“Don Quijote” opens a new store at “Fashion Island” in Bangkok
DONDON DONKI, the Thai store of "Don Quijote" will open on October 20, 2023 on the 3rd floor of the commercial facility "Fashion Island" in Khan Na Yao, northeastern Bangkok.
In addition to selling food, fresh produce (vegetables, fresh fish, meat, prepared foods), alcohol, cosmetics, miscellaneous goods, toys, etc., there will also be a food court (40 seats) serving sushi skewers, teppan hamburgers, donpen-yaki, and more.
They will be open from 11 a.m. only on the opening day of October 20, 2023, and will normally be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
There'll be 6 DONDON DONKI stores in Thailand.
Similan Islands reopens from October 16, 2023
The Similan Islands National Park was closed for five months from May 16, 2023 to October 15, 2023 for environmental protection and restoration, but it reopened as scheduled on October 15, 2023. The planned reopening period is from October 15, 2023 to May 15, 2024.
The Similan Islands are located in the Andaman Sea, 76 km northwest of Tab Lamu Port in Phang Nga Province, adjacent to the north of Phuket Province, and are designated as a marine national park with a circumference of approximately 140 km², featuring endless blue sea that can be seen up to a depth of 30 meters, pure white sand beaches, and unusual shapes. It is a very beautiful place where you can see a lot of sea creatures, including a landscape of strangely shaped rocks, and a variety of fish and endemic species.
It is also known as one of the world's leading diving spots, and many divers from all over the world visit during the season from November to early May every year.
At Similan Islands National Park, all facilities including restaurants, accommodation, tents, toilets, showers, and mooring buoys were renovated and repaired during this closure period. Additionally, once the facility reopens, staff will be deployed to ensure the safety and comfort of tourists.
Foreign ministers of Japan and Thailand meet in Bangkok
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa met with Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara for approximately 65 minutes during her visit to Bangkok on October 12, 2023.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Parnpree said he hopes Thailand's new government will promote economic diplomacy and cooperate broadly with Japan.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on a wide range of international issues.
For details, please refer to the official website of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
October 15th to 23rd, 2023 is Thailand's vegetarian festival "Kinje"
From October 15th to 23rd, 2023, the vegetarian festival ”Kinje'' will be held across Thailand.
Kinje was originally an event for Chinese-Thai people, and during the festival, people avoid eating fish, meat, and other foods with strong odors in order to purify themselves.
Restaurants and food stalls with yellow flags called "Jae'' serve only vegetarian food.
In southern Thailand, such as Phuket and Trang, strange festivals are held in which Chinese residents run on fire and parade through the streets with skewers stuck in their cheeks.
Thailand's Earth observation satellite "THEOS-2" successfully launched
Thailand's Earth observation satellite "THEOS-2" was launched on October 9, 2023 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana by a French Arianespace rocket and entered its scheduled orbit. "THEOS-2" is operated by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA).
This is Thailand's second earth observation satellite, following "THEOS-1" launched in 2008.
THEOS-2 was originally scheduled to launch on October 7, 2023, but the launch was postponed due to technical problems.