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    Rice and mango banquet no way to show 'we care'

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 22/01/2019

    » How far will almost five tonnes of sticky rice and mango go in assuring Chinese tourists that it's now safe to travel to Thailand and that one of the country's top ministers has adopted a more respectful attitude towards them?

  • OPINION

    Dark enough for you?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/08/2018

    » 'Dark tourism" is an interesting concept that did not come to my attention until I watched a Netflix series recently. Few countries actively promote offbeat or slightly dangerous pursuits but it's a niche with potential, if managed carefully -- even if it's hard to explain to your insurer.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    What chance of draining this swamp?

    B Magazine, Andrew Biggs, Published on 23/06/2019

    » My commiserations to that poor woman who fell into the sewer on her way to work last Tuesday.

  • OPINION

    Phuket boat tragedy shows our indifference

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Forty-two is the latest number of tourists who fell victims to a boat mishap in Phuket last week. Or should I say, to be more exact, that they were victims of negligence, sheer dereliction of duty of the authorities concerned and of a "This Is Thailand" culture?

  • OPINION

    Fifty fascinating years in Wonderland

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/04/2019

    » Having first arrived in Thailand a few days before Songkran, each year the festival approaches it sparks memories of those early days in the Kingdom. This year is slightly more significant because earlier this week marked my 50th year in Thailand, or to put it another way, roughly 18,250 days. That sounds decidedly scary. The frightening thing is that I can remember those early days better than the events of last week. The immature youth is now an immature wrinkly.

  • OPINION

    City commuters stuck in spider's web of delays

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 05/04/2019

    » How many cards must a Bangkokian carry with them just so they can make their way through the ever-so busy and bustling capital? No, I'm not talking about credit, debit, or loyalty reward cards. I'm talking about the cards that a commuter must carry just so that can move from Point A to B.

  • 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

    Admiring the night lights of Japan

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/07/2017

    » International tourists, Thais included, visit and revisit Japan for many reasons, from cherry blossoms and autumn leaves to food and fruits to the culture and courteousness of the people. As if that's not enough, the country has added one more: yakei.

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