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Bank of Thailand boss hints at a digital baht which may help revive the virus ravaged cash economy

Bank of Thailand boss hints at a digital baht which may help revive the virus ravaged cash economy

September 13, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

New digital currency will be secure but it will need to be traceable to prevent fraud while offering its users far more security. The ‘new… Read More ›

Warning from Pattaya hotel industry boss of a Chinese takeover, loss of income to the wider Thai economy

Warning from Pattaya hotel industry boss of a Chinese takeover, loss of income to the wider Thai economy

September 11, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, last week talked of a nationwide reopening to foreign tourists without quarantine based on the kingdom… Read More ›

New emergency law planned as official says half the people in Bangkok may have contracted COVID

New emergency law planned as official says half the people in Bangkok may have contracted COVID

September 9, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

The Thai Council of State is currently reviewing a draft public health emergency law which will come to parliament in November to replace the Emergency… Read More ›

Thailand to halt Sinovac use after October as Foreign Minister cites damage to Thai Chinese ties

Thailand to halt Sinovac use after October as Foreign Minister cites damage to Thai Chinese ties

September 7, 2021

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Deputy Director at the Department of Disease Control says Sinovac will not be ordered when stocks run out after October but said the vaccine, because… Read More ›

Drug party racket busted on Ko Samui with 47 year old Russian arrested in Immigration Bureau raid on home

Drug party racket busted on Ko Samui with 47 year old Russian arrested in Immigration Bureau raid on home

September 3, 2021

Crime, Living, Thailand:

Russian told arresting police that he was supplied with a wide range of drugs by another Russian national. Police seized a large and wide-ranging quantity… Read More ›

‘Ferrari Jo’ arrested by police, accuses the media of slandering him, says it made him feel suicidal on the run

‘Ferrari Jo’ arrested by police, accuses the media of slandering him, says it made him feel suicidal on the run

August 27, 2021

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

The case of ‘Ferrari Jo’ or former Police Colonel Thitisan Utthanaphon has already thrown some curves as lawyers begin to plan a defence for the… Read More ›

Officials switch to prioritising economic recovery as CCSA expected to agree a new Covid approach

Officials switch to prioritising economic recovery as CCSA expected to agree a new Covid approach

August 25, 2021

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

The baht rallied by 1% on Tuesday along with the stock exchange after it became clear that the Thai government is intent on reopening the… Read More ›

Prime Minister calls for unity as he promises the kingdom is set to make a sustainable recovery from the crisis

Prime Minister calls for unity as he promises the kingdom is set to make a sustainable recovery from the crisis

August 22, 2021

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

A Suan Dusit economic opinion poll on Sunday appears to show a more resilient population with 32.31% of people saying they could survive for between… Read More ›

Bigger crisis than 1997 as taxis give up and central bank urges up to ฿1 trillion more in public debt

Bigger crisis than 1997 as taxis give up and central bank urges up to ฿1 trillion more in public debt

August 17, 2021

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

The economy continues to be impacted by extended lockdown measures and trillions of baht lost through the effective closure of the foreign tourism industry. Amid… Read More ›

Redshirt leader calls for a peaceful rally with car horns blaring for removal of the Prime Minister

Redshirt leader calls for a peaceful rally with car horns blaring for removal of the Prime Minister

August 13, 2021

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

Former cabinet minister and redshirt activist, Nattawut Saikuar, says Sunday’s rally in which car horns will blare during the national anthem calling for Prime Minister… Read More ›

Military asked to help quell protests as mob, targeting PM’s home, burn out small roadside police office

Military asked to help quell protests as mob, targeting PM’s home, burn out small roadside police office

August 12, 2021

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Top brass in the armed forces consider how to assist police operations in Bangkok as protest activity becomes more militant and aggressive. The news comes… Read More ›

Foreigners in Thailand have nearly ฿600 billion in the bank as inequality and poverty rise alarmingly

Foreigners in Thailand have nearly ฿600 billion in the bank as inequality and poverty rise alarmingly

August 11, 2021

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

Figures published this week show a strong financial system but a deeply dysfunctional economy plagued by growing inequality. Thailand’s economic problems date back to well… Read More ›

Murder of Swiss tourist on Phuket raises the disturbing question of tourist safety in Thailand

Murder of Swiss tourist on Phuket raises the disturbing question of tourist safety in Thailand

August 9, 2021

Crime, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Government is committed to keeping the Phuket Sandbox scheme open despite the brutal murder of a 57-year-old Swiss civil servant this week. The Minister of… Read More ›

New expat vaccine site as Pfizer doses are to be made available to at-risk foreigners from US aid flown in

New expat vaccine site as Pfizer doses are to be made available to at-risk foreigners from US aid flown in

August 3, 2021

Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

US diplomat promises further aid for Thailand as it struggles to fight off the vicious Delta variant of COVID-19 and ramp up its vaccination drive,… Read More ›

Police: truthful reporting not a target as a state official is arrested over false online coup reports in Chachoengsao 

Police: truthful reporting not a target as a state official is arrested over false online coup reports in Chachoengsao 

August 2, 2021

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

The legal provision approved last week has sparked protests from the media and has damaged further Thailand’s reputation abroad, where the provisions are seen as… Read More ›

Phuket and Ko Samui pilot tourism reopenings feel the strain as infection numbers rise on holiday islands

Phuket and Ko Samui pilot tourism reopenings feel the strain as infection numbers rise on holiday islands

July 31, 2021

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The collapse of Thailand’s foreign tourism industry since April 2020 has seen Thailand, a country already experiencing a lower than normal growth level, become the… Read More ›

Western nations and Japan come to Thailand’s assistance as the COVID-19 emergency escalates

Western nations and Japan come to Thailand’s assistance as the COVID-19 emergency escalates

July 29, 2021

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

A further 1 million vaccine doses from the United States, as well as 1.1 million antigen test kits and ventilators donated by Switzerland, announced in… Read More ›

Anutin promises 10 million doses per month from August as virus wave still rises across Thailand at record levels

Anutin promises 10 million doses per month from August as virus wave still rises across Thailand at record levels

July 28, 2021

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

With Bangkok and 12 other provinces now in lockdown and record numbers of daily cases still being reported, the Thai PM on Wednesday was marshaling… Read More ›

A dead mother beside her children and a taxi driver who slept, show us a nation riven by an extended crisis

A dead mother beside her children and a taxi driver who slept, show us a nation riven by an extended crisis

July 27, 2021

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

Shocking stories from the streets, a rented room, taxi and even a temple tell us about a crisis and suffering that is more stark and… Read More ›

Gold medalist pays solemn respect to her father as she makes her triumphant return to Thailand

Gold medalist pays solemn respect to her father as she makes her triumphant return to Thailand

July 26, 2021

Culture, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The Gold medal win last Saturday has given some encouragement to many ordinary Thais who feel deeply the sense of helplessness that pervades the kingdom… Read More ›