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

Yingluck Shinawatra

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

Discover Thainess 2015 campaign

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

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

General Prayuth, Thailand

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 […]