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Hmong chief ambushed, family killed
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:01:00 +0700

CHIANG RAI: The chief of the Hmong Club in Thailand and his family were ambushed Tuesday. The attackers killed his wife and daughter, while the ethnic leader and his son were gravely wounded.

Monks revolt against NOB 'malfeasance'
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:57:00 +0700

A movement calling itself the Chao Phut Phalang Phaendin Group (Group of Buddhists who are the Power of the Land) began officially challenging the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) yesterday for allegedly overstepping its authority in seeking legal action against five senior monks over their alleged roles in a temple fund embezzlement scandal.

BTS ad seller VGI buying 23% of Kerry Express
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:33:00 +0700

SET-listed VGI Global Media Plc, a provider of media space in the skytrain system, has agreed to purchase a 23% stake in Kerry Express Thailand Ltd in a bid to set up parcel collection points at BTS stations.

Mor Saeng's herbs don't cure cancer, tests show
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:32:00 +0700

The herbal medicines of folk healer Saengchai "Mor Saeng" Haelerttrakul do not hold anti-cancer properties, the Department of Medical Services says.

Squeezing the blood out of a durian
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:35:00 +0700

With Thai durians selling like hot cakes on Alibaba's Tmall platform, the regime has every reason to believe its deal to have the e-commerce giant promote Thai products will be a resounding success. But Thai farmers may not necessarily gain as much from this as they expect.

Levelling out Thailand's political seesaw
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:30:00 +0700

Finally, the State Financial and Fiscal Discipline Act of 2018 has taken effect, despite criticism about the controversial clause that virtually bans populist policies. It is seen as an attempt by the ruling regime under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to limit the role of elected representatives in turning campaign promises into government policies. With that, a democratic...

Time to stop the torture
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:20:00 +0700

Two horror stories from the justice system point once again the urgent need for intervention and reform. Two men are dead in separate incidents. Corrections officials admit that a prisoner in the Samut Prakan Central Prison was horrifically beaten in a "discipline session" shortly before his death was reported. In Buri Ram, meanwhile, a man arrested for poaching -- and denied bail -- died from...

Regime rescues digital TV firms
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will allow digital TV operators to transfer their licences to other private companies as part of measures to rescue those that are strapped for cash.

Man who beat partner on FB 'swindled B6m'
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Police suspect a man who broadcast his brutal assaults on his girlfriend live on Facebook committed another wrongdoing by cheating people out of 6 million baht through his bogus online forex trading courses, police have found.

Criteria for Erawan and Bongkot bidding released
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Energy policymakers have announced crucial criteria for the upcoming auctions of the Erawan and Bongkot gas blocks, which will be focused on gas price offered to PTT and benefits shared with the state.

Travel News

Abu Dhabi's Warner Bros indoor amusement park to open in July
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi will open a US$1 billion indoor Warner Bros amusement park this July, the latest offering in a crowded market in the United Arab Emirates where one marquee park already faces serious financial problems.

Where to find Bangkok's best street food ...
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

It was a few minutes after 6pm, and Lim Lao Sa, a fishball noodle stand tucked into an alleyway near the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, had just opened. Rain was falling, hard. A series of deftly arranged tarps sheltered patrons sitting on red plastic stools at a handful of tables. Water drizzled off the tarp edges, down the concrete walls and past exposed wiring. Fluorescent bulbs cast harsh...

Let's get geeky
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Whether you like it or not, geek is in. That's obvious from the plethora of superhero movies reigning at the box office and the TV series we follow and binge faithfully. And Bangkok isn't an exception. Geekiness is alive and well here in the Big Mango. That's pretty evident with the "letter" Major Cineplex released a few weeks ago that employees could use to give to their bosses to ask for the day...

Tourists arrested over powder scattered at Kyoto castle
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:13:00 +0700

KYOTO: Three Taiwanese women have been arrested on suspicion of entering Nijo Castle, a Unesco World Heritage site in Kyoto, with the aim of blotting it with powder in April 2017, police said on Thursday.

China replaces NZ as Australia's top tourist source
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:54:00 +0700

SYDNEY: China has leapfrogged New Zealand to become the top source country for travellers to Australia in the 12 months to February, Australian official data showed yesterday, as overall visitor numbers hit a record high.

Hainan waives visas for tours of up to 30 days
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

The Chinese island province of Hainan, which lies about 1,000km northeast of Bangkok, will offer 30-day visa-free access to visitors from 59 countries including Thailand, the UK, Russia and France from May 1.

Binge on a fruit buffet
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Between April and July, the orchards of the eastern provinces open their doors for the public to enjoy the fruit season to the max.

Heavenly homestays
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Aree Sairaya never thought she would one day convert her house into a homestay. Her three-bedroom stilt house in Ban Sam Chong Nuea, a small coastal community in Takua Thung district in Phangnga, is tidy and clean.

Return to Ko Lanta Yai
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Three years ago I wrote in this column about a biking route in the northern part of Ko Lanta Yai, the elongated island of Krabi province that lends its name to Mu Ko Lanta National Park. That was the only one of my visits to Ko Lanta Yai when I failed to make it to Laem Tanot, the beautiful cape at the southern tip where the park's headquarters and the island's iconic lighthouse are located.

The view beyond
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0700

From damaged land after the era of tin mining, Ban Tha Din Daeng in Phangnga province is recovering as a new attraction. At a pond surrounded by mangrove forest, a group of tourists get paddles and jump on the kayak right away. They seem quite happy to be soaking in the nature and warm breeze. After enjoying swimming and kayaking, they end the visit with a yummy seafood meal and mouthwatering...

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