Politics

Thai economy in an upswing with over 1 million foreign tourists in July powering higher GDP gains

Thai economy in an upswing with over 1 million foreign tourists in July powering higher GDP gains

August 3, 2022

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

Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha expressed optimism about the economic situation on Tuesday saying the kingdom’s prospects had not been as good since 2017. However,… Read More ›

Prayut retains all the cards as Thailand may be pivoting back to a one-ballot election process

Prayut retains all the cards as Thailand may be pivoting back to a one-ballot election process

August 1, 2022

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

Political naiveté on the part of the leading Pheu Thai Party in believing that the coalition government, through the electoral reform process, was going to… Read More ›

Recreational use of pot to be recriminalised as Minister warns abuses are undermining his plan

Recreational use of pot to be recriminalised as Minister warns abuses are undermining his plan

July 30, 2022

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

The decriminalisation of marijuana is turning into a major problem for the government with chaos in ministries and agencies responsible including an anxious request to… Read More ›

Possible crisis brewing over electoral reform bills as Minister says July 6th change cannot work in practice

Possible crisis brewing over electoral reform bills as Minister says July 6th change cannot work in practice

July 22, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

On Thursday, in response to Minister Somsak’s warning about the viability of electoral reforms being put into practice, the Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul did… Read More ›

Canadian institute identifies Pegasus spyware on phones of 30 people linked to Bangkok protests

Canadian institute identifies Pegasus spyware on phones of 30 people linked to Bangkok protests

July 19, 2022

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

This new controversy arises as Thailand and the United States recently signed a joint communiqué on promoting democracy and democratic principles not only in Thailand… Read More ›

Tourist levy hits further turbulence with fears it could harm airline’s effort to boost flight numbers

Tourist levy hits further turbulence with fears it could harm airline’s effort to boost flight numbers

July 18, 2022

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The fee will provide automatic insurance cover with 11.3% of the money from it going to pay for limited medical insurance coverage for visitors with… Read More ›

Central bank reassurances as ex-minister raises loan quality with China’s economy in trouble 

Central bank reassurances as ex-minister raises loan quality with China’s economy in trouble 

July 15, 2022

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

Top Thai bank official Dr Daranee Saeju this week assured reporters that Thailand’s strong financial position made it impervious to speculation and was quite unlike… Read More ›

Roiled US-Chinese tensions in Asia pose Thailand with short-term leverage but a future trial ahead

Roiled US-Chinese tensions in Asia pose Thailand with short-term leverage but a future trial ahead

July 12, 2022

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

Thailand’s position has moved strikingly from its stance in 2018 when General Prayut Chan ocha told Time Magazine that the kingdom’s key strategic partner was… Read More ›

Abe’s legacy will be his efforts to awaken Japan and build a defensive alliance against China

Abe’s legacy will be his efforts to awaken Japan and build a defensive alliance against China

July 10, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The leading figure in modern Japanese politics had lately been campaigning extensively against the danger of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Ill health had plagued… Read More ›

Negative reaction and horror at Thailand’s plan to charge foreigners more than locals at hotels

Negative reaction and horror at Thailand’s plan to charge foreigners more than locals at hotels

July 8, 2022

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

The bombshell announcement this week is bound to generate antipathy and concern among foreigners both inside and without Thailand. It goes against all principles of… Read More ›

Anutin: time to halt foreign tourism price deals, Thailand to be the Louis Vuitton of the world travel market

Anutin: time to halt foreign tourism price deals, Thailand to be the Louis Vuitton of the world travel market

July 5, 2022

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

The comments come as the Thai baht depreciates against the US dollar and is about to pass the ฿36 to the dollar mark as the… Read More ›

Intensive clashes in Myanmar near Tak ease leaving locals near the border rattled and on guard

Intensive clashes in Myanmar near Tak ease leaving locals near the border rattled and on guard

July 4, 2022

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Myanmar is now effectively in a state of all-out civil conflict with a deadly war of attrition between swelling rebel groups and a military fighting… Read More ›

Senator warns that Paetongtarn Shinawatra or Ung Ing, Thaksin’s daughter, is wrong for the job

Senator warns that Paetongtarn Shinawatra or Ung Ing, Thaksin’s daughter, is wrong for the job

June 28, 2022

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

Political instability in Thailand, cited by Fitch, the US ratings agency which retained Thailand’s BBB+ status last week, as one of the country’s greatest weaknesses… Read More ›

Fears for the baht as it hits a 15-year low and Thai economic performance in the medium term with chronic ills

Fears for the baht as it hits a 15-year low and Thai economic performance in the medium term with chronic ills

June 26, 2022

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

While the kingdom maintains a strong external financial situation and prudent fiscal management to support its economy, the growing impact of chronic problems such as… Read More ›

Warnings as fears grow over recreational cannabis use as Thai man is left impotent by self-harm act

Warnings as fears grow over recreational cannabis use as Thai man is left impotent by self-harm act

June 23, 2022

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

Original plans to deregulate cannabis, this year, were for it to be made freely available only for medical use and products with a strictly limited… 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, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, 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, Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, 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 ›

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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, 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 ›