The “October spirit” and Thailand’s slow democratic transition

Every October in Thailand, public events are held to remember the two massacres of anti-dictatorship protesters by state forces that took place half a century ago. Experts say that, while…

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The Navy to reopen bidding for salvage of sunken HTMS Sukhothai next month

The Navy will reopen bidding for the contract to salvage the wreck of the Rattanakosin-class corvette ship, HTMS Sukhothai, which sank off Prachuap Khiri Khan province in December last year,…

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Thailand may grant visa exemption for Chinese tourists in October

The Thai government is likely to introduce visa exemption for Chinese tourists in an effort to boost arrivals over yearend, as arrivals during the first seven months of this year…

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(Photo by Viktor Forgacs)

COVID-19 to be designated as infectious disease under watch, possibly in October

Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee decided to change the status of COVID-19 today (Monday), from a “dangerous infectious disease”, which came into effect on March 1st, 2020, to an “infectious…

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Expert warns Bangkok may face worse flooding September-October

In September and October, Bangkok is at risk of flooding which may be worse than that experienced this week, especially Wednesday night, warned Assoc. Prof. Dr. Seree Supratid, a water…

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Patong beach, Phuket (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai PM urges all to do their utmost to make reopening of Thailand possible in October

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reiterated his intention to open Thailand fully to foreign visitors in the next 120 days, or within October, and is urging everyone to do their…

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Poor air quality to return to Bangkok and suburbs for remainder of October

People living in Bangkok and surrounding areas are advised to brace for a new round of health-threatening low air quality during the rest of October due to an anticipated increase…

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