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Perseverance, discipline and self-encouragement are the keys – Chudaree “Chef Tam” Debhakam

When they announced the awards, I was very shocked. We weren’t expecting anything more than really just retaining the one star that we had, and that was our goal. It…

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It’s not our fault for being born female – Chonthicha Jangrew, Move Forward Party MP

TW: online sexual harassment, cyberbullying “Two days after we won the elections in May 2023, I received messages on Facebook, which were in English, with photos of me edited into…

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Professor Aaron Ciechanover

A conversation with a Nobel Laureate on longevity and looking young

Soon, cancer patients will have an additional treatment option, moving away from relying solely on chemotherapy, which often has deleterious side effects. The current one-size-fits-all approach to treating many diseases…

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Personalised medicine, the future of healthcare

Thai PBS World spoke with Professor Aaron Ciechanover, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2004. His discovery, along with two other scientists, of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation has significantly advanced research…

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‘Weaving Our Stories’ – Threading an artistic journey

“Weaving has its own soul,” as expressed by ‘Mae Mae’, or the aunties and grannies from a weaving community, became a profound source of inspiration. These words are shared by…

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Foreign investors need more clarification on land bridge project

The government claims an advantageous outcome of job creation and economic growth for the 1-trillion-baht land bridge project, which connects the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, but foreign investors…

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We’re not voted into parliament because of our gender – Khattiya Sawatdiphol, Pheu Thai Party MP

“When MPs are voted into parliament, they are chosen by the voters and they don’t choose us because of our gender. We’re all here because of our qualifications, because they…

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Opposition believes Srettha government lacks a strategy

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s decision to delay implementation of the controversial “digital wallet” scheme has added to people’s worries about the sluggish economy and has fuelled opposition criticism of his…

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The hidden dangers of PM 2.5

In the latest report this week, 45 out of 50 areas in Bangkok have recorded excessive levels of PM 2.5, surpassing the standard threshold of 37.5 micrograms per cubic meter…

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Fixing Thai education is not just a matter of money

When it comes to the budget for education, figures can be deceptive. Under the budget bill, which was debated in the House of Representatives last week, the Education Ministry has…

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Bangkok start-up aiming to change people’s recycling behaviour

Thai people are fond of lotteries, as over 61 percent of Thais regularly buy lottery tickets for the chance of winning a fortune. A Bangkok-based start-up is leveraging this liking…

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Is there any hope for Thai education?

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluates the knowledge and skills of 15-year-old students worldwide in reading, mathematics and science every three years. Each time the PISA results are…

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Malaysia peace talks facilitator foresees “concrete” development (Video)

The Malaysian facilitator for the southern peace talks process said he is optimistic that there will be “concrete” development by the end of this year with a new round of…

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World Bank says revised education system key to reducing income inequality

Thailand’s efforts to combat income inequality are hitting a wall. Despite strides before 2015, progress has stalled, leaving the country with the highest inequality in East and Asia Pacific. The…

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Muay Thai through the eyes of Youssef Boughanem

Thai PBS World interviews Youssef Boughanem, a former WBC Muay Thai World Champion. He discusses how Muay Thai has evolved over time and shares his perspective as an expat living…

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Greying Thailand: Empowering Thai elderly

Everybody ages, but it doesn’t mean that one’s knowledge or abilities deteriorate. In the last episode of our exclusive documentary, ‘Greying Thailand,’ we tell the stories of two senior citizens…

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Greying Thailand: Future solutions for ageing society

Many sectors in Thailand have attempted to address the problems related to an aging society, but is there a possibility for them to succeed? Find out in this episode of Greying…

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Greying Thailand: Stateless Elders in Thailand

In the picturesque landscapes of Thailand, where vibrant cultures and tourism thrive, there exists a hidden predicament that often goes unnoticed. Amidst the beauty and serenity, a group of individuals…

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Energy management giant calls for quicker green energy transition

Foreign investors warn that Thailand’s progress in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions falls short of expectations, despite the government’s commitment to carbon neutrality in and net zero emissions. Urgent action, particularly…

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Greying Thailand: Retirement paradise for foreigners

Thailand is seen by many foreigners as a retirement paradise, a view supported by the country’s ranking among the 10 best countries in which to spend a retirement. So, what…

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Slovak envoy sees potential for closer relations with Thailand

