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  • NEWS

    Fighting the vicious circle in the Golden Triangle

    Spectrum, Published on 20/08/2017

    » It took almost four hours to travel along the 160-kilometre mountainous route from Myanmar's town of Tachileik, bordering Chiang Rai, to Kengtung in the eastern state of Shan, but the officials from six neighbouring countries were determined to reach the town in a bid to establish an anti-drug centre in the state known to be a hotbed of drug production.

  • BUSINESS

    Phuket perks up

    Spectrum, Published on 20/08/2017

    » As reflected by increased construction activity, prospects in the Phuket real estate industry look promising. While demand in the holiday home market has seen signs of recovery, multiple infrastructure projects that have been developed will facilitate growth in tourism, the main driver of the southern island's economy. All these bode well for the different property sectors on Phuket.

  • NEWS

    Law cops out on transgender rights in Pattaya

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 20/08/2017

    » After a long night performing at one of Pattaya's most famous cabaret shows, Aom only wanted a good rest. The 35-year-old cabaret performer left work at 1am without pausing to remove her make-up. Mounting her motorcycle, she decided to go home via Pattaya Beach Road, a stretch known as a hangout for transgender sex workers and heavily patrolled by police.

  • NEWS

    Chiang Rai School fortifies quake defences

    Spectrum, Om Jotikasthira, Published on 13/08/2017

    » Three years ago, Chiang Rai experienced one of the most powerful earthquakes in the country's recorded history. The 6.3-magnitude quake shook Phan district in 2014, leaving several unreinforced buildings damaged, with some entirely demolished.

  • NEWS

    Stars get struck for speaking out

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 13/08/2017

    » The social media world has been swept in patriotic sentiment since singer Suthita "Image" Chanachaisuwan, 19, posted a complaint about Thailand's poor public transport last week. After waiting two hours to catch a bus home in Bangkok, she was driven to tweet her frustration: "What's a lousy country. It's not going to improve in 50 or even 1,000 years from now … Now shoot me."

  • NEWS

    Staying afloat

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 13/08/2017

    » An unusual rainfall pattern that hit the Isan region late last month caused severe damage in many provinces, especially Sakon Nakhon province, where 426,037 people are suffering from heavy flooding with an estimated economic loss of billions of baht.

  • NEWS

    Ban nam khem model-of-community-strength

    Spectrum, Kornchanok Raksaseri, Published on 13/08/2017

    » Among many ways to prevent and handle natural disasters, nothing can be more important than the readiness of local people whose lives are directly at risk.

  • NEWS

    Preparedness in private sector

    Spectrum, Kornchanok Raksaseri, Published on 13/08/2017

    » In Phangnga province in the South, Khaolak Laguna Resort has prepared measures to handle disasters, learning a lesson from the Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed over 8,000 lives in Thailand in 2004.

  • NEWS

    Exodus triggers moving targets

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 06/08/2017

    » Yu Yu fixes her eyes on the metal mesh door inside a waiting room that separates her from her two brothers locked inside a Phetchaburi prison. When her queue number is called, she rushes to the crowd gathered at the door. Inside, she undergoes a series of security checks.

  • NEWS

    Trading up from terror

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 06/08/2017

    » With the ongoing deep South insurgency in Thailand, it's hard to imagine how the provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat can start tackling issues like development when the threat of violence still lingers. The sounds of bombs and gunshots are a regular part of people's lives.

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