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A tale of wasted days and wasted nights

One of my New Year's resolutions was not to write about Bangkok's traffic woes, a thankless topic. I held out for 57 days, which is not a bad effort considering the hours already wasted this year sitting in the Big Mango's gridlock.



the Big Issue: Those pesky tourists

If you need to watch a rant or even start a hot dispute, pick an expatriate, any expat, and say "double pricing". Chinese tourists at Koh Phi Phi Marine National Park in Krabi have selfie sticks and typhoon shelter instructions, and now they're so brazen they even want to pay the same as Thais to enter the park.



Tracing the path of terror home

The lax regulation at such borders has been cited as a factor in making Thailand an easy place for criminals to congregate. The government has made clear its intention to make Thailand a Southeast Asian hub.



No sex please, we're Thai

With the police denying prostitution exists in Pattaya, activists say there's little chance of the sex trade being decriminalised It started off as nothing more than a small fishing village on the Gulf of Thailand. Its long sweeping bay was dotted with a few boats and shacks where the villagers lived.



BBC to fight for correspondent Jonathan Head's freedom in Thailand

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BBC to fight for correspondent Jonathan Head's freedom in Thailand

Bangkok: The BBC says it will fight allegations against one of its most experienced foreign correspondents in a defamation case in a Thai court that carries a possible five-year prison sentence. Rights groups say charges brought against Jonathan Head, the BBC's Bangkok-based South-east Asia correspondent, expose how Thailand's computer crime and defamation laws scupper investigative journalism and are a threat to freedom of speech.



An exercise in futility?

In the ongoing peace dialogue between representatives of the Thai government and the MARA Patani, an umbrella organisation of longstanding Patani Malay separatist organisations all except the one that controls insurgents on the ground it is clear that what the two sides are seeking, and what they are being offered are two different things. The two sides desperately want a designated safety zone.



Victorian man Thomas Keating unable to leave Thailand for months after jet-ski fatality

Bangkok: Victorian man Thomas Keating will be unable to leave Thailand for months pending a Thai court hearing on a charge of reckless driving causing the death of his partner Emily Collie in a jet-ski crash. Phuket provincial court has directed that Mr Keating present himself in court on June 23, crushing hopes his return to Australia was imminent, the Phuket News reported.



Wanted South Korean businessman arrested

Immigration Police in Nong Khai province yesterday arrested a South Korean businessman wanted over the alleged embezzlement of 52 million won in construction materials bought in his native country last year. Bu Yon Kyan, 58, was nabbed while trying to sneak into Thailand via a border pier in Nong Khai's Tha Bo district, having taken a long-tailed boat from Laos.



Dutchman wanted over property scam arrested at airport

A Dutch fugitive wanted for almost a decade in connection with a European property investment fraud was arrested at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok yesterday morning. The arrest of Olav-Wilhelmus Johannes Baartmans, who had been in hiding in Thailand, was the result of a joint operation by Thai police and Interpol.



Fire consumes tyres awaiting recycling

A firefighter attempts to douse flames at a yard full of used tyres in Si Maha Phot district of Prachin Buri early Saturday. PRACHIN BURI: Flames consumed a huge pile of used tyres awaiting recycling in Si Maha Phot district in a blaze that took eight hours to bring under control early Saturday.



Tackling the harrowing devastation of flooding

The navy officials have tried to push out flooding water at Cha-uat canal in Nakhon Si Thammarat province to relieve the suffering of residents in flooded area. Arun Jittuan, 45, will never forget the night of Dec 1 last year when the rain was loud and heavy on the tin roof of his home in Cha-uat district of Nakhon Si Thammarat.



World finally recognises amazing Isaan

It's gladdening that the Northeast has been named by CNN as one of the world's top 17 destinations in 2017. The Tourism Authority of Thailand should take this opportunity to give Isaan a strong promotional push.



A winter's escape to care for elephants in balmy Thailand

Escaping Pennsylvania's winter weather is always a priority for me. I like to mix volunteering with global destinations.



A day in Photos

An elephant DNA dispute and the main pillar of the royal pyre are among the featured events on Feb 24, 2017. Laithongrien Meepan, owner of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace, insists his elephants were legally acquired, during a news conference at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in Bangkok.



Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect

Myanmar police stand to provide security as Buddhist monks and people holding religious and National flags protest outside the Thailand embassy Friday, Feb.24, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. More than a hundred Buddhist monks and nationalists led a prayer and protest at the Thai Embassy Yangon on Friday to condemn the Thai government's ongoing raids on the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok, Thailand.



New Khon Kaen logistics depot, to open in 3 years

Construction has begun of an inland container depot in Muang district to operate as a logistics centre for rail transport in the Northeast, and it will be finished in three years, according to the provincial chamber of commerce. It is a public-private partnership project and will be managed by Khon Kaen City Development in partnership with the Port Authority of Thailand and State Railway of Thailand.





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