Top Stories of 2020

Exploring in a Covid world

Isolation is a new big thing for the travel of tomorrow Health declaration forms and virus tests. Quarantine-on-arrival (and on return) required. Most aircraftgrounded. Infection rates that change by the…

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TikTok, Air Fryers, Plants at home – Here’s the BUZZ of 2020

2020 has been a year full of ups and downs, particularly with COVID-19, but it also sparked a lot of new trends and much more entertaining stuff. Let’s take a…

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Thailand Politics Protest

The movers and shakers behind Thailand’s 2020 protests

After 12 months of tumult and tragedy, 2020 will go down as the “worst year ever” for millions in Thailand. Along with a global contagion that almost shut down the…

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Thailand Royal family, Royalist

Monarchy faces unprecedented challenge in 2020

2020 saw the greatest challenge to the Thai monarchy since the 1932 Siamese Revolution, which brought an end to its absolute rule. This year, anti-establishment protesters launched an unprecedented call…

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COVID-19 Social Distancing

How the year of ‘new normal’ changed Thai life forever

2020 was less than two weeks old when coronavirus first arrived in Thailand, triggering a “new normal” that brought jolting changes to all our lives. As the end of the…

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Thailand went to war against a global pandemic in 2020 – and almost won

For Thailand, 2020 has been a year of fear and tears as the country wrestled with the worst pandemic in modern history. Just as hopes were rising with news that…

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Prayut cements power in 2020 after fending off eviction effort

The anti-establishment movement’s dream of seeing Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ousted from office was shattered at the Constitutional Court in December. The premier was at the centre of a…

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2020 sees one small step towards a new, democratic charter

The pro-democracy movement’s push for charter amendment inched forward in 2020, but at the expense of injuries and violent clashes. At least 55 protesters were injured by tear gas, chemical-laced…

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Why year of the ‘Bad Student’ could be tipping point for Thai education

School students were both busy and brave this year, mustering unprecedented courage to challenge authority figures much older and more powerful than themselves over decades-long rules on hairstyles and uniforms….

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Rubber ducks to hammer and sickle – how the Thai protest movement evolved in 2020

2020 brought a completely new kind of protest to Thailand – anti-establishment rallies that truly belong to the digital age. Tech-savvy young protesters relied on social media to spread their…

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Thailand Politics Election

Party politics rocked by year of splits and a dissolution

The year 2020 saw many changes in Thailand’s political landscape, highlighted by shake-ups in major parties. Though only months had passed since the 2019 election, parties and politicians were unable…

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Thailand’s first mass shooting exposes deadly danger of military corruption

A shocking massacre perpetrated by a lone enraged soldier hit Thailand in February, bringing scenes of tragedy that will haunt the memory for many years to come. Marked by the…

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‘Red Bull heir” case sees credibility of Thai justice crash in 2020

Public faith in Thailand’s legal system was rocked this year when Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya’s hit-and-run case shed light on the tug-of-war between justice and powerful connections. Vorayuth,…

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