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New charter, reform necessary, says Prayut
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:16:00 +0700

The prime minister has insisted that Thailand is now on the right path and "new rules" in the form of a new constitution that suits the country are necessary for sustainable development and successful reform.

Bangkok Post rebuts CJR falsehoods
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:43:00 +0700

The following statement has been released by Bangkok Post editor Pichai Chuensuksawadi after communicating with the Columbia Journalism Review over a libellous and incorrect article it recently published. This is the statement.

Bombing evidence points to political group, Somyot says
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:24:00 +0700

National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang on Friday claimed police have collected enough evidence to implicate a political group in the car-bombing of Central Festival Samui, but said arrest warrants would not be issued yet.

A day in photos
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:21:00 +0700

A sleeping vegetable seller, a crime re-enactment, one of Mr Thailand 2015 competitors and Buddhist monks at Choeung Ek killing fields memorial were featured events on April 17, 2015

Prayut: Past six months a success
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:18:00 +0700

The future of Thailand is bright and sustainable thanks to the groundwork and reform initiated by this government, according to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Military volunteers increase 10% in latest conscription
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:15:00 +0700

Volunteers for military service increased more than 10% this year, accounting for nearly 44% of the year’s total intake.

Haze crisis in Thailand's North
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:41:00 +0700

Pollution caused by haze in Thailand's northern provinces has escalated to a crisis mostly due to slash-and-burn farming practices, which have been common in the past. Now, circumstances have changed and people need to be aware of the consequences, as an official from the Forest Fire Control Centre in Chiang Mai explains. - Jetjaras Na Ranong 

Go Hammerheads! Winning with autism
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:38:00 +0700

Children with disabilities often cannot participate in team sports. A new documentary called "Swim Team" chronicles the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team for kids with autism.

Down to earth
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:19:00 +0700

Earth Day falls on Wednesday (Apr 22), but you probably haven't realised that since you're still busy trying to get the white clay from Songkran off your fingernails. Each year, Earth Day sees events organised around the world in support of environmental causes. Since we think you can do better than declining a plastic bag after shopping at 7-Eleven, this week Guru searches for ways us city-folk...

US 'handed Cambodia to butcher', ambassador recalls
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:53:00 +0700

PARIS — Twelve helicopters, bristling with guns and US Marines, breached the morning horizon and began a daring descent toward Cambodia's besieged capital. Residents believed the Americans were rushing in to save them, but at the US Embassy, in a bleeding city about to die, the ambassador wept.

Travel News

The long procession
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:43:00 +0700

The slow rhythm of gongs, drums and cymbals can be heard from afar. The sound is like an invitation for people in Ban Kong Lom in Wiang Haeng district, the far-flung town bordering Chiang Mai and Shan State in Myanmar, to join the procession for the mass novice ordination ceremony, known as Poi Sang Long.

Island vendors fear post-bomb slowdown
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Business and hotel operators on island tourist hotspot Koh Samui are facing an economic slowdown in the wake of last Friday's explosion in a shopping mall parking lot, resulting in a decline in both domestic and foreign tourists, operators said.

Boat rides in Phetchabun
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Until May, the annual "Paddling Boats And Hiking In Search Of Freshwater Jellyfish" festival will take place at Kaeng Bang Rachan rapids in Khao Kho district, Phetchabun.

Conquering a mountain
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Viewed from its own top or from afar, the mighty Doi Luang Chiang Dao, the Kingdom's tallest limestone mountain, is always a majestic sight. Of course, you are not allowed to bike on the hiking trail in the upper parts of "the grand mountain of Chiang Dao". But in the lower, forest covered ridges surrounding it, there are numerous peaceful roads, both paved and unpaved, that you can explore on two...

Ceremony of great merit
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

The Isan ceremony Boon Phaves is not known among many people outside the northeast of Thailand. Boon means merit-making and Phaves means Phra Vessantara, the Lord Buddha's most recent previous life, which was devoted to giving. The heart of this ceremony is Thes Mahachart, the delivering of sermons on the theme of "Vessantara Jataka", the life of Phra Vessantara.

Top of the Gulf Regatta
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

The Top of the Gulf Regatta is expected to generate about 40 million baht during the four day race from April 30-May 4, in Pattaya.

Silom Road to close for one more day
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Silom Road will be closed again Wednesday so that Songkran revellers can enjoy themselves, said City Hall's chief adviser Vallop Suwandee.

Six airlines hold off on Japan tickets
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Six airlines have been ordered not to promote or sell any flights to Japan after May 31 in case the flights are cancelled due to safety concerns.

More Japan historical sites found vandalised
Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:16:00 +0700

NARA, JAPAN - Two more temples and a shrine in Nara prefecture were reported on Saturday to have been vandalised, the latest in a string of incidents of religious and historical sites being marked up with an oily liquid.

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