Thailand

Severe emergency rescinded but the measure has worsened, not quelled the kingdom’s unrest

Severe emergency rescinded but the measure has worsened, not quelled the kingdom’s unrest

October 22, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

The Thai Prime Minister made a gesture to the protest movement but it is unlikely to result in talks. Both sides inhabit different worlds. It… Read More ›

Large protest turnout in Bangkok on Wednesday pushed for the PM to go with a 3-day ultimatum delivered

Large protest turnout in Bangkok on Wednesday pushed for the PM to go with a 3-day ultimatum delivered

October 22, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Protesters in Bangkok on Wednesday night appeared more confident and to have momentum as they confronted police at key points throughout the city. Earlier in… Read More ›

Special Tourist Visa – first Chinese tourists flying in with plans for European visitors to follow soon

Special Tourist Visa – first Chinese tourists flying in with plans for European visitors to follow soon

October 21, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Tourism Authority Governor says officials are working on arrival plans for European tourists flying to Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa programme. This comes as… Read More ›

Thailand’s trade agenda may be complicated and thwarted by raised tensions in the Indo Pacific region

Thailand’s trade agenda may be complicated and thwarted by raised tensions in the Indo Pacific region

October 21, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The three largest investors in Thailand are Japan, the United States and Taiwan. Since 2012, the kingdom has been pushing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership… Read More ›

Chinese wave incoming as Tourism Minister Phiphat again changes tack to save the industry from utter ruin

Chinese wave incoming as Tourism Minister Phiphat again changes tack to save the industry from utter ruin

October 19, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

New plan is to recreate Thailand as a playground for Chinese visitors followed later by other Asian tourists beginning in 2021. The news is not… Read More ›

China and Thailand forging deeper ties which may pose a problem for western firms in the future

China and Thailand forging deeper ties which may pose a problem for western firms in the future

October 19, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

US Ambassador Michael de Sombre in early October questioned the efficacy of Thailand’s long term fight against the virus and described the kingdom as being… Read More ›

Prime Minister’s position has been weakened by protests as progressive leader says he must go to allow talks 

Prime Minister’s position has been weakened by protests as progressive leader says he must go to allow talks 

October 19, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Moves are underway to bring this crisis back to parliament after government MPs appear to have misjudged the public’s mood on September 24th last when… Read More ›

Protester charged with harming the Queen’s liberty claims innocence after his arrest on Friday in Bangkok

Protester charged with harming the Queen’s liberty claims innocence after his arrest on Friday in Bangkok

October 18, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

The incident underscores the dangerous and disturbing position that Thailand now finds itself in, where the monarchy, long-held above the political fray, is being drawn… Read More ›

Protests on the streets creating political tensions as PM warns the public only the country will lose

Protests on the streets creating political tensions as PM warns the public only the country will lose

October 17, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Advice to the current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan ocha from his predecessor from 2014, Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday, will not have been welcomed and indicates… Read More ›

Another fatal crash as express train smashes car off the tracks in Phetchaburi – woman killed

Another fatal crash as express train smashes car off the tracks in Phetchaburi – woman killed

October 17, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The tragedy comes just days after 18 people died in Chachoengsao province which was followed by a promise to improve security at rail crossings nationwide… Read More ›

Press conference given by activist and Progressive Movement leader checked by abrupt police visit

Press conference given by activist and Progressive Movement leader checked by abrupt police visit

October 16, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, formerly the Secretary-General of the disbanded Future Forward Party, was visible on Wednesday night, some hours ahead of the government crackdown early on… Read More ›

Water cannon used to fend off Bangkok protesters as police uphold the strict new emergency laws

Water cannon used to fend off Bangkok protesters as police uphold the strict new emergency laws

October 16, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Standoff between police and more aggressive protesters near Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok after both sides sprayed each other with coloured substances. Shopping centres and landmark… Read More ›

Revived protest ends in Bangkok as severe state of emergency is declared and protest leaders promptly arrested

Revived protest ends in Bangkok as severe state of emergency is declared and protest leaders promptly arrested

October 15, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Senior police officers fired after Wednesday’s debacle with reports that an operation centre led by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan will be established to restore… Read More ›

Fears of a crackdown on protest grow overnight as PM warns parents to get loved ones out of zone before action

Fears of a crackdown on protest grow overnight as PM warns parents to get loved ones out of zone before action

October 15, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

The news comes as an arch royalist, Major General Rienthong Nanna, in a chilling Facebook post, warned that Bangkok was being surrounded by pro royalist… Read More ›

Rally’s march on Government House surprises officials with a larger turnout and police in retreat

Rally’s march on Government House surprises officials with a larger turnout and police in retreat

October 14, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

The crowd on Wednesday swelled in the late afternoon as the march gained momentum and security forces were consistently forced to retreat before what was… Read More ›

Chinese FM to visit Thailand in a Covid battered world of raised tensions and potential conflict

Chinese FM to visit Thailand in a Covid battered world of raised tensions and potential conflict

October 14, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

In a June 2018 interview with Time Magazine, Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan ocha, categorically described China as the kingdom’s number one partner despite… Read More ›

Thai King and Queen surprise crowd outside the Grand Palace on Tuesday with warm personal greetings

Thai King and Queen surprise crowd outside the Grand Palace on Tuesday with warm personal greetings

October 14, 2020

Culture, Living, Thailand:

The 13th of October is the 4th anniversary of the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. A solemn ceremony took place at 7.41 pm… Read More ›

Police arrest 21 protesters in Bangkok attempting to block the road to be used for planned Royal motorcade

Police arrest 21 protesters in Bangkok attempting to block the road to be used for planned Royal motorcade

October 13, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa has called on the public to attend the rally tomorrow after 6 pm. On Monday, it was reported by military… Read More ›

Woman linked to potential mass murder plot to claim insurance payouts from poisoned victims

Woman linked to potential mass murder plot to claim insurance payouts from poisoned victims

October 13, 2020

Crime, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

A 63-year-old woman hired a 48-year-old hitman to slaughter her estranged 58-year-old husband on October 5th for a fee of ฿40,000. She told police she… Read More ›

Army denies links to suspended network of fake accounts online removed by Twitter and Facebook

Army denies links to suspended network of fake accounts online removed by Twitter and Facebook

October 11, 2020

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

Top army officer, Lieutenant General Santipong Thammapiya, says Twitter and Facebook have failed to do their homework by linking it to an orchestrated propaganda network… Read More ›