Politics

Shaky economic recovery as planners target only a 1% gain in 2021 with rising headwinds in Quarter 4

Shaky economic recovery as planners target only a 1% gain in 2021 with rising headwinds in Quarter 4

November 17, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

An extended range of concerns has emerged to hamper the confidence seen last month after the Prime Minister’s reopening announcement on October 11th. These include… Read More ›

Court ruling could lead to further polarisation in Thai politics and is bad news for Pheu Thai Party 

Court ruling could lead to further polarisation in Thai politics and is bad news for Pheu Thai Party 

November 13, 2021

Politics, Thailand:

Pheu Thai has called for a cross-party panel in the House of Representatives to discuss the ruling of the Constitutional Court this week which has… Read More ›

UK Foreign Secretary visits Bangkok after AUKUS security pact further raises tensions with China

UK Foreign Secretary visits Bangkok after AUKUS security pact further raises tensions with China

November 8, 2021

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Thailand unveiled a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom on negotiations towards a free trade pact between the two kingdoms in March. The unveiling… Read More ›

Kingdom may see up to 1 million tourists this year but it will be an uphill battle to get back to 2019

Kingdom may see up to 1 million tourists this year but it will be an uphill battle to get back to 2019

November 2, 2021

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

The decision by Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha to reopen the kingdom on the 1st November more decisively and liberally appears to be delivering results… Read More ›

Vaccinated tourists from 63 countries can leave SHA plus hotels after 1st night says top official in Phuket

Vaccinated tourists from 63 countries can leave SHA plus hotels after 1st night says top official in Phuket

October 30, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Protests from small business operators who feel excluded from the reopening process in Phuket on Friday drew a clear response from Deputy Governor Pichet Panapong… Read More ›

Thailand starts CPTPP application process driven by fears for inward investment and the economy

Thailand starts CPTPP application process driven by fears for inward investment and the economy

October 26, 2021

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

Vietnam is emerging as Thailand’s key competitor for investment and trade opportunities. The fellow ASEAN member is already in the CPTPP pact which China applied… Read More ›

46 countries green-lighted as Thailand’s tourism business is set to take off from November 1st

46 countries green-lighted as Thailand’s tourism business is set to take off from November 1st

October 22, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s foreign tourism big bang: 46 countries listed below from November 1st with nightlife to reopen on December 1st next. The Minister of Public Health,… Read More ›

Pheu Thai Party deputy leader proposed Thaksin’s former wife as lead candidate for Prime Minister

Pheu Thai Party deputy leader proposed Thaksin’s former wife as lead candidate for Prime Minister

October 19, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The government’s top legal expert, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, has dismissed the significance of the video conversation as mere political discourse despite efforts by… Read More ›

Thailand calls for Myanmar talks as besieged coup leader is barred from the ASEAN summit in Brunei 

Thailand calls for Myanmar talks as besieged coup leader is barred from the ASEAN summit in Brunei 

October 17, 2021

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

In September, the parallel government declared an all-out defensive war on the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s armed forces, as the will of the people to confront the… Read More ›

PM’s reopening order-only the beginning of the end of this cataclysmic crisis for Thai tourism

PM’s reopening order-only the beginning of the end of this cataclysmic crisis for Thai tourism

October 13, 2021

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

There is already growing opposition in some medical circles to the intervention of the prime minister on Monday night’s TV address to the nation where… Read More ›

Pheu Thai set to unveil ‘wow’ candidate for PM before the next election but Prayut has the aces 

Pheu Thai set to unveil ‘wow’ candidate for PM before the next election but Prayut has the aces 

October 11, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

No matter what happens, it is clear that if Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha is in office after August 2022, there will be a Constitutional… Read More ›

New ‘high quality’ economy again touted by the government’s economics czar amid storm clouds

New ‘high quality’ economy again touted by the government’s economics czar amid storm clouds

October 9, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The government’s key economics minister underlined its green credentials as he put the environment at the centre of agricultural, tourism and industrial policy in explaining… Read More ›

Policeman gunned down in Din Daeng as Chief voices increased concern about organised street violence

Policeman gunned down in Din Daeng as Chief voices increased concern about organised street violence

October 7, 2021

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

Police chief has instructed Bangkok police commanders to increasingly prosecute the gangs involved on the basis of illegal association as attacks against police property and… Read More ›

High-quality tourism dream may be making the COVID-19 crisis for the industry even worse than it should be

High-quality tourism dream may be making the COVID-19 crisis for the industry even worse than it should be

October 5, 2021

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

The Phuket Sandbox only achieved 38,000 visitors in its opening three months, nearly 20% of whom were returning Thais while the scheme has generated a… Read More ›

Virus endgame for Thailand in sight as herd immunity is credited for falling UK infection rates

Virus endgame for Thailand in sight as herd immunity is credited for falling UK infection rates

September 27, 2021

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

The news from the UK comes as officials in Bangkok and Washington coordinate to allow 1 million free Pfizer doses to be flown into the… Read More ›

Public apathy towards politics as government hinges on the bond between two ex-army generals

Public apathy towards politics as government hinges on the bond between two ex-army generals

September 26, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The latest opinion poll again shows the public are switched off politics with nearly one third expressing no preference for any leader with General Prayut… Read More ›

Government borrows more to bring the economy through an extended Covid 19 crisis with GDP flat

Government borrows more to bring the economy through an extended Covid 19 crisis with GDP flat

September 22, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

In the aftermath of the announcement to borrow more and further fiscal stimulus approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, Kasikorn Research Centre has pointed out… Read More ›

New money for residency scheme may go live in January 2022 says government spokeswoman

New money for residency scheme may go live in January 2022 says government spokeswoman

September 19, 2021

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

There is concern the new scheme could be used as a vehicle by wealthy Chinese investors to snap up hotel and tourism industry businesses and… Read More ›

Dysfunction hits reopening of Thailand to tourism as Health Minister dismisses October 1st date

Dysfunction hits reopening of Thailand to tourism as Health Minister dismisses October 1st date

September 18, 2021

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

Talk of lifting the alcohol ban on Phuket is scrapped as the island faces an escalating COVID-19 outbreak and is pursuing a third booster vaccine… Read More ›

PM battles hard to stabilise the government, now fatally weakened within and without parliament

PM battles hard to stabilise the government, now fatally weakened within and without parliament

September 17, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The latest broadside is a court order directing the National Anti-Corruption Commission to disclose a summary of its findings of an investigation into Deputy Prime… Read More ›