Economy of Thailand

Time is still on the side of the Thai bull run

Timothy Teo says investors have been locking in their gains from the Amundi fund, a top performing Thai equity fund that has risen 38 per cent in a year. Photo: Edmond So

Timothy Teo runs a Thai equity fund that is one of the five best performing equity funds sold in Hong Kong. Indeed, four of the top five equity funds sold in Hong Kong are focused on Thai stocks, according to Lipper, a data firm.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 4:18am

Tropical dream

Investment properties overlooking the bay in Phuket. Thailand offers low cost of living, the fun factor and a vibrant lifestyle and culture.

Some holidays promise more than they deliver. The same can be said for property purchasing decisions: it's one thing to love an exotic destination, quite another to invest there. The notion of buying an offshore property that can be rented out, will appreciate in value and can also be there for one's own personal use doesn't always have a happy ending.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am

China gaining on top Thai trade spot

Srirat Rastapana, from Thailand's Ministry of Commerce, says there is a big influx of cheap Chinese manufactured goods. Photo: Sam Tsang

China might overtake Japan as Thailand's biggest trading partner within three years, fuelled by Chinese investments in the Southeast Asian country, according to Srirat Rastapana, director general of international trade promotion at Thailand's Ministry of Commerce.

27 Feb 2013 - 2:02am

Trends in Thai places

Bangkok is one of Asia's easiest cities to visit. The street food is fresh, authentic and cheap, and there's a solid range of high- and low-end shopping. There are bars, and some more questionable nightlife. Unlike many cities, it's rarely a trial to find a hotel at most budgets.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Local stocks reopen with dragon's roar

Local stocks welcomed the Year of the Dragon with their second most auspicious Lunar New Year debut performance in 12 years.

Resuming trade after a five-day holiday, the Hang Seng Index rose 1.63 per cent to 20,439.14 points - its highest closing since September.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Trade growth tipped to slow to 10pc

China expects foreign trade growth to slow to around 10 per cent this year, the lowest level since the financial crisis first hit in 2008.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Big deal

Koh Samui's newest resort, Mai, offers a late-summer escape deal.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Travellers need to be allowed to opt out

The situation can only be described as farcical. As Thai soldiers fired their guns to warn off anti-government protesters who had paralysed parts of Bangkok, where a state of emergency was declared on Sunday afternoon, planeloads of Hong Kong tourists continued to head for the Thai capital as late as yesterday morning.

14 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Investors bank on change of fortune

Thailand's economic prospects for the New Year will turn on the successful handover of power by the country's present military leaders to a democratically elected government that pursues a sound economic growth strategy, analysts say.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Undervalued market waits for signal from government

Despite a year of political turmoil and uncertainty, Thailand remains a solid performing market for foreign property investors, with a 5 per cent year-on-year increase in floor-space prices by the square metre.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Siam Square, Bangkok

The Thai capital is a shoppers' paradise, but all too often visitors fall prey to Bangkok tuk-tuk drivers and tour guides on the payroll of second-rate gem factories. Avoid this by taking the Skytrain to Siam, where you'll find the newly renovated CentralWorld shopping centre.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Baht bungle

There's more than the usual frisson in the air this festive season in Bangkok, as we watch the baht do a fair impersonation of a roller coaster, the stock market wobbles then plummets, and the ghost of crises past looms large.

22 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Big Fun, Pay Lite - just how do they do it?

For the price of a half-decent suit, a tour operator in Bangkok is offering a four-day vacation to Hong Kong Disneyland, including round-trip airfare, accommodation and two days at the theme park.

The package offered by GSM Tours costs just 9,900 baht (HK$2,195) and is billed as 'Big Fun, Pay Lite'. With taxes, the round-trip costs about 12,000 baht.

18 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Mak beats bad news as Thai clouds start to lift

Eleven years ago, the South China Morning Post reported on a group of Hong Kong University students who won an international business competition held in the Netherlands, despite their being the youngest team and the first Asian team to take part.

One student, Losa Mak Ka-yee, told the reporter that the students' belief in themselves had been their key to success.

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Bangkok crafts and silk

There are so many places to shop in Bangkok, where do you begin? Walk into any of Bangkok's shopping malls or markets, such as Central World Plaza on Ratcha-damri Road or Chatuchak Weekend Market, and you will find stores overflowing with local craft and silk items; from fabrics to neckties, cushion covers and decorative timber boxes.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

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