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  • NEWS

    Tourism and Sports Ministry mulls levy for tourists

    Business, Dusida Worrachaddejchai, Published on 24/05/2019

    » The Tourism and Sports Ministry is considering the possibility of imposing a tourist levy to use for improving local attractions and insurance coverage for foreign visitors.

  • BUSINESS

    Michelin Guide adds Chiang Mai

    Business, Dusida Worrachaddejchai, Published on 27/04/2019

    » The latest edition of the Michelin Guide will feature Chiang Mai, one of Thailand's top tourism destinations.

  • OPINION

    Tourist tax could work

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/05/2019

    » The government's fresh initiative to charge a tax on tourists who visit Thailand is not a bad idea. But it should not be executed until the government has mapped out an effective plan to manage and allocate the potentially huge revenue generated from the levy.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Street Food Success

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 17/05/2019

    » After working as a seamstress for several years and losing everything in a fire, Supinya Junsuta, better known as Jay Fai, would go on to become the owner and sole chef of her eponymous street food restaurant. Recognisable by her use of giant woks over two charcoal braziers, ski mask goggles and exuberant energy when cooking, her shophouse restaurant earned a Michelin star in 2017, becoming the first street food restaurant to do so. The eatery has become a popular foodie destination for locals and tourists alike, who are eager to try her signature dishes such as her stir-fried noodles, tom yum and of course, the crab omelette. The veteran chef was recently featured in the Netflix series Street Food, Thailand being one of the nine Asian countries highlighted. We chat with Jay Fai on what it's like to be where she is today.

  • OPINION

    A better Korean option

    Life, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 06/05/2019

    » South Korea is one of the most popular destinations for Thais -- both tourists and illegal workers. According to the Ministry of Labour, there are 165,854 Thais living in South Korea, 143,169 of them illegally. Such a large number of illegal workers has caused Korean immigration officers to strictly screen Thai visitors. On April 20, a Facebook user shared a post saying that only five Thai passengers from a low-cost flight could get through Seoul, while the rest were detained for deportation. On the post, many comments blamed illegal workers for causing trouble for those attempting to travel legitimately. An unlawful worker defended himself by saying others didn't have sympathy for his poverty.

  • BUSINESS

    EV prices to approach B1m in 3-5 years as market develops

    Business, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/06/2019

    » Increasing competition, the arrival of charging stations and lower production costs will drive down the price of an electric vehicle (EV) to a more affordable 1 million baht within 3-5 years, says Yossapong Laoonual, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A royal discovery

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 03/06/2019

    » A decade ago when a male elephant was brought from the southern province of Krabi to live in an elephant conservation centre in Maha Sarakham in the northeast, only Khruba Thammunee Thitadhammo, a monk who founded the centre, believed that it was a white elephant.

  • OPINION

    The Power of one

    News, Postbag, Published on 03/06/2019

    » Re: "King Power wins contract bid", (BP, June 1). Is there anyone the least bit surprised that King Power has "won" another 10-year monopoly to operate the duty-free shops at Suvarnabhumi airport?

  • OPINION

    Pulling hens' teeth

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 05/06/2019

    » After the debacle we have witnessed in the last few weeks with "experienced" politicians pushing for ministerial positions, going back on their previous promises to voters and looking for power incommensurate with their electoral results, the Future Forward Party's problem with a "young and boisterous" member seems rather minuscule.

  • NEWS

    Thai Airways in-flight magazines send sales soaring

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 01/06/2019

    » In-flight magazines are typically a cache of merchandise of international products. However, the reading literature in the seat pockets can provide an ideal channel for marketing prized, local products unrivalled in look, quality and prices.

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