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Partial lockdown measures imposed in and around Bangkok from Monday

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) imposed a number of partial lockdown measures on Friday, including a night-time curfew and a ban on gatherings of five people or more…

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As a Bryde’s whale feeds on the water, aquatic birds sweep down into their open mouths to snatch some fish. (Photo by Smith Sutibut )

Where There’s a Will, there’s a Whale

Tell anyone you’ve gone whale watching in Thailand and you’ll probably get some very strange looks. The kingdom is well-known for many things – the winning smiles of its people,…

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When loved ones can be deadly

One possible explanation for the continued, terrifying increase in COVID-19 cases in Thailand is that the country may be arriving at the most unwanted juncture. As news reports focus on “clusters”…

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United States to donate COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

Thailand will receive COVID-19 vaccines from the United States, as a part of 23 million doses to be donated by the US to Asian countries. In June, US President Joe…

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People camp out overnight to get free COVID-19 testing at Bangkok temple

People have been queuing, since 8pm last night, to get free COVID-19 tests at Phra Si Mahathat Wora Maha Viharn Temple in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district. The venue can, however,…

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Chemical plant fire near Bangkok continues to burn, 5km evacuation radius still in force

Samut Prakan provincial administration has posted on its Facebook page to confirm that the evacuation zone remainswithin a 5km radius of the chemical factory, which caught fire early Monday morning….

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Thailand’s failure to procure mRNA vaccines proving costly as contagion spreads

Millions of Thais are closely following developments in the country’s acquisition of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, which are believed to be the most effective against the new coronavirus and its variants….

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Cold war between Thai govt and Facebook heats up

The Thai government has resumed its tug-of-war with popular social media platforms, particularly Facebook, over the content it deems fake news and insulting to the monarchy. In the latest round…

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Fishermen carry a bucket of their catch from a fishing boat in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on November 14, 2020. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Op-Ed: US underrates Thailand’s efforts in TIP Report

Thailand has been quick to respond to the latest US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), saying unequivocally that it is disappointed with the ranking. The report, which was…

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Bangkok to set up 6 pre-admission centres for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is setting up six pre-admission centres, with the first being at Wat Saphan in Klongtoey and the second at the health promotion centre in Petchkasem Soi…

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Bangkok records new COVID-19 infection high of 2,267, daily death toll soars to 61

Bangkok logged another COVID-19 record high today (Friday) with new infections at 2,267, out of 6,087 reported nationwide. Another daily death toll high of 61 was also recorded, up from yesterday’s…

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This file photo dated 05 September, 1997 shows exchange rates at the Bangkok Bank. (Photo by GARY WAY / AFP)

Financial crisis to silent crisis: 24 years after the baht’s freefall

Thailand’s currency collapsed on July 2, 1997, as market speculation forced the country to abandon its fixed exchange rate and the central bank depleted its coffers to protect the baht….

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The ancient lintel depicts Yama, the god of death, riding a buffalo above Kala’s face. The lintel is from Prasat Nong Hong temple in Buriram province. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

A tale of two lintels: The National Museum welcomes back Thailand’s long-lost treasures

Bangkok’s National Museum is currently displaying two ancient stone lintels that were recently retrieved from the Asia Art Museum in San Francisco. Sculpted sometime in the 9th or 10th century,…

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Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Dr Yong: Thailand’s top COVID strategist comes under fire

Like Dr. Anthony Fauci in the United States, Prof Dr. Yong Poovorawan has been at the forefront of his country’s battle against COVID-19. As a chief medical adviser to the government,…

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Private sector recognises LGBT+ and offers certain ‘rights’

Business operators have started granting “rights” to members of Thailand’s LGBT+ community as they continue to wait to be granted legal rights Thailand is one of the world’s friendliest Lesbian,…

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Thailand records 4,662 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including 1,692 in Bangkok

Bangkok today (Tuesday) recorded a single-day high of 1,692 COVID-19 new infections, as 4,662 new cases were reported nationwide, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Among new…

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What dangers come with Beta, Bangkok’s latest COVID variant?

