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 […]

Thailand Coup: Advice for Tourists

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It’s understandable that visitors may have concerns about upcoming trips to Thailand. First it was martial law and now it’s a military coup. It all sounds ominous if you’re in Thailand now or visiting in the near future, but what does it actually mean for tourists? Update June 2014: Please also read the latest advice […]

Army Declares Martial Law in Thailand

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In the early hours of this morning, the Thai military declared martial law throughout the country. The chief of Thailand’s army, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, said the move was ‘not a coup’ and the aim was ‘to preserve law and order’. Although the army say this is not a coup, the military have historically been the […]

Chiang Rai Artist Vows to Repair Damage to White Temple

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Wat Rong Khun, better know as the White Temple to many tourists, was one of the casualties of the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that hit Chiang Rai province on Monday. Initial prospects for the temple didn’t look promising, but the local artist who built Wat Rong Khun had a change of heart and vowed to […]

Commission Finds Yingluck Guilty of Negligence

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Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has found Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence in a case that could see her banned from politics for 5 years. The NACC is still investigating to see if Yingluck should also face criminal charges. The announcement today follows yesterday’s verdict by the Constitutional Court that removed Yingluck from her position […]

PM Yingluck Ousted from Office by Court Ruling

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, can no longer remain in office. Today’s unanimous ruling relates to an allegation made by a Thai Senate member that Yingluck had abused her power when she transferred a senior security official in 2011. PM Yingluck had denied any abuse of power and […]

Earthquake Hits Northern Thailand

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An earthquake hit Chiang Rai province yesterday evening at approximately 18.00 local time. At least one person was killed. Thai officials say the quake is the largest recorded in Thailand in recent times with tremors being felt as far south as Bangkok. Initial reports say the quake was magnitude 6.1 with structural damage to roads […]

Thailand Commemorates Coronation Day

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May 5 is a public holiday in Thailand to commemorate Coronation Day. The day is known in known Thai as Wan Chatramongkhol and celebrates the date on which His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was formerly crowned King of Thailand. The coronation ceremony took place on May 5, 1950 although the king actually came to the […]

Thailand Schedules New Election for July

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A general election is set to be held in Thailand on July 20. The date has been declared following an agreement reached between the Election Commission and Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. It’s a significant development in the long-standing political impasse, but there are still many hurdles to cross before the election date, not least […]