see a turn right to Big Buddha and left to the top of Pattaya Hill the home of Pattaya Radio and the monument to HRH Admiral Krom Luang Jumborn Khet Udomsakdi.

Pattaya City (Thai: เมืองพัทยา; rtgsMueang Phatthaya) is a self-governing municipal area which covers the whole tambonNong Prue and Na Kluea and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. The city is in the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard zone, along with Si Racha, Laem Chabang, and Chonburi. Pattaya’s census population figures of 107,000 only account for residents who bothered to register in the city. Pattaya is the centre of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area – the conurbation in Chonburi Province – with a total population exceeding 1,000,000

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Koh Samet located in the Gulf of Thailand

Koh Samet Thailand Haad Sai kaew Beach

Koh Samet

Haad Sai kaew koh Samet

Koh Samet Thailand.  Just 200 kilometers from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, the T-shaped island of Ko Samet is famed for its white sandy beaches, exotic coral and crystal clear waters. Ko Samet has developed steadily over the past decade or so, but it hasn’t been the victim of over zealous construction which has hit the likes of Ko Samui (or even Ko Chang). The island is typified for its splendid beaches and white silky sand, surrounded by tropical coral reefs and crystal clear sea. Tourists can also enjoy a plethora of delicious cuisine and fine nightlife.

It’s a popular tourist destination for Thais and foreigners alike. As Ko Samet is so near Bangkok, the island is ideal for those in the capital wanting to chill-out with their families for a couple of days, without having to go through all that rigmarole of having to travel down south. It’s only a 2.5 hour ride to Ban Phe, where one can take a 20-minutes ferry to the island.

Even though Ko Samet is only a few kilometers from the mainland, the island with its micro-climate (the driest archipelago in Thailand) gets much less rainfall than the rest of Eastern Thailand. The rainy season is May to September but even then it still has significantly less rain than the other islands in Thailand. Tourists should, however, be careful of occasional storms.

It is believed that once upon a time, Ko Samet was the home of pirates and that to this very day there are still lost treasures buried somewhere on the island. Thailand’s legendary poet Sunthorn Phu was the first one to put this island on the map when he set his classical epic there, Phra Aphai Manee “The Story of Princes, Saga, Mermaids and Giants”.

Even though Bangkokians had known about the beauty of Ko Samet for decades before, the Thai government put this island off limits and restricted overnight stay there until 1981. In that year, on 1st October, the Forestry Department of Thailand declared Ko Samet and its surroundings to be a National Park.

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