Barely a month after the Beta variant emerged in the deep South, it has managed to travel more than 1,000 kilometres north to Bangkok where COVID-19 cases were already surging…

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Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in and around Bangkok to enter ‘Home Isolation’

Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon will enter a “Home Isolation” program, under remote supervision by medical personnel, according to Thailand’s…

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Checkpoints set up in Bangkok to stop construction workers leaving their sites

Six checkpoints are being set up in Bangkok and police and troops have been deployed to construction worker dormitories, in and around the capital, to prevent workers leaving their compounds…

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Thailand’s delicate balancing act of combatting COVID-19 and reviving economy

Thais are deeply worried about the government’s plan to reopen the country and resume normal business operations by October, as daily infections and deaths rise again amid a bumpy vaccine…

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Construction site in Bangkok

First Beta variant case, four more clusters with over 500 infections found in Bangkok

The first case of a Beta (South African) variant COVID-19 infection and four more COVID-19 clusters, with over 500 infections, have been found in Bangkok, according to the government. Dr….

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A Buddhist monk travels by boat to receive morning alms in Amphawa district. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

How Going back to basics has rekindled authenticity in a canal-side town

Amphawa in Samut Songkhram province returns to the days before tourism as the coronavirus brings the flow of visitors to a halt The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many places to…

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Sandbox or quicksand? Thailand on edge as Phuket prepares to welcome back foreign tourists

Despite growing public concern over surging COVID-19 infections, the Phuket Sandbox scheme is set to roll out on July 1. From next month, fully vaccinated foreigners are welcome to fly…

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Will booster jab offer better protection against variants?

Although only about 10 percent of Thailand’s adult population has had a COVID-19 jab so far, moves to find “booster” doses are already underway. Only two brands of vaccine are…

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Suspect in Thursday’s shootings in Bangkok to be held in custody for 12 days

The suspect in Thursday’s shooting spree in and around Bangkok is in custody and will be held for at least for 12 days, during the initial questioning and investigation. The…

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(Photo by Sirinya Wattanasukchai)

A bridge over troubled waters gets a makeover

The scene is hardly unfamiliar: youngsters taking selfies, a couple in full wedding attire posing for photos before their big day, groups of friends all wearing face masks, having fun…

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Cracked alliances heighten state of flux

Pheu Thai and Move Forward are reportedly not seeing eye to eye. But neither are Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Palang Pracharath, and the latter pair’s conflict can be more…

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Construction worker camps in and around Bangkok, deep south closed for a month

Construction worker housing facilities in Bangkok and nearby provinces, as well as in four provinces in the deep south of Thailand, will be closed for one month, to curb the…

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Thai voters drop their ballots at a local polling station during the constitutional referendum in Bangkok on August 7, 2016. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

Will new referendum law help unlock Thailand’s political impasse – or just deepen divisions?

Hopes for a new and more democratic Thai Constitution rose this week when the referendum bill sailed through Parliament. The government-sponsored bill paves the way for a public vote on…

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Raising a Child in Thailand from a Foreign Perspective

Living in a foreign country entails scores of challenges. While single expats may argue that the thrills and adventures far outweigh the struggles, those with children in tow discover that…

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Bangkok lockdown proposal not yet accepted due to economic concerns

The Thai government has not yet decided to go forward with a proposal, made by a prominent doctor, for a one-week lockdown of Bangkok amid rising COVID-19 cases, citing concerns…

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Students wear face masks as they line up to attend classes in a school in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

As schools reopen, COVID-19 finds weak point in Thailand’s defences

The reopening of schools in most provinces on June 14 has spawned clusters of new COVID-19 infections on almost a daily basis. Thai PBS World takes a closer look at the factors…

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Hospitals in Bangkok suspend COVID-19 tests as they run out of beds for the infected

Several hospitals in Bangkok have suspended PCR swab tests because they are concerned that, if some test positive for COVID-19, they will have no beds to accommodate them. Others have…

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Damrong Wong-upraj’s large portrait greets visitors on the 8th floor (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Recovering a Love of Art in the New Normal

