Protest leader tells Prayut his term as PM is over as thousands again take to the Bangkok streets

Protest leader tells Prayut his term as PM is over as thousands again take to the Bangkok streets

October 26, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Protesters taunted the Prime Minister by paraphrasing the monarch’s praise for a loyal supporter on Friday. ‘Very brave, very brave, good job, good job –… Read More ›

Strength of support for the monarchy being seen this week as political unrest deepens into standoff

Strength of support for the monarchy being seen this week as political unrest deepens into standoff

October 25, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

Events this week show that the Thai public still retains strong support for the monarchy but also wants to see more unity in politics and… Read More ›

PM says he is not resigning but seeks resolution as key protest leader, Anon, chooses to stay in prison

PM says he is not resigning but seeks resolution as key protest leader, Anon, chooses to stay in prison

October 24, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

Protest leaders rallying outside Bangkok Remand Prison in Thailand’s capital are warning that they have another ‘surprise’ for the government and that failure by the… Read More ›

Rapidly rising debt levels in Thailand means that the country must open up to mass tourism quickly in 2021

Rapidly rising debt levels in Thailand means that the country must open up to mass tourism quickly in 2021

October 24, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The reality is that this economic crisis in Thailand is only now beginning to bite as already 10% of commercial bank borrowers who availed of… Read More ›

French woman tested positive for Covid 19 on Ko Samui on October 21st confirmed top health official Friday 

French woman tested positive for Covid 19 on Ko Samui on October 21st confirmed top health official Friday 

October 23, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The bombshell news may have implications for efforts to reopen the country to tourism although Thai officials are investigating whether the woman contracted the virus… Read More ›

Top minister accuses protesters of imperiling economic recovery and the health of Thai people at this time

Top minister accuses protesters of imperiling economic recovery and the health of Thai people at this time

October 23, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The comments come as there are tentative signs that Thailand’s predicted economic contraction for 2020 will not be as severe as expected while the Ministry… Read More ›

Severe emergency rescinded but the measure has worsened, not quelled the kingdom’s unrest as crisis looms

Severe emergency rescinded but the measure has worsened, not quelled the kingdom’s unrest as crisis looms

October 22, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

The Thai Prime Minister made a gesture to the protest movement but it is unlikely to result in talks. Both sides inhabit different worlds. It… Read More ›

Large protest turnout in Bangkok on Wednesday pushed for the PM to go with a 3-day ultimatum delivered

Large protest turnout in Bangkok on Wednesday pushed for the PM to go with a 3-day ultimatum delivered

October 22, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Protesters in Bangkok on Wednesday night appeared more confident and to have momentum as they confronted police at key points throughout the city. Earlier in… Read More ›

Special Tourist Visa – first Chinese tourists flying in with plans for European visitors to follow soon

Special Tourist Visa – first Chinese tourists flying in with plans for European visitors to follow soon

October 21, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Tourism Authority Governor says officials are working on arrival plans for European tourists flying to Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa programme. This comes as… Read More ›

Thailand’s trade agenda may be complicated and thwarted by raised tensions in the Indo Pacific region

Thailand’s trade agenda may be complicated and thwarted by raised tensions in the Indo Pacific region

October 21, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The three largest investors in Thailand are Japan, the United States and Taiwan. Since 2012, the kingdom has been pushing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership… Read More ›

Voice TV ordered shut by a Thai court as action against media outlets proceeds despite assurances

Voice TV ordered shut by a Thai court as action against media outlets proceeds despite assurances

October 20, 2020

Media, Politics, Thai World:

Top government officials appeared reticent on Tuesday about closing down media outlets as efforts to resolve the political crisis on the streets have begun and… Read More ›

Chinese wave incoming as Tourism Minister Phiphat again changes tack to save the industry from utter ruin

Chinese wave incoming as Tourism Minister Phiphat again changes tack to save the industry from utter ruin

October 19, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

New plan is to recreate Thailand as a playground for Chinese visitors followed later by other Asian tourists beginning in 2021. The news is not… Read More ›

China and Thailand forging deeper ties which may pose a problem for western firms in the future

China and Thailand forging deeper ties which may pose a problem for western firms in the future

October 19, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

US Ambassador Michael de Sombre in early October questioned the efficacy of Thailand’s long term fight against the virus and described the kingdom as being… Read More ›

Prime Minister’s position has been weakened by protests as progressive leader says he must go to allow talks 

Prime Minister’s position has been weakened by protests as progressive leader says he must go to allow talks 

October 19, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Moves are underway to bring this crisis back to parliament after government MPs appear to have misjudged the public’s mood on September 24th last when… Read More ›

Protester charged with harming the Queen’s liberty claims innocence after his arrest on Friday in Bangkok

Protester charged with harming the Queen’s liberty claims innocence after his arrest on Friday in Bangkok

October 18, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

The incident underscores the dangerous and disturbing position that Thailand now finds itself in, where the monarchy, long-held above the political fray, is being drawn… Read More ›

Protests on the streets creating political tensions as PM warns the public only the country will lose

Protests on the streets creating political tensions as PM warns the public only the country will lose

October 17, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Advice to the current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan ocha from his predecessor from 2014, Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday, will not have been welcomed and indicates… Read More ›

Another fatal crash as express train smashes car off the tracks in Phetchaburi – woman killed

Another fatal crash as express train smashes car off the tracks in Phetchaburi – woman killed

October 17, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The tragedy comes just days after 18 people died in Chachoengsao province which was followed by a promise to improve security at rail crossings nationwide… Read More ›

Press conference given by activist and Progressive Movement leader checked by abrupt police visit

Press conference given by activist and Progressive Movement leader checked by abrupt police visit

October 16, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, formerly the Secretary-General of the disbanded Future Forward Party, was visible on Wednesday night, some hours ahead of the government crackdown early on… Read More ›

Water cannon used to fend off Bangkok protesters as police uphold the strict new emergency laws

Water cannon used to fend off Bangkok protesters as police uphold the strict new emergency laws

October 16, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Standoff between police and more aggressive protesters near Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok after both sides sprayed each other with coloured substances. Shopping centres and landmark… Read More ›

Revived protest ends in Bangkok as severe state of emergency is declared and protest leaders promptly arrested

Revived protest ends in Bangkok as severe state of emergency is declared and protest leaders promptly arrested

October 15, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Senior police officers fired after Wednesday’s debacle with reports that an operation centre led by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan will be established to restore… Read More ›