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    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.

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    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.

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    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

    Global body blasts plastic surgery plans

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 06/11/2016

    » The largest global organisation of aesthetic plastic surgeons has condemned Thailand's medical council for approving a plan to certify short-term courses for aesthetic surgery, saying it would seriously compromise patient safety.

  • 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

    Hall heads for Paris but fight for rights goes on

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 13/11/2016

    » When British migrant rights activist Andy Hall left Thailand last Monday after 11 years, he was facing three criminal and civil courts lawsuits. They followed a report he helped research information which accused companies of labour and human rights violations in the pineapple and tuna processing industries in Thailand.

  • THAILAND

    When pigs fly

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 13/11/2016

    » Sakaseam Sripolreun takes pride in the wild boars he bought three years ago from a poacher in Khon Kaen's Phu Wiang district. Said to be the most beautiful strain in Thailand with a large chest, elegant posture and slim face, they are highly resistant to diseases and can live on scrap fruit and vegetables, making them easy to raise.

  • 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.

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    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.

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