After another Covid-related shutdown, the BACC opens its doors again to art-hungry enthusiasts Proving that art always has a place in people’s hearts, more than 500 art enthusiasts turned out…

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Associate Professor Dr. Nitipana Chierakul, chief of the respiratory disease and tuberculosis division

Prominent doctor suggests one week lockdown of Bangkok to curb COVID-19 spread

A prominent doctor has suggested a seven-day lockdown of Bangkok, to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the number of new infections is increasing. Describing the situation as “desperate, without…

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CCSA committee to address hospital bed shortage in and around Bangkok

A subcommittee of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is set to discuss the problem of a lack of hospital beds at state and private hospitals today (Wednesday), to…

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‘Secret’ security spending under fire as Thai budget prioritises defence over health

The opposition is targeting a “secret budget” worth more than Bt1 billion while vetting the Bt3.1-trillion budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The budget bill passed its first parliamentary reading…

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Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana: Prayut’s new defender 

As the new spokesman of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana’s first job was to defend the government’s relief measures for people affected by COVID-19. His opening…

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13 charter change bills enter Parliament battle zone. Will any survive? 

Parliament is scheduled to deliberate 13 charter amendment bills this week, but only a few are expected to make it through to the national assembly, a third of which is…

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Yaowarat, Bangkok (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Bangkok eases some COVID-19 restrictions from Monday

Effective tomorrow (Monday), several public venues, businesses and activities in Bangkok can either resume normal operation or resume with fewer restrictions, according to the communicable disease committee of Bangkok. The…

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A protester uses a fire extinguisher as others holding homemade shields run during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand abstains from vote on UN resolution for arms embargo on Myanmar

Thailand was among 36 countries which abstained from voting on the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution calling for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar, urging the military…

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First million doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine arrive in Thailand today

The first one million doses of Sinopharm vaccine, procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), have arrived in Bangkok today (Sunday) from Beijing, China, said CRA Secretary-General Dr. Nithi Mahanonda…

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A student undergoes a temperature check as schools reopen due to the easing of restrictions after a temporary closure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Schools, students and parents not ready for online learning – Suan Dusit Poll

Most schools, students, and their parents are not ready for online learning, required by the COVID-19 situation, for a number of reasons, according to an opinion survey conducted by Suan…

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Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow

Thammanat takes wheel of Palang Pracharath as party plots course for election win

The ruling party’s latest internal reshuffle indicates it desperately wants to win the next election, amid speculation that the national poll will be called early. Palang Pracharath Party rejigged its…

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10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be distributed across Thailand in July

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is aiming to administer about 10 million doses of AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines in July in provinces which have high infection rates and…

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

COVID-19 to determine election timing, and perhaps winners

Humans make rules, dissolve parliaments, woo voters, mark ballots, and set up administrations, but the new normal of politics stipulates that they aren’t the ones actually in control. Those activities…

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420,000 more vaccine doses allocated to Bangkok, postponed appointments prioritised

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been allocated 420,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, in addition to about 500,000 doses previously provided, according to the BMA’s health office yesterday (Thursday). Priority…

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Bangkok street vendors allowed 2 years at allocated spots, urge government to rebuild confidence

Bangkok street vendors can now enjoy continuing doing their businesses at allocated spots specified by local authorities, after a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) committee tasked with maintaining the orderliness of…

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(Photo by BORJA SANCHEZ-TRILLO / AFP)

Bell rings for round 2 of Constitution fight, with Thailand’s supreme law at stake

The draft bill for a national referendum on charter change is back in the spotlight, with Parliament due next week to resume deliberations that were suspended in April. The government-sponsored bill would…

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Pita Limjaroenrat, the leader of the Move Forward Party, is on the podium at a press conference, announcing their stance on the constitution amendment, on June 16, 2021.

