Thai Students Don’t Need To Follow “Hair Cut Rules” Anymore

May 27, 2013

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Where is Thailand’s economy headed?

May 6, 2013

Thailand is booming economically, and Carl Berrisford (analyst for UBS CIO Wealth Management Research) thinks this is a sustainable boom (not a boom & bust). The main reasons for his positive prediction for Thailand’s economy: increased political stability a major government infrastructure spending program total around ~1.9 trillion baht, with the peak of the spending outlays […]

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Bangkok Sinking 3 Centimeters (1.2 Inches) Every Year

May 5, 2013

Every year there is at least one piece in the news about how many centimeters Bangkok is sinking every year. Currently the number is three centimeters. Every year scientists urgently point out how important it is to do something now. Scientist Art-Ong Jumsai, former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and currently Director of the Institute […]

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Songkran Economics

April 12, 2013

There’s an interesting article about water shortages and the economics of Songkran festival in the Bangkok post. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) thinks that during the five-days of this famous festival more than 11 billion baht (around 378 million US Dollar) will be generated for the tourism industry, and 100 million baht (around 3,4 million […]

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Flooding This Year?

September 20, 2012

People in Bangkok are getting a bit jittery about a possible flood threat (several streets have been flooded for a couple of hours after heavy rainfall). People are building floodbarriers around Bangkok. But as Bangkok Pundit pointed out: Major reason 4 severe sustained flooding in 2011, was not just months of excess rainfall, but large […]

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Property Market in Asean: Booming, But Be Careful

September 20, 2012

There are plenty of opportunities for investors, but also plenty of opportunities to sink your money. Many things to consider, must do thorough market research before, sometimes countries that might seem attractive can later turn sour because of banking issues (Vietnam for example has a 18% interest rate and a 20% inflation). Regarding Myanmar: looks […]

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Bangkok Property: FAR (floor-area ratio) & more

June 2, 2012

From the article Property developers air their gripes (Bangkok Post): Thongchai Busrapan, president of the listed developer Noble Development Plc, said the property market will be good this year, but regulations, down payments and price supports will hamper growth. Developers believe Bangkok’s new city plan follows the US model, where it tries to reduce urban density. […]

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BTS Station Saphan Taksin to be demolished

June 1, 2012

There are plans to close the BTS Station Saphan Taksin. Many people (including myself) wonder why they would want to do that, especially since it’s such a convenient and fast way to get from the city to the Chao Praya river express. If these plans are pushed through, then passengers who want to get the […]

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Slave Labor in Thai Seafood Industry

May 25, 2012

It’s been known and occassionally reported on that laborers are enslaved on fish trawlers in Thailand for a couple of years already. But this is the first time I really read about it in-depth, Patrick Winn has published several articles under the title “Seafood Slavery”. It’s not just Thailand – even the developed nation of […]

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Bangkok Condominiums: ROI On Condo Rents

May 20, 2012

Here’s an article about rental properties and their ROI in BKK: Rental yields remained largely unchanged in the first quarter of this year in the downtown Bangkok condominium market, ranging from 3% to 9%, despite prices for new properties rising and no significant growth in the number of expatriate tenants. [...] Gross yield is the […]

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Government Report Says: Military Responsible For Killing At Least 25 People During Red Shirt Protests

May 18, 2012

Even though the investigations of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) initially didn’t look like they’d actually be able to reveal anything the military didn’t want revealed, they now published a report that states that the army may be responsible for killing at least 25 people during the red shirt protests of 2010 in Bangkok. […]

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Tsunami Warning for Thailand West-Coast

April 11, 2012

A tsunami warning has been issued for provinced along the west-coast of Thailand following a strong earth-quake (8.9 on Richter skala) in Aceh, Indonesia. Al Jazeera has set up a live-blog where you can follow updates. And the fastest way to get news is of course Twitter (but at the same time lots of unconfirmed […]

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News from Bangkok: 26 March 2012

March 26, 2012

While Toshiba is planning to build a new plant (because the old one got damaged during the floods of 2011), this time in a different, less flood-prone location, 32 provinces in Thailand are now suffering from drought. Meanwhile, the Thai Ministry of Transport is promising free car inspections till April 12. Why? Because they want […]

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Red Bull Founder Died

March 21, 2012

The name Chaleo Yoovidhya probably doesn’t mean much to you. But he’s the original founder of the Red Bull energy drink, together with his Austrian business partner Dietrich Mateschitz. Born into a poor farmer’s family, he later in life went to work in Bangkok as a bus conductor before he started to get into business. His rise […]

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Baht Dropped because of China Concerns

March 21, 2012

Thailand’s economy is strongly intertwined with the Chinese economy, and now that the Chinese economy seems to slow down, this has also had an effect on the Thai baht, you can read more about it here.

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Army Admits Rangers At Fault Of Killing Innocent Civilians in January at Southern Thailand

March 21, 2012

Four civilians got killed on January 29, 2012 in Southern Thailand (Ban Kayi in tambon Bulo Puyo of Nong Chik district). Now the army admitted that the rangers were at fault. You can read more about this case here, but the positive thing to take away from it is that the army accepted responsibility and […]

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Thai Floods Update.

October 5, 2011

As the death toll of the flood reaches 224 people, Al Jazeera has a video on their website called Thailand hit by worst monsoon in 50 years, which isn’t very informative, but gives you an impression of what it’s currently like in many cities of Thailand.

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World to Thailand: Join ICC to show commitment against war crimes

October 5, 2011

Thailand still hasn’t joined the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and is now being called to do so. It’s the first international court that is able to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide and currently has 118 member states. Read more: THAILAND: Global Coalition calls on Thailand to join the International […]

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UN Human Rights Council asks Thailand about possibly distorted reports

October 5, 2011

The Thai government has published several reports on human rights issues in Thailand, including the problems in violent Southern Thailand. These reports differ drastically from reports published by NGOs. These differences will be discussed at the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. Given the widespread inability among Thai officials to admit mistakes, and […]

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MSF (Doctors Without Borders) Leaving Thailand After Thai Government Shuts Clinics Down

October 3, 2011

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, is shutting down their operations in Bangkok. One of the main reasons is that the government obstructed their work – which is a shame. If you’ve been in the region where they operate, you’ll see that NGOs are needed there, and MSF is a secular […]

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