A visit to Thailand  next year by a high-level delegation from Slovakia is expected to boost their country’s relationship with Thailand, according to the Slovak ambassador to Bangkok. In a…

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Greying Thailand: The “diversity” of nursing homes

Thai PBS World has uncovered stories of Thai elderly, who will soon become the majority population group in Thailand. Our documentary series, ‘Greying Thailand: Heading into a Super-Aged Future,’ delves…

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Greying Thailand: Facing financial challenges for the aged

Thai PBS World has uncovered stories of Thai elderly, who will soon become the majority population group in Thailand. Our documentary series, ‘Greying Thailand: Heading into a Super-Aged Future,’ delves…

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A conversation with ‘Charles the French’

Recently, Thai PBS World spoke with “Charles the French”, a magician and comedian who was determined to be a magician from the age of 7. He shared with us how…

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Pita Limjaroenrat, Chief Advisor to Move Forward Party Leader, discussed various topics in an interview with Franc Han Shih, Thai PBS World.

Pita urges pragmatic cooperation with other nations

While Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin spends time overseas, to develop relationships with other countries, Pita Limjaroenrat, a key figure in and former leader of the Move Forward party, emphasises that…

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Believe in what you believe – Sirikan Charoensiri & Pawinee Chumsri

“We still have a long way to go towards true democracy. The fight for justice is never easy, but as the dawn always comes change for a better future is…

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James Nachtwey’s ‘Memoria’ – Capturing humanity’s essence through a retrospective photo exhibition

In the realm of photojournalism, James Nachtwey is a name with resonance and significance. He has traversed the globe, documenting the most pressing issues of our time with a lens…

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Challenge of determining who qualifies for digital wallet scheme

How do you distinguish between the rich and the poor? The government subcommittee handling the digital wallet scheme believes it has an answer, even though the way the whole thing…

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French sculptor who loves Buddhism

Born in Paris, Arnaud Nazare-Aga, a French sculptor sees himself as a “creative” rather than an artist. Nevertheless, because people from all over the world purchase his art and consider…

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Junji Ito Horror House…..Where Nightmares Come to Life

When it comes to the world of horror manga, few names evoke the dread and fascination as Junji Ito. His eerie and unsettling stories, filled with grotesque imagery and macabre…

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New challenges facing Thai workers evacuated from Israel

Hundreds of Thai workers have made it back home safely from Israel and more than 8,000 more have registered for evacuation. Being back home for many of them is, however,…

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Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta in a recent interview in The Wave, a business programme of Thai PBS World.

Economist urges inclusion of nature in economic system

In a world driven by the pursuit of economic growth, the absence of nature from the global economic mechanism has, to a large extent, remained unnoticed. A call for change…

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Respect yourself enough to follow your dreams – Kannika Jitsangworn

“I think the charm of Thai food is its flavour. There’s always something different and it’s always new and fresh to you. It has all the flavours, from sour, sweet,…

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Thai labourer recounts escape from Israel

As casualties continue to rise in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the impacts extend beyond Israelis and Palestinians to include Thai migrants working near the Gaza Strip. Thailand…

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Mr. Narongsak Putthapornmongkol, the President of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Chinese business community confident of BRI benefits

Chinese President Xi Jinping has used a recent international forum in Beijing to reaffirm his commitment to advancing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but questions persist as to whether…

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Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Thailand, H.E. Millicent Cruz Paredes

Philippine envoy stresses rules-based order for South China Sea

The South China Sea has been a centre of contention, with China arbitrarily expanding its maritime territory, under what it describes as a standard map with a 10-dash line, a…

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Explore the first ever GUNDAM exhibition in Thailand

Gundam, the iconic Japanese franchise, known for its giant robotic “mech” suits and its accompanying model kits, Gunpla, has captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts around the world.  In…

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UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on LGBT+ Rights, Lord Nick Herbert

UK Special Envoy boosting engagement on LGBT+ rights

While same-sex marriage has been legalised in 35 nations around the world, discrimination and harsh laws against the LGBT+ community persist in many places, as evidenced by a recent incident…

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The deadly roads of Khao Lak

Khao Lak, as an increasing populated community and popular tourist area in the South, need good road. However, there is one in particular that is causing alarms among people concerned…

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Fearlessness is the key – Hathairat “Chef Jeiw” Urapanthamat

