Articles by: Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

New police chief is installed to lead the kingdom’s battle against crime, begins with illegal guns

New police chief is installed to lead the kingdom’s battle against crime, begins with illegal guns

October 1, 2022

Crime, Culture, Thailand:

Touching ceremony at Royal Thai Police headquarters sees power transferred from one police chief to the next. General Damrongsak Kittiprapat takes up the role as… Read More ›

Baht slide continues as Bank of Thailand sticks to its dovish and soft approach to interest rates

Baht slide continues as Bank of Thailand sticks to its dovish and soft approach to interest rates

September 28, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Bank of Thailand sticks to its guns and holds off on higher rate rises to protect the country’s economic recovery pushing the baht into a… Read More ›

Shock police probe into drug dealing and money laundering linked with Myanmar to strain ties

Shock police probe into drug dealing and money laundering linked with Myanmar to strain ties

September 24, 2022

Crime, Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The arrest of Dr Tun Min Latt who is at the heart of a vast conglomerate with extensive links to Myanmar’s ruling junta on suspicion… Read More ›

Freak death of Kyrgyz woman in Pattaya linked to Chinese gang who forced her into prostitution

Freak death of Kyrgyz woman in Pattaya linked to Chinese gang who forced her into prostitution

September 19, 2022

Crime, Culture, Living, Thailand:

The story of Anara Seitaleva shines a light on the shady world of transnational human trafficking linked with Thailand’s sex industry. It also raises questions… Read More ›

Democrat MPs challenge cannabis free for all linking it with a highly damaging drug culture

Democrat MPs challenge cannabis free for all linking it with a highly damaging drug culture

September 15, 2022

Culture, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Wednesday’s ultimatum by Democrat Party MPs to the government and the Bhumjaithai Party attempts to call a halt to a rolling process which has led… Read More ›

Krabi residents urge General Prawit to crack down on drugs as national poll gives him a thumbs down

Krabi residents urge General Prawit to crack down on drugs as national poll gives him a thumbs down

September 12, 2022

Crime, Living, Politics, Thailand:

National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) opinion poll on Sunday shows that more than 63% of people are not satisfied with the acting PM’s performance… Read More ›

Police reviewing complaint against German man Moritz Pfoh after royalist figure filed a statement

Police reviewing complaint against German man Moritz Pfoh after royalist figure filed a statement

September 6, 2022

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

The latest move comes as the Constitutional Court in Bangkok has signalled that it will address the situation regarding Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha’s tenure… Read More ›

Brothers of acting PM and senator to be quizzed by panel probing scandal over abusive policewoman

Brothers of acting PM and senator to be quizzed by panel probing scandal over abusive policewoman

September 1, 2022

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

A House committee chaired by former Police Commissioner and Thai Liberal Party leader General Sereepisuth Temeeyaves is to probe the facts which point towards corruption,… Read More ›

Insurgent Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) behind firebomb spree in the South raises the stakes in talks

Insurgent Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) behind firebomb spree in the South raises the stakes in talks

August 29, 2022

Crime, Culture, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Deadly attacks which killed one and injured eight were condemned by the government as an ‘outrage’ but are believed to have been a response to… Read More ›

Investigation into police woman’s maid abuse scandal raising serious questions about corruption

Investigation into police woman’s maid abuse scandal raising serious questions about corruption

August 25, 2022

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

It has emerged that the 43-year-old policewoman, jailed on Monday after being refused bail, was working within Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), the equivalent… Read More ›

Police woman who kept 30-year-old soldier as a slave rocks Thailand, exposing a hidden, dark culture

Police woman who kept 30-year-old soldier as a slave rocks Thailand, exposing a hidden, dark culture

August 21, 2022

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

Explosive details of a woman’s 2-year nightmare as a slave within the house of a serving Special Branch police woman who claimed to be the… Read More ›

Recreational cannabis use can be legalised under the current law being passed through parliament

Recreational cannabis use can be legalised under the current law being passed through parliament

August 19, 2022

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

Bullish Anutin, this week, argued that social problems caused by his campaign to decriminalise marijuana were negligible and even pointed to a provision in the… Read More ›

US party flies into Taiwan further inflaming already raised tensions with China over the island 

US party flies into Taiwan further inflaming already raised tensions with China over the island 

August 15, 2022

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

Dr Kurt Campbell, the key Biden administration advisor concerning Asia Pacific affairs, over the weekend, confirmed that the United States will conduct drills in waters… Read More ›

Nightlife until 4 am as poll shows plans to move foreign tourism upmarket a ‘recipe for disaster’

Nightlife until 4 am as poll shows plans to move foreign tourism upmarket a ‘recipe for disaster’

August 13, 2022

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

Changes to the worldwide travel industry since 2020 are more like back to the future. Industry surveys show travellers are looking for tried and trusted… Read More ›

Wife defends venue boss as Pattaya court grants him bail on charges including negligent homicide

Wife defends venue boss as Pattaya court grants him bail on charges including negligent homicide

August 9, 2022

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

Owner of the gutted and soon-to-be demolished entertainment venue in Sattahip, Pattaya promises to make amends to families of those who died and were injured… Read More ›

No circuit breaker at death trap nightlife spot in Sattahip, Chonburi as 15 people die in horror blaze 

No circuit breaker at death trap nightlife spot in Sattahip, Chonburi as 15 people die in horror blaze 

August 7, 2022

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

Top engineer says Thailand does not yet seem to have learned lessons from the Santika nightclub fire in Bangkok in 2009 which killed 66 people… Read More ›

Thai economy in an upswing with over 1 million foreign tourists in July powering higher GDP gains

Thai economy in an upswing with over 1 million foreign tourists in July powering higher GDP gains

August 3, 2022

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

Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha expressed optimism about the economic situation on Tuesday saying the kingdom’s prospects had not been as good since 2017. However,… Read More ›

Second case of monkeypox in Bangkok identified in a 47-year-old who had sex with foreign men

Second case of monkeypox in Bangkok identified in a 47-year-old who had sex with foreign men

July 28, 2022

Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

City’s public health services and officials are monitoring all public health facilities to identify possible new cases and track the activities of those who may… Read More ›

Mysterious African monkeypox sufferer arrested after illegally crossing the border into Cambodia

Mysterious African monkeypox sufferer arrested after illegally crossing the border into Cambodia

July 23, 2022

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

Monkeypox patient captured in Cambodia: African Osmond Chihazirim Nzerem identified a Chiang Mai language school as linked with his stay in Thailand on arrival last… Read More ›

Skeletal remains of a Canadian tourist who arrived on July 6th found on a vacant Pattaya brush site in the city

Skeletal remains of a Canadian tourist who arrived on July 6th found on a vacant Pattaya brush site in the city

July 16, 2022

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Girlfriend told Pattaya Police that she had not heard from her boyfriend since he arrived in Thailand and headed straight to Pattaya to begin his… Read More ›