Thailand

Pope meets the PM, calls for an end to the abuse and exploitation of women and children

Pope meets the PM, calls for an end to the abuse and exploitation of women and children

November 22, 2019

Living, Thailand:

Pope Francis called for the ‘uprooting’ of the evils of human trafficking, the sex industry and slave labour in Thailand and other countries. He called… Read More ›

Crackdown on illegal foreigners sees American teacher arrested in class and Russian at lunch

Crackdown on illegal foreigners sees American teacher arrested in class and Russian at lunch

November 21, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

Begpacker couple of ‘hippy’ Greek man and Chinese man also arrested in Chiang Mai sitting on the pavement as police check the rolls of Chiang… Read More ›

Pope Francis arrives in Thailand amid more trenchant criticism from western conservatives 

Pope Francis arrives in Thailand amid more trenchant criticism from western conservatives 

November 20, 2019

Culture, Thailand:

Pope will pray at the tomb of the Thai martyr of the Catholic church Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung who was imprisoned by Thai authorities in 1941… Read More ›

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over media link

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over media link

November 20, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

The decision is not the end of Mr Thanathorn’s legal woes as a number of other complaints have been filed against him. He could also… Read More ›

The painful tragedy of a 13-year-old Muslim girl who killed herself last Friday in Bangkok

The painful tragedy of a 13-year-old Muslim girl who killed herself last Friday in Bangkok

November 20, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

A devastating and heartbreaking tragedy for a Muslim mother in Bangkok who realised too late that her daughter was depressed, suffering and a danger to… Read More ›

Deputy PM Somkid warns that public speculation on the economy could undermine confidence

Deputy PM Somkid warns that public speculation on the economy could undermine confidence

November 19, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Thailand’s economics boss quoted a respected thinker and former Thai prime minister from the 1970s Kukrit Pramoj who observed that too much talk or commentary… Read More ›

Saraburi school official under fire for pompous sent off ceremony with prostrating students 

Saraburi school official under fire for pompous sent off ceremony with prostrating students 

November 19, 2019

Culture, Thailand:

A senior advisor to the Thai deputy education minister and a former school pupil was scathing about the photos published from the event online and… Read More ›

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online

November 18, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Study’s conclusions also highlight Thailand’s demographic challenge as the older market of baby boomers punch above their weight due to extended lifespans and the impact… Read More ›

Gold snatched from Russian woman’s neck in Pattaya by motorcycle thief on Sunday night

Gold snatched from Russian woman’s neck in Pattaya by motorcycle thief on Sunday night

November 18, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

The young Russian woman had stopped on the sidewalk to tend to her 3-year-old daughter when the raider struck. A Russian tourist in Pattaya has… Read More ›

UK man claims FBI investigating the death of 41-year-old American held at immigration jail

UK man claims FBI investigating the death of 41-year-old American held at immigration jail

November 18, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

UK man recounts the harrowing and sad end of the university-educated US man who was only held at the facility for 4 days. He claims… Read More ›

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures in one day

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures in one day

November 17, 2019

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The problem is not that the Thai government is trying to ‘spin’ the story but that there are genuinely two different ways of looking at… Read More ›

Frenchman ignored official warnings and a cordon as he died taking a selfie at treacherous Ko Samui waterfall

Frenchman ignored official warnings and a cordon as he died taking a selfie at treacherous Ko Samui waterfall

November 17, 2019

Thailand:

The death is the second in four months at the popular waterfall and for a similar reason after 26 years Spaniard David Rocamundi Conesa from… Read More ›

American drug dealing fugitive is declared dead at Sa Kaeo hospital 8 days after shooting

American drug dealing fugitive is declared dead at Sa Kaeo hospital 8 days after shooting

November 16, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

39-year-old American fugitive Bart Allen Helmus was finally declared dead last week, 8 days after shooting himself in the head with a handgun rather than… Read More ›

American arrested by police task force in Chiang Mai on a warrant related to public indecency

American arrested by police task force in Chiang Mai on a warrant related to public indecency

November 16, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

Conflicting reports surround the arrest and interrogation of an American man on Thursday as he caught a bus out of Chiang Mai. He was detained… Read More ›

Thai government to use blockchain technology in VAT refund scheme for visiting foreign tourists

Thai government to use blockchain technology in VAT refund scheme for visiting foreign tourists

November 16, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Complete revamp of the VAT refund scheme will see it now available at 8 international airports and the ceiling raised to ฿30,000. From the end… Read More ›

Police on the trail of ฿5 million taken from a Thai man’s bank account through forgery 

Police on the trail of ฿5 million taken from a Thai man’s bank account through forgery 

November 15, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

Since learning of the calamity on Wednesday and reporting it to his bank and the police, the 61-year-old man named as Hieraem Ekkaphat, has had… Read More ›

Thai wife with cancer decides to take handsome husband with her in a murder-suicide act

Thai wife with cancer decides to take handsome husband with her in a murder-suicide act

November 14, 2019

Crime, Culture, Thailand:

Police are still carrying out a detailed forensic examination and keeping an open mind but when they entered the bedroom early on Thursday morning, the… Read More ›

Wine taster leaves supermarket with a bill for 8 bottles of wine before making his choice

Wine taster leaves supermarket with a bill for 8 bottles of wine before making his choice

November 14, 2019

Crime, Thailand:

Thai man’s leisurely wine tasting session goes viral and makes international media after he uncapped and tasted nine bottles on a visit to a local… Read More ›

Dire warnings from farm experts on trade, output and the food chain as ban set to kick in

Dire warnings from farm experts on trade, output and the food chain as ban set to kick in

November 13, 2019

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Rice exporters support the ban and see it as a shift towards Thailand becoming an organic source of world agricultural produce. However, many predictions are… Read More ›

Black Mercedes driver gives the finger to an ambulance carrying a seriously ill passenger

Black Mercedes driver gives the finger to an ambulance carrying a seriously ill passenger

November 13, 2019

Living, Media, Thailand:

Online and media outrage over the incident has led to an investigation of the car’s owner which is a company in the ​​Ramkhamhaeng area of… Read More ›