Thailand

Coup again ruled out by Prawit as reconciliation is sought but with growing calls for Prayut to go

Coup again ruled out by Prawit as reconciliation is sought but with growing calls for Prayut to go

October 30, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

After another week of protests and two days of a special parliamentary session, the kingdom is still mired in political conflict. There are two key… Read More ›

Smart cities being proposed to house Chinese investors in the Eastern Economic Corridor project region

Smart cities being proposed to house Chinese investors in the Eastern Economic Corridor project region

October 29, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thai Chinese business boss reveals that two Chinese firms have ฿10 billion earmarked and have already purchased land in Chachoengsao and Chonburi to build smart… Read More ›

Visa amnesty finally ending but the new regime is pragmatic and may allow for further renewals

Visa amnesty finally ending but the new regime is pragmatic and may allow for further renewals

October 29, 2020

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Foreign embassies in Thailand including that of the United States are urging their nationals, still in Thailand with an extended tourist visa, to move quickly… Read More ›

Chiang Rai MP shocks parliament in Bangkok by slashing himself in an outcry at police force action

Chiang Rai MP shocks parliament in Bangkok by slashing himself in an outcry at police force action

October 28, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Ruling Palang Pracharat Party MP Sira Jenjaka expressed disappointment in Mr Visan’s actions. He pointed out that he was a former deputy commerce minister. He… Read More ›

Royalists claim the United States is seeking to destabilise Thailand using ‘hybrid warfare’ tactics and media

Royalists claim the United States is seeking to destabilise Thailand using ‘hybrid warfare’ tactics and media

October 27, 2020

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The current United States Ambassador Michael De Sombre has long refuted claims that the United States was supporting political activity in Thailand including protests. The… Read More ›

Monarchy takes centre stage as Monday’s protests took place near the German Embassy in Bangkok

Monarchy takes centre stage as Monday’s protests took place near the German Embassy in Bangkok

October 27, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

German foreign minister tells Reuters that the German government is monitoring the situation concerning the presence of the Thai King in Germany as the issue… Read More ›

Foreign condo buyers to get permanent residency under debt-free scheme being mooted by officials

Foreign condo buyers to get permanent residency under debt-free scheme being mooted by officials

October 26, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

It comes as the government attempts to streamline what has been a shambolic mismatch of regulations concerning various aspects and implementation of the Special Tourist… Read More ›

Protest leader tells Prayut his term as PM is over as thousands again take to the Bangkok streets against him

Protest leader tells Prayut his term as PM is over as thousands again take to the Bangkok streets against him

October 26, 2020

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Protesters taunted the Prime Minister by paraphrasing the monarch’s praise for a loyal supporter on Friday. ‘Very brave, very brave, good job, good job –… Read More ›

Strength of support for the monarchy being seen this week as political unrest deepens into standoff

Strength of support for the monarchy being seen this week as political unrest deepens into standoff

October 25, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Events this week show that the Thai public still retains strong support for the monarchy but also wants to see more unity in politics and… Read More ›

PM says he is not resigning but seeks resolution as key protest leader, Anon, chooses to stay in prison

PM says he is not resigning but seeks resolution as key protest leader, Anon, chooses to stay in prison

October 24, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Protest leaders rallying outside Bangkok Remand Prison in Thailand’s capital are warning that they have another ‘surprise’ for the government and that failure by the… Read More ›

Rapidly rising debt levels in Thailand means that the country must open up to mass tourism quickly in 2021

Rapidly rising debt levels in Thailand means that the country must open up to mass tourism quickly in 2021

October 24, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The reality is that this economic crisis in Thailand is only now beginning to bite as already 10% of commercial bank borrowers who availed of… Read More ›

French woman tested positive for Covid 19 on Ko Samui on October 21st confirmed top health official Friday 

French woman tested positive for Covid 19 on Ko Samui on October 21st confirmed top health official Friday 

October 23, 2020

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The bombshell news may have implications for efforts to reopen the country to tourism although Thai officials are investigating whether the woman contracted the virus… Read More ›

Top minister accuses protesters of imperiling economic recovery and the health of Thai people at this time

Top minister accuses protesters of imperiling economic recovery and the health of Thai people at this time

October 23, 2020

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

The comments come as there are tentative signs that Thailand’s predicted economic contraction for 2020 will not be as severe as expected while the Ministry… Read More ›

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

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

October 22, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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, Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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, Personal, Thai World, 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, Personal, Thai World, 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, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, 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, Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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 ›