Articles by: Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

Time up for some long-stay business owners as immigration warns of arrests after Saturday’s deadline

Time up for some long-stay business owners as immigration warns of arrests after Saturday’s deadline

September 22, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Particular problems associated with long-stay Non-Immigrant B visa holders under the present extraordinary conditions are being identified as the closure of the kingdom’s borders has… Read More ›

Fear and confusion in Thailand’s tourism industry as near-bankrupt hotels decline foreign tourists

Fear and confusion in Thailand’s tourism industry as near-bankrupt hotels decline foreign tourists

September 21, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Several initiatives including the ‘Phuket Model’ and only last week, a 9-month long-stay visa for foreign tourists, have been announced but nothing is yet finalised.… Read More ›

Bangkok condo industry leader calls urgently for government help as Chinese buyers have disappeared 

Bangkok condo industry leader calls urgently for government help as Chinese buyers have disappeared 

September 16, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The situation in the Bangkok condo market is still not clear but the absence of Chinese visitors, who enter the country as tourists, has had… Read More ›

Thais losing ฿8 billion a day in lost tourism with no guarantee of a return to past glory days of old at this point

Thais losing ฿8 billion a day in lost tourism with no guarantee of a return to past glory days of old at this point

September 14, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Thailand is facing a mounting bill for its draconian policy of sealing off the kingdom from foreign tourism and normal passenger flights. A Krung Thai… Read More ›

Crunch time for 2.5 million jobs as government dithers on whether to reopen to foreign tourism this year

Crunch time for 2.5 million jobs as government dithers on whether to reopen to foreign tourism this year

September 12, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

A UK travel consultancy has revealed that its studies of countries worldwide with large foreign tourist industries have shown that a combination of airport testing… Read More ›

VIP jetsetters holidayed in Phuket as government holds up foreign tourism due to local fears until October 31st

VIP jetsetters holidayed in Phuket as government holds up foreign tourism due to local fears until October 31st

September 10, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Centre for Economic Situation Administration official says that foreign tourists should be back by October 31st under the ‘Phuket model’ as research shows that over… Read More ›

Setback for Tourism Minister as Phuket model for foreign tourists put in doubt by an infected inmate

Setback for Tourism Minister as Phuket model for foreign tourists put in doubt by an infected inmate

September 7, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Minister of Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, appears to be pitted against the medical establishment in the kingdom with the minister hitting out last week… Read More ›

Visa amnesty to end with 30-day extensions on application as the focus moves to long-stay visa holders

Visa amnesty to end with 30-day extensions on application as the focus moves to long-stay visa holders

September 6, 2020

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Foreign embassies will provide the required letters but only where appropriate according to the UK mission as certain financial facilities are being offered to both… Read More ›

Defiant protest leaders opt for jail over freedom before the court in Bangkok to rally public support

Defiant protest leaders opt for jail over freedom before the court in Bangkok to rally public support

September 4, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Police at Samran Rat police station had rearrested the two key protest leaders, 35-year-old Mr Arnon Nampa and 24-year-old Panupong Jadnok for breach of their… Read More ›

Thai army strengthens security along the Burmese border to defend against super infectious strain of Covid 19

Thai army strengthens security along the Burmese border to defend against super infectious strain of Covid 19

September 1, 2020

Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Checkpoints with the kingdom’s western neighbour, except for Kanchanaburi province, remain open for now but provincial authorities have been ordered by the Interior Ministry in… Read More ›

Tourists able to stay in Thailand for up to nine months under planned new ‘Longstay’ entry visa being proposed

Tourists able to stay in Thailand for up to nine months under planned new ‘Longstay’ entry visa being proposed

August 31, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Research conducted in Phuket has shown that European visitors to the paradise island spend more. Last year, they accounted for 17% of passengers but were… Read More ›

Australian and New Zealand tourists first to return to Phuket in the coming few weeks as a pilot run

Australian and New Zealand tourists first to return to Phuket in the coming few weeks as a pilot run

August 30, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, has given assurances that the reopening of Thailand to foreign tourism is going ahead. He revealed that… Read More ›

65-year-old man in Bangkok commits suicide over his mortgage arrears already paid off by his son

65-year-old man in Bangkok commits suicide over his mortgage arrears already paid off by his son

August 29, 2020

Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The body of the 65-year-old man who suffered from diabetes was pulled from the Chao Phraya River on Thursday in what appears to be a… Read More ›

Broader opening of Thailand to tourists may be on but only with robust health controls says PM

Broader opening of Thailand to tourists may be on but only with robust health controls says PM

August 27, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha explains that the move to allow foreign tourists back was designed to benefit local people who work in tourism concerns… Read More ›

American man’s home in Phetchabun found to be illegal after complaints from locals prompts probe

American man’s home in Phetchabun found to be illegal after complaints from locals prompts probe

August 23, 2020

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Nightmare day for American man living in Phetchabun province. Resort type house had been built on two land plots awarded following a cabinet resolution in… Read More ›

Tourism is coming back to Phuket with a wave of visitors expected from October in a surprising move

Tourism is coming back to Phuket with a wave of visitors expected from October in a surprising move

August 22, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The breakthrough may turn Phuket from a ghost town into a boomtown in October as many foreigners from around the world waiting outside Thailand’s closed… Read More ›

Mom charged with putting her 4-year-old son in a coma after the boy soiled his bed on Mother’s Day

Mom charged with putting her 4-year-old son in a coma after the boy soiled his bed on Mother’s Day

August 20, 2020

Crime, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Police are seeking further information from Bhumibol Hospital in the Sai Mai area of Bangkok on the boy’s injuries after detaining his mother and her… Read More ›

Austrian dies in Phuket motorbike smash after passenger van collision – alcohol tests ordered in police probe

Austrian dies in Phuket motorbike smash after passenger van collision – alcohol tests ordered in police probe

August 19, 2020

Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Police Captain Channarong Pakrongkeua of Karon Police Station has ordered medical tests on the body of the Austrian man who died and the passenger van… Read More ›

Top doc wants a halt to all foreigners entering Thailand again warning of a 2nd virus breakout due to the influx

Top doc wants a halt to all foreigners entering Thailand again warning of a 2nd virus breakout due to the influx

August 15, 2020

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

New Economic Centre established this week and plans to be put forward by the Minister of Public Health to build a vaccine factory show Thailand… Read More ›

New ministers take the reins in a formal audience with King Rama X & Queen Suthida at Dusit Palace

New ministers take the reins in a formal audience with King Rama X & Queen Suthida at Dusit Palace

August 13, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Ceremony on Wednesday took place at the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. Seven ministers took their oaths of office before the King and Queen. Thailand’s new… Read More ›