7 Injured in Ko Samui Explosion

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An explosion occurred late last night on the Thai island of Ko Samui. The source of the blast was a vehicle parked in the underground car park of the Central Festival shopping mall in the Chaweng Beach area of the island. Local reports say seven people suffered minor injuries. The immediate aftermath of the explosion […]

Fatal Ferry Fire Near Krabi

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A 12-year-old girl has died following a fire on a ferry which was travelling from Krabi to Phuket. More than 100 passengers were forced to jump into the sea to escape the blaze which took hold in the engine room of the Ao Nang Princess ferry yesterday afternoon. Passengers had been instructed to don life-jackets […]

Thailand Lifts Martial Law

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Last week, the ruling military junta in Thailand lifted martial law which had been in force since May 2014. However, the man who led the 2014 coup and now acts as prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, still retains wide-ranging powers. Those powers are granted to him under Article 44 of the draft constitution; a constitution that […]

60th Birthday Celebrations for Thai Princess

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Commemorative events took place across Thailand yesterday to mark the 60th birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The biggest ceremony took place in Bangkok at Sanam Luang (in front of the Grand Palace) where dignitaries and invited guests lit candles in honour of the Thai princess. Special events were also held in many other […]

Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple Investigated for Wildlife Trafficking

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A temple in Kanchanaburi is being investigated by Thai authorities following accusations of illegal wildlife trafficking. Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, better known to most tourists as the ‘Tiger Temple’, was raided last week following an anonymous tip-off. Wildlife officials are investigating allegations that the abbot of the temple bought endangered species for his private […]

Thai Authorities Investigate Bangkok Blast

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One person was slightly injured by a small explosion in Bangkok at approximately 8 p.m. local time last night (Sunday). The scene of the blast was a walkway connecting Siam Skytrain station with the Siam Paragon shopping mall. The explosion was initially thought to be a defective transformer. However, Thai authorities investigating the incident issued […]

Former Thai PM Banned From Politics

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Former Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been banned from politics for five years. The decision to impeach her was made on Friday by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA). Shortly before the decision was made, a separate announcement stated that the former Thai PM would also face criminal charges. If found guilty she could face […]

Bangkok Prepares for ‘2015 Discover Thainess’ Parade

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With 2014 proving to be yet another tumultuous year in Thai politics, Thailand’s tourism industry will be hoping for a more settled year ahead. The prolonged anti-government street protests which began in Bangkok at the end of 2013, continued into 2014 culminating in the military coup in May. Thailand still has a long way to […]

Tsunami 10-Year Anniversary

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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 […]