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Learning to speak govt's language
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The Newspeak is the Oldspeak. The New Testament is the Old Commandments. When they say the clock strikes 13, it means the clock strikes 13. The writing isn't in the law but on the wall.

Travel tax break making progress
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The Finance Ministry has agreed in principle on a tax break for domestic travel expenses but has asked the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to adjust the details to allow smaller communities to benefit.

'Cooperation' as control
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The Public Relations Department's latest arrangement to have all mainstream TV stations cover a different minister during next week's mobile cabinet meeting will turn the broadcast media into the government's publicists. This may be a one-off "request" but it sets alarm bells ringing about the regime's directives on how the media should work and be regulated.

Military targets alleged Muslim 'terrorists'
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state in the west of the country has been gripped by violence since last October, after militants attacked police posts, killing nine guards. The military launched a bloody crackdown in a response that the UN believes may have amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority Rohingya who live in the area. That campaign was suddenly stopped earlier this year. But...

TOT pipe fund plan blocked
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

TOT Plc has indefinitely suspended its plan to set up an infrastructure fund for its underground pipe assets, as it was disqualified due to current regulations.

About poliitics
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Macro-management and inter-agency approach needed to quell floods v Media reform panel expected to face trial by fire v New voting system may need to be rejigged to avoid 'fake ballots'

Navy Seal ditches politics for paddy
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

A retired vice admiral who fought a battle on the Bangkok streets at the height of the anti-Yingluck Shinawatra protest more than three years ago has vowed to live by his personal motto: "I cannot stand watching people get harmed."

EEP aims to list next year
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Eastern Energy Plus Co (EEP), a local operator of waste-to-energy power plants in Samut Prakan, plans to list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) next year to raise funds for upgrading units in the province.

The Deeper South
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

In the contemporary art created by Muslim women from Thailand's restive southern provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani, there is a depth that reaches out and speaks to the heart.

The 4 virtues of B.Grimm
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Inside the house lie gentle reminders of his fortune. A highly valuable Cambodian statue rests beside a Giacometti painting. A heavily windowed wall showcases a dozen or so pieces of Sotheby's-grade artwork. An old concert piano gracefully blends into the living room's airy atmosphere.

Travel News

Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry service due in September
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:37:00 +0700

A trial run of the new daily Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry service will begin on Saturday.

Thailand's July tourist arrivals up 4.8% - ministry
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:58:00 +0700

International tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 4.8% in July from a year earlier, led by visitors from China, Malaysia, Laos, Korea and India, the tourism and sports ministry said on Friday.

Bangkok hostel offers prison experience
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:54:00 +0700

With its narrow rooms, metal bars and bunk beds, Bangkok's first prison-themed hostel promises the look and feel of a real jail in the bustling Thai capital.

Fine Arts stands by Wat Arun stupa repair effort
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0700

The Fine Arts Department and the assistant abbot of the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun deny claims the latest restoration of its iconic stupas have diminished the traditional beauty of the structures.

A new look at old Hong Kong
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

As many more Thais opt to travel to South Korea and Japan due to the K-pop craze and Japan's visa exemption policies, Hong Kong, an all-time shopping and food paradise, is trying to regain its popularity by highlighting its heritage, delicacies, art and culture in the old district of Central.

Visiting nine temples
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Many Thai Buddhists believe that visiting nine temples in a single day will bring them blessings because nine is an auspicious number. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Lop Buri Office, which also oversees tourism marketing in Chai Nat, is promoting a pilgrimage that stops at nine temples: Wat Khao Phlong, Wat Thammamun Worawihan, Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao, Wat Pathumtharam (Nong Bua), Wat...

A model community
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Somjit Bunraknang, 67, weaves a shrimp by using dry palm leaves. She sits inside a gazebo of her neighbour's house in Ban Ram Daeng in Singha Nakhon district in Songkhla. Despite her impaired right eye, she can skilfully fold the leaves to make fish, grasshoppers, birds, pencil containers and baskets.

New Chon Buri zoo zone
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The zone is home to 45 animals in 13 categories, including red-shanked douc langurs, yellow-throated marten, Malayan gharial, Malayan tapir and Siamese fireback pheasant. There are also many types of trees and plants of tropical rainforest, dry evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest.

Survey ranks City of Angels as world's best-value long-haul destination
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0700

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was pleased with an international tourism survey that ranked Bangkok as the world's best-value long-haul city break in 2017.

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