Top Stories of 2021

Protesters hold banners as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon December 5, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Tumultuous 2021 for Myanmar

Myanmar, a nation which was much touted to be the final frontier of South East Asia for its underdeveloped and unexplored industries, experienced a tumultuous 2021. The coup The nation…

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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)

2021: The year Thailand walked a COVID tightrope of hope and horror

To the disappointment of all Thais, 2021 has been another year of COVID-19 outbreaks. Despite an accelerating mass vaccination drive across the country, the end of the pandemic is not…

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The Thai economy is heavily dependent on tourism as a major employment generator. Businesses have been hit hard by the prolonged pandemic situation and the fallout of lockdown restrictions since 2020.(Photo by Richard Balog)

2021: Economic recovery stuck in pandemic quicksand

After the sharp economic contraction triggered by the pandemic in 2020, hopes were high that Thailand’s economy would stage a recovery in 2021.  The COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 had…

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Cannabis-infused food and beverages are in for 2022.

The food, nutrition and wellness trends that are in for 2022

Consumers behaviors have shifted dramatically during the pandemic, triggering new food trends that prompt innovations. And the health, sustainability, food safety, and animal welfare trends are set to be the…

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The Selfridges department store on Oxford Street in central London. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

2021: The year of mergers and acquisitions that shook the markets

In one of the most-watched acquisition deals of 2021, Siam Commercial Bank Pcl (SCBX) on November 2 announced it was taking a 51 percent stake in Bitkub Online Company for…

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As of December 27, more than 70 percent of the population or 51 million people had received at least one shot. About 63 percent or 45.4 million had received their second shot, while 6.2 million people had been given a booster.

2021: The year mass vaccination injected mass confusion in Thailand 

With over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Thailand, 2021 has been a year of mass vaccination but also frustration and confusion. As the year began, the country…

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Surf-skating, LALISA, #RealSizeBeauty and Clubhouse – Here’s the BUZZ of 2021

The BUZZ of the year is back, with more mesmerizing trends! 2021 has sparked a lot of new and interesting trends, some of which weren’t expected to become a craze…

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Electoral officials count votes at a polling station in Bangkok on March 24, 2019 after polls closed in Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

2021: Year of powerplays, purges and defections as parties begin countdown to Thai general election  

Thai political parties have undergone change, evolution and even transformation in the past year, ahead of a general election expected in the coming year. Parties large and small – as…

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2021: A year of crackdowns and ‘lawfare’ for Thailand’s anti-establishment movement

The Thai government has been accused of waging “lawfare” against the anti-establishment movement over the past year, charging its key leaders with serious criminal offenses after they demanded political and…

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Surveys show that most students, parents and teachers want proper schooling to resume, but COVID-19 is still blocking the road back to normal education. (Photo by Robo Wunderkind)

2021: The year that kept students out of school and glued to screens

For millions of students in Thailand, 2021 has been a year of online classes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt their schooling. When virus cases began surging earlier this…

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As crypto assets become more mainstream, potential implications for the wider economy are set to increase, said the IMF. (photo by @executium)

2021: The year of crypto craze and challenges it poses

Trading in digital assets in Thailand saw high growth in 2021, on par with global markets, as large numbers of investors have entered the market. The low-interest rates offered by…

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“Ganja & Thai Traditional Medicine in the City” fair in Bangkok on March 18, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

2021 – the year cannabis and kratom became legal in Thailand

Cannabis and kratom completed their long journeys to legalization this year, in what was seen as an uncharacteristically liberal move by conservative Thai authorities. Given that alcohol and cigarettes remain…

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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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