Thailand sees 146% rise in foreign arrivals over same period last year

About 10 million foreign tourists, including 1.9 million Chinese, visited Thailand between the beginning of this year and April 9th, a 146% increase from the same period last year, Government…

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Visitors to Wat Pho will be treated to a truly spectacular and immersive experience with captivating traditional art performances.//Photo/Wat Pho

Culture, traditions and lots and lots of water

From water fights to cultural delights, Bangkok’s Songkran celebration has it all. In the heart of the Thai capital, as the scorching sun transitions into the Aries constellation, Songkran—the Thai…

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‘Sadness’ as Australian court rules against ‘women only’ art exhibit

Sydney, Australia – An artist who banned men from seeing her Australian museum exhibit said Thursday she was “saddened” by a court decision forcing her to admit “persons who do not…

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IN PICTURES – Eid al-Fitr prayer said at Bangkok’s historic Tonson Mosque

As Muslims around the world gather to mark the end of Ramadan, the Thailand’s Islamic community at the historic Tonson Mosque joined the Eid al-Fitr prayer during the early hours…

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Chiang Mai records world’s most polluted air today; staying indoors advised

Chiang Mai again ranks as the city with the worst air pollution in the world again today, as the provincial administration urges the public and private sectors to allow their…

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Phang-nga’s Tachai Island to reopen to tourists soon

Phang-nga provincial administration and officials of the Mu Ko Similan National Park are considering reopening Tachai Island to controlled tourist visits, after it was closed in 2016 for rehabilitation of…

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The art of garbage collection

“Collecting garbage is like creating a piece of art,” said Vorasilp Taweetong, a street-side garbage artist. “It all started when I was taking a train from Wongwian Yai station to…

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Thailand walks aisle to marriage equality: What it means for same-sex couples – and the rest of us

At least 142 LGBTQIA+ couples have lined up to register their marriage as Thailand stands poised to become the first Southeast Asian nation to recognize unions of non-heterosexual people in law. The…

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Water in Mekong River in Loei tested after chemical leak in Laos

Health and environment officials have collected water samples from the Mekong River at Khut Khu rapids in Chiang Kan district of Loei province for testing, after sulfuric acid leaked into…

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Investigation ordered into tour boat blaze near Koh Tao

The Marine Department has ordered an urgent investigation into the blaze which broke out this morning on a passenger boat floating near Koh Tao Island, off the coast of Surat…

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Positive outlook for Thai tourism after mutual visa exemption with China came into force

This Monday marks one month since the visa exemption agreement between Thailand and China took effect.  According to Vichai Mongkolchaichawan, the vice president of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the…

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Art expo ‘The Spirits of Maritime Crossing’ sets sail for Venice Biennale

The Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) Foundation recently announced that 15 artworks by Southeast Asian artists were headed to Italy’s famed City of Canals. “The Spirits of Maritime Crossing” a collateral…

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A vibrant hub of travel, culture, and culinary delights awaits travel enthusiasts at Thailand Tourism 2024.//Photo: TAT

Welcome to the heart of Southeast Asia’s gem – Thailand

The 42nd annual Thailand Tourism 2024, curated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), promises to enchant with diverse activities across nine captivating zones. From March 28 to April 1,…

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The Phuttha Chinnarat National Museum showcases a diverse collection of ancient artifacts and art objects.//Photo: Fine Arts Department

New temple museum highlights the spirituality of Phitsanulok

In the heart of Phitsanulok, Thailand, amid a landscape steeped in history and spirituality, lies “Wat Yai” or Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat. This fourteenth-century Buddhist temple is a beacon…

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Dating app billboard criticised by Korat women’s right group

The leader of a women’s rights protection group in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province has described a dating app’s advertisement as being disrespectful to women. “The word ‘delicious’ should only be…

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Deputy foreign minister downplays concerns over Japan’s visa-free policy

The Thai Foreign Ministry today downplayed reports suggesting that Japan may consider cancelling visa-free privileges for Thai tourists, due to an increase in the number of Thais overstaying their visas….

