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Thailand – Sex change capital

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You have the power within yourself – Busayapa Srisompong

TW: domestic violence, victim-blaming, manipulation “Every time you say something against the status quo, call out against the abuse of power, against the people who are privileged and don’t want…

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The last breath of an elephant camp

Home Away : Colin Penberthy It has been over 21 years since Colin Penberthy quit his job at the BBC in London and set foot in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He said…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Lorenzo Galanti underlines Italy’s focus on youth participation in climate change

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A protester spray paints a message with reference to article 112, Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation law, during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 14, 2021, after a Thai court ruled that speeches by protest leaders calling for royal reforms amounted to a bid to overthrow the country’s monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Royalist academic said Thailand’s lèse majesté law needs to be more specific

Thailand needs to have a lèse majesté law for national security. It acts as a defamation law for the royal family. The existing version is, however, too short and needs…

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Celebrate the strength within you – Nuttha Thongkaew

“[Beauty pageantry] is not about how beautiful or how perfect your body is, but women can express who they are, and what they have done for society.” Miss Face of…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Dr. Sarah Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

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Be brave, be yourself and be confident – Pinn Janvatanavit

“Being able to feel good from within is empowering… It makes you feel more powerful, and makes you feel more confident [about yourself].” Desserts VS Empowerment “I started this bakery…

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Thailand’s used rubber glove scam: An interview with duped American CEO accused of kidnapping

CNN and some other international media recently reported on a scam with tens of millions of used dirty rubber gloves being exported to the United States from Thailand. The case…

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Dealing with social media negativity

Home Away: Forrest Lee (Part I) An American Youtuber, Forrest Lee, reveals how he deals with negative comments on social media, plus tips on how to develop a thick skin….

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Cat Kingdom, Heaven for an army of felines

As a cat lover, you might have one, two or three pet cats but, what if you have to take care of over a thousand? Would it change how you…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Mark Gooding, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Thailand

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City of Pataya during the lockdown in September 2021. (Photo by Thai PBS)

Human resources and inequality, main issues needing serious attention

Thailand needs to develop its human resources, improve the quality of its education, and get serious about addressing the inequality gap, says economist, Dr. Somjai Phagaphasvivat. He said that dealing…

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Be loud and proud and celebrate who you are – Anchilee Scott-Kemmis

“Real-size beauty is about you celebrating your individuality, the aspects of your diversity and the unique qualities you have within you. It’s about being proud of who you are and…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Jyri Järviaho of Finland

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The Ambassador : H.E. Dato’ Jojie Samuel Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand

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Be unapologetic, but still kind – Thanphuying Sirikitiya Jensen

“A lot of people say that history has gone and it has nothing to do with me. It’s in the past and it has nothing to do with the future,…

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A volunteer from the Bangkok Community Help Foundation administering a rapid antigen test, which screens for the Covid-19 coronavirus, to a resident of the Khlong Toei community in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Cooperation is the driving force in surviving the pandemic

Volunteers have been playing a crucial role in keeping Thailand’s health system working and have helped save lives, admitted Assistant Secretary-General of National Health Security Office, Dr. Yupadee Sirisinsuk. She…

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The Ambassador – H.E. Georg Schmidt Ambassador of Germany to Thailand

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Home Away: Salva Valero Garcia

In the next couple of years, we will probably see Thailand’s national football team play in the U-20 World Cup final. Salva Valero Garcia, the Head Coach confirms that they…

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The Ambassador – H.E. Lee Wook-heon of the Republic of Korea

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Don’t wait to be perfect to enjoy life – Pavida “Silvy” Moriggi

“The best part for me is the way I overcome my own insecurities, because after I released XL, I just feel like I don’t really give a s*** anymore about…

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The Ambassador: Jon Åström Gröndahl Swedish Ambassador

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Let’s make it happen for the next generation – Kotchakorn Voraarkom

