Joseph O' Connor, Author at Thai Examiner

Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Extortion of tourists over e-cigarettes sees police teams probing cases in Bangkok and Pattaya

Extortion of tourists over e-cigarettes sees police teams probing cases in Bangkok and Pattaya

February 2, 2023

Crime, Culture, Living, Thailand:

Crisis in the Royal Thai Police over the extortion of tourists is growing as a new case comes to light in Pattaya while one of… Read More ›

Former ministers rejoin the Palang Pracharat Party but there is no new economics czar Somkid

Former ministers rejoin the Palang Pracharat Party but there is no new economics czar Somkid

January 31, 2023

Culture, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Ruling Palang Pracharat Party unveils the return of founding members and ex-ministers as General Prawit seeks to bolster it in the polls as it loses… Read More ›

Ung Ing says Prawit is better liked than PM Prayut with reports of the return of key ex-ministers

Ung Ing says Prawit is better liked than PM Prayut with reports of the return of key ex-ministers

January 28, 2023

Politics, Thailand:

Monday will see a return of the former economic team, including three key ministers under General Prayut, to front-line politics and the ranks of the… Read More ›

Confidence and trust in Thailand damaged by Chinese VIP tourist services advertised online

Confidence and trust in Thailand damaged by Chinese VIP tourist services advertised online

January 26, 2023

Crime, Culture, Economy, Media, Politics, Thailand:

Problem facing Thai authorities relates to the new online world where discreet services can be advertised cheaply and effectively while the activities of Chinese tourists… Read More ›

Whip hand with Pheu Thai to secure power in this year’s General Election despite Senate’s waning power

Whip hand with Pheu Thai to secure power in this year’s General Election despite Senate’s waning power

January 23, 2023

Culture, Living, Politics, Thailand:

A strong political performance is still required from the Pheu Thai Party but if it manages to secure over 200 seats in the next General… Read More ›

Charges brought against Chinese mafia kingpin as Chuwit warns witnesses are put under pressure

Charges brought against Chinese mafia kingpin as Chuwit warns witnesses are put under pressure

January 21, 2023

Crime, Culture, Living, Thailand:

Whistleblower extraordinaire Mr Chuwit Kamolvisit is worried that the Chinese mafia in Thailand may exert its corrupt influence to unravel the complex and massive case… Read More ›

Call for flexible visas to boost the economy as exports, output and business confidence falters

Call for flexible visas to boost the economy as exports, output and business confidence falters

January 19, 2023

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Downturn in exports and manufacturing is filtering into the wider economy while the recovery of the foreign tourism industry is still a slow and ongoing… Read More ›

Thailand turns to China in 2023 for GDP growth in a world buffeted in real-time by raw geopolitics

Thailand turns to China in 2023 for GDP growth in a world buffeted in real-time by raw geopolitics

January 17, 2023

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Sentiment regarding the economy has been rising since the return of Chinese tourists on January 9th last. However, with geopolitical tensions and indeed a trade… Read More ›

Pheu Thai knocks Palang Pracharat Party coalition talk on the head with more bad news for Prawit 

Pheu Thai knocks Palang Pracharat Party coalition talk on the head with more bad news for Prawit 

January 15, 2023

Culture, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Pheu Thai’s presumed candidate for prime minister in this year’s General Election gave short shrift to media rumours and speculation of a Pheu Thai coalition… Read More ›

Thai economy up against it in 2023 despite the hype and hoopla over Chinese tourists returning

Thai economy up against it in 2023 despite the hype and hoopla over Chinese tourists returning

January 13, 2023

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

Thailand is an export-led economy operating in an increasingly unpredictable and uncertain world. In 2023, it finds itself relying on a foreign tourism industry which… Read More ›

Corruption and the role of the unelected Senate in electing the next PM to be General Election issues

Corruption and the role of the unelected Senate in electing the next PM to be General Election issues

January 11, 2023

Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

A recent Super Poll result showed that over 95% of Thai people want to see a new prime minister in 2023 but an even larger… Read More ›

Covid chaos descends again on Thailand’s foreign tourism sector amid cancellations and complaints

Covid chaos descends again on Thailand’s foreign tourism sector amid cancellations and complaints

January 8, 2023

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

Travel agents in France have been forced to cancel contracts because of the sudden introduction of entry restrictions which have led operators to declare a… Read More ›

Prayut to make his move for a third term but is the battle for power already lost to Pheu Thai?

Prayut to make his move for a third term but is the battle for power already lost to Pheu Thai?

January 4, 2023

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

There are signs that a seismic change is about to begin unfolding next Monday 9th January in Thai politics when Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha,… Read More ›

Economic chiefs promise a brighter 2023 for Thai people despite the more gloomy world outlook for the year

Economic chiefs promise a brighter 2023 for Thai people despite the more gloomy world outlook for the year

January 2, 2023

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

The foreign tourism industry will be the key driver of economic growth with more money in people’s pockets in 2023 says Bank of Thailand Governor… Read More ›

Fears for Aung San Suu Kyi who faces 33 years in a Myanmar prison held under primitive conditions

Fears for Aung San Suu Kyi who faces 33 years in a Myanmar prison held under primitive conditions

December 31, 2022

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The latest conviction of the popular Burmese figurehead and head of the National Unity Government (NUG) which is fighting a civil war engulfing 61% of… Read More ›

PM and Ung Ing to do battle in 2023 for the top job with public debt and the economy as key issues

PM and Ung Ing to do battle in 2023 for the top job with public debt and the economy as key issues

December 27, 2022

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

Public debt and the management of the economy will be the key battleground for this General Election as it is clear the alternative to the… Read More ›

Heat turned up over the Sukhothai naval tragedy with 19 thought to have perished and 10 missing

Heat turned up over the Sukhothai naval tragedy with 19 thought to have perished and 10 missing

December 26, 2022

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Opposition threatening to bring Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha, who is also the Minister of Defence, before a House of Representatives committee to be grilled… Read More ›

Pheu Thai, Palang Pracharat coalition now a distinct possibility after the next General Election in 2023

Pheu Thai, Palang Pracharat coalition now a distinct possibility after the next General Election in 2023

December 24, 2022

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Palang Pracharat has risen in the polls since September with the party setting forth no-nonsense policies despite an exodus of MPs. A political expert at… Read More ›

22 still missing as naval chiefs plan refloat of the Sukhothai which capsized and sunk on Sunday

22 still missing as naval chiefs plan refloat of the Sukhothai which capsized and sunk on Sunday

December 21, 2022

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

35-year-old, US-built vessel lying capsized at a depth of 40 metres. A submersible vehicle launched on Wednesday aimed to tell naval chiefs the extent of… Read More ›

PM upholds status quo as he seeks a path back to power with the help of the Bhumjaithai Party

PM upholds status quo as he seeks a path back to power with the help of the Bhumjaithai Party

December 18, 2022

Culture, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Bizarre media coverage of Thailand’s political scene this week makes it look as if the chances of a possible alliance between the Bhumjaithai Party and… Read More ›