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One Piece Exhibition arrives in Bangkok for an unforgettable adventure

Calling all One Piece fans! The highly anticipated exhibition “The Great Era of Piracy Asia Tour” has finally docked in Bangkok, Thailand! Running until May 12, 2024, at CentralWorld Live,…

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Northern provinces face health-threatening levels of air pollution today

Seventeen sub-districts in the northern provinces of Nan, Phayao, Phitsanuloke, Lampang, Lamphun, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son are affected by health-threatening levels of PM2.5 today, ranging between…

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Suvarnabhumi world’s seventh most luxurious airport

Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport has been ranked the seventh most luxurious by Travel + Leisure magazine’s website. The airport is rated second most luxurious in ASEAN. Top of the list…

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Mark Garland, 62 (left) from Bristol, with his doppelganger, Mark Garland, 58, from Trowbridge.//Photo from younger Garland’s Facebook

Twice the Mark: Double the Trouble

Two British passengers, on a flight from London to Bangkok earlier this month, shared a series of similarities: their names, where they live, their appearance and particularly their passion for…

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Phuket to crack down on illegal foreign businesses using Thai nominees

Phuket administration has agreed to set up a centre to deal with illegal alien businesses, after complaints from Thai business operators that many foreigners have set up businesses on the…

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Woman wants to file police complaint against monkey business in Lop Buri

A 37-year-old woman was robbed of her shopping by macaque monkeys at a local market in Lop Buri’s Muang district on Wednesday. Arikanta Kanjanasinmetha said she wants to file a…

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Will Bangkok’s mission to clear footpaths ruin street-food paradise?

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been trying to solve the problem of street stalls stealing footpath space from pedestrians for decades, but with little result. This challenge is a…

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“Miang Kleep Bua Phrik Klua,” a sensational lotus petal wrap, is served at the Bang Ko Bua riverside community.//Photo: Bang Ko Bua Tourism

The Riverside Retreat Inside Bangkok’s Hidden Oasis

Seeking refuge from the sweltering heat of Bangkok? Discover a tranquil oasis just a stone’s throw away from the urban sprawl in the Bang Ko Bua riverside community along the…

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Construction of the high-speed train station in Ayutthaya to begin in March

The State Railway of Thailand will begin the construction of a station for the Thai-Chinese high-speed train project in Ayutthaya province this month, in parallel with the laying of the…

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Chinese tourists in Thai traditiona (Temple of Dawan).

Unlocking borders: Thailand and China enter ‘visa-free era’ for tourists

For the first time since the two countries established modern-day diplomatic ties almost 50 years ago, Thai tourists will be allowed visa-free entry to China from March 1. Excitement is…

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The Piman Chakri Throne Hall greets visitors with mesmerizing projection mapping.//Photo by Warunee Maneekum

Stepping into the Dazzling Light at Wang Phya Thai

No longer just a historical landmark, Phya Thai Palace is now all about light, as the palace plays host to a magnificent light show to celebrate its 101st anniversary. “The…

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Image from Joseph Akaravong’s Facebook. (The women’s faces were blurred by RFA to protect their privacy.)

Vientiane hotel halts ring-toss game amid digital outcry

A Chinese-owned hotel in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, was forced to terminate its ring-toss game, in which Chinese men took turns tossing hoops at young Lao women to win…

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PM aims to turn Thailand into multi-sector sustainable hubs

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has unveiled his vision for turning Thailand into a sustainable hub for tourism, wellness and medical services, agriculture, food, aviation, logistics, future mobility, financial services and…

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THAI to acquire 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with option for 80 more

Thai Airways International has entered into a deal to acquire a fleet of 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, plus an option on another 80, with the deal also offering the…

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Thai businesses advised to prepare for global economic reset

The Thai private sector should brace for a global economic reset, amidst the uncertainty over geo politics and the changing political landscape, which will lead to a multi-polar world order…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust in 49 areas of Bangkok Sunday

Forty-nine areas of Bangkok have excessive levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, as the Air Quality Information Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration advises everyone to reduce their out-door…

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Tourists flock into Chinatown and Phuket to celebrate Chinese New Year

Tourists, mostly Chinese, and locals have been flocking to Bangkok’s Chinatown yesterday and today to celebrate Chinese New Year while, in Phuket, tourists on the resort island have pushed hotel…