“My passion would always be around environmental degradation of the city where I grew up, which is obviously Bangkok. While doing my studies at Chulalongkorn University, I thought a lot…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Allan McKinnon of Australia

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When you are truly yourself, you will feel so much better – Shannon Kalayanamitr

“I think one of the biggest things I’ve learnt is being able to accept who I am, understanding myself, my strengths and weaknesses, being able to build on them and…

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Remote control boats to tighten family bond

When a child wants to have a remote control boat, most parents would just buy them at a toy store. This family in Ayutthaya, however, is a bit different. As…

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Home Away: Greg Lange (Part 2)

Despite the fact that Greg’s business was also impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t affected his desire to help people. He not only devotes his time and resources to…

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Nothing is too hard to achieve – Sudaporn Seesondee

“I’m happy that I got the bronze medal, and I’m still very excited about it because it feels like an achievement for following my own dream.” The only hope for…

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The Ambassador: Helene Budliger Artieda of Switzerland

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Home Away: Greg Lange (Part 1)

Meet an American businessman and a founder of the Bangkok Community Help Foundation, Greg Lange, who has become a familiar face among the members of the Wattana and Khlong Toey…

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Don’t just dream, do it – Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit

“In my childhood dreams, I never thought of being part of the Thai national team or winning a gold medal, because, when I was young, I was really skinny and…

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Actions speak louder than words – Nitcharee Peneakchanasak

“If I still feel sorry about the train accident, I would still be at home, and I won’t get to develop my skills. But if I continue to adapt and…

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Home Away: Amit Lal Singh

Amit Lal Singh is a big fan of the Thai people. He started his recruitment company in Thailand ten years ago, before expanding to six other countries in Asia. He…

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Couriers working with limited space are important actors in global logistics for vaccines

On Friday morning, Thailand received the first batch of 1.5 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donated by the US. Pfizer is quite a complicated vaccine to handle, it has…

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Listen to yourself and what you really want to do – Jareerat Petchsom

“When I went back home, and I walked along the beach, the beach was changing. Before it used to be really beautiful, with really white sand, but now it’s full…

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Walk-A-Tif: Elephant Village Pattaya

For Thais, the elephant is a symbolic animal, but this important mammal is in danger as their numbers have reduced dramatically, from 100,000 to only around 2,700, in the past…

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Why a struggling restaurateur sees no hope for any state help

“This year, I don’t know why we fight, it will not make a difference. We have been making sacrifices for a whole year already. This is not ‘back to zero,’…

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‘Use the platform if they have one.’ Talking politics with Amanda Obdam

Politics should be normalised, was Amanda Obdam’s key message during a recent interview with Thai PBS World, as beauty pageants in recent years have undeniably became a platform for women…

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The guest check-in counter at one of the ASQ hotels.

How Thai hotels adapted to survive and provide quarantine with comfort

It used to be hard to imagine the word “quarantine” would come up in conversations about travel. That was until 2020, when “quarantine” and “isolation” became familiar to most people,…

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In this Feb. 26, 2021, photo, Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi raises his hands as he is escorted by police upon arrival at the Myaynigone police station in Sanchaung township in Yangon, Myanmar. Japan’s government said Monday, April 19, 2021 it is asking Myanmar to release the Japanese journalist who was arrested by security forces in its largest city of Yangon the previous day. (AP Photo)

Myanmar’s climate of fear – media restricted and civilians intimidated

Press cards, cameras and all equipment set aside, news reporters in Myanmar go underground and carry on doing their jobs, amid the climate of fear, brought on by the military…

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Anti-coup protesters burn tires and chant slogans with banner read ”The Kamayut strike will be fight for to the end when we get victory” during the demonstration against the military coup in Kamayut township Yangon, Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar warns of regional crisis as international help is delayed

The Myanmar National Unity Government (NUG) is warning of a regional crisis, escalating from the current situation in Myanmar, as no meaningful action has been taken by ASEAN, or the…

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on February 28th, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.

