Articles by: Joseph O' Connor and Son Nguyen

Thai industry must adapt to new technology, a big factor in a new, more competitive world economy

Thai industry must adapt to new technology, a big factor in a new, more competitive world economy

June 27, 2019

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

The candid analysis by the Thai Prime Minister at a Bangkok seminar on Monday was refreshing. It shows that Thailand is, at least, preparing to… Read More ›

Crunch for Thai economy as exports dive. Fears that Thai baht has become a focus of speculation

Crunch for Thai economy as exports dive. Fears that Thai baht has become a focus of speculation

June 23, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

The effects of the US-China trade war has been nothing short of devastating for Thai exports so far. Thailand has found its manufacturing base pulled… Read More ›

Caterpillar pest a threat to Thai farms and if not tackled, could lead to higher food prices – experts

Caterpillar pest a threat to Thai farms and if not tackled, could lead to higher food prices – experts

June 21, 2019

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

The fall armyworm pest has already arrived in 50 out of 76 Thai provinces. It is a timely reminder of why farmers still need to… Read More ›

Thailand’s new democracy cannot claim victory as old strifes open up against a weak government

Thailand’s new democracy cannot claim victory as old strifes open up against a weak government

June 18, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

New cabinet, once it is sworn in, will replace the National Council for Peace and Order which has been in power since 2014. It is… Read More ›

Fate of key ministries will be the opening indicator on how the new Thai government proceeds from here

Fate of key ministries will be the opening indicator on how the new Thai government proceeds from here

June 11, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Some within the Democrat and Bhumjaitai parties seem to have forgotten that this new parliament is operating under a very different constitutional dispensation. A difficult… Read More ›

Prayut wins vote to be Thailand’s Prime Minister in marathon 12 hour session of parliament in Bangkok

Prayut wins vote to be Thailand’s Prime Minister in marathon 12 hour session of parliament in Bangkok

June 5, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The 29th Thai Prime Minister now moves on to form his second government which will face a very different political environment to the last one… Read More ›

Thailand could introduce tourist tax or levy next year as expert group begins to examine plans

Thailand could introduce tourist tax or levy next year as expert group begins to examine plans

May 30, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Japan this year introduced a tourist or ‘Sayonara’ tax of ¥1,000 in January or $9 or ฿300 approximately payable on leaving the country. This does… Read More ›

Thai parliament in session as Thailand begins a new political era with a surprise for Pheu Thai

Thai parliament in session as Thailand begins a new political era with a surprise for Pheu Thai

May 26, 2019

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

It is reported that the vote on Thailand’s next Prime Minister will take place in the next week as the  existing government supporting parties look… Read More ›

Economic threats the biggest challenge now for Prayut as he seeks to form new Thai government

Economic threats the biggest challenge now for Prayut as he seeks to form new Thai government

May 23, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

As the new Thai parliament opens, figure out this week show Thailand’s exports declined in the first quarter by up to 2% and the rate… Read More ›

Thailand’s high tech eastern corridor faces a shortage of skilled technology workers in the next five years

Thailand’s high tech eastern corridor faces a shortage of skilled technology workers in the next five years

May 21, 2019

Economy, More News from Thailand, Personal, Thailand:

The Chairman of the Human Resource Development Centre for the Thai government’s flagship project has called for more Thai students to pursue vocational training as… Read More ›

PM to be elected Prime Minister under key constitutional provisions by the end of May as new era begins

PM to be elected Prime Minister under key constitutional provisions by the end of May as new era begins

May 15, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The 2017 Constitution provides for the election of a Prime Minister under Section 159 and Section 272. The charter provides for an exception within 5… Read More ›

Election results confirmed: premiership of Prayut looks likely as opposition faces a steep climb

Election results confirmed: premiership of Prayut looks likely as opposition faces a steep climb

May 8, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s new senate is due to also be confirmed shortly as its 250 handpicked members get ready to play a new, more powerful role under… Read More ›

Thailand’s PM commits to a global world vision as the country signs up to China’s belt and road

Thailand’s PM commits to a global world vision as the country signs up to China’s belt and road

April 28, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The speech by the Thai Prime Minister went further than just trade and suggested a greater convergence between all the countries involved on regulation, the… Read More ›

Debt means death as a crazed Thai man slaughters his loving wife and children in Bangkok in horror scene

Debt means death as a crazed Thai man slaughters his loving wife and children in Bangkok in horror scene

April 27, 2019

Crime, Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The top police boss in the Bangkok’s Metropolitan area has ordered that the investigation into the murder of a Thai wife and her two daughters… Read More ›

Police in Chiang Mai reported to be looking at new legal action against UK man freed on phone theft

Police in Chiang Mai reported to be looking at new legal action against UK man freed on phone theft

April 26, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

Reporting of the story of 29 year old Chris Dodd, who was arrested and jailed in Thailand on suspicion of the theft of a smartphone,… Read More ›

June predicted as a key moment for Thai economy and value of the Thai baht as it declines slightly

June predicted as a key moment for Thai economy and value of the Thai baht as it declines slightly

April 25, 2019

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

The confidence generated both at home and abroad by Thailand’s election on March 24th may be in danger of being lost as political uncertainty grows.… Read More ›

Thailand and Cambodia move closer together with new rail and flights to boost trade, business and tourism

Thailand and Cambodia move closer together with new rail and flights to boost trade, business and tourism

April 24, 2019

Economy, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The new Air Asia flights from the airline’s growing domestic and international hub at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok to Sihanoukville will take off four… Read More ›

Prime Minister welcomes news that Thai economy is the world’s happiest in Bloomberg index for a second year

Prime Minister welcomes news that Thai economy is the world’s happiest in Bloomberg index for a second year

April 21, 2019

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

The Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha has welcomed this week’s Bloomberg Misery Index which lists Thailand as the least miserable country in the world… Read More ›

Thailand’s top economic officials warn politicians that a stable government and leadership is needed

Thailand’s top economic officials warn politicians that a stable government and leadership is needed

April 21, 2019

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

Right now Thailand’s economy is being held hostage by events on the international stage increasingly driven by a hawkish tone since the advent of Trump… Read More ›

Thai Property market looks less rosy this year with lending curbs although high end market remains strong

Thai Property market looks less rosy this year with lending curbs although high end market remains strong

April 15, 2019

Economy, More News from Thailand, Personal, Thailand:

New lending restrictions imposed by the Bank of Thailand on April 1st are a key point of concern for the executives at many listed Thai… Read More ›