The blazing fire from a large griddle can be seen from a distance, as Hathairat “Chef Jeiw” Urapanthamat, is grilling a piece of Australian rib-eye steak in the kitchen. Her…

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Julian Cary

‘The truth’, jazz music and Julian Cary

He welcomed us to his incredibly quiet home in a peaceful neighbourhood in the Taling Chan area, a normally busy district north of Thonburi, saying “I am fortunate to live…

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Srettha government advised to brace for digitalisation, green transition

As the Srettha government is busy trying to revive the Thai economy, it is also facing a long-term dual challenge of keeping pace with digitalisation and the energy transition necessary…

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From left to right, Chairwoman of the Joint Foreign Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Vibeke Lyssand Leirvag, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Mook Pibuldham, CEO and President of LH Bank, Shih Jiing-fuh

Foreign business leaders urge clarity and stability

As the Srettha government begins implementing its stimulus packages, aimed at revitalising Thailand’s economy, members of the foreign business community here have reiterated their call for political stability and regulatory…

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Nothing is impossible for a woman – Piliwan Pimpoolad

“When I was a girl, I was bullied from head to toe; for my square face, my flat nose and my dark skin. People back in my hometown consider my…

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Incorporating activism in art, to stop Asian hate – Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

“I was born in the United States, so my birthright as an American is that I am respected like every other American. So, when I see my rights being trampled…

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Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Sanan Angubolkul, talked with Thai PBS World’s Franc Han Shih.

Business leader sees tourism as key to Thailand’s economic growth

With Thailand’s new government, led by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of Pheu Thai Party, finally in place, there is growing anticipation among Thai business leaders for a swift economic recovery….

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Walk-A-Tif: FLOCK OF … Discover the supernatural nature of floating fish

You might think that the schools of fish swimming through the air in this room are normal floating-fish balloons at first glance. Actually, every fish is a work of art,…

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Professor Yunus Recognises Technology’s Empowering Role for Youth

Renowned Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus, has been in Bangkok for the launch of the Yunus Centre in Thailand. His advocacy for social business, coupled with harnessing the potential of…

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Director of Marketing, Southeast Asia, Google, Mike Jittivanich

How BMA and Google turn e-waste into new learning tools

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is joining hands with tech giant Google to turn what would become electronic waste into new learning tools for students at 437 city schools. More…

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A life of the “third culture” kid

Meet Kyle Dante, a Filipino raised in Thailand, who explains life growing up as a “third culture” kid. This short documentary is a co-production by Thai PBS World and Stamford…

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The President of Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, Noriaki Yamashita

Consistent policies and effective communication crucial for Japanese investors

As a new Thai government is taking shape under the leadership of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, the Japanese business sector, which plays a crucial role in Thailand’s economy, looks forward…

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Thai Sang Thai stressing it wants a democratic government

As Pheu Thai Party struggles to cobble together a governing coalition, one of its former allies, Thai Sang Thai Party, has chosen to stand aside for as long as that…

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Art is an adventure – Atjima Jaroenchit

As you step inside “The Color Blue Dream”, an art exhibition by Thai female artist Atjima Jaroenchit, you will be immediately notice the sound of crashing waves in the background…

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An inspiring mother and her house of love

At the moment, Wachiraporn is the oldest member of the Chaiyapruk Foundation, a private orphanage. She helps look after other children and takes responsibility for other chores around the house,…

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A Bangkok-based start-up ‘’upcycling’’ surplus garment materials

When it comes to tackling climate change, keeping materials and products in the economy for as long as possible would be one solution. This came to be known as a…

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Electric Tuk-Tuks reduce greenhouse gas emissions, easier for the elderly to use

Thailand is well-known for its brightly coloured tuk-tuks, which are as much of a feature of the country as the ancient temples built during the Ayutthaya period. Today, the country…

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George Orwell inspired Russian restaurant in Bangkok

George Orwell, the author of the dystopian “1984”, is known to have frequented London pubs, and half of the gin mills in the city are said to have had him…

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Is AI a threat to newsrooms?

