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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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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A Thai army soldier (L) stands guard at Democracy Monument as the site of months of anti-government protests is cleaned up a day after the Thai army seized power in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. (Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP)

2021 saw fierce battle to change Thai Constitution and junta legacy, but there was only one winner  

Politicians and activists have attempted to change the Thai Constitution repeatedly over the past year, but only one of the 21 amendment bills managed to clear the obstacle course set…

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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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