Thailand News: January 2023

new entry requirements

Authorities in Thailand met on January 5 to discuss whether to impose Covid restrictions on arrivals from China. A number of other countries have introduced mandatory testing for travelers from China.

The fallout from that gathering is underway. Check out the new Thai entry requirements here:
Thai entry rules

The search continues for the missing sailors

The search continues for the last five missing crew members of HTMS Sukhothai. That Thai navy warship sunk on 18 December after being lost to power by a storm off the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Of the 105 people on board, 76 were rescued while 24 bodies have been recovered. The investigation into the tragedy continues.

Putri remains in hospital in Bangkok

HRH Putri Bajrakitiyabha remains in hospital in Bangkok. The eldest daughter of the Thai king collapsed during a trip to Nakhon Ratchasima province last month. The Royal Household Bureau said the 44-year-old princess was being treated for a heart-related health problem.

New Bangkok train station for long distance trains

Long-distance trains to and from Bangkok are scheduled to depart from Hua Lamphong station on January 19. The new terminal is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (formerly known as Bang Sue Big Station). Among the services that will now run from Krung Thep Aphiwat are the popular routes between Bangkok and Chiang Mai and Bangkok and Surat Thani. Although long-distance trains will be moved, Bangkok Hua Lamphong station will remain open.