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Local Lazada gets first crack at training
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:30:00 +0700

The strong growth of e-commerce has enabled Thailand to become the first country where Alibaba Group is joining hands with Lazada to hold training courses for online sellers on the latter's platform.

Bidding date set for 2020 for Phuket's new tram network
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:05:00 +0700

Contracts for a new tram network in Phuket will open for bidding in 2020, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said Tuesday.

Boat disaster takes shine off Golden Week
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:04:00 +0700

Arrivals from China are expected to drop during the coming Golden Week period if the government is unable to reassure Chinese tourists on safety issues, say major tourism players.

Street vendors to get kicked off Khao San Road
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:06:00 +0700

Street vendors will be banned from pavements and roads on Khao San Road, Bangkok's top tourist destination, and two other locations in the city, starting from Aug 1, Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said Tuesday.

Teachers must learn the lesson of 'sufficiency'
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:30:00 +0700

In the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, a well-known businessman who went bankrupt as a result of the abrupt baht devaluation gave a blunt message to his creditors: "no money, no fleeing, and no paying".

Putting the 'AI' in Thai agriculture
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:25:00 +0700

Last month at the SingularityU Summit, I was exposed to some of the latest and most exciting technologies across various sectors. Of particular interest to me were the technological developments within the agricultural sector -- an industry so vital for Thailand.

KBank offers deposits at Thailand Post sites
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:22:00 +0700

Kasikornbank (KBank), the country's third-largest lender by assets, plans to provide deposit service through Thailand Post, its banking agent, from next month, with the aim of offering more convenient access for customers.

ACT speaks righteously
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:20:00 +0700

Hats off to the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) for its combination request-rebuke over the country's two biggest cases of graft. This group quite properly took the National Anti-Corruption Commission to task. The NACC has fulfilled neither its duty to the constitution nor its obligation to the public. It has convinced everyone it is dragging its collective feet on the cases, on...

Cave boys to meet the press
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:00:00 +0700

The 12 rescued Wild Boars and their football coach will meet the press for the first time Wednesday, on the eve of their hospital discharge to return home to their families.

Teachers warned on loans owed
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Teachers who are threatening to stop repaying their loans in protest at high interest rates have found little sympathy from the government, which has warned they risk being declared bankrupt and dismissed from service.

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Street vendors to get kicked off Khao San Road
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:06:00 +0700

Street vendors will be banned from pavements and roads on Khao San Road, Bangkok's top tourist destination, and two other locations in the city, starting from Aug 1, Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said Tuesday.

A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:45:00 +0700

ATHENS - "The Acropolis? It's that way." Residents of historic Anafiotika are used to giving directions to tourists, lost in the narrow, winding alleyways of this unique but little-known hillside neighbourhood in the heart of Athens.

Boat tragedy spurs safety overhaul
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:00 +0700

Chinese ambassador Lyu Jian on Monday thanked the Thai government, rescue workers and support teams for their collaborative efforts in rescuing survivors and retrieving the bodies of Chinese victims after two tour boats sank off the coast of Phuket on July 5.

Fruit picking grows in popularity among visitors to Japan
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:54:00 +0700

TOKYO: Tourist farms in Japan have been attracting hordes of foreign visitors who are placing fruit picking high on their travel itineraries as the global reputation of Japanese fruit grows.

Last 'Phoenix' victim still lost at sea
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:00:00 +0700

Authorities failed on Thursday to retrieve the body of the 47th and final victim from the tour boat Phoenix, which sank in the waters off Phuket following a storm last week.

LUCERNE: Switzerland's Alpine tourism paradise
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:04:00 +0700

A good way to start your Lucerne holiday is with a look from afar, and the best place for this is atop nearby Mt Pilatus, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the city and surrounding area. During summer months there are plenty of hiking and walking routes that lead to the top, or you can hop aboard the Pilatus Bahn, Europe's steepest functioning cog-wheel railway, with...

Day of the dolphins
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Almost every morning, a batch of around 10, 2m-long pink dolphins, or Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, can be seen gathering around Thong Nian Bay off Khanom district, Nakhon Si Thammarat. They swim alongside fishing boats and wait for small fish to come their way. The endangered pink dolphins numbering around 50 attract many tourists to Khanom, especially during January-April.

Far from the madding crowd
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:00:00 +0700

The town of Ao Nang in Krabi was quite busy and crowded with local and foreign tourists. Most of them visit Krabi due to the beauty of its nature, be it beaches, islands or cliffs. Only a small number of tourists perhaps visit Krabi for community based tourism (CBT).

Patrol boat brings 33 stranded tourists back to Phuket
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:07:00 +0700

A Marine Department patrol boat has braved rough seas to guide 33 tourists safely back to the Phuket coast after their tour boat captain refused to leave Racha Yai resort island because of the stormy seas.

Tour boats that sank off Phuket substandard, say police
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:57:00 +0700

Two tour operators linked to vessels that foundered in rough seas off Phuket last week, causing many deaths, provided substandard boats and life vests, and were in violation of company ownership laws, the Tourist Police Bureau charged on Wednesday.

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