Thailand

Bailed protest leader and activist vows to speak again in Chiang Mai in defiance of the court ban

Bailed protest leader and activist vows to speak again in Chiang Mai in defiance of the court ban

August 9, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

Protest pair released on a surety of ฿100,000 as police net widens to include up to 31 people with 16 new arrests warrants to be… Read More ›

Expats banned and then unbanned from Bangkok Midnight Marathon as Thailand’s tourism industry crumbles

Expats banned and then unbanned from Bangkok Midnight Marathon as Thailand’s tourism industry crumbles

August 8, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

The gaffe this weekend by the Bangkok Midnight Marathon can be explained by a growing fear in Thailand towards expats driven by the Covid 19… Read More ›

Crackdown: Police execute arrest warrants and press charges against protest leaders on Friday afternoon

Crackdown: Police execute arrest warrants and press charges against protest leaders on Friday afternoon

August 7, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

On Friday afternoon, police began arresting a range of people connected to last month’s anti-government protests which erupted on Saturday, the 18th of July. The… Read More ›

New cabinet lineup in Royal Gazette but economic damage now extending into parts of the property market

New cabinet lineup in Royal Gazette but economic damage now extending into parts of the property market

August 6, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The Thai government is heavily constrained in its ability to manage this economic challenge driven by a lengthening range of negative factors such as Covid… Read More ›

American and Thai wife arrested for operating an illegal visa business in Bangkok using fake official stamps

American and Thai wife arrested for operating an illegal visa business in Bangkok using fake official stamps

August 5, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

Press were briefed on Tuesday at 4.30 pm by Lieutenant General Sompong Chingduang who revealed that a cannabis factory for the production and distribution of… Read More ›

Boss to be charged again with reckless driving causing the death of a policeman after review of the case

Boss to be charged again with reckless driving causing the death of a policeman after review of the case

August 4, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

The decision follows the dramatic intervention by the PM on Monday to seize the body of 40-year-old, Jaruchart Maadthong, one of two key witnesses who… Read More ›

Broken-hearted Swede fears history will repeat itself as shock parting left him stranded in Laos for 4 months

Broken-hearted Swede fears history will repeat itself as shock parting left him stranded in Laos for 4 months

August 3, 2020

Living, Thailand:

A Swedish Thai couple drove 700 kms on the 19th of March last to enter Laos near Nong Khai to apply for Michael Lundin’s Non-Immigrant… Read More ›

Warning signs in new banking and employment reports as virus crisis hits Thailand’s bottom line hard

Warning signs in new banking and employment reports as virus crisis hits Thailand’s bottom line hard

August 2, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

With Thailand’s foreign tourism sector closed and stasis at the top driven by virus fears, the economy’s industrial and domestic base is also being ravaged.… Read More ›

Cabinet reshuffle with six new ministers sent for the King’s approval this week by Prime Minister

Cabinet reshuffle with six new ministers sent for the King’s approval this week by Prime Minister

August 1, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

New lineup sees only two sitting Palang Pracharat MPs and one ex-MP elevated to a ministerial role. It is also coming at a time of… Read More ›

Facebook under investigation over translation blunder as minister criticises the social network

Facebook under investigation over translation blunder as minister criticises the social network

July 31, 2020

Economy, Media, Thailand:

Minister for Digital Economy and Society, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, criticised Facebook this week for offering ‘little cooperation’ to Thai authorities in removing material requested under current… Read More ›

Boss Vorayuth case key witness dies riding his motorbike early on Thursday morning in Chiang Mai

Boss Vorayuth case key witness dies riding his motorbike early on Thursday morning in Chiang Mai

July 31, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

The Chairman of a parliamentary committee that was due to hear evidence from the dead man and the other key witness, reported to be ex-military… Read More ›

Expert stands by evidence that Red Bull Boss Vorayuth’s Ferrari was travelling at 177 km/h at the scene

Expert stands by evidence that Red Bull Boss Vorayuth’s Ferrari was travelling at 177 km/h at the scene

July 30, 2020

Crime, Politics, Thailand:

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has addressed and rejected outright any speculation linking his brother, Admiral Sitthawat Wongsuwan, with the decision by a prosecutor at… Read More ›

Mind games and counter-protests, political chasm reappears as student demands deadline nears on Saturday

Mind games and counter-protests, political chasm reappears as student demands deadline nears on Saturday

July 29, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Leading loyalist, hospital director and arch-conservative Major General Rienthong Nanna, calls on his followers to infiltrate the ‘damned protests’ and send photos to his inbox… Read More ›

Lowering of US flag in Chengdu is a wake-up call for foreigners living in Thailand and with close ties here

Lowering of US flag in Chengdu is a wake-up call for foreigners living in Thailand and with close ties here

July 28, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The escalating tensions between the US and China are now at unprecedented levels. It is time for foreigners in Thailand and those with ties to… Read More ›

Strong new evidence suggests that there was no basis to prosecute Red Bull driver ‘Boss’ Vorayuth 

Strong new evidence suggests that there was no basis to prosecute Red Bull driver ‘Boss’ Vorayuth 

July 27, 2020

Crime, Culture, Politics, Thailand:

Evidence that policeman caused his own death. New expert witness says Red Bull’s Vorayuth ‘Boss’ Yoovidhya was driving within the speed limit on the 3rd… Read More ›

Army chief Apirat calls for restraint in the exercise of free speech and unity as the kingdom faces the virus crisis

Army chief Apirat calls for restraint in the exercise of free speech and unity as the kingdom faces the virus crisis

July 27, 2020

Culture, Politics, Thailand:

Protest leader, Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree, denies a suggestion by the army chief that there are forces behind the student protests in Thailand. He accused General Apirat… Read More ›

Immigration Bureau confirms amnesty extension, also allows one last extension to October 26th

Immigration Bureau confirms amnesty extension, also allows one last extension to October 26th

July 26, 2020

Living, Thailand:

Automatic extension of the visa amnesty until September 26th to appear in the Royal Gazette as Immigration Bureau clarifies the situation for those who entered… Read More ›

Two Immigration Bureau officers in Nonthaburi suspended after video appears to show bribe request

Two Immigration Bureau officers in Nonthaburi suspended after video appears to show bribe request

July 26, 2020

Crime, Media, Thailand:

Details were given by Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoe of the Royal Thai Police who confirmed that a full probe is now underway into the incident. The… Read More ›

Anger at news that Red Bull heir is free to return to Thailand after charge is dropped by Bangkok prosecutor

Anger at news that Red Bull heir is free to return to Thailand after charge is dropped by Bangkok prosecutor

July 25, 2020

Crime, Thailand:

A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police on Friday said police are powerless to interfere in the decision by the prosecutor in the case to… Read More ›

June export figures show a 23% decline on last year but the economy will recover by end of 2021

June export figures show a 23% decline on last year but the economy will recover by end of 2021

July 24, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Dismal set of figures from the Ministry of Commerce on exports just adds to the economic woes facing the Prime Minister’s proposed new economic team… Read More ›