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Liked by some, loathed by many, novelist Thommayanti’s mixed legacy


On Monday, one of the tallest figures in Thai literature, novelist Khun Ying Wimon Chiamcharoen, better known by her pseudonym “Thommayanti”, passed away at the age of 85.

According to the Writers’ Association of Thailand, Thommayanti died peacefully. The cause of her death was not clearly mentioned, but it could be old age.

Despite being known generally as Thommayanti, Wimon in fact had other pen names, such as Laksanawadee, Rose La Reine and Kanok-lekha.

Thommayanti’s early years

Wimon was born on July 10, 1936, in Bangkok. After graduating from Khemasiri Memorial School, she attended Thammasat University, studying law and then changing to business.

During her time at the university, she was active in debates, together with two future prime ministers — Chuan Leekpai and Samak Sundaravej.

In the third year of her studies, she left the university and became a teacher at St Joseph Convent School in Bangkok. She also started work towards becoming a professional novelist at this time, and continued her career until she was 70.

Wimon was chosen as a member of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand in 1977, and a senator in 1979. In addition, she was promoted as director of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority in 1984.

In 2012, the novelist was honoured by the Ministry of Culture as National Artist for literature.

Thommayanti’s works

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Thommayanti reportedly wrote short stories since she was 14, and published some of them in magazines. Her first long story was “Nai Fun” (In the Dream), written and published serially in a magazine when she was 19.

Thommayanti’s works covered many themes, namely, romance, nationalism, fantasy, religion, revenge, even LGBT love. Some of her novels were adapted as TV series, films or musicals more than once.

Thommayati’s famous works were

  • “Thawiphop” (aka The Siam Renaissance, its movie version), a historical romantic story of a woman named Maneechan, who travels back in time to the 19th century of Siam, during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, and falls in love with a nobleman.
  • “Khu Kam” (aka “Sunset at Chaophraya”, the movie version), a love story between a Thai woman Angsumalin and a Japanese soldier, Kobori, during World War II when Japan invaded Thailand.
  • “La” (Hunt), a thriller about a woman who hunts down the men who had raped her daughter.

In a long career, Thommayanti was prolific, churning out over 100 novels. Her last work was “Chom Sassada” (The Great Prophet), a novel about Lord Buddha, which she had planned in advance to be published after her death.

Shunned by current generation

Several youngsters of the present generation do not like Thommayanti, due to her political views and past controversial stance.

In 1976, the novelist played an important role in the “housewife society”, a group of wives of military generals set up to defend the US. She attacked student protesters at the time, accusing them of destroying Thailand’s good relationship with the US.

The right-wing government she backed then came down heavily on leftist protesters, with a gruesome crackdown that became known as “Massacre of October 6”. Her political positions have made her an anathema for pro-democracy activists.

After her death was announced, a record of Wimon’s radio broadcasts on politics was published and shared online. The broadcast was described as one before the massacre.

Published : September 14, 2021

Bangkok among 8 tourism provinces to reopen in October #SootinClaimon.Com

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Bangkok among 8 tourism provinces to reopen in October


The Public Health Ministry has launched preparations to reopen the country from October 1, starting with Bangkok, Chon Buri (Pattaya), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) and Chiang Mai.

Health and tourism officials approved guidelines for the reopening at a meeting of the national medical hub board on Wednesday.

Also slated to reopen under bubble-and seal measures in October are tourism areas in Loei (Chiang Khan) and Nong Khai provinces, Trat (Koh Kood, Koh Chang) Rayong (Koh Samet).

The reopening is in line with the prime minister’s 120-day deadline, announced in June.

The medical hub board also proposed measures to speed up development of Thailand’s four home-grown Covid-19 vaccines. These are Chulalongkorn University’s ChulaCov19, Baiya Phytopharm Co’s Baiya vaccine, Government Pharmaceutical Organisation’s HXP-GPO Vac, and Biotech’s nasal-spray vaccine. The board will ask the Cabinet to boost the vaccine-development budget and allow the Food and Drug Administration FDA to cut the registration period for Thai-made jabs.

Published : September 02, 2021

Their Majesties donate ventilators to save lives in Bangkok #SootinClaimon.Com

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Their Majesties donate ventilators to save lives in Bangkok


Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida on Thursday donated eight ventilators and 10 central patient monitoring systems for treatment of Covid-19 patients under Bangkok’s Department of Medicine.

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The donated medical equipment was received in a ceremony held beneath a portrait of the King and Queen by Dr Suksan Kittisupphakorn, the department’s director. He said the department is grateful for the Royal kindness and will use the equipment to help treat the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the metropolitan area.