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Thai delight voted fourth best pancake in the world by TasteAtlas

Khanom Krok, a Thai dessert pancake, has been ranked the world’s fourth best pancake and the best in Southeast Asia in February’s Tasteatlas listing. The website ranked the top 50…

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TAT working on details of extended Songkran celebrations

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will hold meetings next week with the Culture and Interior ministries, the private sector and other relevant agencies to discuss details of this year’s…

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PM wants tourists sight-seeing or shopping, not stuck in airports

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has wanted all arriving air passengers from abroad to take no more than 30 minutes going through the immigration procedure and picking up their luggage. He…

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Four Shrines to Pray at during the Golden Dragon Year

The Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and Chinese communities worldwide are gearing up to celebrate the beginning of the year of the dragon on the traditional Chinese…

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Maya Bay voted world’s third best beach by Lonely Planet

Maya Bay, in Thailand’s southern province of Phang-nga, has been ranked the world’s third best beach by the Lonely Planet travel guide in its January edition. Maya Bay was described…

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Dumping of cheap Chinese-made “elephant pants” is opportunistic trade practice – PM

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said that the dumping of cheap Chinese-made elephant pants in the Thai market is a normal and opportunistic trade practice that should serve a lesson for…

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The Chankasem Palace opens its doors at night, welcoming visitors every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 4.30pm to 9pm.//Photo: Fine Arts Department

A Royal Abode by Night

Visit Chankasem Palace beyond regular hours and delve into its sixteenth-century heritage after dark. With a special tour guide from the Fine Arts Department, you will discover the stories of…

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Anti-war Russian rockers held in Thailand arrive in Israel

A Russian-Belarusian band that denounces Moscow’s Ukraine invasion arrived in Israel Thursday after being held in Thailand on immigration charges that had sparked fears they could be deported to Russia…

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Srettha to call Cambodian PM about air pollution from his country

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said yesterday that he will call his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Manet, to discuss the transboundary airborne pollution being generated by the many hotspots in Cambodia. A…

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File photo : Chiang Rai

Will new air-quality laws cure Thailand’s smog-driven health crisis?

The ongoing push in Parliament to improve Thailand’s appalling record of air pollution offers hope that the decades-long threat to public health posed by PM2.5 smog could soon be curbed….

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Sacred Khao Thamorat// Photo by Warunee Maneekum

Khao Thamorrat, the sacred landmark of Sri Thep

Since UNESCO’s recognition of Sri Thep as a World Heritage site last year, visitors have been flocking to the ruins. Yet few make it to Khao Thamorrat, the sacred mountain…

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A mesmerizing stage performance narrating the illustrious history of Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace, the second residence of King Narai the Great.//Photo: King Narai’s Reign Festival Facebook

Royal Spectacle: King Narai’s Reign Festival in Lop Buri

Located in the heart of Thailand, where history seamlessly intertwines with the present, is the city of Lop Buri. Renowned for its rich cultural heritage, this province serves as a…

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A pet-friendly hotel is a prime example of the growing trend in lifestyle hotels, attracting numerous pet parents.

High hopes for Thai tourism in 2024

Industry leaders are expressing optimism for 2024 even though Thailand’s tourism industry has not fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels either in terms of foreign tourist arrivals or revenues. Indications that…

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Thai-China visa exemption to be signed during Wang Yi’s visit

State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China will commence his four-day official visit to Thailand today, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s press release. During his four-day…

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Children from Baan Tham Suea leap into the waters of the Phetchaburi River.//Photo : Baan Tham Suea Facebook

Baan Tham Suea: a tranquil retreat near Bangkok

Just a leisurely two-hour drive south of bustling Bangkok lies a hidden gem offering respite from urban chaos. Baan Tham Suea, or Tiger Cave Village, is the perfect haven for…

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Vietnam’s incense village turns into Instagram hotspot

Hanoi, Vietnam – In a tiny village in northern Vietnam, Dang Thi Hoa ties up a bundle of freshly dried incense sticks ahead of Lunar New Year and watches a line…

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A million foreign arrivals expected for Chinese New Year in February – TAT

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has predicted that almost a million foreign tourists will visit the kingdom during the Chinese New Year festival, which runs from February 8th to…

