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Task force hunts for missing ‘Billy’
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:04:00 +0700

Phetchaburi: The 9th Infantry Division in Kanchanaburi has dispatched its special task force to help locate a prominent Karen rights activist missing for a week.

Senators train sights on cabinet
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:59:00 +0700

A group of senators seeking the ouster of caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet over the Thawil Pliensri case is pinning its hopes on a cabinet resolution that approved the transfer.

Red-shirt attacks heighten violence
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0700

Violence has stepped up on Wednesday after a red-shirt activist and poet was shot dead at a restaurant in Bangkok and two gunmen sprayed bullets into a community radio station in Pathum Thani.

Reuters 'to defend Rohingya story'
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:09:00 +0700

Reuters has acknowledged that a complaint was made by the Royal Thai Navy against the news organisation and two of its journalists over an article about Rohinfgya refugees and pledged to stand by its story.

Court gives Yingluck more time, rejects more witnesses
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:42:00 +0700

The Constitutional Court agreed on Wednesday to give caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra another 15 days to prepare her defence, but rejected her plea for additional witnesses to defend her over the removal of Thawil Pliensri as National Security Council (NSC) chief.

Yantra returns to Thailand
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0700

A fugitive monk, who lived abroad for 19 years, has returned to Thailand after the cases against him expired.

PDRC visits city electricity authority
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:34:00 +0700

People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters visited the office of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) on Wednesday, as part of their daily campaign for reforms, reports said.

Turning trash into treasure
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:40:00 +0700

Since yard and car-boot sales are still not very common in this country, it had never occurred to Bangkok businessman Veerapong that he could sell all the junk cluttering up his house, items which he hadn’t used for years and probably never would again. Until the day his daughter pointed to a set of golf clubs that had been leaning against the wall in one room, untouched, for ages and suggested...

Navy to extend lawsuit to Reuters
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0700

The two Phuketwan journalists facing a Royal Thai Navy defamation lawsuit over mistreatment of Rohingya suggested the suit be dropped to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 3, but the navy rejected that and said it was preparing a second lawsuit against the Reuters news agency.

Election before July 20 'possible'
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:04:00 +0700

The Election Commission (EC) is ready to consider suggestions from all political parties and is not against the idea of holding the next poll before July 20, EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen said Tuesday.

Travel News

Good old Hua Hin
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:04:40 +0700

From tomorrow until May 4, the Hua Hin of Yesteryear Fair will take place at the Queen’s Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. This annual event is held in honour of Their Majesties the King and Queen and in celebration of their royal wedding, which was performed on April 28, 1950.

Strawberry Town getting strawberries
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:04:00 +0700

The Rayong Brookside Company invested 80 million baht in its latest attraction, called Strawberry Town, in Rayong.

Thai To Tai (in less than a day)
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:53:00 +0700

In the southernmost corner of Yunnan, which is itself the southernmost province of China, the age-old traditions of the Tai Lue people continue to flourish. Speaking a language closely related to Thai, this ethnic minority also lives in many parts of northern Thailand, with particularly large communities found in the provinces of Phayao and Nan.

The Breast Hills and their booby traps
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:53:00 +0700

Cross-country and downhill mountain biking are among the sports featured at the annual National Games. When I heard Suphan Buri was to host the games in December last year I wondered where in the mostly flat province the venues would be.

Paper tigers
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:53:00 +0700

Housed in the building of the Press Association of Thailand on Ratchasima Road in Dusit district, the Thai Press Museum is not all that well known among Thais, even journalists. Established more than two decades ago, the Thai Press Museum is a great place to discover the evolution of journalism in Thailand and changes to the publishing industry in Thailand. Also on-site are old newspapers, old...

Japan sees all-time high of tourists
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:04:00 +0700

TOKYO - The number of foreign visitors to Japan reached 1.05 million in March, an all-time high for a single month, topping the previous high of 1 million in July last year, an estimate released by the Japan National Tourism Organisation showed Wednesday.

Thais 60th on travel freedom index
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:12:00 +0700

Thailand ranks 60th on the 93-level ranking of travel freedom, with its citizens free to go to 68 destinations worldwide without a visa, according to a survey.

Everest guides abandon climbing season
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:49:00 +0700

Nepalese guides on Mount Everest said Tuesday they would abandon this year's climbing season to honour 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week, throwing hundreds of mountaineers' plans into chaos.

Villazzo Restaurant at V Villas Hua Hin awarded in Thailand's Best Restaurants 2014
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:54 +0700

The romantic poolside venue Villazzo Restaurant at V Villas Hua Hin, noted for its elegant sunken dining tables on the tranquil Hua Hin beachfront, is proud to announce that it has again been awarded among ‘Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2014’ by influential Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Guide 2014.

VIE Hotel Bangkok Receives 2013 Best Guest Review Award from
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:54 +0700

VIE Hotel Bangkok led by the hotel’s Resident Manager Mr. Banthueng Talayarak (center) and VIE Management Team is proud to announce that the hotel has received the 2013 Best Guest Review Award from leading on-line travel agency for its high average score, attaining an 8.8 out of 10 for that year, in the category five star hotels.

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