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Bangkok reported 4,178 new infections on Thursday, taking cumulative cases in the province since April 1 to 259,155.

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Published : August 26, 2021

Govt economic stimulus scheme to link with online food delivery platform #SootinClaimon.Com

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Govt economic stimulus scheme to link with online food delivery platform


The Bank of Thailand and the Ministry of Finance have jointly implemented two key measures to help businesses cope with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, spokesman for the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), said.

Credit will be provided to business operators as rehabilitation measures, with a credit limit of THB250 billion. More than THB92.3 million has been approved to 30,194 applicants, with an average approval limit of THB3.1 million per person.

Another measure will allow the transfer of collateral assets up to a total of THB100 billion for debt repayment but by giving the business operator the right to buy the property back later. The value of transferred assets so far is THB10.51 billion for 65 people.

The CESA spokesman said that for the remedial measures and economic rehabilitation in the country, there were 38.25 million accumulated users with cumulative spending of THB66.15 billion.

The Ministry of Finance is in the process of accelerating the linking of the food delivery platform system with the “Kon La Khreung” (Let’s Go Halves) economic stimulus scheme, which is expected to be ready for use in October to coincide with the second transfer of THB1,500.

Published : August 22, 2021

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Royal Thai Armed Forces mark HM Queen Mother’s birthday with 21-gun salute #SootinClaimon.Com

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Royal Thai Armed Forces mark HM Queen Mother’s birthday with 21-gun salute


The boom of 21-gun salutes echoed through Bangkok at noon on Thursday as all three Thai armed forces marked the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s birthday.

The Royal Thai Army’s 1st Field Artillery Battalion King’s Guard gave the salute at Sanam Luang adjacent to the Grand Palace. Royal Thai Armed Forces mark HM Queen Mother’s birthday with 21-gun saluteRoyal Thai Armed Forces mark HM Queen Mother’s birthday with 21-gun saluteRoyal Thai Armed Forces mark HM Queen Mother’s birthday with 21-gun saluteRoyal Thai Armed Forces mark HM Queen Mother’s birthday with 21-gun salute

The Royal Thai Navy’s 1st Infantry Battalion King’s Guard and 1st Infantry Regiment fired in unison at Wichai Prasit Fort near the former royal seat of Thonburi Palace in Bangkok Yai district.

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The Royal Air Force’s Antiaircraft Regiment, Security Forces Command, performed the gun salute simultaneously at Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Air Force Academy in the capital.

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The gun salute is a military ceremony that has been performed worldwide for centuries to honour the nation, flag or person. The gunpowder used is usually black or smokeless powder. The 21-gun salute is considered the highest honour that can be paid. 


The first gun salute recorded in Thai history was performed during the reign of King Narai the Great (1656-1688) by the French warship “Le Vautour”. The French ship gave the salute at Wichai Prasit Fort on the Chao Phraya River to honour the nation of Siam.


After King Narai’s reign the tradition was prohibited, before being reintroduced in the reign of King Rama IV (1851 to 1868) to welcome the British ambassador, John Bowring. 
Under King Rama V, the tradition was divided into two types of gun salute: a royal salute and a salute of honour for civil officers.

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Published : August 12, 2021

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Narathiwat raises forest of love for Queen Mother’s birthday #SootinClaimon.Com

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Narathiwat raises forest of love for Queen Mother’s birthday


The Royal Project Coordination Office (RPCO) celebrated Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s birthday on Thursday by holding the “Grow a Forest in the Heart for Her Majesty the Queen” campaign.

Campaign activities were launched on Wednesday by Maj Gen Paisan Noosang, commander of the 15th Infantry Division and RPCO director, at Prasit Pracharam temple in Narathiwat province.

The event was joined by members of the Forest Preservation Volunteer Projects of Ban Leelanon and Ban Ai Ba Ro, along with Army representatives and locals. The campaign aims to grow and conserve forestland and livelihoods in the southern province in honour of Her Majesty.

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RPCO has inherited, maintained, and continued the work under royal patronage and in line with Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s wish to preserve forests, and to provide careers and incomes for the local people.

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Published : August 12, 2021

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Embassies post messages wishing Her Majesty Queen Sirikit a happy birthday #SootinClaimon.Com

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Embassies post messages wishing Her Majesty Queen Sirikit a happy birthday


Several embassies posted messages online marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s 89th birthday on Thursday.

