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- January,2024(part4) -
20 Jan, 2024
Thai government announces discovery of large-scale lithium deposit in Phang Nga province
On January 18, 2024, the Thai government announced the discovery of large-scale lithium deposits in two locations in the southern province of Phang Nga. The country's reserves are said to be 14.8 million tons, the third largest in the world after Bolivia and Argentina.

Lithium is a raw material for batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), lithium production in 2022 was 130,000 tons worldwide, with Australia in first place at 61,000 tons, followed by Chile at 39,000 tons, and China in third place. 19,000 tons.
19 Jan, 2024
The Japanese Embassy in Thailand warns of frequent pickpockets at famous temples in Bangkok
According to the Japanese Embassy in Thailand, there were 30 cases of crime reported to the Japanese Embassy in Thailand between October and December 2023, an increase of three cases from the previous period.

There are many cases of pickpocketing, including the theft of valuables kept in bags at temples such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun in Bangkok, which are visited by many tourists.

The Embassy of Japan in Thailand recommends that when visiting tourist spots, try to hold your bag in front of your body and be aware of your surroundings to make sure no one is staring at you or following you.

These damages are common precautions not only for Japanese people but also for all foreign tourists and all Thai people, so please be careful when visiting tourist spots with many people.
18 Jan, 2024
Approximately 78.7 million passengers used Bangkok's two airports in 2023
Airports of Thailand (AOT), which manages and operates Thailand's major airports, has announced the operational performance of each airport in 2023.

According to AOT, the total number of passengers using Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport is 78,679,532. The breakdown is 51,699,104 people in Suvarnabhumi (40,010,184 people on international flights, 11,588,920 people on domestic flights) and 26,980,428 people in Don Mueang (9,971,010 people on international flights, 17,009,418 people on domestic flights).

In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, these two airports were used by approximately 106.7 million passengers (Suvarnabhumi approximately 65.4 million and Don Muang approximately 41.3 million), so the current situation has recovered to around 70-80%.

In addition, the number of passengers for each airport in 2023 is as follows.

Suvarnabhumi Airport
International 40,010,184 people
Domestic 11,588,920 people
Total: 51,699,104 people

Don Mueang Airport
International 9,971,010 people
Domestic 17,009,418 people
Total 26,980,428 people

Phuket Airport
International 7,716,858 people
Domestic 6,262,326 people
Total: 13,979,184 people

Chiang Mai Airport
International 1,878,891 people
Domestic 6,345,682 people
Total: 8,224,573 people

Hat Yai Airport
International 248,476 people
Domestic 2,873,648 people
Total: 3,122,124 people

Chiang Rai Airport
International 384 people
Domestic 1,919,844 people
Total: 1,920,228 people
17 Jan, 2024
Five Thai cities named in five of the best seven categories in the 2024 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards
Five cities in Thailand have been named Best of the Best Destinations by global travelers in five of the best seven categories of the 2024 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards.

The five Thai cities selected are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, and Khao Lak.

Additionally, Bangkok ranks 15th and Phuket ranks 18th on our list of the world's top 25 destinations.
In the list of 25 trending destinations in the world, Pattaya was ranked 7th.
Phuket came in at number 10 on the list of the world's top 25 gourmet destinations, while Chiang Mai came in at number 17.
Khao Lak ranks 6th on the list of the world's 25 best honeymoon destinations.
Bangkok was ranked 11th on the list of 15 sustainable destinations in the world.

16 Jan, 2024
Non-Thai nationals will be required to present their passports when boarding domestic flights in Thailand
Non-Thai foreigners traveling on domestic flights within Thailand must present their boarding pass along with one of the following documents:

• Passport issued by the state of the nationality of passport holder (Original).
• UN Laissez-Passer (Original).
• Travel Document for refugees and People Seeking Asylum issued by United Nations or by the government of issuing countries (Original).

In addition, if a non-Thai foreign passenger traveling on a domestic flight in Thailand has lost or is unable to present the above-mentioned identification documents, he or she must present one of the following documents:

• Emergency Passport (Original) or Emergency Travel Certificate (Original)
• Non-Thai ID Card issued by Department of Provincial Administration of Thailand (Original)
• Driving License issued by Department of Land Transport of Thailand (Original)

These will start from January 16, 2024. Up until now, many Thai residents have been required to present their driving license (original) issued by the Land Transport Authority of Thailand when boarding domestic flights, and this will continue to be the case in the future. Although it is urgently possible to present a driver's license (original) issued by the Land Transport Bureau, it would be better to carry your passport with you just in case and see what happens next.

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