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Scholars slam NCPO stance on seminars
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:19:00 +0700

A group of academics whose forum was abruptly cut short by authorities on Monday shrugged off the defence minister's suggestion that they seek permission from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to prevent unexpected disruptions in future.

Frenchman 'can ID killers'
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:14:00 +0700

Police have placed a French tourist in protective custody after learning he might be able to identify the two men police believe were involved in the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao in Surat Thani last week.

10,000 temp workers sacked
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:12:00 +0700

A local administration employee network has asked the Office of the Ombudsman to look into alleged forced dismissals of around 10,000 temporary employees by some local bodies. 

'Cronyism' taints NRC panel picks
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is facing mounting pressure amid claims that many provincial screening panels responsible for selecting National Reform Council (NRC) candidates are blighted by non-transparency and cronyism.

Police arrest ecstacy suspects, seize B1.2m in drugs
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

Two suspects have been charged with illegally possessing more than 1,000 ecstasy tablets worth over 1.2 million baht in the city's downtown area, police said. 

NBTC waives digital broadcasting fees
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:46:00 +0700

Broadcasting regulators have agreed to waive for five years 4% annual fees for analogue-TV operators which simulcast on the digital platform, pending the Finance Ministry's approval.

A day in photos
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:22:00 +0700

In today's photo gallery, we feature tourists on Koh Tao, protesting university students, Iranian soldiers, a featherless chicken and a soy milk vendor.

DNA tests draw a blank
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:42:00 +0700

Tests have shown the DNA samples police collected from 30 people did not match any of the suspects of the Koh Tao double murder case, said deputy police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung on Monday.

The Tiger Temple
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:22:00 +0700

Visit a temple and expect to see monks, merit-makers and stray dogs, but at a forest temple in Kanchanaburi you'll find more  than 100 'tame' tigers - and you might feel the urge to play with them. (Video by Jetjaras Na Ranong)

Taiwan cleans up as tropical storm Fung Wong bears down on Shanghai
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:18:00 +0700

Taiwanese authorities Monday started clearing the damage from tropical storm Fung-Wong as Shanghai braced for heavy rains and strong winds that left a dozen people dead in its wake.

Travel News

Buddhist pilgrimage with a difference
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:23:00 +0700

As a producer of dhamma TV programmes, Somnuek Khemacheeva has visited holy Buddhist sites in India several times as part of her work. As a devout Buddhist practitioner, however, she found the so-called “pilgrimages” that millions of Buddhist Thais make each year to India are quite spiritually superficial.

Gate Crasher
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

Welcome to Guru’s Gate Crasher, your ultimate guideto finding something fresh to do in this big city.

As Thailand sags, world travel booms
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:56:00 +0700

Even as tourist arrivals plummet in Thailand, international travel numbers rose 4.6% in the first half of 2014, boosted by strong growth in the rest of Asia, and in the Americas and parts of Europe, the World Tourism Organisation said Wednesday.

blu Cha-Am - Hua-Hin
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:02:00 +0700

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Cycling in the Malaysian playground
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:18:00 +0700

I’d long heard stories about Bukit Kiara, the major playground for mountain bikers in Malaysia’s capital, but until a recent two-day visit to Kuala Lumpur had never actually seen it with my own two eyes.

Radiance reburnished
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

Standing tall and graceful in the compound of a Thai-Chinese school near Hua Lamphong railway station is a villa built in a mixture of European styles. Its exterior features identify it as a fine period building, although the architectural style is not easily categorised. It is only when one ventures indoors, however, that the true glory of Phraya Sri Thammathirat's former residence is revealed.

Floral festival in Mae Hong Son
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

From Nov 1-Dec 13, the "2014 Blossoming Bua Tong Flowers on Doi Mae U- Khor" festival will take place in and around fields of dok bua tong, or marigold flowers, on Doi Mae U-Khor in Khun Yuam district, Mae Hong Son province.

Travel advisories lifted
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

Six countries—Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Vietnam, Iran and the UAE—have lifted their travel advisories for citizens planning to visit Thailand, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT) acting director-general Second Lieutenant Arnupap Gaesornsuwan.

Seoul for small travellers
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

It has become increasingly convenient for families with small children to venture outside the country, thanks to the ease of transportation and children's products today, like foldable strollers and portable car seats. Thai parents' favourite countries are short-haul destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, but over the recent years, South Korea is fast joining the rank.

Leading change
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0700

Served on a blue plate made of natural clay, the solar-confit sea bass, garnished with crispy skin and served on a bed of grounded fermented kimchi, preserved lemon and sesame mayonnaise, looks tempting. The taste reminds you of the sea. The tender but firm fish gives a fresh and faint salty aroma spiced with a mild sweet and citrus flavour. You might wonder where this fish comes from. Does it...

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