Thailand to install nearly 1,400 EV charging stations by 2030
The Thai government has announced it plans to increase the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by more than 65% by 2030, with a total of around 1,400 EV charging stations.
According to Rachada Dhnadirek, deputy spokesperson for the Thai government, there are currently 944 EV charging stations nationwide, and they plan to increase this to 1,394 over eight years by 2030.
To increase the number of EV charging stations, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) jointly established a center to test and certify high-voltage chargers for EVs and other devices. The center aims to help both reduce the cost of installing EV charging stations and accelerate the speed of EV development.
Thai Railways to resume international trains between Bangkok and Padang Besar
The State Railway of Thailand announced on Thursday, August 11, 2022, that it has resumed international train services between Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok, Thailand and Padang Besar Station in Malaysia. The train makes one round trip a day.
Padang Besar is a border town between Thailand and Malaysia, and there are towns with the same name Padang Besar on both sides, each with a Padang Besar station. Padang Besar station on the Thai side is a small station, mainly used by local trains to travel into nearby Padang Besar, Thailand. However, international trains from Bangkok also stop at Padang Besar Station on both of Thai side and Malasia side, so travelers heading to Padang Besar Station on the Malaysian side should be careful not to get off at Padang Besar Station on the Thai side.
The international train schedule is as follows (all times are Thai time)
train number 45
Depart from Hua Lamphong Station at 15:10
Arrival at Padang Besar Station (Thai side) 09:44
Arrival at Padang Besar Station (Malaysia side) 09:50
train number 46
Depart from Padang Besar Station (Malaysia side) 17:00
Depart from Padang Besar Station (Thai side) 17:06
Arrival at Hua Lamphong Station 12:45
Besides this, the following international trains connecting Hat Yai and Padang Besar are already in operation.
Hat Yai - Padang Besar (2 round trips per day)
The dial is as follows
train number 947
Depart from Hat Yai Station at 7:30 (Thai time)
Arrival at Padang Besar Station 8:25 (Malaysia time)
train number 949
Depart from Hat Yai Station at 14:00 (Thai time)
Arrival at Padang Besar Station 14:55 (Malaysia time)
train number 948
Depart from Padang Besar Station at 8:55 (Malaysia time)
Arrival at Padang Besar Station 9:50 (Thai time)
train number 950
Depart from Padang Besar Station at 15:40 (Malaysia time)
Arrival at Padang Besar Station 16:35 (Thai time)
Online reservations can be made through the official website of the State Railways of Thailand.
Large Golf Facility "Top Golf Mega City" Opened in Bangna
On August 17, 2022, a large golf facility “Top Golf Mega City” opened on land adjacent to the commercial facility “Mega Bangna” in Bangna in Samut Prakan which is located on south of Bangkok.
The golf practice range with 102 bays is equipped with equipment that analyzes the course of a hit ball. In addition, there are sofa seats at the bay, so multiple people can enjoy golf practice together. There are also some restaurants in the facility. If you order a meal from the sofa seat, you can also eat at the bay.
There are 18-hole mini golf course. and there are also 5 restaurants and sports bars in the facility, so you can eat and drink at the bar after golf practice.
For details, please refer to the official website of "Top Golf Mega City".
Vietnam Airlines to resume Da Nang-Bangkok route from 15 September 2022
Vietnam Airlines has announced that it will resume daily flights between Da Nang and Bangkok on September 15. Vietnam Airlines already operates Ho Chi Minh-Bangkok and Hanoi-Bangkok routes between Vietnam and Thailand. This will be the 3rd route between Vietnam and Thailand.
This Da Nang-Bangkok route will operate once a day on a daily basis. The aircraft used is an Airbus A321.
The scheduled flight schedule is as follows.
Da Nang ⇔ Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)
(From September 15, 2022)
VN627 DAD 15:30 BKK 17:10 Every day
VN626 BKK 18:10 DAD 19:50 Every day
No extra charge for checked baggage up to 23kg and carry-on baggage up to 12kg.
For details and reservations, please refer to the official website of Vietnam Airlines.
Thailand to not extend state of emergency beyond 1 October 2022
On Friday 19 August 2022, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved no extension of the emergency decree after 1 October 2022 and the dissolution of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Management (CCSA). .
CCSA adviser Dr. Udom Kachintorn explained that the decision came along with the government's decision to downgrade Covid-19 from a "dangerous communicable disease" to a "communicable disease under surveillance".
Thailand declared an emergency decree on March 24, 2020, and it has been extended 19 times. Due to the recent improvement in the Covid-19 infection situation in Thailand, the emergency decree will end on September 30, 2022, and from October 1, 2022, the emergency decree will be replaced by the 2015 Communicable Disease Act and it will be the governing law for Covid-19 infection control.
About 70,000 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in hospitals or at home in Thailand, most of whom have no or mild symptoms, said Dr Udom Kachintorn. By the end of 2022, Dr. Udom also expects hospital admissions to drop to about 1,000 per day and deaths per day to about 10 per day. However, Covid-19 will not be classified as endemic from October 1, 2022, and mask wearing is still recommended, especially in crowded places.
A Covid-19 patient is now able to seek her Covid-19 treatment through the National Health Service Office's (NHSO) telemedicine system, in addition to visiting a hospital to see a doctor.
NHSO offers three apps as he telemedicine system. Clicknic is for high-risk groups (those over 60 or those suffering from any of eight chronic conditions), and two apps available only to milder patients are Good Doctor Technology and MorDee. These telemedicine systems will still be available after October 1st.