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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 ›

Canadian institute identifies Pegasus spyware on phones of 30 people linked to Bangkok protests

Canadian institute identifies Pegasus spyware on phones of 30 people linked to Bangkok protests

July 19, 2022

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

This new controversy arises as Thailand and the United States recently signed a joint communiqué on promoting democracy and democratic principles not only in Thailand… Read More ›

Central bank reassurances as ex-minister raises loan quality with China’s economy in trouble 

Central bank reassurances as ex-minister raises loan quality with China’s economy in trouble 

July 15, 2022

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

Top Thai bank official Dr Daranee Saeju this week assured reporters that Thailand’s strong financial position made it impervious to speculation and was quite unlike… Read More ›

Roiled US-Chinese tensions in Asia pose Thailand with short-term leverage but a future trial ahead

Roiled US-Chinese tensions in Asia pose Thailand with short-term leverage but a future trial ahead

July 12, 2022

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

Thailand’s position has moved strikingly from its stance in 2018 when General Prayut Chan ocha told Time Magazine that the kingdom’s key strategic partner was… Read More ›

Negative reaction and horror at Thailand’s plan to charge foreigners more than locals at hotels

Negative reaction and horror at Thailand’s plan to charge foreigners more than locals at hotels

July 8, 2022

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

The bombshell announcement this week is bound to generate antipathy and concern among foreigners both inside and without Thailand. It goes against all principles of… Read More ›

Thailand with a falling baht caught in stagflation spiral with high inflation and low GDP growth this year

Thailand with a falling baht caught in stagflation spiral with high inflation and low GDP growth this year

July 7, 2022

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The significant and heavy impact of the war in Ukraine is hitting Thailand hard as it also challenges economies across the world as inflation bites… Read More ›

Intensive clashes in Myanmar near Tak ease leaving locals near the border rattled and on guard

Intensive clashes in Myanmar near Tak ease leaving locals near the border rattled and on guard

July 4, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Myanmar is now effectively in a state of all-out civil conflict with a deadly war of attrition between swelling rebel groups and a military fighting… Read More ›

Fears for the baht as it hits a 15-year low and Thai economic performance in the medium term with chronic ills

Fears for the baht as it hits a 15-year low and Thai economic performance in the medium term with chronic ills

June 26, 2022

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

While the kingdom maintains a strong external financial situation and prudent fiscal management to support its economy, the growing impact of chronic problems such as… Read More ›

World inflation crisis may lead Bank of Thailand to act before August and raise interest rates more sharply

World inflation crisis may lead Bank of Thailand to act before August and raise interest rates more sharply

June 19, 2022

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

Rapidly changing world financial environment where cash is king and looking like it is going to be more expensive as interest rates are set to… Read More ›

Marijuana revolution and overdoses raise concern with calls for action to outlaw recreational use

Marijuana revolution and overdoses raise concern with calls for action to outlaw recreational use

June 15, 2022

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

Cannabis revolution places Thailand in danger: Police and drug control agencies agree that under the current legal provisions in force, unrestricted recreational use of cannabis… Read More ›

Concern for the Thai baht and liquidity if Thailand does not move swiftly to raise interest rates

Concern for the Thai baht and liquidity if Thailand does not move swiftly to raise interest rates

June 10, 2022

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

Some analysts in the United States suggest that interest rates there could reach 2.7% to 3% by the end of 2022 leading to a wider… Read More ›

Proposal to scrap Thailand Pass comes as moves to return to normal face a new hurdle: politics

Proposal to scrap Thailand Pass comes as moves to return to normal face a new hurdle: politics

June 7, 2022

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

Thailand’s economy is facing rising inflation and slowing export growth with fears of a GDP contraction in the second quarter. The scrapping of the Thailand… Read More ›

Face masks back on as cabinet votes down end of mandate in June. Nightlife trade slams reopening

Face masks back on as cabinet votes down end of mandate in June. Nightlife trade slams reopening

May 31, 2022

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

Nightlife business owner says his customers are not happy with seeing masseuses with face masks on while other operators slam the nervousness of the government… Read More ›

June and July set to see fireworks in Thai politics with Thamanat poised to lead Setthakij Thai Party

June and July set to see fireworks in Thai politics with Thamanat poised to lead Setthakij Thai Party

May 29, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Reports suggest that Captain Thamanat Prompow has had talks with the Pheu Thai Party and even with former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. It is suggested he… Read More ›

Sunday’s Bangkok poll may mean the end for PM after the Palang Pracharat Party’s dismal showing in seats

Sunday’s Bangkok poll may mean the end for PM after the Palang Pracharat Party’s dismal showing in seats

May 24, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The poll on Sunday now makes the new voting laws due to be passed by parliament over the coming weeks even more urgent as it… Read More ›

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China’s rise 

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China’s rise 

May 23, 2022

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

The statement raises a question about the Pheu Thai Party’s position as well as that of Thaksin Shinawatra towards efforts by the current US administration… Read More ›

Thailand moves to defend its solar energy sector from a US probe into Chinese linked firms here

Thailand moves to defend its solar energy sector from a US probe into Chinese linked firms here

May 19, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Current tariffs in the United States were introduced by Trump in 2018 with some having been retained after a review by the Biden administration in… Read More ›

Thai bond yields spike 20% as kingdom adopts a confident, pro growth pose amid capital flight

Thai bond yields spike 20% as kingdom adopts a confident, pro growth pose amid capital flight

May 14, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Patricia Mongkhonvanit of the Public Debt Management Office this week said that the government had been able to swap  ฿140 billion worth of long and… Read More ›

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

May 10, 2022

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

Embattled PM stresses that his government has preserved peace and stability and says any radical plans to boost incomes and address inequality will require a… Read More ›

Bank props up a slipping baht while Thai unions strongly pursue ฿492 minimum daily wage claim

Bank props up a slipping baht while Thai unions strongly pursue ฿492 minimum daily wage claim

May 8, 2022

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

The slow return of the foreign tourism industry and rising living costs were among the reasons given by JP Morgan as it downgraded its investor… Read More ›