Thai Cabinet resolves to lower electricity rates and impose upper limit on diesel oil rates
At a cabinet meeting on September 13, 2023, the Thai Cabinet decided to lower the current electricity rate of 4.45 baht per kilowatt hour to 4.1 baht per kilowatt hour.
It was also decided that from September 20, 2023, the upper limit on diesel fuel prices will be set at 30 baht per liter.
Currently, rising electricity and gasoline prices due to high oil prices are placing a heavy burden on household budgets. This resolution is expected to reduce household financial burdens.
Thailand to waive entry visas for Chinese and Kazakh tourists
Previously, passport holders from several countries, including China and Kazakhstan, has been being required to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport to enter Thailand. This visa on arrival allows them to stay in Thailand for 15 days.
The Thai government has decided to waive visas for Chinese and Kazakh nationals visiting Thailand for tourism purposes. This decision is a time-limited measure from September 25, 2023 to February 29, 2024.
In 2019, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 infection, approximately 10.99 million Chinese people visited Thailand, accounting for 28% of all foreign tourists (approximately 39.8 million people). The Thai government has gradually lifted entry restrictions to prevent the COVID-19 from 2022, but the number of Chinese tourists from January to July 2023 was approximately 1.85 million, accounting for 12% of all foreign tourists.
The visa exemption is expected to stimulate inbound tourism from Chinese tourists.
The 68th Bangkok Gem & Jewelry Fair was held, with total sales of approximately 3.3 billion baht
The 68th Bangkok Gem & Jewelry Fair, a jewelry exhibition and business negotiation event sponsored by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Thailand, will be held from September 6 to 10, 2023 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok.
Approximately 1,100 companies from 21 countries and regions exhibited approximately 2,400 booths. The number of visitors was approximately 40,000 from 117 countries and regions, a 44% increase from last year's Bangkok Gem & Jewelry Fair. The amount of contracts concluded at the venue was approximately 3.3 billion baht.
Thailand Meteorological Department announces moderate to heavy rain forecast across Thailand from September 15th to 17th
The Thailand Meteorological Department has predicted that heavy rain will fall across Thailand this weekend from September 15th to 17th, 2023 due to the strong monsoon.
According to the Thailand Meteorological Department, a monsoon trough over the upper regions and the Gulf of Thailand is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain to most parts of the country, including Bangkok. Additionally, although rainfall in the southern provinces of Thailand is lower than in other parts of the country, waves can reach heights of 1-2 meters and Meteorological Department is warning that thunderstorms can be dangerous for ships at sea. Heavy rain is also expected in northern and western Thailand, especially in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Tak, and Kanchanaburi provinces.
Rainfall is expected to decrease after September 18th.
"Thai-Japan Iconic Music Fest 2023" will be held at ICONSIAM from September 22 to 24, 2023
Thai-Japan Iconic Music Fest is an event where many Japanese and Thai artists gather at ICONSIAM in Bangkok every year to promote Japanese and Thai pop culture.
This year's "Thai-Japan Iconic Music Fest 2023" also marks the 50th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN friendship, and will feature performances by more than 50 famous bands from Thailand and Japan. Participating artists from Japan include Banzai Japan, Beyooooonds, Chicken Blow The Idol, FES☆TIVE, and Kyushu Girls Wing. From Thailand, Euphonie, Fuyubi, HatoBito, Ikinari Tell Me, Stellagrima, TerasuDanshi and others will be participating.
The outline of the event is as follows.
Event name: Thai-Japan Iconic Music Fest 2023
Date: September 22-24, 2023
Time: Showtime is from 14:00 to 22:00
Admission fee: Free
Web: Official website