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Cannabis law emerges as a big political threat to the coalition judging by what happened in 2022 revolt

Cannabis law emerges as a big political threat to the coalition judging by what happened in 2022 revolt

April 3, 2024

Culture, Living, Media, Politics, Thailand:

Coalition rift appears over draft cannabis law. PM’s scathing remarks on cannabis and the industry surrounding it have sparked tension. Prime Minister’s position on cannabis… Read More ›

Same-sex marriage law passed by lower house. Next comes a law to legalise prostitution in Thailand

Same-sex marriage law passed by lower house. Next comes a law to legalise prostitution in Thailand

March 28, 2024

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House of Representatives passes a Gay Marriage law. Legislators next will tackle legalising Prostitution. Historic strides in human rights anticipated as PM Srettha’s government leads… Read More ›

Surrogacy services to be opened up to foreigners in a volte-face on a 2015 junta law which outlawed it entirely

Surrogacy services to be opened up to foreigners in a volte-face on a 2015 junta law which outlawed it entirely

March 4, 2024

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

Surrogacy regime to be thawed in Thailand as the Pheu Thai-led government greenlights foreign couples to access surrogacy services in the kingdom. The shift from… Read More ›

Full steam ahead on LGBTQ rights in Thailand, new gender identity law ordered by the PM at cabinet

Full steam ahead on LGBTQ rights in Thailand, new gender identity law ordered by the PM at cabinet

February 20, 2024

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PM orders Gender recognition law. LGBTQ rights advancing rapidly in Thailand. The first Southeast Asian nation to legalise same-sex marriage expected alongside recognition of alternative… Read More ›

Ice cream Spiderman flies the flag for Thailand online as video clip from Surat Thani goes viral abroad

Ice cream Spiderman flies the flag for Thailand online as video clip from Surat Thani goes viral abroad

February 17, 2024

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Ice Cream Spiderman boosts Thailand’s soft power! Viral TikTok clip from Surat Thani goes global. It showcases Thai quirkiness and a love of culinary delights.… Read More ›

Elephant pants should be a Thai success story. Instead, it is a story of economic policy failure as manufacturing slips 

Elephant pants should be a Thai success story. Instead, it is a story of economic policy failure as manufacturing slips 

February 4, 2024

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Thailand’s economic struggles take centre stage as the global success of elephant pants reveals a harsh truth – over 70% are manufactured in China. The… Read More ›

29-year-old turned down position as an MP and resigned from Bhumjaithai Party in a striking move

29-year-old turned down position as an MP and resigned from Bhumjaithai Party in a striking move

January 21, 2024

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In a stunning act, 29-year-old actress and singer, Chontida Asavahame, rejects an MP seat and leaves the Bhumjaithai Party. The daughter of a powerful political… Read More ›

Experts say Sakon Nakhon killer is sane but a severe personality disorder drove his utterly evil actions 

Experts say Sakon Nakhon killer is sane but a severe personality disorder drove his utterly evil actions 

January 19, 2024

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In a chilling incident that rocked Sakon Nakhon, a 35-year-old, dubbed ‘John Ark Iron,’ drowned his father and autistic sister in specially crafted steel coffins.… Read More ›

Couple brutally murdered in Trang province over an ongoing feud linked to a rubber tree dispute

Couple brutally murdered in Trang province over an ongoing feud linked to a rubber tree dispute

January 16, 2024

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

Rubber tree feud ends in brutal slaying: Husband and wife, Nitikorn and Chananthita, gunned down, set ablaze in rural Trang. Ongoing land feud revealed as… Read More ›

Thai PM and top leaders fly the flag at Davos as IMF says AI benefits  wealthier countries far more

Thai PM and top leaders fly the flag at Davos as IMF says AI benefits wealthier countries far more

January 15, 2024

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Thai PM Srettha Thavisin leads at Davos, rallying ‘Team Thailand’ with top execs. IMF warns AI benefits wealthier nations more, posing challenges for Thailand. The… Read More ›

