22 Mar 2020
Bangkok’s Governor announced today (21 March) that malls, educational institutions and places of entertainment are to close for 22 days, while the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand has risen to 411.
14 Dec 2019
Bangkok : Thousands took to the streets in Bangkok’s central shopping district on Saturday (14 December), a day after Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party (FFP), called a protest.
5 Oct 2019
The hashtag #royalmotorcade has soared on Twitter despite legal restrictions on criticism of the royal family as concerned citizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade. A twitter user has faced threats over their comments and an activist received a threatening message claimed to be sent by the Palace, but an official at the Bureau of Royal Household said it was unlikely to be from there.
16 Jun 2017
Just a day after the arrest of a suspect in the recent hospital bombing case, another minor blast wet off in Bangkok leaving one injured. On 16 June 2017, a bomb went off on Sukhumvit Road between Sois 40 and 42 in front of the UNESCO office, injuring a female street cleaner. Police investigators found a bag at the scene containing an object wrapped in black tape. The explosion occurred when the cleaner tried to open the bag.
11 Oct 2016
Riot police have raided an apartment in Bangkok and arrested 10 suspects in the wake of warnings from a deputy police commander that car bomb attacks have been timed for late October.
15 Dec 2015
Some years ago, I was in conversation with a retired government official who had been a high heidyin in the Bangkok governor’s office. Bangkok was just recovering from the latest inundation and he was scathing in his criticisms of the administration of the day. He noted, correctly, that flooding in the capital seemed to be both more frequent and more severe. I agreed, but mentioned climate change and other factors that were not directly under the BMA’s control.
16 Apr 2015
She is a paragon of a Thai citizen. She fasts after noon every wan phra and she knows the Pali responses in Buddhist ceremonies (but not always what they mean). Even more religiously than her religious observances, she wears yellow and purple on the appropriate occasions.
20 Nov 2014
This government is beginning to get up my nose. Why can’t they stick to what they do best? Like barging into TV stations and telling them what they can and cannot show. And then saying they don’t do censorship. Or resurrecting a xenophobic rewrite of the Foreign Business Act that will stop these filthy foreigners from controlling their own investments. And then buggering off to international meetings and telling foreigners that we just love your filthy money so please keep investing here.
9 Oct 2014
Bangkok in 2014 must be one of the most infertile laboratories for communication. Any attempt of communication between the polarized sides in a society, for nearly a decade already, has broken down, and seemingly the first and only successful attempt of the two sides to sit down together turned out to be a trick to arrest everybody at the table and put the army in control. Facebook has been the battleground of the two sides and soon became a place where citizens monitored fellow citizens to inform on any suspicious comments/activities.
8 Sep 2013
The Cabinet has passed a resolution on a code of conduct for public service vehicles. And I am sure we all agree that such a thing is overdue, what with trains derailing by the day and minivans crashing at high speed, all the way down to more everyday problems such as having to jump from buses in the fast lane and negotiate 2 lanes of Bangkok traffic to find the safety of the pavement.
11 Jun 2013
Increased access to the internet in Thailand can bridge the social gap between rural people and townspeople, experts said at INET Bangkok 2013, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre on June 7-8. Since today many rural areas in Thailand still experience difficulties in using the Internet, a gap divides people even in the same country.