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Morocco tourists make tracks on 007’s ‘desert express’
MOROCCO: Edouard Kunz knows timekeeping is important but the former Swiss watch precision mechanic admits that James Bond’s Oriental Desert Express in remote eastern Morocco never runs on schedule.
Staying cold inside: Chinese skiers cool off at world’s largest indoor ski park
CHINA: It was a hot summer afternoon in Harbin and tourists strolled cobblestone streets with the Chinese city’s famous milk popsicles in hand. But indoors, it was perfect weather for skiing.
Expert punts for Phuket Free-Trade Zone in Kra Canal push
PHUKET: A Free Trade Zone (FTZ) expert has called for Phuket to become the “test bed” for the country to prove the economic viability of a “Free Zone” as part of the support for the Thai government to push ahead with the Kra Isthmus Canal, or now called the “Thai Canal”, which would cut a shipping lane through Southern Thailand from the Andaman Sea to the Gulf of Thailand.
Phuket Opinion: The rising tide of progress
PHUKET: The floods last week that wrought havoc on homes and displaced families across the northern half of the island – and now officially noted as the worst on record – seemed to take many people by surprise, but anyone who has lived on the island for at least couldn’t say they didn’t see it coming.
Accused American paedophile caught in Samui
SURAT THANI: An American man wanted for child sex abuse in his home country has been arrested on Koh Samui.
Reaching for the sky: Splashes galore as Frisian pole-jumpers climb poles for fierljeppen
NETHERLANDS: At 22, Dutch pole-jumper Sytse Bokma is getting to the top of his game – literally. But on a muggy summer’s afternoon in rural northern Netherlands, things just weren’t going his way.
11 held in crackdown on foreign crime
BANGKOK / SAMUT PRAKAN: Police have arrested 11 foreign suspects during raids on six targets in Bangkok and Samut Prakan as part of a crackdown on transnational crime networks and people staying in the country illegally.
Phuket and Andaman province products promoted at Udon Thani Goods Fair
PHUKET: The Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor) is currently promoting the products of Andaman coastal provinces through a Goods Fair being held in Udon Thani.
Section of Phuket’s route 4018 in Layan to be closed on Monday
PHUKET: The Phuket Highways Office has announced that a section of the 4018 road in Layan, Thalang will be closed for five hours on Monday (Sept 25) while workers place concrete barriers along the road.
Japan: the land of a thousand conveniences
JAPAN: Heated toilets that spray users clean, train seats that revolve so passengers can admire the scenery and a convenience store on every corner: welcome to Japan, where hospitality and customer service form part of the country’s DNA.
 
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Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been instructed to demolish the upper structure to meet the legal height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has set up a committee to investigate […]

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What makes a good rental villa?

by Ian Macaulay www.AquilaPhuket.com Not everyone who has gone through the process of owning or building a villa will want to rent it out.  Even if you don’t, rentability can have a significant impact on the asset and resale value so it’s well worth being aware of a given property’s potential appeal to the rental market. […]

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Patong and Rawai worst hit from floods

DATELINE: 1pm, August 15. The torrential rain in Phuket is affecting several at-risk areas including Patong and the Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai. Several hours of heavy rains have resulted in some parts of Patong to be underwater, especially on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road where smaller vehicles and motorbikes could barely move through. More than […]

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‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. Thailand in the middle of the world’s human trafficking hot spot.

Today is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ – a day where we reflect on the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out. The day has […]

