Politics

Maris at BRICS Summit in Russia insists unaligned Thailand is friends with all despite 1954 US pact

Maris at BRICS Summit in Russia insists unaligned Thailand is friends with all despite 1954 US pact

June 15, 2024

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Thai Foreign Minister Maris Sangiampongsa at a BRICS Summit in Russia this week insisted Thailand remains unaligned despite applying to join BRICS alongside Russia and… Read More ›

Thailand’s EV car vision buckles as World markets and canny drivers at home take stock of what is on offer

Thailand’s EV car vision buckles as World markets and canny drivers at home take stock of what is on offer

June 13, 2024

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Thailand’s ambitious EV industry plan faces challenges as Western markets and local consumers show tepid interest. May EV sales dropped 1.5% year-on-year, as traditional car… Read More ›

Thailand’s political crisis rolls onto June 18th with the Constitutional Court ready to make Senate call on legal problems

Thailand’s political crisis rolls onto June 18th with the Constitutional Court ready to make Senate call on legal problems

June 13, 2024

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Constitutional Court to review evidence on PM’s tenure, Move Forward Party’s fate on June 18th. A  vote is scheduled on acknowledged Senate election issues. Former… Read More ›

PM Srettha blames stock market fall on politics but the trend is linked to fundamental economic decline

PM Srettha blames stock market fall on politics but the trend is linked to fundamental economic decline

June 12, 2024

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

PM Srettha points to political instability for a 16% stock market plunge. Analysts say Thailand’s faltering economy, declining manufacturing and lack of foreign investment are… Read More ›

Move Forward draws fire from Royalist leader for claiming there is no legal case for its dissolution which is expected

Move Forward draws fire from Royalist leader for claiming there is no legal case for its dissolution which is expected

June 9, 2024

Living, Politics, Thailand:

The Move Forward Party’s Pita Limjaroenrat defies the Constitutional Court and sparks Royalist fury. Claims no legal basis for the party’s dissolution. Election Commission blasted… Read More ›

Myanmar Junta meltdown threatens to end Bangkok’s condominium sales boom as Kyat currency fails

Myanmar Junta meltdown threatens to end Bangkok’s condominium sales boom as Kyat currency fails

June 9, 2024

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Myanmar’s junta faces financial collapse with the kyat plummeting. Remittances are halved while hyperinflation surges. Junta crackdown targets funds flowing to Bangkok’s hot condo market,… Read More ›

Political maelstrom may be unleashed in June with potential crises brewing and coming to a climax

Political maelstrom may be unleashed in June with potential crises brewing and coming to a climax

June 7, 2024

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

Political instability looms in Thailand. Senate elections face turmoil, PM’s future in jeopardy, top party dissolution imminent, and Thaksin’s potential re-jailing. June could plunge the… Read More ›

DTV live and work Visa to be launched at the end of June says PM’s office. Reports suggest some bureaucratic delay

DTV live and work Visa to be launched at the end of June says PM’s office. Reports suggest some bureaucratic delay

June 5, 2024

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

Government House confirms the new Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) will be available by the end of June, despite speculation of delays. This visa allows foreigners… Read More ›

Thai taxman now plans to tax foreigners on all  income whether it is remitted to the kingdom or not under global tax rule

Thai taxman now plans to tax foreigners on all  income whether it is remitted to the kingdom or not under global tax rule

June 5, 2024

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

Thailand’s Revenue Department plans to tax all foreign residents on income earned globally, effective 2025. This move, aligned with OECD goals, aims to widen the… Read More ›

Sia Pang lands in a private jet. Nakhon Si Thammarat becomes a fortress as he returns to southern prison

Sia Pang lands in a private jet. Nakhon Si Thammarat becomes a fortress as he returns to southern prison

June 4, 2024

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

Return of Sia Pang to Nakhon Si Thammarat. He was captured in Bali last week. Previously, there was controversy over his conviction and the chaos… Read More ›

Lack of coherence in government policy is the root cause of Thailand’s massive economic problems

Lack of coherence in government policy is the root cause of Thailand’s massive economic problems

June 4, 2024

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

Thailand’s economic decline is linked to impractical and ill-conceived policies and implementation. The latest is the BRICS gamble. Despite 1,700 factory closures in 2023, no… Read More ›

Thai Defence Minister speaks of a ‘golden land’ seeking to act only for peace in the Indo-Pacific

Thai Defence Minister speaks of a ‘golden land’ seeking to act only for peace in the Indo-Pacific

June 2, 2024

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s Defence Minister emphasised the importance of maritime security and cooperation for peace at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Amid rising US-China tensions, he warned… Read More ›

Cannabis slammed by top medical leaders and academics at Ministry of Public Health civil forum

Cannabis slammed by top medical leaders and academics at Ministry of Public Health civil forum

June 2, 2024

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

Cannabis slammed by top medical leaders at a Ministry of Public Health forum. Costs for mental health treatment soared from ฿3.2 to ฿20 billion. Medical… Read More ›

Wissanu is back in government service as the aura of political instability returned to Thailand this week

Wissanu is back in government service as the aura of political instability returned to Thailand this week

May 31, 2024

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

Political turmoil and tensions resurface in Thailand. Ex-PM Thaksin faces a June 18th indictment amid doubts about his prospects for bail. In the meantime, Prime… Read More ›

Visa liberalisation measures unveiled with a DTV visa for living and working online in Thailand legally

Visa liberalisation measures unveiled with a DTV visa for living and working online in Thailand legally

May 30, 2024

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

Thailand’s cabinet announced new visa measures, including the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV), allowing digital nomads to live and work in Thailand for up to 180… Read More ›

Thailand finds itself downgraded by the World Economic Forum’s Tourism index in its latest wide ranging report

Thailand finds itself downgraded by the World Economic Forum’s Tourism index in its latest wide ranging report

May 29, 2024

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

Thailand’s tourism industry has taken a hit, falling behind Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia in the latest World Economic Forum report. Industry leaders demand urgent action… Read More ›

Thailand flies the flag for the LGTBQ community in a divided and darkening world for many gay people

Thailand flies the flag for the LGTBQ community in a divided and darkening world for many gay people

May 27, 2024

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

Thailand’s government under PM Srettha Thavisin champions LGBTQ rights with plans to host the international World Pride event in 2030. As global attitudes darken, including… Read More ›

Big Joke marches on with his mission to clean up corruption in Thailand through People Power under the Constitution

Big Joke marches on with his mission to clean up corruption in Thailand through People Power under the Constitution

May 26, 2024

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

Big Joke’s Mission: Top Cop Surachate Hakparn, aka ‘Big Joke,’ vows to clean up corruption in Thailand using ‘People Power.’ Under investigation yet fighting to… Read More ›

Disturbing questions that must be confronted over Thailand’s reeling economy are China and EV cars

Disturbing questions that must be confronted over Thailand’s reeling economy are China and EV cars

May 24, 2024

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

Thailand’s manufacturing base is weakening, and competitiveness is plummeting. Key issues like the EV car gamble and economic integration with China should be dominating Monday’s… Read More ›

Condemnation of previous pot policy from medical experts as Thailand’s pot shops are set to close

Condemnation of previous pot policy from medical experts as Thailand’s pot shops are set to close

May 24, 2024

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s Minister of Public Health aims to shut down pot shops, reclassifying flowers and buds as Category 5 narcotics. Medical experts condemn previous cannabis policy,… Read More ›