Blind man conned out of land by his deceased mother’s younger sister after signing up for a loan

Blind man conned out of land by his deceased mother’s younger sister after signing up for a loan

January 10, 2024

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

Blind man’s heartbreaking betrayal as his Aunt swindles his land for a loan. In a week of uplifting financial disability support hikes, Mr Likhit’s tale… Read More ›

Film and creative revolution being brewed by ‘Ung Ing’ to transform Thailand’s global soft power

Film and creative revolution being brewed by ‘Ung Ing’ to transform Thailand’s global soft power

January 5, 2024

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Ung Ing, the dynamic leader of Pheu Thai, unveils a bold plan for Thailand’s film industry transformation. Proposing a new law and creative agency, the… Read More ›

Either way, senators predict Srettha to last 2024 in power but the Thaksin issue must be defused quickly

Either way, senators predict Srettha to last 2024 in power but the Thaksin issue must be defused quickly

December 31, 2023

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Amidst political twists and predictions, senators foresee Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin lasting the year in 2024. However, the simmering Thaksin Shinawatra imprisonment issue demands resolution… Read More ›

Police prosecution of underage Siam Paragon mass shooter deemed ‘illegal’ by prosecutors for now

Police prosecution of underage Siam Paragon mass shooter deemed ‘illegal’ by prosecutors for now

December 28, 2023

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

In a shocking turn, the Prosecution Office for Juvenile and Family Cases rejects the case against the 14-year-old Siam Paragon shooter. Citing an ‘illegal’ investigation… Read More ›

Thai uncle vows to appeal after being handed 20 years over the death of 3 year old ‘Nong Chompoo’ in Mukdahan

Thai uncle vows to appeal after being handed 20 years over the death of 3 year old ‘Nong Chompoo’ in Mukdahan

December 21, 2023

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

It is a heart-wrenching case that gripped the nation. Uncle Phol on Tuesday received a 20-year sentence over the mysterious death of 3-year-old Nong Chompoo… Read More ›

Time for dithering on tourist insurance to stop as PM orders universal coverage for all visitors to Thailand

Time for dithering on tourist insurance to stop as PM orders universal coverage for all visitors to Thailand

December 20, 2023

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Thailand finally ditches the long-delayed tourist levy. The PM orders universal insurance for all foreign tourists and visitors to Thailand. Will it revive confidence or… Read More ›

Party in Thailand as nightlife opens until 4 am while more airport police are drafted in to meet demand

Party in Thailand as nightlife opens until 4 am while more airport police are drafted in to meet demand

December 17, 2023

Culture, Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand gears up for a vibrant holiday season with extended nightlife hours until 4 am and Suvarnabhumi Airport anticipating over 150,000 daily arrivals. Deputy Prime… Read More ›

Bhumjaithai and Anutin plan Thailand’s education agenda with an emphasis on national pride and ethical, civic duties 

Bhumjaithai and Anutin plan Thailand’s education agenda with an emphasis on national pride and ethical, civic duties 

December 14, 2023

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

In a bold move, Thailand’s Bhumjaithai Party shifts focus to national pride in education. However, with dismal PISA scores and debates on conservatism versus progress,… Read More ›

Jim Thompson the original ‘farang’ who ushered in the heyday of the expat in 20th century Thailand

Jim Thompson the original ‘farang’ who ushered in the heyday of the expat in 20th century Thailand

December 12, 2023

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American entrepreneur, spy and silk magnate, Jim Thompson, left a lasting imprint on Thailand. His journey from World War II spy to silk merchant and… Read More ›

Chinese top visa holder summoned and fined over distorted claims about Bangkok’s notorious Nana 

Chinese top visa holder summoned and fined over distorted claims about Bangkok’s notorious Nana 

December 8, 2023

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

Chinese social media influencer, Zi Yu Wang, who entered Thailand on an exclusive Thai Privilege visa, faced possible deportation after being summoned over a Tik… Read More ›