After controversial rulings, Thai opposition pushes to criminalise judicial distortion of law

The opposition Move Forward Party is pushing for an amendment to the Criminal Code that would punish judicial personnel for “distorting the law”. Move Forward, aka “Kao Klai” in Thai,…

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The giant-killer of Thai politics, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana takes aim at new target    

Politics is a game where there are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests. The old saying was proved true again recently when veteran politician Ruangkrai Leekitwattana…

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Postponed vaccinations of elderly, those with 7 diseases in Bangkok to resume on Wednesday

COVID-19 vaccine jabs for the elderly and those with any of seven specific non-communicable diseases in Bangkok, whose vaccination appointments were postponed due to an insufficient vaccine allocation, can get…

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Bangkok opens vaccination registration for elderly population amid widespread delays

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is now opening vaccination registration for its elderly population via the Mor Prom app, amid widespread indefinite postponements of appointments this week. People aged at…

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A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine inside the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok on June 7, 2021, as mass vaccine rollouts begin in Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s mass vaccination drive stutters off the start line with more hurdles ahead

Thais are experiencing déjà vu amid fear of vaccine shortages, confusion about free vaccination, and authorities’ empty assurances. Events in the run-up to the second week of nationwide mass vaccination…

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Bangkok postpones vaccinations at 25 non-hospital sites from Tuesday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced this morning (Monday) the postponement of inoculations for people who have registered via the Thai Ruam Jai website, scheduled for tomorrow (June 15th) onwards,…

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Signals point to an early election in Thailand

When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered his Cabinet last week to speed up implementation of public projects as the government only had one year left in office, many saw it…

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Tasty treats and travel benefits: the perks of getting a COVID jab in Thailand

Thailand is offering a rich menu of incentives for people to get jabs during the just-launched mass vaccination drive, with the country targeting herd community by year-end. As of June…

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Oh brother! PM’s family hit with graft accusation 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s younger brother, General Preecha, has become the first member of the premier’s immediate family to be charged by Thailand’s anti-graft agency. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)…

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A guide to Thailand’s 3 vaccination paths    

Adults in Thailand, including foreign expats, now have three paths to COVID-19 vaccination, getting a free shot through government schemes, getting a free shot arranged by the private sector, or…

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Cautious optimism infects Thailand as mass vaccination heralds reopening 

The launch of Thailand’s mass vaccination program on June 7 has sparked hope that the country can reopen for tourists and resume normal business activities. But uncertainty remains. The third…

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Yoghurt with Mulberries and Almonds is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins that can raise your immunity levels and reduce inflammation. (Photo by Chusri Ngamprasert)

Tips and tricks to make life a little easier – and tastier – before and after vaccination

As more of us become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, we are increasingly concerned about preparing, including what to eat and drink before and after we get our shots. Potential…

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(Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Confusion reigns as Thailand’s 3 million expats wait for their shots

Many government figures have announced that all 3 million of Thailand’s foreign residents can join the mass COVID-19 vaccine drive, provided they check arrangements before popping up at inoculation venues…

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Pre-registered vaccine recipients’ appointments cancelled before inoculations began today

A number of pre-registered vaccine recipients received phone calls late this morning (Monday), notifying them of the cancellation of their vaccination appointments, with no new appointment being made. All those…

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Guide to getting ready for your COVID-19 jab

Today (June 7) marks the first day of the government’s long-planned nationwide COVID-19 vaccination rollout for priority groups: the elderly and people with seven underlying health conditions that make them more…

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WAI to the New Normal

The world stopped and panic broke out when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020. Less than…

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Does COVID-19 origin really matter?

The answer is “Yes” and “No”. “Yes” because a non-politicised knowledge can help prevent or soften a future pandemic a great deal, if the world manages to get out of…

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Chaiphol Wipha in police custody. (June 3rd, 2021)

How Thai media’s love for ‘LIKEs’ turned a murder suspect into a national idol

It took the media just a few months last year to turn a murder suspect into a national celebrity, who then capitalized on his fame by endorsing products and appearing…

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Key Rohingya smuggling ring leader dies in prison

A former army officer who was serving a heavy jail term for his involvement in a major Rohingya trafficking ring died on Wednesday in a prison hospital in Bangkok, the…

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Latest Thai stimulus injection expected to stem the bleeding, not boost economy