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Questions remain over viability of multi-billion-dollar land bridge project

The idea of a land bridge connecting the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea has been in the pipeline for a few years. Former transport minister Saksayam Chidchob had…

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Thai PBS wins award at Indian film festival

The film “Letter from the Sun: Unforgettable Moment”, produced by Thai PBS, received the Special Mention Award at the 6th Innovative International Film Festival held in Bengaluru, India between October…

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Experts urge policy rethink as elephant population boom sparks escalating conflicts

2023 was a bloody 12 months in the ongoing saga of human-elephant conflicts in Thailand, marking the sixth consecutive year of escalating incidents. Records for 2023 show a disconcerting surge…

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National Teacher’s Day on four legs

Today is Thailand’s national Teachers’ Day, which falls on January 16  each year and not only children took the opportunity to pay respect to their teachers, but also K-9 recruits at…

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Photo : Kamron Petprayoon FB

Sunbathing at Sanam Luang draws mixed reactions

A picture posted on social media of two foreigners sunbathing in Sanam Luang, in front of the Grand Palace, has drawn mixed reactions, with some Thai netizens suggesting that the…

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Special 90-day visa plan for tourists to learn Muay Thai in Thailand

The government plans to issue a special 90-day visa for foreign tourists who want to learn Thai boxing in Thailand, as part of its bid to promote the country’s soft…

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US regulator orders inspections on some Boeing MAX 9 planes after emergency

Washington, United States – The US air safety regulator announced Saturday it was grounding some Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplanes pending inspections, a day after a panel blew out of one of…

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File photo : Cambodia’s PM Hun Manet

Cambodian PM will visit Bangkok next month

Prime Minister Hun Manet will pay a one-day official visit to Thailand next month to strengthen the bilateral ties, according to an informed diplomatic source. Manet will arrive in Bangkok…

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Progress observed in Mae Wong – Khlong Lan rewilding

A deer giving birth might not appear remarkable. But when the fawn is born in Mae Wong – Khlong Lan national parks in the north of Thailand, it’s cause for…

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54.4 billion baht tourism revenue forecast during New Year holidays

Tourism and tourism-related activities during this year’s festive season are expected to generate about 54.4 billion baht in revenue, a 44% increase over last year, according to the Tourism Authority…

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File photo : New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display in Sydney on January 1, 2023.//AFP

World prepares to ring in 2024

Sydney, Australia  – Jubilant crowds will bid farewell to the hottest year on record Sunday, closing a turbulent 12 months marked by clever chatbots, climate crises and wrenching wars in Gaza and…

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Over 27 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in 2023

27,252,488 foreign tourists visited Thailand between January 1st and December 24th this year, meeting the 25-28 million foreign arrivals target. People from Malaysia topped the list, with 4,439,480 arrivals, followed…

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Anntonia Porsild

Art, culture and entertainment shine in an otherwise gloomy year

2023 may not have been a very good year for most of us given the sluggish economy, wars and uncertainties but for Thais at least, there were some glimpses of…

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PM2.5 levels exceed standards in scores of areas across Bangkok and surroundings

PM2.5 dust levels in 45 areas of Bangkok and its peripherals on Thursday are above the standard threshold of 37.5μg (microns), according to the Pollution Control Department. The PM2.5 level…

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Free entry to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries on Dec 31 and Jan 1

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will open all its national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, no-hunting areas and forest parks to the public free of charge this Sunday…

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“Cullen Hateberry” channel invited to promote Thailand’s national parks

YouTubers from South Korea, who share content via the “Cullen Hateberry” channel about Thailand, are being invited to support the promotion of tourism in Thailand’s national parks. Atthaphon Charoenchansa, director…

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A heartfelt farewell as three smuggled young orangutans return home

The three orangutans, smuggled from Indonesia into Thailand years ago, were sent home today. They are the last group of orangutans that came under the care of the National Parks,…

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2023’s top stories: Tourism in the driver’s seat as Thai economy trundles towards recovery

The tourism sector is enjoying a major recovery in 2023 after years of slump following the debilitating pandemic. As of December 3, the number of foreign arrivals grew 175 per cent…

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AOT to continue building two new airports to handle more passengers