2023 is the “breakthrough year for artificial intelligence (AI) and its application for journalism,” according to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, which points out that AI transcription tools are…

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How a company in Thailand uses language-learning to gain a competitive edge

Language barriers and cultural differences remain major obstacles to globalised trade, in a world that might not be as interconnected and integrated as we think. While cultural and linguistic diversity…

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AMCHAM stresses next leadership should drive solid development  

Thailand’s next leader should implement policies for solid development, to solve issues in the domestic economy, the bureaucratic system, and leverage cooperation with neighbouring countries, according to President of American…

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Never let societal norms change your mind – Praveenar Singh Thakral

“I think Miss Universe is a platform on which a woman can showcase their talents and inspire young women around the world, and that really inspires me to be better….

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A soul sanctuary for art lovers – People of Ari

A place that was once a home to the family of Thailand’s former prime minister, Chatichai Choonhavan, has been converted into an art space. Thai PBS World talked to its…

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Mission to bring Sak Surin home

“It’s a difficult operation and we’ve tried to do our best,” Thai ambassador to Sri Lanka, H.E. Poj Harnpol told Thai PBS World in an interview before what is being…

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Voices of students on school rules and uniforms

While the topic of school uniforms and hairstyles has become of public interest. The question is should it be abolished, relaxed or remain stringent. Thai PBS World spoke to those…

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The one and only Garuda Museum in Southeast Asia

The Garuda, a Hindu demigod who is usually depicted as the mount of the Hindu god Vishnu, has a profound connection with Thai society. It has been used as a…

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Overworked and underappreciated, doctors need more support

“Do we know the problems? We do, but there are these things called medical ethics and sacrifice that constrain us. If we don’t see the patients who are waiting, how…

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You need to embrace sadness before you can appreciate happiness – Prapassorn “Teayii” Kanjanasoot

“Honestly, I define myself as an artist who respects every emotion and every human being’s worth, but I chose to reflect them through writing and art that I love.” This…

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EABC urges a sustainable government for negotiations on EU-Thailand FTA

Thailand’s next government should implement sustainable policies to fortify the cooperation between the EU and Thailand, including an EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreement. In an exclusive interview with Thai PBS World,…

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The paradox of Thai public acceptance of LGBTQ+

If the accomplishment of Bangkok Pride 2023 can be measured by the number of participants, then it was a success. The event, which was held earlier this month, drew around…

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Former FM Kantathi plays down fears of US interference

Despite the two resolutions in the US Senate and House of Representatives putting Thailand’s political situation on the spot, a former Thai foreign minister insists that there is no evidence…

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From left to right Nattha Komolvadhin, Ndiame Diop and Hassan Zaman.

World Bank urges political stability and urgent reforms for Thailand’s long-term growth

Two economists from the World Bank, Ndiame Diop and Hassan Zaman, have stressed the critical need for political stability, urgent reforms and the development of high-value-added sectors in Thailand, to…

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Why Thai education reform is a complete flop

The poor quality of Thai education has been a major national issue for decades. Many people in the education sector have attempted reform, by introducing a competency-based curriculum in the…

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Being a young female leader in Thai forestry – Netnapa Ngamnet

Netnapa Ngamnet, who’s currently the head of Hat Wanakon National Park in Thailand’s coastal province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, is one of a very few women in positions of power…

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Linda Lines

Hua Hin through the eyes of an English poet

Linda Lines ran a financial management company, ‘The Lines Partnership’, in the City of London for 22 years. She then sold her business and started to follow her passion for…

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Thai Community in Cambodia’s Koh Kong

“When we go to Thailand, we are known as Khmer. When we stay here, we are known as Thai. So, it turns out that we are Koh Kong people. Not…

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Life of an English poet in Hua Hin

Linda Lines had a brilliant career in the City of London from the 1980s to 2000, which she said was unusual for a woman. After retiring, she enjoys the winter in…

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Aimée Kwan, the only British-Thai actress in John Wick Chapter 4

“It’s really easy to say as an actor or as somebody in the industry that it’s always been a dream to do something like this and it genuinely has been….

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Part of R10 in Trat province on March 22nd, 2023. (Photo by Tulip Naksompop Blauw)

Trat needs to be taken seriously to realise its full potential

While there are plans to develop and invest in the Thai province of Trat, alongside the Eastern Economic Corridor project, the province itself has never really felt a serious push….