COVID-19 vaccines, the hot topic for Anutin

“There is no challenge”, responded Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, when asked by Thai PBS World what he thinks is the most challenging factor in the latest wave of…

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Journalist records a live TV broadcast of a judge delivering the decision of the Constitutional Court in Bangkok to dissolve a political party in 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Press Freedom: No laws can win over the truth

As a media, we have to ask ourselves whether the information we have is enough to support what is to be published. If it is enough, with solid evidence, there…

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Nothing to fear, nothing to lose – Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul

“Bringing good things to life means that whatever we are doing, be it business, industry, banking, tourism or sport, you help people to have a better life, especially people in…

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Home Away: Karen Jones, British Early Year School Principal

Karen Jones calls herself a passionate early year educator. She is now a principal at one of the most progressive early year schools in Thailand. She has over thirty years…

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Everyone should follow their passion and what they love – Oranuch “Mimee” Lerdsuwankij

“You should dare to challenge yourself, and also take as many opportunities as you can, to learn new things.” The advice to the younger generation from Oranuch Lerdsuwankij, CEO and…

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Talat Noi: Bangkok’s hidden Chinatown

Whenever people talk about Chinatown in Bangkok, usually they will be referring to the Yaowarat neighborhood. Today, however, WalkATif is going to take you to Bangkok’s other Chinatown, which is…

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Home Away: Adrian Van de Velde, Australian Advertising Film Director [Part 2]

In this final part, we will find out what Adrian Van de Velde thinks about the humility of Thai traditions, what it’s like to be a part of a crazy,…

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Don’t give up before you try – Pasaree “Captain Tuang” Kangwanpong

“I never dreamt of becoming a pilot.” This is Pasaree Kangwanpong’s admission to us, while reflecting back on her journey to becoming a female pilot for Thailand’s long-established domestic airline, Bangkok…

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Walk-A-Tif: Captain Bush Lane

This neighborhood, in Charoenkrung Soi 30, is now called Captain Bush Lane. It was home to many members of Bangkok’s early European expatriate community, during the 19th and 20th centuries,…

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Home Away: Adrian Van de Velde, Australian Advertising Film Director [Part 1]

An Australian advertising film-director talks about his extensive experience with the Thai film industry and how the country has retained the position as a regional film production hub.   Home…

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You write your own destiny – Dr. Karndee Leopairote

“I have to tell you that I am an achiever.” This is how female CEO, Dr. Karndee Leopairote, who has been considered the ideal “working woman” for many Thais, defines…

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Walk-A-Tif: The Story of Henri Dunant Road

Henri Dunant Road was originally called “Sanam Ma” Road. It was renamed in 1965, after the International Federation of the Red Cross proposed the change, to celebrate the centenary of…

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Never say NO to opportunities – Patchari Raksawong

“The opportunity to shake Aung San Suu Kyi’s hand and take a selfie with her… That was a surreal moment.” In 2019, Patchari Raksawong took on the role as the…

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Walk-A-Tif: Multicultural Society in Bangkok Part 2

Thai society is diverse, people of different faiths live together peacefully. For example, this Charoenkrung neighborhood where the faithful of 3 religions have co-existed for more than a century. Have…

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You are more than just your beauty – Amanda Obdam

“When you think of someone beautiful in Thailand, they have to be skinny, to be white and have long hair, and everyone thinks that way.” Miss Universe Thailand 2020, Amanda…

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Walk-A-Tif: Multicultural Society in Bangkok

Charoenkrung is one of the best known multicultural areas of Bangkok. This creative district is home to the most active art and cultural scene in town. It is located along…

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Don’t accept things because they are the way they are – Pranapda Phornprapa

“When you look around, you wonder why all the secretaries are women, and all the top managers are men.” The question which Pranapda Phornprapa has asked herself throughout her career…

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