Airports of Thailand (AOT) will continue to expand the capacity of its existing airports and build two new airports, with an estimated investment of Bt150 billion, to cope with the…

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Travel insurance to be arranged for all tourist arrivals over holiday season : Srettha

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has ordered the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to arrange travel insurance to cover accidents and death for all foreign tourists arriving in Thailand during the…

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This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and released by Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation the Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Entrance fees for famous Tham Luang cave explained

The admission fees, Bt950 for Thais and Bt1,000 for foreigners, to enter the world-famous Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province have been criticised as expensive, but are set for…

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Photo by TVBS, Taiwan

Taiwan seeking answers over hit and run death in Bangkok

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry has instructed its representative in Bangkok to investigate a car accident, in which an injured Taiwanese tourist was allegedly denied medical treatment by a hospital and died…

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A man walks past tents housing the homeless on November 22.//AFP

Desperation for the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, United States – When Carlos Schmidt beds down on the hard streets of Los Angeles, he has nothing but a backpack and an old blanket, like thousands of other homeless people…

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An iconic Mae Klong culinary delight brings together a handful of fresh vegetables, sensational chilli relish, and pan-fried mackerel.//Photo by TAT’s Samut Songkhram Office

Lip-smacking Mae Klong mackerel: a real treat for the taste buds

The viral sensation, or perhaps the cheeky mimicry, of mackerel ice cream on a stick promises to captivate the taste buds of young visitors to the Mackerel Festival in the…

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Diversity Highlighted in the 2024 Michelin Bib Gourmand List

Thirty-two restaurants have been awarded the ‘Bib Gourmand’ symbol for the first time in the Michelin Guide Thailand 2024. Now in its seventh edition, this year’s guide has extended its…

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Photo : Courtesy of Siam Society

Elegant Kamthieng House to close for major renovations

The iconic traditional Thai house known as the Kamthieng House Museum at the Siam Society under Royal Patronage in Soi Asoke (Sukhumvit 21) is closing for major renovations from 30…

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Fireworks and light art turn the Chao Phraya River into a captivating canvas of illuminated brilliance.//Photo by TAT

December delight: the Chao Phraya comes alive with extravagant light shows

Fireworks, shopping sprees, inspiring events, tasty cuisine and the festive mood set the stage for year-end celebrations. With the arrival of December, Bangkok is gearing up for plenty of spirited…

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This photo taken on October 19 shows Chinese national Yin Wenhui (L), 31, attending Muay Thai training in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. //AFP

Freedom and dignity: Millennial Chinese leave China for Thailand

Chiang Mai – Hitting tennis balls across a tree-lined court in Thailand’s mountainous north, Connie Chen’s weekly private training session is a luxury the Chinese national could barely afford when…

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File photo : Songkran Festival

Bt5.1 billion to promote “soft power” activities next year

The National Soft Power Development Committee (NSPDC) has decided, in principle, to approve about Bt5.1 billion to promote 11 elements of Thailand’s soft power, from food and festivals to music,…

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World’s and Asia’s most valuable stamps on display in Bangkok

The famous British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, which is hailed as the world’s most expensive stamp at more than US$8 million (around THB300 million) and the Japan 1871 500mon Center Inverted,…

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Loy Krathong 2023 celebrations around the country

The Loy Krathong festival is just around the corner; this year, Loy Krathong day will fall on November 27. This is the Thai PBS World list of provinces in which…

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File photo : Chalermchai Kositpipat

Chalermchai Kositpipat: The National Artist behind Thailand’s second UNESCO Creative City

When Chiang Rai proudly joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in October, much of the credit was rightfully handed to national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Chalermchai, 68, has been an icon…

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Experience the magical beauty of the 17th-century monument with the ‘Tonight at Wat Chaiwatthanaram’ light-up. Photo by FAD

Historical parks and sites light up after dark in a winter celebration

For those who love roaming around historical parks and ancient sites by day to be captivated by their mystic beauty, the thrill can now reach new heights. This holiday season,…

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Thailand’s Goddess Earth comes to the Miss Universe stage

Those unfamiliar with Thai culture might be curious as to the story behind the meticulously crafted costume worn by Miss Universe Thailand Anntonia Porsild in the national costume round of…