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A story of a teenage mother

Thai PBS World talked to a former adolescent mother, who got pregnant while at secondary school. She admitted that being a mother at a young age was extremely difficult. It…

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From theatre actress to passionate storyteller – Teirra Kamolvattanavith

“I’ve always been a huge believer in the power of storytelling, by seeing the world through another person’s perspective or another person’s point of view, or seeing the world a…

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Solutions for debtors

For many debtors, it seems impossible to live a debt-free life, but nothing is impossible. In fact, the first step to getting out of debt is easier than you might…

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Can the UN’s CEO forum on Sustainable Finance provide solutions for rubber smallholders?

The managing director of an agricultural SME, who participated in an event called the “CEO Forum on Sustainable Finance: Scaling Up Sustainable Finance Solutions for Accelerating Progress on the SDGs”…

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Walk-A-Tif: Mitr Bamrung Mueang Art Exhibition

‘Mitr Bamrung Mueang’, or ‘The Bamrung Mueang Ally Art Exhibition’, is one of the main exhibitions, held along Bamrung Mueang Road, of Bangkok Design Week 2023. The exhibition is organised…

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Exclusive: Anwar calls for new ASEAN approaches to deal with Myanmar crisis

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has called on ASEAN to explore new approaches to resolving the ongoing crisis in Myanmar which, he said, can no longer be treated as the…

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The Thai chef who fell in love with Vietnam

A Thai executive chef, Wittaya Thipsoongnoen, worked in many countries before setting foot in Vietnam nine years ago. He explained to Thai PBS World why he has been living in this…

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From Thailand’s “Queen of Dance” to new advocacy role for gender equality – Christina Aguilar

When we think of Thailand’s best-selling female artists of all time, Christina Aguilar, who is widely dubbed as the country’s “Queen of Dance”, is at the top. Now she is…

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Know your passion and keep doing your thing – Nittakarn Kaewpiyasawad

“Personally I like to focus on visuals in my videos, because I like to do things that come from our imagination, rather than just storytelling, but I also add symbolism…

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Thai hospitality shines on a Vietnamese Island

Meet Pitsopa Wansrithong, the brain behind the success of Luna Thai Spa, the leading spa on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. She reveals how she trains the Vietnamese staff to meet…

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“You’re not born to be a victim of oppression” – Chitchapa Panich

TW: bullying, school violence, discrimination “I have been suffering from gender-based violence since I was young, because I was born a girl in a male body, which is not recognised…

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Will Thailand’s driver’s licence point system work?

Two years ago, a driver’s licence point system was introduced in Thailand, in an attempt to decrease road accidents. There is, however, scant evidence that the system really works, as…

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Will the driver’s licence point system work?

A new hope in the effort to make Thailand’s roads safer, a demerit point system has been introduced by the Royal Thai Police and the Land Transport Department. These two…

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Meet the food waste fighters

– National Roadmap – Thailand ranked 9th on the 2021 Global Climate Risk Index of countries most affected by “extreme weather events” between 2010 and 2019. One of the factors…

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Why the future of work is “green”

Thai PBS World talked to the author of the book ‘The Adaptive Economy’, Djoann Fal. He told us why he thinks that the future of work is “green”.    

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What we gain from learning about history

Thai PBS World talked to history teachers in a secondary school in Bangkok to find the main purpose of leaning about history and what students gain from studying this subject.

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“Women can be heroines and have the power to help others” – Apinya Tajit

For the past 18 years, Apinya Tajit has been at the forefront of her fight against human trafficking and forced labour, especially in the fishing industry, both in Thailand and…

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Thailand needs a more proactive foreign policy

The Ukraine-Russia conflict, China-Taiwan tensions or even the situation in Myanmar may seem far away and irrelevant to us in Thailand. Most Thais wouldn’t imagine that Thailand foreign policy has…

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APEC can be much more with increased action and binding commitments

APEC is necessary, but it needs to be rethought, made more binding and take more action to make it more relevant, according to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aat Pisanwanich, Director, Centre…

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Social stigma surrounding mental illnesses

As mental health still remains taboo in Thai society, now we take you to a renowned psychiatric hospital in Thailand. Srithanya has always been stigmatised for being a hospital for…

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A New Life in Vietnam

Episode 1 of a documentary about Thais who search for better lives abroad.

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The voice of a former Student Loan Fund debtor

A former Student Loan Fund debtor told us about the difficulties she had with the repayment process. She also suggested ways to encourage those loan recipients to pay off their…

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