Economy

World inflation crisis may lead Bank of Thailand to act before August and raise interest rates more sharply

World inflation crisis may lead Bank of Thailand to act before August and raise interest rates more sharply

June 19, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Rapidly changing world financial environment where cash is king and looking like it is going to be more expensive as interest rates are set to… Read More ›

Boomtime with Thailand Pass gone by July 1st along with 2 am closing and face mask easing in public 

Boomtime with Thailand Pass gone by July 1st along with 2 am closing and face mask easing in public 

June 17, 2022

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Face mask requirement in public is abandoned except for crowded areas and places with poor ventilation such as public transport as Thailand drops all restrictions… Read More ›

US Defence Chief asserts Thailand’s position as a key military ally in a tense Indo-Pacific region

US Defence Chief asserts Thailand’s position as a key military ally in a tense Indo-Pacific region

June 17, 2022

Culture, Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Lloyd Austin, a career soldier who began work as a US Army lieutenant in the 1970s, cut an impressive figure in Bangkok this week after… Read More ›

Marijuana revolution and overdoses raise concern with calls for action to outlaw recreational use

Marijuana revolution and overdoses raise concern with calls for action to outlaw recreational use

June 15, 2022

Crime, Culture, Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Cannabis revolution places Thailand in danger: Police and drug control agencies agree that under the current legal provisions in force, unrestricted recreational use of cannabis… Read More ›

Visa free for all put forward by industry meeting hosted by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

Visa free for all put forward by industry meeting hosted by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

June 12, 2022

Economy, Thailand:

The proposals from the meeting which ranged from declaring Thailand mask-free outdoors to eliminating temperature checks on arrival, come as the kingdom’s foreign tourism numbers… Read More ›

Concern for the Thai baht and liquidity if Thailand does not move swiftly to raise interest rates

Concern for the Thai baht and liquidity if Thailand does not move swiftly to raise interest rates

June 10, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Some analysts in the United States suggest that interest rates there could reach 2.7% to 3% by the end of 2022 leading to a wider… Read More ›

Proposal to scrap Thailand Pass comes as moves to return to normal face a new hurdle: politics

Proposal to scrap Thailand Pass comes as moves to return to normal face a new hurdle: politics

June 7, 2022

Culture, Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Thailand’s economy is facing rising inflation and slowing export growth with fears of a GDP contraction in the second quarter. The scrapping of the Thailand… Read More ›

Conflicting signals nationwide and in Phuket on face mask mandate with two volte-faces this week

Conflicting signals nationwide and in Phuket on face mask mandate with two volte-faces this week

June 4, 2022

Culture, Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Impatience appears to be growing in the nightlife sector and across the foreign tourism industry for not only a return to full normality but stronger… Read More ›

Face masks back on as cabinet votes down end of mandate in June. Nightlife trade slams reopening

Face masks back on as cabinet votes down end of mandate in June. Nightlife trade slams reopening

May 31, 2022

Culture, Economy, Living, Thailand:

Nightlife business owner says his customers are not happy with seeing masseuses with face masks on while other operators slam the nervousness of the government… Read More ›

Monkeypox case in Thailand confirmed in transit passenger at Suvarnabhumi Airport last week 

Monkeypox case in Thailand confirmed in transit passenger at Suvarnabhumi Airport last week 

May 30, 2022

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

First case detected in Thailand is a transit passenger who only spent two hours at Suvarnabhumi Airport and was asymptomatic. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Public… Read More ›

Thailand Pass to be used in Monkeypox screening at airports with new RT-PCR test for the disease

Thailand Pass to be used in Monkeypox screening at airports with new RT-PCR test for the disease

May 26, 2022

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

Thailand puts itself on alert against Monkeypox. Officials underline that there is no need for the public to panic at this time as the Ministry… Read More ›

Mask mandate to be scrapped in Thailand from mid June in a boost for the foreign tourism sector

Mask mandate to be scrapped in Thailand from mid June in a boost for the foreign tourism sector

May 25, 2022

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

Visa Global Travel Plan Survey in recent weeks shows that 63% of foreign tourists come to Thailand seeking relaxation from modern life and particularly identified… Read More ›

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China’s rise 

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China’s rise 

May 23, 2022

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

The statement raises a question about the Pheu Thai Party’s position as well as that of Thaksin Shinawatra towards efforts by the current US administration… Read More ›

Thailand Pass app retained for foreign tourists but Thai nationals are to be exempted after June 1st

Thailand Pass app retained for foreign tourists but Thai nationals are to be exempted after June 1st

May 21, 2022

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

Minister Anutin told a public forum on Friday that the Thailand Pass application could still be scrapped but health officials need more time to examine… Read More ›

Thailand moves to defend its solar energy sector from a US probe into Chinese linked firms here

Thailand moves to defend its solar energy sector from a US probe into Chinese linked firms here

May 19, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Current tariffs in the United States were introduced by Trump in 2018 with some having been retained after a review by the Biden administration in… Read More ›

Prayut unveils 3 ‘R’ strategy for a deeper and broader partnership with the US on the economy

Prayut unveils 3 ‘R’ strategy for a deeper and broader partnership with the US on the economy

May 15, 2022

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

In an address to an audience representing the growing US Thai community, he spoke of his government’s success in maintaining stability, introducing new legislation and… Read More ›

Thai bond yields spike 20% as kingdom adopts a confident, pro growth pose amid capital flight

Thai bond yields spike 20% as kingdom adopts a confident, pro growth pose amid capital flight

May 14, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Patricia Mongkhonvanit of the Public Debt Management Office this week said that the government had been able to swap  ฿140 billion worth of long and… Read More ›

Face masks to be still needed in Thailand even after the emergency said Minster Anutin this week

Face masks to be still needed in Thailand even after the emergency said Minster Anutin this week

May 13, 2022

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

Minister still on a mission about face masks. A key committee within the Ministry of Public Health is looking to make sure that the public,… Read More ›

US to unveil new economic relations framework for Asia at ASEAN Summit as China warns of new cold war

US to unveil new economic relations framework for Asia at ASEAN Summit as China warns of new cold war

May 11, 2022

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

US ASEAN Summit is a contrast to the 2016 event with some tough talking expected behind the scenes as the United States continues to pursue… Read More ›

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

May 10, 2022

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

Embattled PM stresses that his government has preserved peace and stability and says any radical plans to boost incomes and address inequality will require a… Read More ›