Thailand

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grew as ministers look at prospects for 2020 

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grew as ministers look at prospects for 2020 

November 22, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Trade friction and world economic instability likely to continue under the present US administration. Thailand still aims for 3% export growth in 2020 and economic… Read More ›

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

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

November 22, 2019

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

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

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

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

November 21, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, Personal, 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 at home 

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

November 20, 2019

Culture, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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 prohibited media link

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

November 20, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

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

Tragedy of a 13-year-old Muslim girl who died on Friday in Bangkok shows need for more women police

Tragedy of a 13-year-old Muslim girl who died on Friday in Bangkok shows need for more women police

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 and suffering after being captured… Read More ›

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

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

November 19, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Personal, Thailand:

Thailand’s economics boss quoted a respected thinker and Prime Minister of Thailand from the 1970s Kukrit Pramoj who said that too much talk or commentary… Read More ›

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

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

November 19, 2019

Culture, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

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

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

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

November 18, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The young Russian woman had stopped on the sidewalk to tend to her 3-year-old daughter when the raider struck. A motorcyclist snatched two gold necklaces… Read More ›

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

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

November 18, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

UK man recalls 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 ›

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online and are less loyal

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online and are less loyal

November 18, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Media, Personal, 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 ›

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures of what is going on

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures of what is going on

November 17, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Personal, 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 ›

French man ignored official warnings and a cordon as he died taking a selfie at a popular Ko Samui waterfall

French man ignored official warnings and a cordon as he died taking a selfie at a popular Ko Samui waterfall

November 17, 2019

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

American fugitive Bart Allen Helmus was finally officially declared dead this 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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Conflicting reports surround the arrest and interrogation of the American man after he tried to board a bus out of Chiang Mai, on public indecency… Read More ›

Thai government to use blockchain technology in VAT refund scheme for foreign tourists using an app

Thai government to use blockchain technology in VAT refund scheme for foreign tourists using an app

November 16, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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 in the trail of ฿5 million taken from a Thai man’s bank account through forgery and duplicity 

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

November 15, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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 her handsome husband with her in a desperate act of murder-suicide

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

November 14, 2019

Crime, Personal, Thai World, 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

Personal, Thai World, 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, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Rice exporters support the ban and see it as a shift towards Thailand becoming an organic source of world agricultural produce in an evolving market.… Read More ›