The government launched its latest stimulus package on June 1 in a bid to shore up the economy and aid those impacted by Thailand’s third wave of COVID-19. Worth Bt140.4…

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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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A motorcycle taxi driver leaving his home in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Pandemic plunges 100 million more workers into poverty: UN

The pandemic has pushed over 100 million more workers into poverty after working hours plummeted and access to good quality jobs evaporated, according to the annual World Employment and Social…

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman, left, and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, right, give the traditional greeting or “wai” at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Government Spokesman Office via AP)

US provided $30 million in COVID-19 related assistance to Thailand

The US government has provided $30 million in COVID-related assistance to Thailand, as a part of their commitment to help the country fight the pandemic, according to the US Embassy…

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1,000 doses of vaccine requested for tour guides in Bangkok

The President of the Professional Tour Guides Association of Thailand, Wirote Sitaprasertnan, submitted a letter to Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutacha, today (Wednesday). The letter requests an allocation of…

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Protesters hold banners and masks with the face of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit during a protest outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on December 3, 2020, six months after his alleged kidnapping in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

A year on from Thai activist’s kidnap in Cambodia, family in anguish but authorities silent

This month marks a year since Thai government critic Wanchalearm “Tar” Satsaksit disappeared following his apparent abduction in Cambodia on June 4, 2020. His family, friends, and fellow activists have…

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The naming of COVID variants invites another pandemic – of racism

Many Thais were shocked and frustrated at international news reports identifying a “Thai variant” of COVID-19 last week. Among them was Medical Sciences Department director-general Dr. Supakit Sirilak, who said…

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Downtown Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Housing demand remains but buyers hesitant

The third wave of Covid-19 continues to dampen the housing market and leads to changes in the type of property sought Just when Thais thought the “Work From Home” lifestyle…

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A restaurant in a mall in Bangkok. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Thai restauranteurs struggle to stay afloat amid rising infections

Covid-19 will forever change the restaurant business as many eateries are forced to close. The current wave of the pandemic is expected to wipe out hundreds of struggling restaurants following…

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The Lupin, a legume from down-under, jumps on the superfood bandwagon

Thailand meet Lupin: Lupin meet Thailand!  No, we are not talking Reus Lupin, the Defence Against Dark Arts professor in Harry Potter, but a legume in the same family as…

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A vial of the Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine. (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP)

A closer look at Sinopharm, Thailand’s first alternative vaccine

A vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm looks set to become the first alternative jab available to Thais, as Chulabhorn Royal Academy prepares to import 1 million doses next month.  On…

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Govt move to restrict freedom of information is a mandate for corruption, critics warn

Proposed amendments to the Official Information Act are aimed at protecting state secrets, contrary to the law’s original goal of securing the public’s right to access government data, critics warn. …

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Khanom-Tokyo with sweet filling. (Photo by By Charles Haynes)

What’s in a name? Thai favourites that hint at coming from elsewhere

Many Thai dishes that are, well, quintessentially Thai, have been given foreign names over the years. Take American fried rice, for example, which despite its name doesn’t hail from the…

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Does 2022 budget bill answer the country’s needs?   

Critics say the 2022 budget bill scheduled for debate in Parliament next week has several flaws, ranging from the size of total spending to how it is allocated.   The 2022…

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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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Registration for mass inoculations in Bangkok opens Thursday

Registration for mass COVID-19 inoculation of people living in Bangkok, aged 18-59 and not in high-risk groups opens today (Thursday), through three main channels – convenience stores, the www.ไทยร่วมใจ.com website,…

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A medical staff member injects a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine into the arm of a man from the Klong Toey community at a school in Bangkok on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s AstraZeneca plan stumbles again as third wave rises

In October last year, the government chose the AstraZeneca vaccine as its main weapon against COVID-19. However, arming itself with AstraZeneca shots has proved difficult, and it now looks like…

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Communities in Bangkok’s Laksi area inoculated as 1,284 workers there have COVID-19

People in seven communities near construction sites in Bangkok’s Laksi district are being inoculated against COVID-19, as more infections have been found at Italian-Thai Development worker housing, bringing total infected…

