Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Choppy waters for the economy as central bank tries to cling to its benign interest rate policy

Choppy waters for the economy as central bank tries to cling to its benign interest rate policy

September 26, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

All eyes will be on the Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday when it will be under pressure to go beyond a… Read More ›

Opposition parties lose majority support since June although Paetongtarn Shinawatra still leads

Opposition parties lose majority support since June although Paetongtarn Shinawatra still leads

September 25, 2022

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

In the last week, there have been several disturbing references by senior political figures on the government side to the possibility of further extra-constitutional outcomes… Read More ›

Prawit stuns the cabinet demanding a ฿35 to the dollar rate and action from the Finance Minister to stop the slide

Prawit stuns the cabinet demanding a ฿35 to the dollar rate and action from the Finance Minister to stop the slide

September 21, 2022

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Baht’s depreciation is now being driven by a wider difference between interest rates in the United States and Thailand which had gone beyond a critical… Read More ›

Drugs to be an election issue as Anutin digs in insisting that attitudes must change on cannabis

Drugs to be an election issue as Anutin digs in insisting that attitudes must change on cannabis

September 18, 2022

Culture, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Clash of outlook and culture over Cannabis will now define the Bhumjaithai Party in the months running up to a General Election in Thailand. Aside… Read More ›

Myanmar’s junta crumbles along with Russia’s war in Ukraine as US progresses in the Indo Pacific

Myanmar’s junta crumbles along with Russia’s war in Ukraine as US progresses in the Indo Pacific

September 12, 2022

Economy, Media, Thailand:

Russia’s attempts to pivot to Asia were greeted politely and initially with interest up to this point by nervous Southeast Asian countries anxious for another… Read More ›

King Charles III to be acclaimed as the World comes to terms with the loss of Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III to be acclaimed as the World comes to terms with the loss of Queen Elizabeth II

September 9, 2022

Culture, Living, Media, Thailand:

Change of era: for 90% of the world’s population there has never been any other Queen of England, a key figure in news events and… Read More ›

Property market collapse in China and a Chinese economic recession is the key threat to Thailand

Property market collapse in China and a Chinese economic recession is the key threat to Thailand

September 8, 2022

Economy, Foreigners, Media, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Thai economy is currently chugging along in choppy waters as China’s problems grow and the US dices with recession. However, the key worry is, increasingly,… Read More ›

10 year visa a magnet for global citizens setting up in Thailand with zero tax on offshore income

10 year visa a magnet for global citizens setting up in Thailand with zero tax on offshore income

September 3, 2022

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The new 10 year Long Term Visa which became open to applications on Thursday, September 1st, is expected to help generate up to 5% of… Read More ›

Thailand’s once mighty foreign tourism industry lastingly damaged with lower spends and numbers

Thailand’s once mighty foreign tourism industry lastingly damaged with lower spends and numbers

August 31, 2022

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Figures this week from Paris show a French foreign tourist industry achieving revenues nationally at 22% ahead of figures for 2019 while Thailand will be… Read More ›

Low spending tourists and slowing export growth but ‘intact’ economic recovery stays on track say officials 

Low spending tourists and slowing export growth but ‘intact’ economic recovery stays on track say officials 

August 27, 2022

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

A volatile currency market, a slowing world economy amid war in Europe and raised geopolitical tensions as well as a brush this week with political… Read More ›

Kingdom engulfed in crisis with over 93% of the public saying Prayut must relinquish power now over term limit

Kingdom engulfed in crisis with over 93% of the public saying Prayut must relinquish power now over term limit

August 22, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Police in central Bangkok are already preparing water cannon trucks as protest movements take up their position in the centre of the city with key… Read More ›

PM’s Office adamant there will be no dissolution as opposition petitions the Constitutional Court to clarify

PM’s Office adamant there will be no dissolution as opposition petitions the Constitutional Court to clarify

August 18, 2022

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Emotional Prime Minister, on Wednesday, gave a speech at an army song contest in central Bangkok at which he urged unity in a world full… Read More ›

Election law finalised in parliament but the basis for the next General Election is still uncertain

Election law finalised in parliament but the basis for the next General Election is still uncertain

August 16, 2022

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Electoral reform bill that was passed by parliament on Monday due to continued failure to make a quorum, is very likely to be reviewed by… Read More ›

Bank of Thailand tailors rate rise of 0.25% to avoid killing off badly needed economic growth this year

Bank of Thailand tailors rate rise of 0.25% to avoid killing off badly needed economic growth this year

August 11, 2022

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Bank of Thailand’s modest rate rise will not stymie current economic growth and momentum which is moving upwards. The last rate rise still leaves levels… Read More ›

Thai Airways flies high as numbers skyrocket as it flies tourists into the kingdom from Europe

Thai Airways flies high as numbers skyrocket as it flies tourists into the kingdom from Europe

August 10, 2022

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

2022 could be the year that Thai Airways returns to operational profitability as the Minister of Finance reveals that state banks will provide any required… Read More ›

China asserts sovereignty over Taiwan with fears of an attack by 2024 and a blockade of the island

China asserts sovereignty over Taiwan with fears of an attack by 2024 and a blockade of the island

August 5, 2022

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

China’s diplomatic efforts are now countered by a larger diplomatic presence in the region on behalf of the United States and Japan as Foreign Minister… Read More ›

Prayut retains all the cards as Thailand may be pivoting back to a one-ballot election process

Prayut retains all the cards as Thailand may be pivoting back to a one-ballot election process

August 1, 2022

Culture, Foreigners, Media, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Political naiveté on the part of the leading Pheu Thai Party in believing that the coalition government, through the electoral reform process, was going to… Read More ›

Recreational use of pot to be recriminalised as Minister warns abuses are undermining his plan

Recreational use of pot to be recriminalised as Minister warns abuses are undermining his plan

July 30, 2022

Crime, Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The decriminalisation of marijuana is turning into a major problem for the government with chaos in ministries and agencies responsible including an anxious request to… Read More ›

Desperate Myanmar junta executes 4 including a former MP and pro-democracy activist by hanging

Desperate Myanmar junta executes 4 including a former MP and pro-democracy activist by hanging

July 26, 2022

Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Human rights groups have noted since a junta official confirmed in early June that the death sentences on the men would be carried out, that… Read More ›

Possible crisis brewing over electoral reform bills as Minister says July 6th change cannot work in practice

Possible crisis brewing over electoral reform bills as Minister says July 6th change cannot work in practice

July 22, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

On Thursday, in response to Minister Somsak’s warning about the viability of electoral reforms being put into practice, the Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul did… Read More ›