Articles by: Joseph O' Connor and Son Nguyen

Evil struck a Thai island on Sunday when a local brutally raped and murdered a German woman

Evil struck a Thai island on Sunday when a local brutally raped and murdered a German woman

April 10, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Thai local people gathered on the popular island of Koh Si Chang, just 12 km from Chonburi and north west of Pattaya on Tuesday. They… Read More ›

Thai Motor show ends with a motor industry in good health but facing key challenges and changes ahead

Thai Motor show ends with a motor industry in good health but facing key challenges and changes ahead

April 9, 2019

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

The huge Bangkok International Motor Show closed its doors last Sunday on another successful event representing Thailand’s strong motor industry driven by Thailand’s emerging middle… Read More ›

Stakes high for Thanathorn as police suggest they have enough evidence for trial on 2015 sedition charge

Stakes high for Thanathorn as police suggest they have enough evidence for trial on 2015 sedition charge

April 4, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Two versions of the evening of June 24th at Pathum Wan police station in Bangkok are emerging. In one, Thai authorities are suggesting that a… Read More ›

Thaksin, Thailand’s ex premier, has previous honours removed by the military and monarchy within days

Thaksin, Thailand’s ex premier, has previous honours removed by the military and monarchy within days

April 1, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thaksin’s honours were removed by royal command last weekend in statement in the Royal Gazette which alluded to his flight from Thailand, breaking bail conditions… Read More ›

Thai baht is the key reason for the continued faltering of Thailand’s exports and cross border trade

Thai baht is the key reason for the continued faltering of Thailand’s exports and cross border trade

March 27, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Figures for trade for the first two months of 2019 show a continuation of a trend that began in 2018. Thailand’s exports are declining. One… Read More ›

Thailand’s election result: Prayuth will return as Prime Minister with big turnout and new political landscape

Thailand’s election result: Prayuth will return as Prime Minister with big turnout and new political landscape

March 24, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan ocha, looks set to retain the premiership when the new parliament meets at the end of May or early June… Read More ›

Fake news becomes an issue in the Thai election as polling day nears with old battle lines emerging

Fake news becomes an issue in the Thai election as polling day nears with old battle lines emerging

March 20, 2019

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

Election commission shows off its election war room to combat fake news on social media as poll approaches. Thai TV program airs fake audio clip… Read More ›

‘I’m not part of the elite’ vows Thanathorn as he gears up for political office after the Thai election

‘I’m not part of the elite’ vows Thanathorn as he gears up for political office after the Thai election

March 18, 2019

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

No one knows the extent of the breakthrough, if any at all, that the Future Forward Party will achieve after the March 24th election but… Read More ›

Wanted Thai fraudster dies as he tried to evade police in disguise and cast his vote in Thailand’s election

Wanted Thai fraudster dies as he tried to evade police in disguise and cast his vote in Thailand’s election

March 17, 2019

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

Thai police were shocked to discover that a wanted 43 year old fraudster, who was sought by them on several provincial court warrants and in… Read More ›

Future Forward Party and leader are Thai junta’s worst nightmare in March 24th general election

Future Forward Party and leader are Thai junta’s worst nightmare in March 24th general election

March 14, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Facing a projected record turnout in the March 24th election, there can be no doubt that the Thai public is enthusiastic. As well as 96%… Read More ›

Thai Raksa Chart Party disbanded by the Thai Constitutional Court in Bangkok after Princess PM move

Thai Raksa Chart Party disbanded by the Thai Constitutional Court in Bangkok after Princess PM move

March 7, 2019

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

Thai Constitutional Court disbands political party that stunned Thailand on February 8th last when it nominated Thai Princess Ubolratana, the older sister of the Thai… Read More ›

Kiwi who created a $50 million ‘legal high’ drugs empire in New Zealand dies in Thai prison after visa arrest

Kiwi who created a $50 million ‘legal high’ drugs empire in New Zealand dies in Thai prison after visa arrest

March 4, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Sad end for a Kiwi who was trail blazer in the world of synthetic drugs or ‘legal highs’ nearly a decade ago in New Zealand.… Read More ›

Internet tax waits as Thai government reveals a buoyant yield – many taxpayers receive a refund

Internet tax waits as Thai government reveals a buoyant yield – many taxpayers receive a refund

February 28, 2019

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

The fast take up in the rate of online income tax returns in Thailand augurs well for an emerging digital economy. The Thai Revenue Department… Read More ›

40 year old Thai billionaire and emerging election winner may face prosecution for Facebook post

40 year old Thai billionaire and emerging election winner may face prosecution for Facebook post

February 24, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Future Forward Party and its radical leader could emerge after the March 24th election as a new voice in Thai politics and one of… Read More ›

Al Araibi could sue Australia as Thai officials suggest Bahrain’s extradition request was valid

Al Araibi could sue Australia as Thai officials suggest Bahrain’s extradition request was valid

February 19, 2019

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

The Head of Australia’s Border Force, Michael Outram, this week admitted that Australian officials indirectly caused the arrest of Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand on November… Read More ›

Thailand’s economy is robustly healthy while strong baht piles pressure on western foreigners

Thailand’s economy is robustly healthy while strong baht piles pressure on western foreigners

February 17, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The latest growth figures to the end of 2018 are expected to underline the resilience of the Thai economy which is well balanced and has… Read More ›

UK lad was riding his motorbike illegally when killed in January – bike shop fined by Thai police for offence

UK lad was riding his motorbike illegally when killed in January – bike shop fined by Thai police for offence

February 13, 2019

Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

Thai police have fined the motorbike shop that rented the motorbike that 17-year-old Anthony Ryan was riding when he met his death on January 24th… Read More ›

Election commission calls for Thai court to disband political party which nominated the Thai princess

Election commission calls for Thai court to disband political party which nominated the Thai princess

February 12, 2019

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s Election Commission confirmed on Wednesday that it had decided to recommend the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party. It first appeared that it… Read More ›

Thailand faces economic and political tests in 2019 but soon joins the biggest trade bloc in the world

Thailand faces economic and political tests in 2019 but soon joins the biggest trade bloc in the world

February 11, 2019

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand is pressing hard to forge export markets and keep its economy powered up as deteriorating world conditions as well as the political turbulence and… Read More ›

Thai King intervenes to put a stop to a controversial political move that could have turned politics on its head

Thai King intervenes to put a stop to a controversial political move that could have turned politics on its head

February 9, 2019

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

In the aftermath of the Thai King’s intervention via a statement published through the Thai Royal Gazette, it is now clear that he may have… Read More ›