Thailand

Key Twitter account linked with supporting the monarchy shut by the tech firm over violations

Key Twitter account linked with supporting the monarchy shut by the tech firm over violations

December 1, 2020

Culture, Economy, Media, Politics, Thailand:

Protest leader Parit Chiwarak or ‘Penguin’ has contrasted online activities in support of the student-led movement to those engaged in by a closed down account… Read More ›

Myanmar border on alert after shock local Covid positive test on Friday is linked to local smuggling trade

Myanmar border on alert after shock local Covid positive test on Friday is linked to local smuggling trade

November 30, 2020

Crime, Living, Thailand:

The Head of the Immigration Bureau, Lieutenant General Sompong Chingduan, has issued a call for immediate action on the border as, so far, over 320… Read More ›

King and Queen visit South to a rapturous salute from well-wishers in Trang and Phatthalung provinces

King and Queen visit South to a rapturous salute from well-wishers in Trang and Phatthalung provinces

November 29, 2020

Culture, Politics, Thailand:

The higher visibility of the Thai Monarch and his Queen has been a positive for the country in recent weeks and has helped buoy spirits… Read More ›

Drug police put retraction behind them to smash billion baht Myanmar drug operation in Bangkok raid

Drug police put retraction behind them to smash billion baht Myanmar drug operation in Bangkok raid

November 29, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

It is reported that the Secretary-General of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, Wichai Chaimongkol, has filed a complaint urging drug suppression police to… Read More ›

Steady as she goes economy driven by exports and public investment with a 3.3% growth rate forecast for 2021

Steady as she goes economy driven by exports and public investment with a 3.3% growth rate forecast for 2021

November 28, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Public confidence is key as Thailand’s economy flies into 2021 on one engine without foreign tourism. A steady, underlying recovery, seen since the third quarter,… Read More ›

Thai officials say Iranian terrorists released and flown home was a routine bilateral prisoner exchange

Thai officials say Iranian terrorists released and flown home was a routine bilateral prisoner exchange

November 27, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

The international media spotlight has turned on Thailand after diplomatic sources strongly indicated that the Australian woman, held in Iran on trumped-up espionage charges, was… Read More ›

Covid-19 end in sight as PM announces vaccine contract with giant UK Swedish firm AstraZeneca

Covid-19 end in sight as PM announces vaccine contract with giant UK Swedish firm AstraZeneca

November 26, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that Thailand has been able to protect its population and public health service from the Covid-19 threat and publicly linked… Read More ›

Ex Chairman of Thai Airways jailed in Bangkok for abuse of authority on fateful flight from Tokyo in 2009

Ex Chairman of Thai Airways jailed in Bangkok for abuse of authority on fateful flight from Tokyo in 2009

November 26, 2020

Crime, Economy, Thailand:

Wallop Bhukkanasut was employed by Thai Airways in senior roles before becoming Chairman in April 2009. His tenure was short-lived, brought to a crashing halt… Read More ›

Prime Minister rules out dialogue with the ‘mob’ who he accuses of threatening to disrupt Bangkok

Prime Minister rules out dialogue with the ‘mob’ who he accuses of threatening to disrupt Bangkok

November 25, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

General Prayut was at the Foreign Ministry where he met the United States -ASEAN Council. His comments come as police on Tuesday issued over a… Read More ›

Thailand’s tourism boss targets thousands instead of millions as public health is prioritised above all

Thailand’s tourism boss targets thousands instead of millions as public health is prioritised above all

November 24, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Government’s economic team has approved work permits for Elite cardholders investing over $1 million over 5 years as the new, limited, foreign tourism regime becomes… Read More ›

Protest leader ‘Penguin’ warns of the ‘smell’ of a coup and urges followers to take to the streets if it happens

Protest leader ‘Penguin’ warns of the ‘smell’ of a coup and urges followers to take to the streets if it happens

November 23, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

The dangerous clashes seen last week and the fizzling out of reconciliation efforts in parliament to bring the two sides together have left the kingdom… Read More ›

Use of cocaine and cannabis is still highly illegal in Thailand with very serious legal consequences

Use of cocaine and cannabis is still highly illegal in Thailand with very serious legal consequences

November 22, 2020

Crime, Living, Thailand:

Thailand has, for over two years, pursued a liberalisation programme to make medical extracts of cannabis available to those in need and is now further… Read More ›

Anon calls for officials in government to defect as PM vows a hardline stance against all lawbreakers

Anon calls for officials in government to defect as PM vows a hardline stance against all lawbreakers

November 21, 2020

Culture, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Charges brought against high school students 15-year-old Benamaporn ‘Ploy’ Nivas, and 17-year-old Lopnaphat ‘Min’ Wangsit highlight that this is an intergenerational struggle in Thailand between… Read More ›

Central Bank intervenes to stem the baht for now as the country’s foreign reserves keep growing with inflows

Central Bank intervenes to stem the baht for now as the country’s foreign reserves keep growing with inflows

November 20, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

On November 6th, Thailand’s foreign reserves stood at ฿7.7 trillion, an increase of 1.2% in 7 days since October 30th. The currency, despite Thailand’s lopsided… Read More ›

Thailand unlikely to reopen doors to mass-market tourism before the end of 2021 until after a full vaccination

Thailand unlikely to reopen doors to mass-market tourism before the end of 2021 until after a full vaccination

November 19, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The Thai currency has been the subject of international financial players in the last few weeks who are buying up debt and assets wagering that… Read More ›

Escalating danger and violence on the streets as protests turn uglier with 3 demands still pursued by activists

Escalating danger and violence on the streets as protests turn uglier with 3 demands still pursued by activists

November 18, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

A monster rally at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok on Wednesday ended peacefully despite the outrage among participants at what transpired in parliament hours earlier… Read More ›

Alleged hitman in murder of Kiwi steroids dealer quizzed by Pattaya Police after his arrest 14 years later

Alleged hitman in murder of Kiwi steroids dealer quizzed by Pattaya Police after his arrest 14 years later

November 18, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

The late arrest of a man, sought in connection with a murder over 14 years old, has left Pattaya police investigating the alleged role of… Read More ›

Strengthening baht predicted as investors bet on a reopening of Thailand to mass tourism in 2021

Strengthening baht predicted as investors bet on a reopening of Thailand to mass tourism in 2021

November 17, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The new Bank of Thailand boss, Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput, is also signalling a more hands-off approach to the currency which since the start of November is… Read More ›

Tripadvisor American who smeared a local hotel was already a convicted criminal jailed in the United States

Tripadvisor American who smeared a local hotel was already a convicted criminal jailed in the United States

November 16, 2020

Crime, Media, Thailand:

It is important to note that the hotel only reluctantly brought legal action against Barnes who, by his own admission, was not just leaving a… Read More ›

World’s biggest free trade deal just signed will be a huge boost for the Thai economy and exports 

World’s biggest free trade deal just signed will be a huge boost for the Thai economy and exports 

November 15, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The trade deal is a definite blow to US interests in the Asia Pacific while key economists see it leading to enhanced prosperity and integration… Read More ›