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Bangkok world’s fourth most online-searched tourist city in global survey

Bangkok is ranked the world’s fourth most searched tourist destination online in 2023, according to a survey conducted by eDreams Odigeo, one of the world’s largest travel companies. According to…

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Laukkai town//Photo by Myanmar Skyline

Fighters from Myanmar ethnic minority say surrounded notorious scam town

Yangon, Myanmar – Fighters from a Myanmar ethnic minority said Tuesday they had surrounded a town controlled by pro-military militia near the China border where hundreds of foreigners, including Thais,…

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File photo : Chinese tourists enjoy their time in Thailand.

Those in Pattaya welcome Chinese police in Thailand

The concept of having Chinese police patrol with Thai counterparts in Thailand has met with a mixed reaction with those in Pattaya expressing support. Rumpueng ‘Lisa’ Hamilton, president of the…

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Former deputy director of National Intelligence Agency Nantiwat Samart

Chinese police presence in Thailand a “slap in the face” : ex-NIA deputy director

Former deputy director of National Intelligence Agency Nantiwat Samart has questioned the concept of inviting Chinese police to join their Thai counterparts on patrol in main tourist provinces, ostensibly to…

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Art in our dreams

The 10th edition of “Galleries’ Nights” is once again bringing a feast of visual delights to Bangkok over two nights, with a variety of events taking place tonight (Friday, November…

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Thailand aims to become a world festival destination

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced his government’s intention to promote Thailand as a global festival destination, in the hopes of boosting tourism across the country and attracting more foreign tourists…

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Fares expected to be charged on Green Line extensions around year end : source

For the first time, the Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company (BTSC), operator of the Green Line sky train service, is expected to charge passengers for the use of the…

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File photo : Doi Inthanon National Park is covered with frost in winter.//Photo by National Park Department

Cold season may arrive in mid-November, last just a month

The cold season in Thailand may arrive in the middle of this month, about two weeks later than usual, and it may only last about a month. Somkuan Tonjan, head…

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Kew Mae Pan is perfect for experiencing a breathtaking sunrise, as it offers stunning views from above the misty valley.//Photo by National Park Department

Walking on the Roof of Thailand

Kew Mae Pan in Chiang Mai province, considered as one of Thailand’s best scenic natural trails, has finally reopened to the public after undergoing five months of rehabilitation. Nature enthusiasts…

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The Undertaker

Is Thai film industry, the weak pillar of the soft power edifice, on the cusp of better days?

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin recently led Cabinet members to watch a popular movie, Sup-pa-rer (The Undertaker), as proof of his commitment to promoting Thai soft power in general and the…

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A woman wears a mask as she rides her bicycle along a street near Tiananmen Square on the third day of a “red alert” for pollution in Beijing in 2015.//AFP

China’s smog problem explained

Beijing, China – A thick haze has this week smothered Beijing and surrounding areas, with tens of millions of people in northern China under severe pollution warnings. Here’s what you…

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Visa-free visits for tourists from India and Taiwan from November 10

The Cabinet agreed on Tuesday to exempt tourists from India and Taiwan from requiring an entry visa to say in Thailand for up to 30 days, effective from November 10 until…

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Deadly Bangkok mall shooting by child prompts question: Who takes responsibility?

Public shock and anger over October 3’s deadly shooting rampage at Siam Paragon has turned to consternation as people realize that the 14-year-old perpetrator cannot be punished. Thai law states…

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‘Dog God’ (‘My Teacher Eats Biscuits 2020’) gets green light after 25-year ban

In an article for The Nation newspaper’s Weekend magazine on her directorial debut, independent filmmaker Ing Kanjanavanit (Ing K) wrote: “A film is not really a film until it’s seen”….

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As smog season returns, can Thailand avert another health crisis?    

Millions of people in Thailand are dreading ‘smog season’, as air pollution levels begin to rise at the end of the rains. Bangkok and other areas of the country have…

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Residents near Chiang Mai airport have health concerns over 24-hour operation

People living near Chiang Mai airport have raised concern over the effects on their health of aircraft noise, vibrations and emissions when the airport begins operating around the clock on…

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