BANGKOK, 2 July 2015: Airports of Thailand reports its May data showed increases in both aircraft movements and passengers at the six airports under its management. AoT reported, earlier this week, that all of its supervised airports handled 8,605,741 passenger movements up 29.13% from 6,664,287 during the same month last year. The overall airports’ aircraft […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 30 June 2015: Professional Tourist Guide Association of Thailand says the Department of Tourism should delay a plan to dress all registered guides in Thailand in uniforms. Last Friday, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism announced it would introduce uniforms to help identify registered guides and add more pressure on those […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 26 June 2015: International tourist arrivals to Thailand posted an improvement of 24.72%,  January to May, this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ data. Released earlier this week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 12,448,641 international visits during the first five months of the year, up from 9,981,581 visits during […] Read more...
The whitening phenomenon in Thailand, i.e. the use of cosmetic products to whiten the skin – and now we can include beauty apps that might obviate the use of whitening products, for the online face at least – often seems to beguile the visitor from the West, or at least cause them to smirk at outlandish items such as underarm whitening deodorant. But before we smirk, we might look at our own seemingly strange habits. Read more...

An accomplished directorial debut features two brothers reconnecting in Bangkok following their father’s suicide

Set in Bangkok circa 1997, this moody drama about two brothers trying to cope with their father’s suicide subtly queries the impact of macroeconomics on personal lives.

Elder brother Mutt (soulful Ananda Everingham), who’s been living in New York as a currency trader, shoulders guilt for his own small contribution to his country’s – and consequently his father’s – meltdown, and tries to recover some lost innocence by reconnecting with his ex-girlfriend Sai (Janesuda Parnto), who also has money troubles.

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One of the most renowned and liberal universities in Thailand, Thammasat, has stood behind its original decision to not accept its graduate Kath Khangpiboon as a lecturer at Faculty of Social Administration. The rejected appeal comes despite the fact that the Faculty has fully supported Kath, as its alumni and previously an external lecturer. Read more...
BANGKOK, 24 June 2015: Tourism Council of Thailand estimates international tourist arrivals to Thailand, July to September, will increase 24.62% to reach 7.29 million visits. Speaking at the council’s press conference, Tuesday, TCT president Ittirit Kinglek said Thailand Tourism Confidence Index in Q3 shows a level of 100, which is the index’s par value based […] Read more...
LONDON, 24 June 2015: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region experienced mixed year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during May 2015 when reported in US dollars, according to data compiled by STR Global. The region’s occupancy for May increased 1.4% to 68.1%. However, average daily rate in the Asia Pacific region dropped 6.9% […] Read more...
The ‘Golden Triangle’ region, on the borders of Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand, has long been regarded as one of the drug-producing hot spots of the world. More traditionally it’s associated with the production and supply of heroin, but has more recently become a major source of amphetamine. Read more...
BANGKOK, 23 June 2015: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says it will improve standards to ensure the MICE industry can deliver top quality products for event organisers. Speaking at a media group interview, Monday, TCEB MICE Capability Department director Nichapa Yoswee identified the benefits of a new Thailand MICE Venue Standard that will help to improve […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015: The Tourism Authority of Thailand is partnering with Visa and some of Thailand’s biggest shops and brands to promote the annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale, which started last week and runs until 15 August. Seven tourist destinations are Grand Sale venues; Bankok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Pattaya, Hua Hin and […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015: Thai authorities Friday said two relatives of an Omani man found to have MERS were being tested for the deadly virus in the kingdom. Thailand, a booming medical tourism hub popular with Middle Eastern patients, Thursday confirmed the Omani, 75, had MERS, days after he arrived at a Bangkok hospital for […] Read more...

Thai authorities took four days to confirm that man from Oman who arrived in Bangkok on Monday was infected, raising fears of repeat of 2002 Sars outbreak

Thai authorities took nearly four days to confirm the country’s first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), the health ministry has said – a time lag likely to raise fears of a further spread of the deadly virus in Asia.