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FPO asks BoT to drop interest rate
The Finance Ministry has urged the Bank of Thailand to slash the policy rate by 50 basis points to help stimulate the economy and curb speculative inflows.
A call for innovation in disruptive times
There’s no denying that today’s business landscape is a battlefield with no rules; at times it seems like a boxing bout with opponents from mixed weights. The game has changed and businesses, and their leaders, need to disrupt themselves and build their entrepreneurial spirit and innovation capabilities to stay agile and relevant.
CIB tackles illegal drone flight threat
The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) is stepping up its suppression of illegal drone activities, saying many drone enthusiasts don't realise they are required by law to seek permission before flying their toys.
Ministry says record good on trafficking
The Labour Ministry has defended its handling of human trafficking and forced labour cases in the fisheries industry following a report that more than a third of migrant fishermen in Thailand have been clear victims of trafficking in the last five years.
Line Mobile says it is not linked with Line Thailand
Line Mobile it is not affiliated with Line Thailand but is linked with DTAC TriNet (DTN), a subsidiary of Total Access Communication (DTAC), which paid an undisclosed one-time fee to use the Line brand.
Thai education needs 'long-term vision'
Thailand needs a long-term vision for its education system that has continuity and avoids unnecessary changes in direction when a new government takes office, an education expert has said.
Moving on from the great escape
If it hadn't happened in Thailand but in some other country, many of us in the media might have seen the Yingluck Shinawatra escape from a different angle.
Yingluck escape panel faces flak on first day
The police panel set up to probe into the police officers who allegedly helped former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's escape a Supreme Court ruling is coming under criticism for its trustworthiness.
Student denies killing puppy
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A medical student accused of killing his Pomeranian puppy by a drug overdose has acknowledged an animal cruelty charge with Pho Klang investigators but denied he was guilty.
Yingluck flight takes on soap opera feel
Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's judgement day is due this Wednesday. But the big question mark which has been lingering in the minds of many people is: Will she emerge from hiding and show up at the court? Her loyal supporters will certainly be there whether she shows up or not.
 
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Beyond mobile messenger, Line seeks rebirth as Asia’s prime consumer platform: CTO
SEOUL - Line Corporation tasted huge success as it dominated major Asian countries' mobile messaging service, and now Line hopes to grow into a consumer platform with wider roles, according to its CTO and Senior Vice President Park Eui-vin.
JD.com’s CEO: We will make Thailand Asean’s hub
RICHARD LIU, the billionaire founder of JD.com, says he has set his sights on making Thailand a major hub for his e-commerce expansion plan in Southeast Asia.
Pheu Thai dismisses chance of Prayut returning as PM
MOST people would bet on junta chief General Prayut Chan-o-cha returning as the next prime minister given the current military-sponsored Constitution that paves the way for him to continue to rule the country.
Japan, China compete for influence in Thailand
Tokyo’s huge trade mission to Bangkok highlights contest for economic weight.
Ariya granted Tatiya Direkgunabhorn royal decoration
Former world No 1 Ariya Jutanugarn showed no sign of worry about the current dismal form as she received a royal decoration, the Most Admirable Order of the Tatiya Direkgunabhorn at the Sports Authority of Thailand Headquarters yesterday.
Fishing fleet fights for survival amid EU pressure
Raft of vessel improvements proving costly for boat owners
Third suspect sought over deadly Pattani bomb attack
SECURITY OFFICIALS are hunting a man on the run after he was allegedly involved in an attack in Pattani’s Sai Buri district that killed four soldiers and injured several others on Friday.
Credibility of Thai justice system tested by probe of officials abetting Yingluck’s escape
THE NATIONAL Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has been urged to appoint a credible committee to investigate police officers responsible for helping ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country ahead of the Supreme Court’s scheduled August 25 reading of its verdict on her criminal case.
Variations on a theme
Singapore’s beloved musical returns for another triumphant run
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Television

The world of home cooking is undergoing a revolution with new tastes, flavors, techniques and influences. CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL'S MILK STREET TELEVISION wants to change how Americans cook by bringing home a fresher, bolder, simpler way of preparing food.


App helps enforce crackdown on 'Hi-Society Hill'

LANDHOLDERS are being urged to prevent problems by using the "Forest4Thai" smartphone app to check whether a plot they want to buy or build on encroaches on forestland. Royal Forest Department director-general Chonlatid Suraswadi made this suggestion as he led a team to inspect the "Hi-Society Hill" privately owned scenic resort land plots in Tambon Ban Pong of Chiang Mai's Hang Dong district.


