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  • NEWS

    Khao San, Yaowarat skirt BMA's ban on street food

    News, Supoj Wancharoen, Published on 20/04/2017

    » Street food will still be allowed on certain parts of Khao San Road and Yaowarat Road, two tourist magnets, despite a newly revealed plan to ban street vendors from the capital this year, City Hall said yesterday.

  • NEWS

    Report bikers and earn half the fine, says City Hall

    News, Supoj Wancharoen, Published on 25/04/2017

    » People who report motorcycles that ride on city pavements or are parked illegally can receive rewards from next month as part of City Hall's clean-up campaign.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Freak like me

    Brunch, Duangkamol Panya, Published on 23/04/2017

    » James Fagerlund was working for a company event in Stockholm when he was approached by one of Thailand's top actors, Saksit Tangtong, who later told him that he had star potential. "You have a unique character that Thai showbiz doesn't have," Saksit told the then 29-year-old James. With those spare, simple words in mind, the American-Thai decided to pack up and go back to his motherland that he had left 19 years earlier to pursue his career abroad.

  • NEWS

    Project Singapore gathers pace

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 23/04/2017

    » Bangkok is a semi-province under the central regime, "governed" (literally) by a police general, Aswin Kwanmuang. He was working at City Hall when the general prime minister tapped him on the shoulder last October and dubbed him Baron of Bangkok, lord of all that the military regime doesn't want to bother with.

  • NEWS

    Photojournalist in the eye of the storm no more

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 09/10/2016

    » The horrible traffic jams, the disgusting air and the "sh*tty" place at Khao San Road were the reasons that German photojournalist Nick Nostitz hated Bangkok when he first arrived in 1989. Arriving as a backpacker carrying a surfboard, the 21-year-old wrote in his diary that "I will never come back to this awful place".

  • OPINION

    Budget Rethink?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Our dear cabinet recently approved a budget to buy 10 made-in-China tanks worth two billion baht while key members also seem keen on a plan proposed by the Royal Thai Navy to buy three submarines worth 36 billion baht. While I'm sure these dear sirs exercised their sound rationale before agreeing to such big purchases for the sake of Thailand's security, IMHO, with utmost respect, I would like to point out that there are other more beneficial ways the money could be used too.

  • OPINION

    Street-food plan starves poor of choice

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 20/04/2017

    » Soon after being hailed as the city with the world's best street food by CNN, and with the Michelin Guide announcing it will visit Thailand this year, City Hall which is known to have a love-hate relationship with street vendors, yesterday decided to keep street food in certain spots in the capital -- to serve tourists, not residents.

  • OPINION

    Keep a lid on Songkran

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/04/2017

    » The Songkran Festival officially begins today. Unlike previous years, the water splashing activities especially in Bangkok will take place in regulated calmness thanks to a series of state orders that are driven by the need to promote road safety and curb traffic-related fatalities.

  • LEARNING

    Water festival: Foreign tourist plans

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 12/04/2012

    » Top of the list for Songkran water play: Khao San, Pattaya, Phuket & Samui. History, culture, folk arts, shopping & hospitality top reasons for visiting Thailand.

  • NEWS

    Understanding a country's grief

    Life, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Since the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej last Thursday, a shockwave of emotional distress has been felt across Thailand. As the country observes a period of mourning, emotions continue to resonate.

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