Articles by: Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

First Omicron death as opinion poll results show public in favour of strong public health measures

First Omicron death as opinion poll results show public in favour of strong public health measures

January 17, 2022

Economy, Thailand:

Opinion poll shows the public still supports strict public health regulation and screening of incoming foreign tourists. It comes as the Ministry of Public Health… Read More ›

Pandemic drawing to a close, senior public health official says growing Omicron strain is harmless

Pandemic drawing to a close, senior public health official says growing Omicron strain is harmless

January 11, 2022

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

The speed at which Omicron is spreading as well as its more benign clinical outcomes could be the game-changer that brings an end to this… Read More ›

Tourism business owners think the unthinkable, the Omicron storm may bring with it good news over time

Tourism business owners think the unthinkable, the Omicron storm may bring with it good news over time

January 6, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The ‘Test and Go’ entry regime was not even given a hearing this week as senior public health officials simply dismissed the prospect of reviewing… Read More ›

Rogue Israeli tourist is taken into custody by Immigration Bureau police prior to deportation

Rogue Israeli tourist is taken into custody by Immigration Bureau police prior to deportation

December 30, 2021

Crime, Thailand:

The 29-year-old tested negative for COVID-19 consistently at Samui Hospital last week despite conflicting reports from Bangkok that he tested positive first for the Delta… Read More ›

Thai vaccine certs accepted in Europe as Omicron offers glimmers of hope for a virus fatigued world

Thai vaccine certs accepted in Europe as Omicron offers glimmers of hope for a virus fatigued world

December 26, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Public health officials are currently scrambling to control an emerging cluster in Kalasin caused by a returned couple from Belgium who travelled extensively in Kalasin… Read More ›

On the run Israeli tourist tracked down to Ko Samui, surrenders to authorities, taken to hospital

On the run Israeli tourist tracked down to Ko Samui, surrenders to authorities, taken to hospital

December 22, 2021

Crime, Living, Thailand:

29-year-old Ohan Baruch picked up a taxi last Saturday and paid ฿2,500 to be taken to Pattaya where he failed to check into a hotel… Read More ›

Omicron nightmare for already troubled tourism sector: plan to suspend ‘Test and Go’ entry route

Omicron nightmare for already troubled tourism sector: plan to suspend ‘Test and Go’ entry route

December 20, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Shock development will upend the recovery of the foreign tourism sector which only this week saw some life being breathed into foreign tourist hotspots such… Read More ›

Thai woman in New York appeals for tip offs to police on a mugger who sexually assaulted her on subway

Thai woman in New York appeals for tip offs to police on a mugger who sexually assaulted her on subway

December 16, 2021

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

A lawyer for Ms Jirajariyawetch said his client was left traumatised by the incident which occurred in the early hours of November 22nd last and… Read More ›

Thailand’s first female investigative police officer takes on deputy superintendent job in Surat Thani 

Thailand’s first female investigative police officer takes on deputy superintendent job in Surat Thani 

December 12, 2021

Crime, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Activists are calling for more gender equality within the force pointing to criminal cases involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of women which are a… Read More ›

Omicron has arrived in Thailand but top officials believe they can manage an escalating situation

Omicron has arrived in Thailand but top officials believe they can manage an escalating situation

December 6, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Officials are emphasising the need for no panic as Omicron has landed. Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha, over the weekend, reached out to the nightlife… Read More ›

Thailand pushes ahead with foreign tourism drive, may defer switch to antigen testing over Omicron

Thailand pushes ahead with foreign tourism drive, may defer switch to antigen testing over Omicron

November 29, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

A senior Thai public health official, on Monday, Dr Chawetsan Namwat, said his department had noted the mild symptoms being reported from the new Omicron… Read More ›

Health officials ask for a review of the list of 63 countries allowed to enter without quarantine on Covid fears

Health officials ask for a review of the list of 63 countries allowed to enter without quarantine on Covid fears

November 27, 2021

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is annoyed at reports of bars serving foreigners being open in central Bangkok as the door is shut on reopening… Read More ›

Nightlife to reopen on a certified basis as officials try to balance public health and the economy

Nightlife to reopen on a certified basis as officials try to balance public health and the economy

November 22, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

As Thailand’s reopening numbers are reassessed, a massive 94% of our readers see the kingdom’s tourism industry as synonymous with nightlife while figures from November… Read More ›

Thailand Pass is being upgraded but passenger stress stories continue with cancellation threats

Thailand Pass is being upgraded but passenger stress stories continue with cancellation threats

November 15, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thai World:

A UK man with a wife who was seeking to visit her terminally ill mother found the Thailand Pass application extremely stressful this week as… Read More ›

Husband bludgeons his wife with a cement pole on Monday in a country riven by domestic violence

Husband bludgeons his wife with a cement pole on Monday in a country riven by domestic violence

November 10, 2021

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

Thailand’s rate of suicide is 450% of that seen in the Philippines and 272% of that in Cambodia. The growing toll of domestic abuse cases,… Read More ›

Thailand’s first unicorn success story, hailed by Bangkok’s markets, turns over ฿9 billion a day

Thailand’s first unicorn success story, hailed by Bangkok’s markets, turns over ฿9 billion a day

November 6, 2021

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

This week former Minister of Finance Korn Chatikavanij described the outcome as a ‘joy’ for the nation as he warned that a fast-changing financial landscape… Read More ›

Kingdom may see up to 1 million tourists this year but it will be an uphill battle to get back to 2019

Kingdom may see up to 1 million tourists this year but it will be an uphill battle to get back to 2019

November 2, 2021

Economy, More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The decision by Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha to reopen the kingdom on the 1st November more decisively and liberally appears to be delivering results… Read More ›

US businessman in Bangkok kidnap plot seeks justice as police link him to damaging American TV report

US businessman in Bangkok kidnap plot seeks justice as police link him to damaging American TV report

October 29, 2021

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

Senior officers with the Food and Drug Administration in Thailand and police had already raided a warehouse run by Paddy the Room in Bangkok in… Read More ›

Russian and Indian travellers unhappy at entry rules for November 1st, call for simpler plans

Russian and Indian travellers unhappy at entry rules for November 1st, call for simpler plans

October 25, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

A key problem emerging for many tourist hotspots in Thailand for the high season is the problem with lack of recognition of the Russian Sputnik… Read More ›

Most tourists will be able to travel freely in Thailand once they pass their first test on arrival here

Most tourists will be able to travel freely in Thailand once they pass their first test on arrival here

October 23, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Details emerging on the November 1st reopening are encouraging and appear to show a determination by the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan ocha, to make… Read More ›