Articles by: Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

Change in insurance rules for retirement visas after some over 70s were forced out of Thailand 

Change in insurance rules for retirement visas after some over 70s were forced out of Thailand 

June 20, 2021

Living, Thailand:

Move towards health insurance for foreigners does not yet cover business, work or marriage visa holders and comes as Thai authorities are looking at health… Read More ›

Engineer gets suspended sentence for killing 17 year old in Chonburi with a gun in a road rage confrontation

Engineer gets suspended sentence for killing 17 year old in Chonburi with a gun in a road rage confrontation

June 19, 2021

Crime, Living, Thailand:

Defendant in the case, 56-year-old Suthep Phochanasomboon, lost his ฿874k bail bond when he failed to turn up at the Chonburi Provincial Court on May… Read More ›

Closure of Phuket bars and alcohol restrictions turn off prospective foreign tourists says survey

Closure of Phuket bars and alcohol restrictions turn off prospective foreign tourists says survey

June 16, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Survey does show that there is interest in visiting Phuket and that some are already booked to come after July 1st. However, there is frustration… Read More ›

Blow for travellers: strict rules, no bars and entertainment venues allowed to open in Phuket 

Blow for travellers: strict rules, no bars and entertainment venues allowed to open in Phuket 

June 14, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn visited Phuket on Saturday and assured potential holidaymakers that there will be no change to the promise… Read More ›

UK Labour frontbencher wants Thailand put on a red list of countries over ‘false’ Covid variant

UK Labour frontbencher wants Thailand put on a red list of countries over ‘false’ Covid variant

June 11, 2021

Economy, Thailand:

Thailand is currently listed as ‘amber’ and not ‘red’. However, the current third wave outbreak in the country, regulations and confusion, such as that over… Read More ›

Phuket plan is going ahead despite cabinet referral with TAT targeting 3 million visitors by the end of 2021

Phuket plan is going ahead despite cabinet referral with TAT targeting 3 million visitors by the end of 2021

June 10, 2021

Economy, Thailand:

Tourism authority is predicting that this year’s foreign tourist arrivals will spend ฿80,000 to ฿100,000 per head during their stay in Thailand leaving the kingdom… Read More ›

Staff heard 4 to 5 shouts before alarm was raised in Ko Tao island death of billionaire industrialist and his wife

Staff heard 4 to 5 shouts before alarm was raised in Ko Tao island death of billionaire industrialist and his wife

June 9, 2021

Crime, Living, Thailand:

34-year-old son Ratish Sachathamakul went kayaking while his parents later emerged from their bedroom looking for the pool area. When the younger man returned, he… Read More ›

Top brass in Bangkok order a deeper probe into deaths of a business tycoon and his wife on Ko Tao

Top brass in Bangkok order a deeper probe into deaths of a business tycoon and his wife on Ko Tao

June 8, 2021

Crime, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Police seized 5 bottles of beer for examination as well as CCTV equipment from the luxury hotel to be reviewed by experts after being told… Read More ›

Nong Chompoo’s uncle arrested as a suspect in her murder by police and sent to Mukdahan for prosecution 

Nong Chompoo’s uncle arrested as a suspect in her murder by police and sent to Mukdahan for prosecution 

June 3, 2021

Crime, Media, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Tragic and sad case has become controversial in Thailand due to the media coverage of the story where the prime suspect, arrested on Wednesday, Mr… Read More ›

Door open to expats for vaccine appointments, they simply have to push says top official

Door open to expats for vaccine appointments, they simply have to push says top official

June 1, 2021

Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The Moderna vaccine and a package being promoted by the Private Hospital Association is emerging as a favoured option among the expat community while many… Read More ›

Police defend Pattaya search warrant raid which saw two officers shot with Chinese man arrested and charged

Police defend Pattaya search warrant raid which saw two officers shot with Chinese man arrested and charged

May 30, 2021

Crime, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Chinese media, this week, has been covering the story of 35-year-old Mr Zhang Yang also known as ‘Leo’ portraying the actions of the Thai police… Read More ›

Thai Princess steps into the vaccination drive as there is positive news from officials in Phuket

Thai Princess steps into the vaccination drive as there is positive news from officials in Phuket

May 28, 2021

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

Pattaya, on Wednesday, confirmed that it is also pushing ahead with reopening to vaccinated foreigners without quarantine although the Pattaya scheme appears to have several… Read More ›

Top Thai drug suppression czar says notorious Asia Pacific drug syndicate could be about to fall after seizure

Top Thai drug suppression czar says notorious Asia Pacific drug syndicate could be about to fall after seizure

May 25, 2021

Crime, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Australian Federal Police have been targeting the Chinese drugs empire with triad links for decades. Together with other police agencies and the UN agency responsible… Read More ›

Expats to get vaccine app as Buriram threatens jail for anyone not complying with jab rollout mission

Expats to get vaccine app as Buriram threatens jail for anyone not complying with jab rollout mission

May 18, 2021

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

Thailand experiences the largest day of infections so far as the government announces it is preparing a vaccination programme with contact facilities and communications for… Read More ›

Two Americans arrested over kidnapping linked with failed gloves deal and loss of ฿93 million

Two Americans arrested over kidnapping linked with failed gloves deal and loss of ฿93 million

May 17, 2021

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Details of the kidnapping of a Taiwanese man and extortion attempt on March 28th were given by the police on Saturday at a press conference.… Read More ›

39-year-old man in court charged with raping two women, remanded in custody until May 24th next 

39-year-old man in court charged with raping two women, remanded in custody until May 24th next 

May 14, 2021

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Police are interviewing at least five other women and further charges are expected against the serial rapist who is the subject of complaints from up… Read More ›

Government making it easier for expats to access vaccine rollout including private sector option

Government making it easier for expats to access vaccine rollout including private sector option

May 12, 2021

Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Foreigners will have access to the free public vaccine programme in the government’s effort to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of 2021.… Read More ›

Police in Bangkok and Pattaya hunt down sexual monster who terrorised, raped scores of women with impunity

Police in Bangkok and Pattaya hunt down sexual monster who terrorised, raped scores of women with impunity

May 11, 2021

Crime, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Police are hunting down the serial rapist who uses a knife and drugs to intimidate and control his victims after luring them on ‘pretty’ assignments… Read More ›

Thailand still plans to attract foreign tourists in the last quarter of 2021 targeting 4 million visitors

Thailand still plans to attract foreign tourists in the last quarter of 2021 targeting 4 million visitors

May 9, 2021

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

New visitor charge for all incoming travellers from 2022 will be ฿300 but will provide for automatic insurance cover for foreign tourists in Thailand, something… Read More ›

Myanmar closer to civil war as ‘unity’ government announces first step to a ‘Federal Union Army’ to fight junta

Myanmar closer to civil war as ‘unity’ government announces first step to a ‘Federal Union Army’ to fight junta

May 6, 2021

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

A human rights agency linked with Myanmar says what is happening there is not a struggle between opposing groups but a ‘crime against humanity’ being… Read More ›