Year End Review

Dogs’ activities at a Bangkok public park. (photo courtesy of Major Development)

Business trends on the horizon for entrepreneurs in 2023

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on small- and medium-sized enterprises, which are the backbone of Thailand’s economic growth and development. Increased digital transformation, changes in customer behaviour, restrictions…

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Property sector hopes for a turnaround in 2023

Thailand’s real estate sector did not fully recover in 2022 due mainly to the economic decline and the impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war as well as higher inflation and interest…

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Failures and successes for Bangkok Governor Chadchart with huge challenges ahead in 2023

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has been handed a “passing grade” by keen observers. However, the man who won the 2022 gubernatorial election by a record-breaking majority is expected to achieve…

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2022 review: Prayut and Prawit battle for control at the top of Thai politics

After months of ambiguity, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally shed light on his political future just days before the end of 2022. General Prayut is set to seek another term in office,…

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2022: The journey back to normality for Thailand after COVID-19

Life in Thailand began returning to normal at the start of this year after two years of COVID-19 crisis that turned lives, businesses and the education sector upside down. Though…

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What’s hot and what’s not in the year to come

Trends change by the year, with some things in and others out and 2023 will be no exception. Remember, when the SMS was “in” some years ago? Here’s what we…

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2022 marks revival of Thailand’s tourism after two years in the wilderness

After bolting the doors for two years following the outbreak of the pandemic, Thailand decided to fully reopen the country in 2022, removing the COVID-19 restrictions that had throttled tourism, a…

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This handout photo taken and released on August 5, 2022 by the Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue Foundation shows firefighters working to contain a fire at the Mountain B nightclub in Sattahip district in Thailand’s Chonburi province. (Photo by Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue Foundation / AFP)

Another year, another deadly pub inferno in Thailand

Thailand’s nightlife scene was hit by a tragedy of historic proportions this year when an inferno tore through the Mountain B nightclub in Chon Buri province, killing 26 people and…

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Thais reading what in 2022

Thais do read and they read a lot according to data collected by Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park), so let’s erase that old belief that Thais read just eight lines…

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2022: Does Pheu Thai’s comeback year herald return to government in 2023?

The opposition Pheu Thai Party is gearing up for the general election in 2023 by showcasing Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of its patriarch Thaksin, and is expected to announce…

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NBTC’s reputation takes a beating in 2022 after allowing controversial True-Dtac merger

After months of prevarication, Thailand’s telecom regulator gave the green light in October for the merger of two major operators — True Corporation (True) and Total Access Communication (Dtac). The National…

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2022 review: Party lines in Parliament blur as election fever strikes

As 2022 draws to a close, politicians and parties are busy preparing for a general election due sometime in the next few months. Small parties are opting to merge as…

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The fitness and wellness trends to keep everyone fit in 2023

Despite significantly lower caseloads and high rates of vaccination, Covid-19 will continue to shape how we exercise and live our lives, pushing us to increase our focus on self-care and…

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2022 review: Prayut not ready to say goodbye despite toughest year as PM

2022 was likely the most challenging year in Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s political career, which began when he came to power via the military coup he led in May 2014….

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How SCBX got cold feet after ambitious bid for Bitkub stake

A 17.8-billion-baht offer by SCBX, the holding company of Siam Commercial Bank, for a majority stake in Bitkub Online was supposed to be the deal of the year in 2022….

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2022: A year stained with the worst mass killing in Thailand’s history

Thailand suffered a day of unmatched carnage and cruelty in 2022, when a crazed individual entered a nursery on October 6. The bloodbath that ensued was even worse than the…

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2022: A roller-coaster ride for Thailand’s cannabis industry

Thailand started 2022 with the bright hope that cannabis would be made completely legal. However, as the year draws to a close, calls for cannabis to be returned to the…

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APEC 2022: A few highs and some lows for Prayut government

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, the biggest diplomatic event hosted by Thailand in a long time, is touted by the government as a success, but civic groups are…

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2022 review: How the mystery of Tangmo’s death gripped Thailand 

Actress Pattaratida “Tangmo” Patcharawirapong was famous during her lifetime, but even more so after her controversial death in early 2022. “Tangmo” is the second-most popular Google search word in Thailand…

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A demonstration against the Myanmar military junta’s execution of four prisoners, outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok on July 26, 2022. Myanmar’s junta executed four prisoners including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, state media said on July 25, in the country’s first use of capital punishment in decades. (Photo by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP)

Prayut government maintained close ties with Myanmar junta in 2022, despite repression

While the international community has put in a lot of effort into resolving the political crisis in Myanmar after General Min Aung Hlaing’s coup last year, Thailand in contrast has…

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greeted by Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha as he arrives at Suvarnabhumi International Airport airport near Bangkok to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November 2022. (Photo by Handout / Thai Government / AFP)

2022 ushered in a new dawn in Thai-Saudi relations

One of the biggest foreign policy successes of the year for Thailand was the normalization of relations with Saudi Arabia, ending three decades of coldness.  The new bonhomie was marked…

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This picture taken on April 17, 2022 shows Prinn Panitchpakdi (C), a former deputy of Thailand’s Democrat Party, as he leaves a police station in Bangkok on his way to court to ask for bail. Prinn, an up-and-coming Thai politician, is facing allegations he sexually abused more than a dozen women, in what is fast becoming the country’s most high-profile #MeToo case. (Photo by Tananchai Keawsowattana / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP)

Biggest political meltdown of 2022: Prinn and the Democrats

The victim of Thailand’s biggest political downfall in 2022 was the Democrat Party’s former deputy party leader Prinn Panitchpakdi – once a rising star of Thai politics. His prospering career was cut…

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2022 review: Chadchart Sittipunt bridges political divide to win Bangkok governorship

Chadchart Sittipunt made history on May 22 when he won Bangkok’s governor election with a record 1.38 million votes or 52 percent of all ballots cast. His two closest rivals…

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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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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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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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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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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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