Rabbis lead Jewish heritage tour to Southeast Asia's synagogues

Observe the Shabbat and discover the Jewish history and traditions of Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam on a 15-day tour escorted by two rabbis. Highlights include dinner and services at Singapore's historic Magen Aboth Synagogue; Shabbat at Myanmar's Musmeah Synagogue, home to more than 120 Torah scrolls; and a talk with the chief rabbi of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.


Seven top holiday spots not overrun by tourists, Kaohsiung included

After another season of tourist gridlock at the world's A-list sightseeing destinations, the search for alternatives is driving travellers ever further off the beaten track. Try Palawan if you think Boracay's days are numbered, Flores instead of Bali and Xishuangbanna rather than Yangshuo.


Robot Olympiad champs need help getting to world finals

Three Mathayom 1 students at Wattanothaipayap School in Chiang Mai have won the World Robot Olympiad Thailand junior championship and are ready to represent the country at the international level at a competition in Costa Rica in November. School director Thitinat Sakthananon is hoping donations to cover their travel expenses will come from citizens or the private sector.


Forgotten crisis

A major shift in the policies of donors and humanitarian agencies that has caused cuts in food supplies at camps for displaced persons along the Thai-Myanmar border has intensified the ordeal of people fleeing violence in Myanmar. Many aid agencies started preparing to move the camps to Myanmar after the National League for Democracy government under de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi that won the election two years ago resumed the peace process.


Rates debate

Customers line up to exchange foreign and Thai currency at a kiosk in Chiang Mai. The baht has increased in value more than 8% this year against the US dollar.


Cement train derails in Saraburi, three injured

The No.1601 train was carrying cement in 16 cars. The last car was a second-class air-conditioned sleeper with three company staff.


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Performers open Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018. Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn has cast doubt on a tax break for travel.


Thai-Japanese rail plans take shape

Initial construction costs for the Thai-Japanese high-speed railway's first phase from Bangkok to Phitsanulok have been estimated at 270 billion baht, says Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith. The 380-kilometre route from Bangkok to Phitsanulok is part of a project between Thailand and Japan to construct a high-speed railway connecting the capital to Chiang Mai.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
TCC Land to invest B50bn in retail growth
TCC Land Asset World Co, the retail firm of billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, plans to spend about 50 billion baht to add malls into its various retail formats over the next decade.
FPO asks BoT to drop interest rate
The Finance Ministry has urged the Bank of Thailand to slash the policy rate by 50 basis points to help stimulate the economy and curb speculative inflows.
Thais take lion's share of honours at AFF Awards
Thailand ruled the roost at the AFF Football Awards, walking away with a handful of top honours on Saturday night in Bali, Indonesia.
US announces altered travel restrictions
Travellers from eight countries will face restrictions on entry to the U.S, ranging from a total ban to more targeted restrictions, under a new proclamation signed by President Donald Trump Sunday.
CIB tackles illegal drone flight threat
The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) is stepping up its suppression of illegal drone activities, saying many drone enthusiasts don't realise they are required by law to seek permission before flying their toys.
Ministry says record good on trafficking
The Labour Ministry has defended its handling of human trafficking and forced labour cases in the fisheries industry following a report that more than a third of migrant fishermen in Thailand have been clear victims of trafficking in the last five years.
Line Mobile says it is not linked with Line Thailand
Line Mobile it is not affiliated with Line Thailand but is linked with DTAC TriNet (DTN), a subsidiary of Total Access Communication (DTAC), which paid an undisclosed one-time fee to use the Line brand.
Thai education needs 'long-term vision'
Thailand needs a long-term vision for its education system that has continuity and avoids unnecessary changes in direction when a new government takes office, an education expert has said.
S Koreans too good for Kingdom's spikers
NAKHON PATHOM: A sold-out crowd at Nakhon Pathom Sports Centre Gymnasium got their money's worth as South Korea pipped Thailand in a highly entertaining final match in Pool B of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Asian qualifiers on Sunday.
Klity Creek clean-up kicks off
Kanchanaburi: The Department of Pollution Control expects to start cleaning up the lead-contaminated Klity creek in Thong Pha Phum district in Kanchanaburi province in October with a 460-million-baht budget.
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