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Military personnel in protective suit disinfect a school in Ubon Ratchatani province to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus on May 21, 2021. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP)

Know your enemy: Getting to grips with the COVID variants attacking Thailand 

In the space of a few months, three variant COVID-19 viruses have been detected in Thailand, the British, the Indian, and the South African. While health authorities insist that mass…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 3rd wave surpasses 100,000 cases on Sunday

COVID-19 infections, since the outbreak of the third wave in April, have crossed the 100,000 line to 100,637 today, with 3,382 new cases and 17 more deaths being logged, according…

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All eyes on China’s Sinovac – Thailand’s vaccine choice for emergency

Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine is coming under greater public scrutiny as the Thai government procures millions more doses. Thailand has already imported 6 million doses of the vaccine – also known…

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Fog of confusion over ‘walk-in jabs’ thickens in Thailand

Thailand has been abuzz with talk of “walk-in vaccinations” for the past few weeks after top government figures indicated people could get jabs just by walking into vaccination centers. However,…

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Cleaning and disinfection of markets in Bang Khae district, after its closure on 16th-18th May

10 Bangkok markets closed to curb COVID-19 spread

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure of 10 markets in the capital, as the rate of new COVID-19 infections is still increasing and spreading across the city….

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Prasit Jeawkok handed himself into the Crime Suppression Division on May 17, 2021.

Prasit Jeawkok, the ‘saintly tycoon’ turned billion-baht fraud suspect

A wealthy businessman once viewed by many as a saint and a model of success now stands accused of leading a fraudulent Bt1-billion investment ring. Prasit Jeawkok, 45, handed himself…

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Myanmar migrant workers register for testing at a Covid-19 coronavirus mobile testing clinic in Pathum Thani province on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Quarantine camp for COVID-19 infected migrant workers in Bangkok proposed

The advisory committee of Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has recommended that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) set up a special camp for the quarantine of COVID-19 infected…

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(File Photo by Cesar Von BANCELS / AFP)

Doctor expresses regret for not being able to admit a 2-month old COVID-19 patient

A senior doctor has expressed deep sorrow for her difficult decision not to admit a two-month-old baby, suffering from a complex heart defect, or TOF (Tetralogy of Fallot), and infected…

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Biggest thing to fear is fear itself

A lot can go wrong if or when “Walk-in” (or whatever they call it) vaccination facilities are opened. People may scramble to receive jabs, creating potentially dangerous clusters. Untoward incidents…

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Five more COVID-19 clusters found in Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced five more COVID-19 clusters in Bangkok, bringing total to 34, scattered across 20 districts of the capital. Eight of them are, however, reportedly…

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The first female president of Thailand’s Supreme Court, Metinee Chalodhorn. (photo by Court ogf Justice)

Thailand’s first female top judge and her mission to modernize the judiciary  

The first female president of Thailand’s Supreme Court, Metinee Chalodhorn, faces a tough mission to defend the judiciary’s reputation against growing allegations of double standards as political conflicts escalate. Meeting…

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Inside the Jatujak market, the most popular weekend market in Bangkok on May 18, 2021.

Thailand’s dilemma: how to shore up economy as infections surge

Thailand’s economic outlook is bleak, with the daily COVID-19 caseload hitting four figures following mid-April’s Songkran holiday. The economy shrank 2.6 percent year on year in the first quarter, according…

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A screengrab from a video clip provided by one of the Thai workers in Israel, showing them sheltering under a farm truck during one the Hamas attacks.

Two Thai people killed in Israel were on lunch break according to eyewitness

The two Thai workers, killed in an attack by Hamas while on the Ohad Agricultural Estate in Israel, were on their lunch break, according to an eyewitness. The town is…

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A la carte Suki menu pioneered by Coca over 6 decades ago. (Photos are courtesy of Coca)

Curtain closes on the legendary sukiyaki restaurant in Bangkok’s Siam Square

Coca Siam Square, once a cool place for youngsters in the old days, now closed down for good, but customers can still tuck into the legendary suki dishes at other…

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