Articles by: Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

Dysfunction hits reopening of Thailand to tourism as Health Minister dismisses October 1st date

Dysfunction hits reopening of Thailand to tourism as Health Minister dismisses October 1st date

September 18, 2021

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Talk of lifting the alcohol ban on Phuket is scrapped as the island faces an escalating COVID-19 outbreak and is pursuing a third booster vaccine… Read More ›

New plan for the Thai economy could see an elite foreign visa scheme generate up to 6% of GDP

New plan for the Thai economy could see an elite foreign visa scheme generate up to 6% of GDP

September 15, 2021

Economy, Thailand:

The new scheme, if successful, will see Thailand charting a more innovative course to economic development which diverges from conventional thinking. The country already has… Read More ›

Police probe ‘child sacrifice’ claim in case of an abducted 23-month-old little girl from a Chiang Mai village

Police probe ‘child sacrifice’ claim in case of an abducted 23-month-old little girl from a Chiang Mai village

September 11, 2021

Crime, Thailand:

The bizarre case of Nong Gina has echoes of the tragic story of little Nong Chompoo whose body was found on a mountainside in Mukdahan… Read More ›

New emergency law planned as official says half the people in Bangkok may have contracted COVID

New emergency law planned as official says half the people in Bangkok may have contracted COVID

September 9, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

The Thai Council of State is currently reviewing a draft public health emergency law which will come to parliament in November to replace the Emergency… Read More ›

Crisis averted in parliament as MPs coup plot against the Prime Minister melts in goodwill at crucial meeting

Crisis averted in parliament as MPs coup plot against the Prime Minister melts in goodwill at crucial meeting

September 4, 2021

More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

In a fierce censure debate this week, opposition party MPs came forward with revelation after revelation while government MPs and ministers, apart from the Prime… Read More ›

October reopening of foreign tourism to Thailand could be another false dawn with cumbersome entry regime

October reopening of foreign tourism to Thailand could be another false dawn with cumbersome entry regime

August 30, 2021

Economy, Thailand:

With a floundering Phuket Sandbox which followed the now-forgotten Special Tourist Visa, the message for the Thai government on recovering the foreign tourism industry is… Read More ›

‘Ferrari Jo’ arrested by police, accuses the media of slandering him, says it made him feel suicidal on the run

‘Ferrari Jo’ arrested by police, accuses the media of slandering him, says it made him feel suicidal on the run

August 27, 2021

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

The case of ‘Ferrari Jo’ or former Police Colonel Thitisan Utthanaphon has already thrown some curves as lawyers begin to plan a defence for the… Read More ›

Revenue Department officials including a former Director-general stay behind bars, jailed for life

Revenue Department officials including a former Director-general stay behind bars, jailed for life

August 23, 2021

Crime, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Moves over the weekend to release the men before they had lodged an appeal against the verdict and sentence handed down last week, backfired as… Read More ›

Grenade attack on police in Din Daeng leaves 7 officers wounded as up to 8 youths are arrested in police charge

Grenade attack on police in Din Daeng leaves 7 officers wounded as up to 8 youths are arrested in police charge

August 21, 2021

Crime, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Signal by the police commissioner of a softer tone on Saturday was accompanied by the removal of a container barricade which has been the focus… Read More ›

Nattawut may face sedition charges as successful ‘big honk’ rally later gave way to running clashes

Nattawut may face sedition charges as successful ‘big honk’ rally later gave way to running clashes

August 15, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Clashes between police riot control squads and young activists well into the evening and past curfew followed an emotional appeal by Sunday’s rally leader, Mr… Read More ›

Redshirt leader calls for a peaceful rally with car horns blaring for removal of the Prime Minister

Redshirt leader calls for a peaceful rally with car horns blaring for removal of the Prime Minister

August 13, 2021

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

Former cabinet minister and redshirt activist, Nattawut Saikuar, says Sunday’s rally in which car horns will blare during the national anthem calling for Prime Minister… Read More ›

Accused tells press he murdered the Swiss tourist last week in Phuket and stole ฿300 for drugs and orange juice

Accused tells press he murdered the Swiss tourist last week in Phuket and stole ฿300 for drugs and orange juice

August 8, 2021

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

A sad story indeed: Death of the ‘innocent’ Swiss woman revealed as a senseless yet brutal murder at the hands of a man in the… Read More ›

Police: truthful reporting not a target as a state official is arrested over false online coup reports in Chachoengsao 

Police: truthful reporting not a target as a state official is arrested over false online coup reports in Chachoengsao 

August 2, 2021

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

The legal provision approved last week has sparked protests from the media and has damaged further Thailand’s reputation abroad, where the provisions are seen as… Read More ›

Western nations and Japan come to Thailand’s assistance as the COVID-19 emergency escalates

Western nations and Japan come to Thailand’s assistance as the COVID-19 emergency escalates

July 29, 2021

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

A further 1 million vaccine doses from the United States, as well as 1.1 million antigen test kits and ventilators donated by Switzerland, announced in… Read More ›

Gold medalist pays solemn respect to her father as she makes her triumphant return to Thailand

Gold medalist pays solemn respect to her father as she makes her triumphant return to Thailand

July 26, 2021

Culture, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The Gold medal win last Saturday has given some encouragement to many ordinary Thais who feel deeply the sense of helplessness that pervades the kingdom… Read More ›

PM says Thailand will reopen fully to foreign tourism as infections and deaths continue to rise daily

PM says Thailand will reopen fully to foreign tourism as infections and deaths continue to rise daily

July 22, 2021

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

General Prayut asked top CEOs to work with the government and try to avoid conflict at this time. He said cooperation between all parties was… Read More ›

Big joke and top officials shore up the Sandbox tourist initiative on Phuket which begins to shows promise

Big joke and top officials shore up the Sandbox tourist initiative on Phuket which begins to shows promise

July 20, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The Thai government increasingly sees the Phuket initiative as critical to the country’s economic objectives. Last weekend, a high powered delegation, including former Immigration Bureau… Read More ›

Crisis over AstraZeneca vaccine doses threatens to undermine the government as virus surge grows

Crisis over AstraZeneca vaccine doses threatens to undermine the government as virus surge grows

July 18, 2021

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

Fears for Thailand’s critical vaccination campaign which now looks like it will fall well short of the government’s target to vaccinate 70% of the population… Read More ›

Vaccine cocktail approved on Monday placed under review causing provincial suspensions of rollout

Vaccine cocktail approved on Monday placed under review causing provincial suspensions of rollout

July 14, 2021

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

Study into side effects ordered by the PM after top doctor already presented his emphatic findings based on a study involving 1,200 patients at King… Read More ›

Top tourists soured by red tape, hyper regulation is killing off enthusiasm for the Phuket sandbox among fans

Top tourists soured by red tape, hyper regulation is killing off enthusiasm for the Phuket sandbox among fans

July 12, 2021

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

Two more foreign tourists within the Phuket sandbox test positive while the province has just announced its first Delta virus case as schools close for… Read More ›