Thailand confirmed its first case of Mers on Thursday, a 75-year-old businessman from Oman, just as an outbreak in South Korea that began last month and has infected 166 people, and killed 24 of them, appeared to be levelling off.

Related: Hong Kong tests two people for Mers as alarm over virus grows

Related: Should I worry about catching Mers?

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BANGKOK, 19 June 2015: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 1,841,487 international tourists at Suvarnabhumi Airport, January to May, representing an increase of 55.23% from 1,186,261 visits during the same period last year. ATTA released its data, Thursday, based on fees member agencies pay to the airport to provide a meet-and-greet service for […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015: A team from India took the top podium spot at the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s “Shopping Challenge”, 17 June, that signalled the start of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015. The event saw 15 teams of representatives from across Asia race around Bangkok’s top shopping malls in search of bargains. They […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015: Thailand on Thursday said a 75-year-old man from Oman was confirmed to have MERS in Southeast Asia’s first case of the virus since an outbreak in South Korea that has killed 23 people. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has spread at an alarmingly rapid pace in South Korea since the first […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 19 June 2015: Thai Airways International says it operates to the highest safety standards despite ICAO posting a red flag on the country’s Department of Civil Aviation, Thursday. THAI president, Charamporn Jotikasthira, was responding to the latest International Civil Aviation Organisation’s assessment of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation that resulted in a red flag tag effective, […] Read more...
A Thai friend of mine remarked the other night after to returning to Chiang Mai from her studies in New York that out of all the changes she had noticed in this fast growing city it was the pervasion of Chinese tourists that surprised her the most. Read more...
BANGKOK, 18 June 2015: Thailand’s Department of Tourism will ask Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to approve a plan to allow foreigners to work as tour guides by calling them “tourism coordinators”. It will get around the problem that tour guiding is a career reserved only for Thai citizens. However, very few Thais believe it offers […] Read more...
Hundreds of political asylum seekers have fled Thailand to escape the pursuit of the Thai military regime since last year’s coup. Renowned activists like Aum Neko and Jarun Ditthaapichai have shared their stories of exile, highlighting the threats to their lives. But for lesser known exiles, the choice to speak out is fraught, and tempered by hopes of a quiet return. Read more...
John Draper

HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from June 1st, 2015, includes a major segment on the use of images of Hitler in Thailand:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wraq6VnXmGo

The use of Hitler and Hitler images in Thailand has been criticized by both the Simon Wiesenthal Center (for example, here) and the Israeli Embassy (for example, here), and the former has also criticized the use of language by supporters of Article 112 equating human beings with ‘human trash’ (here).

The adoration of Hitler in Thailand is seen as being due to the majority of Thais having only a limited understanding of world history or even of the history of their own country. However, because of Thailand’s surrender and subsequent alliance with the Axis powers during the Second World War, its institutional memory, particularly that of certain members of the Establishment and military, still sees Hitler as a strong, model leader, as criticized by the Israeli Embassy here. Such an attitude is only conducive to hyper-nationalism.

It is a tragedy that Thais’ understanding of the world around them has become a joke for civilized countries, but it is deadly serious that such ignorance risks enabling the re-emergence of fascism in Thailand.

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KHON KAEN, 15 June 2015: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says it will make Khon Kaen a model for its city MICE Scheme. TCEB accompanied its announcement with five key strategies to push meetings and exhibition and create more business opportunities in Greater Mekong Subregion. Khon Kaen is a large commercial town and a centre for […] Read more...
I have just returned from a three-day visit to Mandalay University where it was revealed to me the devastating situation universities within Burma (Myanmar) find themselves in. I even struggle to use the word ‘university’, due to a lack of students, resources, facilities and knowledge. However I will continue to use the word due to the immense hunger local academics have for improvement, increased knowledge, academic independence and foreign assistance. Read more...
Images of a group of 10 tourists who stripped naked on the peak of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu have been making headlines this week, after locals and Malaysian officials suggested that their actions contributed to the June 5 earthquake that claimed 18 lives. Read more...