Black roses are the latest trend, despite Thailand’s long-held belief of them as a symbol of immortality, death, and the supernatural.

Roses, lovers and cats – Pak Khlong Talat at dusk

Pak Khlong Talat, the Bangkok flower market, runs from midday into the night, seven days a week. While it’s never empty, Valentine’s Day gave tourists and locals a timely excuse…

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Commander of Thailand’s Armed Forces Gen Songwit Noonpackdee during a teleconference with Myanmar’s military chief Gen Min Aung Hlaing on Friday. (Photo from Myanmar’s Ministry of Information)

Thai military chief discusses cooperation with Myanmar’s Min Aung Hlaing

The commander of Thailand’s armed forces has held talks with Myanmar junta boss Gen Min Aung Hlaing to discuss cooperation to crack down on online gambling and online scams, according…

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Malaysia peace talks facilitator foresees “concrete” development (Video)

The Malaysian facilitator for the southern peace talks process said he is optimistic that there will be “concrete” development by the end of this year with a new round of…

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Greying Thailand: Stateless Elders in Thailand

In the picturesque landscapes of Thailand, where vibrant cultures and tourism thrive, there exists a hidden predicament that often goes unnoticed. Amidst the beauty and serenity, a group of individuals…

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Mixed expectations from new ministers as Srettha’s Cabinet gets to work

Months of wait for the new Cabinet ended on Saturday, but reservations were expressed by many observers on Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s choice of ministers. Srettha has kept with himself…

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Hue Citadel, Vietnam – A Journey Back in Time

One of Vietnam’s most historic towns, Hue, is packed with relics from the reign of the 19th-century Nguyen emperors. From 1802 to 1945, Hue was the capital of Vietnam and…

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Bangkok is the world’s most visited city this year

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is the most visited city in the world so far this year, with around 22 million international arrivals, according to a survey by the Travelness travel blog….

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Decriminalisation of sex work to provide legal protection

Thailand’s sex industry has employed thousands of people for decades, even though soliciting, procuring or operating brothels are all prohibited under the Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act of 1996. …

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Malaysian peace dialogue facilitator Gen Zulkifli Zainal Abidin during his visit to Wat Chang Hai, the main Buddhist temple in Pattani.

Malaysian facilitator sees “light at the end of the tunnel” for Thailand’s South

The Malaysian facilitator for the southern peace dialogue has expressed confidence that there is a strong chance for peace in the trouble-plagued region, but cautioned that there cannot be a…

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Exclusive: Anwar calls for new ASEAN approaches to deal with Myanmar crisis

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has called on ASEAN to explore new approaches to resolving the ongoing crisis in Myanmar which, he said, can no longer be treated as the…

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Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Foreign Minister to address Thai PBS World forum on Thai foreign policy

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai will deliver a keynote speech on the direction of Thailand’s foreign policy at a regional forum being hosted by Thai PBS World and Asia News Network…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the country’s agricultural and fish industries via a video link at a residence outside Moscow, Russia April 5, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

After week of silence, Putin says Russia will achieve ‘noble’ aims in Ukraine

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin defended Russia‘s assault on Ukraine in a rare public appearance on Tuesday, the first time he has addressed the conflict since Moscow withdrew its forces from northern Ukraine after they were halted…

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Workers in protective suits stand at an entrance to a university’s residential area under lockdown following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Xian, Shaanxi province, China December 20, 2021. Picture taken December 20, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

China’s local COVID case count driven to 21-month high by Xian outbreak

BEIJING, Dec 26 (Reuters) – China reported its highest daily rise in local COVID-19 cases in 21 months as infections more than doubled in the northwestern city of Xian, China’s…

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People fleeing due to fighting between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU) board a boat in Karen state, along the Thai-Myanmar border, on December 25, 2021. STR / AFP

Save the Children says two Myanmar staff missing after burnt remains found

Save the Children said two of its Myanmar staff were missing on Saturday, after the charred remains of more than 30 people were found, in an attack a monitoring group and local media blamed on junta troops. Myanmar has been in chaos since the February coup,…

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Listen to yourself and what you really want to do – Jareerat Petsom

“When I went back home, and I walked along the beach, the beach was changing. Before it used to be really beautiful, with really white sand, but now it’s full…

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Nothing to fear, nothing to lose – Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul

“Bringing good things to life means that whatever we are doing, be it business, industry, banking, tourism or sport, you help people to have a better life, especially people in…

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Everyone should follow their passion and what they love – Oranuch “Mimee” Lerdsuwankij

“You should dare to challenge yourself, and also take as many opportunities as you can, to learn new things.” The advice to the younger generation from Oranuch Lerdsuwankij, CEO and…

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Don’t give up before you try – Pasaree “Captain Tuang” Kangwanpong

“I never dreamt of becoming a pilot.” This is Pasaree Kangwanpong’s admission to us, while reflecting back on her journey to becoming a female pilot for Thailand’s long-established domestic airline, Bangkok…

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You write your own destiny – Dr. Karndee Leopairote

“I have to tell you that I am an achiever.” This is how female CEO, Dr. Karndee Leopairote, who has been considered the ideal “working woman” for many Thais, defines…

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Never say NO to opportunities – Patchari Raksawong

“The opportunity to shake Aung San Suu Kyi’s hand and take a selfie with her… That was a surreal moment.” In 2019, Patchari Raksawong took on the role as the…

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Walk-A-Tif: Multicultural Society in Bangkok Part 2

Thai society is diverse, people of different faiths live together peacefully. For example, this Charoenkrung neighborhood where the faithful of 3 religions have co-existed for more than a century. Have…

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You are more than just your beauty – Amanda Obdam

“When you think of someone beautiful in Thailand, they have to be skinny, to be white and have long hair, and everyone thinks that way.” Miss Universe Thailand 2020, Amanda…

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Don’t accept things because they are the way they are – Pranapda Phornprapa

“When you look around, you wonder why all the secretaries are women, and all the top managers are men.” The question which Pranapda Phornprapa has asked herself throughout her career…

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