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  • THAILAND

    Something's brewing

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 15/01/2017

    » A fortune teller suggested Puripong Suthisopapan and his business partner focus on selling beer when they opened their Be Right Back restaurant in Khon Kaen over a year ago. Starting only with one refrigerator, most of the beer they sold was illegally home-brewed as Thai law prohibits small-scale brewing.

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    The price of PromptPay

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 08/01/2017

    » Manaschuen Kovapirat considers herself the average user when it comes to online banking transactions: on a monthly basis, she uses her bank's mobile application to transfer money to her mother and to donate money. She does online shopping and prefers to transfer money online for transactions less than 100,000 baht. On some occasions, when she's out with her friends and doesn't have enough cash, she pays them back via online banking.

  • THAILAND

    Failing the lecturers

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 20/11/2016

    » At Thepsatri Rajabhat University, a lecturer was locked out of his office after exposing alleged corruption involving the budget allocated for a field trip. His three staff were moved to other roles, and this semester his classes were reduced until he had no students to teach. Nowadays he goes to the university in the morning and signs his name, fearful he will fail his performance assessment.

  • THAILAND

    Professor death inquiry nearly over

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 04/12/2016

    » >> Hua Hin: Police plan to finish their investigation this week into the death of an American professor who had gone missing for a month in the beach resort town.

  • THAILAND

    Police say US man's death not a murder

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 16/12/2016

    » Hua Hin police have concluded that the death of an American professor who had gone missing for a month in the beach town resort was not the result of a homicide.

  • THAILAND

    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".

  • THAILAND

    We can prescribe it for you wholesale

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

    » At first glance, it would be easy to mistake the dozens of large pharmacies sitting across the road from Siriraj Hospital in Thon Buri for registered wholesale distributors. Crowds of customers bringing along samples of their prescribed medication are a familiar sight in any one of the stores, which employ dozens of staff.

  • THAILAND

    Multiple ways to fail but I managed to pass the test

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 16/10/2016

    » I lost my driving licence more than three years ago while walking along the streets of Asok in Bangkok. I had already stopped driving as my car had broken down and my mother had it removed from the family home (to this day, I still don't know where it is), so I hadn't bothered to get a new one.

  • THAILAND

    An open road ahead

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 16/10/2016

    » The Department of Land Transport is getting used to visits from people looking to invest in a driving school. A decade ago, there was only one private driving school registered under the department. But that quickly changed last year when at least one person visited every week to ask about the qualifications needed to open a school. The department now answers similar queries on a daily basis.

  • THAILAND

    A million volunteers to help grief-stricken people

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 23/10/2016

    » The Mental Health Department has asked more than a million volunteers to reach out to villages nationwide to seek out those in need of mental health assistance following the passing of King Bhumibol.

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