Tsunami 10-Year Anniversary

Tsunami memorial in Krabi

Almost a quarter of a million people killed. Hundreds of thousands injured. An estimated two million left homeless. The statistics from the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 26, 2004 are staggering. Fourteen countries were directly hit by the killer waves, but the emotional impact was felt all around the world. In Thailand, more than 5,000 […]

King’s Birthday and Father’s Day

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December 5 is a public holiday in Thailand in honour of His Majesty the King’s birthday. The Thai monarch is fondly regarded by many Thais as the ‘Father of the Nation’ and this is why his birthday is also celebrated as Father’s Day in Thailand. The Thai king is 87 today. He is currently staying […]

Tourists Murdered on Ko Tao

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The bodies of two British tourists were discovered on a beach on the island of Ko Tao on Monday morning. They have been named as David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23. Thai police say David and Hannah suffered severe injuries with a garden hoe found close to the scene believed to be the murder […]

National Artist Thawan Duchanee Dies

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Thawan Duchanee, owner and creator of Chiang Rai’s Baan Dam (Black House), died today aged 74. Honoured as a National Artist of Thailand, Thawan passed away this morning in Bangkok. Born in Chiang Rai in 1939, Thawan studied art in Bangkok and Amsterdam. His early work caused outrage amongst some people in Thailand who accused […]

New Visa Exemption Rules for Tourists Visiting Thailand

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New visa exemption regulations came into effect in Thailand on August 29, 2014. The Thai Immigration Bureau confirm that tourists who enter Thailand under the existing 30-day visa exemption scheme can now apply to extend their stay by a further 30 days at immigration offices within Thailand. The extension fee will be 1,900 Baht. This […]

Thai Coup Leader Appointed as Prime Minister

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The army general who headed the coup in Thailand in May was named yesterday as the country’s new prime minister. General Prayuth Chan-ocha was the only candidate proposed for the position and the unanimous backing he received from a military-led national assembly was no surprise. Prayuth has, in effect, been acting as prime minister since […]

Bangkok Ready for Happiness Street Festival

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As part of their campaign to encourage visitors to Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are organising the Thailand Happiness Street Festival in Bangkok from July 25-26. The event will see parts of the Thai capital closed to traffic with large chunks of the central Ratchaprasong district transformed into a vast ‘walking street’ with music […]

Thai Authorities Push Ahead With Phuket Clean Up

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Regular visitors to Phuket could be forgiven for rolling their eyes when they read stories about another clampdown on the island’s taxi ‘mafia’ and attempts to clean-up the island’s beaches. But the latest campaign on Phuket seems to have teeth and means business. A 14-strong team of police, with backing from the military, have been […]

Thailand Lifts Nationwide Curfew

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The Thai military have announced an end to the curfew that has been in place in parts of Thailand since the coup last month. The news came this evening at approximately 21.15 local time. The curfew had previously been lifted in some areas of the country including popular tourist resorts such as Pattaya, Phuket and […]

Thailand Coup: Updated Advice for Tourists

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Even by Thailand’s coup-prone political standards, these are unusual times for the country so it’s no surprise that tourists are left wondering whether the country is still safe to visit. If you’re planning to visit Thailand, it’s important to keep some perspective. The majority of visitors to Thailand continue to enjoy their trips and many […]