Chonburi Deputy Governor Chaowalit Saeng-uthai presided over a meeting about the survey of Pattaya and Jomtien Beach conducted by police officers and local officials. The survey of 200 beach vendors of food and beverages revealed that 80 percent of them set up beach chairs beyond restricted areas. It was agreed that each vendor would be [...] Read more...
Thai tourism entities won nine honors at the TTG Travel Awards 2014 as the annual event celebrated its Silver Jubilee with 82 of the Asia-Pacific’s best and brightest organizations and individuals. Thailand’s national carrier, Thai Airways International (THAI), won two awards, recognized as the Best Southeast Asian Airline in the Airline Awards category. In addition, THAI [...] Read more...
Hilton Worldwide has introduced a new Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events campaign to attract business travelers. From now until the end of next month, planners can enjoy a selection of incentives when they confirm their meeting or event at any of the nine participating Hilton Worldwide properties in Thailand. Incentives include welcome cocktail receptions, complimentary [...] Read more...
Economic Crime Division police raided six Thai-owned businesses in Chiang Mai suspected of using unlicensed software, known as Autodesk, to design the superstructure of buildings. Economic Crime Division Deputy Commander Chainarong Charoenchainao said, “Some companies that don’t have suitable management tend to reduce their production costs in order to compete with others unfairly. This includes [...] Read more...
The world’s first Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark opened its doors to the public in Bangsaray on October 3. There are 30 breathtaking, state-of-the-art water rides and slides and all manner of interactive water fun for the whole family. The Cartoon Network’s children’s heroes include the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, and Adventure Time among others. Liakit [...] Read more...

The military ordered the editor of anti-establishment socio-political Same Sky journal to delete a Facebook status which states the military’s attempt to censor the publishing house. This shows how serious the decline of basic human rights under the junta is in Thailand.

On Sunday afternoon, the military ordered Thanapol Eawsakul, the editor of Same Sky journal (or Fah Diew Kan in Thai), to delete the Facebook status on the conversation with Prajak Kongkirati, a renown political scientist from Thammasat University, at the annual Book Fair in central Bangkok.

Prajak, as a writer of political books published by SameSky, was at the Same Sky booth on Friday evening, waiting for his fans to come and talk about the book and ask for autographs.

It is the status of Same Sky publishing House, which states that the military mistook the fan meeting as political seminar and requested the book fair organizer to videotape and observed the event which the book fair organizer declined.

The deleted status also stated that the night before the opening of the fair, the military officials came to search the Fah Deaw Kan’s booth, claiming that some of the books have contents that could be deemed as defaming the revered Thai monarchy.

Same Sky on Sunday 3pm deleted the status and said it was forced to delete the status because the military felt “upset.”

A day after coup d’état in May , Thanapol was arrested at an Anti-coup protest in central Bangkok and detained for seven days by the military and was detained again for a second time from 6-9 July because he kept on posting opinion on Thai politics on his personal Facebook account.. He was among many anti-coup on the coup-maker’s summons list who were forced to sign a document stating that he will not participate in political activities or travel abroad without the permission of the junta’s NCPO.

Prajak volunteered to meet and have conversations with the readers of Fah Deaw Kan to talk about his books on student political movement in 1970s and the debate on elections and social movements in Thailand’s countryside. The academic was briefly detained on 18 September for his role as one of the speakers in the discussion about the end of dictatorships overseas at Thammasat University, which was forced to stop.

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BANGKOK, 20 October 2014: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported the country’s tourism receipts from international tourist arrivals declined 7.55% during January to September this year. Released last week, the ministry data reported earnings of THB806,613.56 million in tourism reciepts compared to THB872,468.03 million during the same period last year. The figures are likely […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 20 October 2014: Travel to Thailand from two key markets, France and the Benelux countries, should grow by 5% this year, following tourism marketing activities that culminated in a major road show, earlier this month. Report on its activities in the two markets by the Tourism Authority of Thailand said 25 Thai tourism entities […] Read more...
Plans are being made to transform Pattaya’s image from a nighttime wonderland to a “green city” to woo the rising number of family and business travelers seen as essential for the future of the resort. DASTA (Designated Area for Sustainable Tourism Administration) is allying with local civic authorities to push for new approaches including the [...] Read more...
A Chinese tourist taking a walk with his group and in the company of a Thai tourist guide was astonished as the pillion passenger on a motorbike snatched his bag containing 2,800 baht, 4,040 Chinese yuan and various documents. However, a CCTV camera captured the incident and the wrongdoers were arrested later that night in [...] Read more...
The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, held a seminar at the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel to help design the best models for dealing with money laundering and asset recovery intelligence. Over 150 people attended the workshop including Chonburi Governor Komsan Eakachai and Banglamung District Chief Sakchai [...] Read more...
Two Russians are among the latest crop of foreigners arrested for credit card fraud. Evgenii Kurbatov, 37, and Sergei Popov, 27, were caught by police at an ATM on Pattaya Second Road. They were in possession of 36 fake cards, several passwords and 20,000 baht in cash. The accused men told investigators they had bought [...] Read more...