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Baht rally 'short term'
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:57:00 +0700

The baht's further upside bias to the US$34-mark is seen as a short-term run on the back of persistent offshore fund inflows, largely to the Thai bond market, prompted by a perception that the local currency is a safe haven, says a senior official at Phatra Securities.

Government rethinks softer teacher entry rules
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:15:00 +0700

The Education Ministry has bowed to pressure from academics who have criticised its policy to allow graduates who do not hold a degree in education to enter the teacher recruitment process.

Van operators mull stoppage
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0700

Passenger van operators are threatening to stop their services from this Friday if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not relax new traffic rules which require safer public van services.

Ananda envisions smart city
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0700

SET-listed Ananda Development Plc has floated the idea of a smart city in Bangkok's metropolitan area. It would be a city full of innovations and technologies to fit in with the lifestyle of Thailand 4.0.

'Red Bull killer' due to meet prosecutors Thursday
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:23:00 +0700

The Ferrari driver who allegedly slammed into a motorcycle policeman, dragged him along the road and then sped away from the mangled body took just hours to find, as investigators followed a trail of brake fluid into the gated estate of one of Thailand's richest families.

Education reform merely scratches surface
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:30:00 +0700

The opposition by academics at university education faculties to an initiative that allows graduates in other fields to apply for teaching positions shows just how in need of reform the country's education system is.

Being rich is still the best defence of all
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:25:00 +0700

As I was preparing to leave home yesterday morning to meet a group of poor and landless people at a forum and hear their stories of injustice, the Associated Press was reporting a story on the Red Bull heir, who hit a policeman with his car. The headline was "'Red Bull killer' found living the good life".

Unity cannot be ordered
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:20:00 +0700

The military regime says its plans for national reconciliation are moving along splendidly. The man in charge, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, has a timetable and he says everything is proceeding according to plan. By June, he will issue a social contract laying out a formal pact on national unity. The image he presents of agreement and progress is not what the public...

Thaksin to appeal B17.6bn tax demand
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:07:00 +0700

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will appeal the Revenue Department's decision to collect 17.6 billion baht in taxes from the Shin Corp share sale deal, according to his legal adviser.

Young drink-drivers targeted
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The cabinet on Tuesday approved an amendment to the traffic law that makes it easier to prosecute young people who drink and drive.

Travel News

Phuket airport to change departing luggage checks
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:10:00 +0700

Phuket airport will alter the checking process of hold baggage next month to ease passenger congestion outside the terminals.

Huay Mae Khamin closure to hit park revenue
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:22:00 +0700

KANCHANABURI -- A loss of about 2 million baht in revenue from tourism is expected during the Songkran Festival following the closure of Huay Mae Khamin waterfall in Srinakarin Dam National Park, according to park chief Thiti Somphee.

New Saraburi-Korat bridge a shortcut to Khao Yai
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:43:00 +0700

A bridge linking Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima with Muak Lek in Saraburi opened for public use on Saturday, easing traffic on Mittraphap Road and serving as a shortcut to the popular Khao Yai National Park.

Indonesian visitors to Japan soaring to record levels
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:42:00 +0700

JAKARTA - The number of Indonesian travellers to Japan reached an all-time high of 17,900 in February, up 49.6% from a year ago, due to affordable plane tickets, the increasingly stable Indonesian economy and the easing of Japan's visa rules, according to the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO).

Goin' boutique, bae!
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Hotels, especially ones in Thailand, are so predictable. You've got luxury, standardised great service, on-point spas and bloody brilliant massages pouring out of your ears, if you've lived here long enough, that is. The service and attention to detail is not this good anywhere else. But, with all the Mariotts, the Hiltons, the Shangrilas and the Novotels... it can get boring. They're great and...

All arriving luggage to be x-rayed at main airports
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:06:00 +0700

The Customs Department will install luggage x-ray machines in arrival areas at all major airports by the 2019 fiscal year, a senior official said on Thursday.

Cruise ship caused massive coral death in Indonesia
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:17:00 +0700

JAKARTA - Indonesia says nearly 19,000 square metres of pristine coral reef was damaged by a foreign cruise ship when it ran aground in waters off West Papua province earlier this month.

Prawn fishing
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Until Sunday, the "Amphawa River Prawn Fishing Tournament 2017" will take place in the Mae Klong River near King Rama II Memorial Park in Samut Songkhram province, from 10am-8pm.

Steampunk special
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Sometimes, people wish they could turn back the clock to the "good old days". Thus visiting ancient places and collecting antiques is trendy, especially in Thailand.

An enduring tradition
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Khamson Srathong, 78, sits comfortably in front of a weaving loom under her raised-floor house in Ban Phon village in Kalasin's Kham Muang district.

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