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  • THAILAND

    'Human cargo in need of compassion'

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 03/02/2013

    » 'Why is this not human trafficking? If this is not human trafficking, what else could it be?'' asked an emotional Abdul Kalam, coordinator of Thailand's Rohingya National Organisation. He was referring to the decision last Monday to repatriate Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine state. The National Security Council, along with the Foreign Ministry, ruled that human trafficking plays no part in the rickety boats full of Rohingya that have washed up on Thai shores because there was no evidence of slave labour, forced prostitution or forced begging. Therefore the Rohingya can stay a maximum of six months in Thailand before they are sent back to Myanmar.

  • THAILAND

    Terraces to a new beginning

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 17/02/2013

    » 'Well.'' Krathong Chokewibool stopped short, before continuing. ''It's better, I guess.''

  • THAILAND

    A walk in the park: Business as usual at 'encroaching' resorts

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 30/12/2012

    » oDwn a path leading into dense bush at Thap Lan National Park, Chaloem Jainok and her family are busy gathering wood for a New Year's Eve bonfire they're planning to hold at their resort, Ban Thong Kham. The resort has been fully booked since early this month, filling up with holiday revellers and those planning to see in the New Year here.

  • THAILAND

    Vanz Boys _ illegal street racers riding for girls and glory

    Spectrum, Published on 09/12/2012

    » "Even though we try to avoid the police they are part of the thrill," says 22-year-old motorcycle street racer Aod.

  • THAILAND

    Bangkok's booming suburbs are fast becoming the new retail hot spots

    Spectrum, Published on 09/12/2012

    » The retail market in suburban Bangkok has grown in line with the outward expansion of residential development and major roads. Retail developments located along key roads _ Rama II, Srinakarin, Bang Na, Ratchaphruek, Phahon Yothin and the Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road in Pathum Thani _ have the potential to thrive. They can draw customers from their immediate surrounding areas as well as inner-city residents looking for something different, and also customers from provinces linked by these roads to the capital. The four most fashionable areas for retail development are as follows:

  • THAILAND

    Furious foreign investment driving land grab scourge

    Spectrum, Luke Hunt, Published on 07/10/2012

    » Land grabbing has emerged as the biggest blight to afflict Cambodia in recent years. Thousands of villagers have been pushed off their family plots for what they say is too little compensation as big corporations move in with the government's blessing.

  • THAILAND

    A tale of two cities: In london as in bangkok, Research is the key

    Spectrum, Published on 07/10/2012

    » Prime central London properties continue to attract well-heeled investors, increasingly from Asia, as the British capital remains one of the few markets showing a sustained capital appreciation in a muted global economy. Prime London properties are viewed as a safe and secure investment haven.

  • THAILAND

    London calling and thai investors with big wallets ready to answer

    Spectrum, Published on 12/08/2012

    » London is consolidating its position as the world's number one super-prime residential market and emerging as a secured investment option for those with very deep pockets. The city's property market has always been seen as a safe haven for international investors, but now it is increasingly so with buyers from Europe, Asia and the Middle East seeking the best properties. The resilience of the prime central London market is an important factor attracting investors.

  • THAILAND

    Retail development in thailand goes smaller, Wider and more diverse

    Spectrum, Published on 27/05/2012

    » Retail centres in Thailand are not just for shopping these days. We often find a playground or game corner by the food court for children. Many parents take their children to shopping centres on weekends for extra activities such as learning music, taekwondo, art or tutorial schools. While waiting for their children to finish classes, parents often catch up on chores such as banking or grocery shopping. This is why we have education, banking, beauty and skin clinic zones in shopping malls. Cinemas, restaurants and fashion shops also add to the appeal.

  • THAILAND

    Development drive sees ethnic groups displaced by land grabs

    Spectrum, Phil Thornton, Published on 22/04/2012

    » At the ramshackle Ei Tu Hta camp more than 4,000 displaced people fear not just the the Myanmar military downstream on the Salween River, but also a constitution that will ''legally'' dispossess them of the land they were forced to flee.

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