Her Majesty’s birthday is also celebrated as National Mother’s Day in Thailand.

The message from United States’ chargé d’affaires Michael Heath read: “The United States mission to the Kingdom of Thailand extends our warmest wishes to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother on the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty’s birthday. We wish Her Majesty good health and happiness.

“Her Majesty’s work over many decades has advanced humanitarian and environmental causes and exemplified the positive contributions that Thailand has made to improving our world. Her Majesty has been an unwavering friend to the United States and has strengthened the longstanding partnership between our two great nations.

“We want to wish Her Majesty and all Thai mothers a Happy Thai Mother’s Day.”

The Australian Embassy posted photographs of Her Majesty on their Facebook page with the message: “On the auspicious occasion of the Birthday Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother, we join our Thai friends in extending our best wishes to Her Majesty. Long Live the Queen Mother.

“These royal portraits show the Queen Mother in Australia when Her Majesty joined His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great during the Royal Visit to Australia between 26 August and 12 September 1962.”

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Embassies post messages wishing Her Majesty Queen Sirikit a happy birthdayEmbassies post messages wishing Her Majesty Queen Sirikit a happy birthday

The Swiss Embassy posted this message on its Facebook page: “On the auspicious occasion of the 89th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, the Embassy of Switzerland wishes to express its best wishes to Her Majesty for excellent health and happiness. Since this day is also celebrated as National Mother’s Day, we extend our best wishes to every mother throughout the Kingdom of Thailand and wish everyone a happy celebration.”

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok also posted a message on its Facebook page wishing Her Majesty the Queen Mother excellent health on her 89th birthday.

Published : August 12, 2021

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King extends royal patronage to students orphaned by Covid #SootinClaimon.Com

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King extends royal patronage to students orphaned by Covid


His Majesty King Rama X has extended royal patronage to students whose parents had died due to Covid-19, deputy government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhanadirek said on Sunday.

“The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has reported an initial number of 35 children who have lost their parents or caretakers to Covid-19. The number is expected to be higher nationwide, and the ministry is preparing measures to help these orphans for the long term.


“It is His Majesty King Rama X’s wish to have these children be students under royal patronage. They will receive the highest education free of charge, according to their capability. The ministry will be in charge to coordinate for the children’s scholarship, and provide foster family, if needed, with support money until graduation,” said Ratchada.


“Acting on the prime minister’s order to accelerate the number of isolation centres, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has set up the first community isolation centre for children 3-14 years old at the Sports and Recreation Centre in Dusit district, with medical personnel and caretakers to supervise closely 24 hours a day. The ministry and disabilities assoications in Thailand are also in the process of establishing community isolation centres for the intellectually disabled at Rajanukul Institute, and for the mobility impaired at The Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability office building,” she added.


“The ‘Care Centre for Children with Covid-19’ scheme was recently launched to look after children who are affected by the pandemic.


“Anyone who knows about orphans or vulnerable groups affected by the pandemic can contact these four organisations for help:
1. Social Assistance Centre hotline 1300
2. Pracharat hotline service for the disabled 1479
3. Social Development and Human Security provincial offices
4. Social Development and Human Security Volunteer,” Ratchada said.

Published : August 08, 2021

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Their Majesties donate money to build field hospitals, community isolation centres #SootinClaimon.Com

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Their Majesties donate money to build field hospitals, community isolation centres


His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana have donated THB188.7 million of their personal finances to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand to use in transforming temples, schools, colleges and universities nationwide into field hospitals and community isolation centres for Covid-19 patients, as well as into makeshift crematoriums for coronavirus victims.

The money was divided into two portions. One, of THB99.9 million, was delivered to the prime minister at Government House by His Majesty the King’s secretary Air Chief Marshal Sathitpong Sukwimol on Wednesday morning.

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In the afternoon, Sathitpong delivered the second portion of THB88.8 million to the Supreme Patriarch at Wat Ratchabophit Temple in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district.

The donation is part of royal merit making on the occasion of His Majesty’s birthday on July 28 and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s upcoming birthday on August 12.

Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, Their Majesties have donated more than THB1.24 billion to buy biosafety vehicles for testing Covid-19, PPE suits for medical professionals, oximeters, thermal scanners and other medical equipment as well as for building field hospitals and related facilities.

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Published : August 05, 2021

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In salutation #SootinClaimon.Com

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In salutation


The King’s Guard launches a 21-cannon salute in honour of His Majesty the King on the royal grounds (Sanam Luang) at noon on Wednesday.

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Published : July 28, 2021

By : The Nation