Jitsiree Thongnoi

Jitsiree Thongnoi

Jitsiree Thongnoi started writing for the South China Morning Post in 2019. She previously contributed to the Straits Times and the Bangkok Post.

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Thailand gears up for long haul in Covid-19 fight ahead of Sinovac vaccine roll-out

The head of the Thai National Vaccine Institute says it will take another two years for life to return to ‘somewhat normal’.

12 Jan 2021 - 1:44PM

The head of the Thai National Vaccine Institute says it will take another two years for life to return to ‘somewhat normal’.

Thailand gears up for long haul in Covid-19 fight ahead of Sinovac vaccine roll-out
In Thailand, coronavirus outbreak among migrant workers highlights rampant people smuggling

Experts say efforts to register workers and trace infections are being undermined by smugglers taking advantage of migrants desperate for work.

7 Jan 2021 - 4:19PM

Experts say efforts to register workers and trace infections are being undermined by smugglers taking advantage of migrants desperate for work.

In Thailand, coronavirus outbreak among migrant workers highlights rampant people smuggling
As Thailand lines up coronavirus jabs, confusion reigns on when inoculation campaign can begin

Health officials’ attempts to quell Thais’ confusion over vaccination drive leaves many questions unanswered.

5 Jan 2021 - 5:59PM

Health officials’ attempts to quell Thais’ confusion over vaccination drive leaves many questions unanswered.

As Thailand lines up coronavirus jabs, confusion reigns on when inoculation campaign can begin
Why CP Group’s US$10 billion Tesco deal has Thai traders up in arms

Critics say the deal is emblematic of how competition is diminishing in Thailand’s increasingly monopolistic retail sector.

20 Dec 2020 - 1:18PM

Critics say the deal is emblematic of how competition is diminishing in Thailand’s increasingly monopolistic retail sector.

Why CP Group’s US$10 billion Tesco deal has Thai traders up in arms
Can Thailand save its rice bowl, or will China, India and Vietnam eat it for lunch?

Jasmine rice, once the star of Thailand’s rice exports, is facing the heat from cheaper varieties in the region.

13 Dec 2020 - 11:33AM

Jasmine rice, once the star of Thailand’s rice exports, is facing the heat from cheaper varieties in the region.

Can Thailand save its rice bowl, or will China, India and Vietnam eat it for lunch?
Thai businesses call for travel bubbles even as local tourism surges

Thailand’s tourism revenues from domestic travellers are projected to surpass that of foreigners for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic.

19 Nov 2020 - 10:03AM

Thailand’s tourism revenues from domestic travellers are projected to surpass that of foreigners for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thai businesses call for travel bubbles even as local tourism surges
Will Thai protests hamper efforts to reset trade ties with the US?

Business leaders want better trade ties with a Biden government, after the Trump administration suspended its tariff-free privileges.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:23PM

Business leaders want better trade ties with a Biden government, after the Trump administration suspended its tariff-free privileges.

Will Thai protests hamper efforts to reset trade ties with the US?
Thai protests inspire sex workers to break the prostitution taboo

Inspired by the taboo-breaking youth-led protests that have called for reform of the monarchy, Thailand’s sex workers hope change is in the air.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:23PM

Inspired by the taboo-breaking youth-led protests that have called for reform of the monarchy, Thailand’s sex workers hope change is in the air.

Thai protests inspire sex workers to break the prostitution taboo
With China in background, Thailand shrugs off US suspension of duty-free tariffs

Thailand has downplayed a move by the US to suspend duty-free tariffs on goods worth US$817 million. While its export driven economy has been hit by Covid-19, China has give it a recent boost.

12 Nov 2020 - 6:34PM

Thailand has downplayed a move by the US to suspend duty-free tariffs on goods worth US$817 million. While its export driven economy has been hit by Covid-19, China has give it a recent boost.

With China in background, Thailand shrugs off US suspension of duty-free tariffs
US presidential election: sacred flame for Trump in India, bars back Biden in Indonesia, Korea as Asia watches drama unfold

Right-wingers pray for Trump in India, bar patrons toast Biden in Seoul and Jakarta, and in Thailand 50,000 votes are up for grabs – if they get counted.

6 Nov 2020 - 2:58PM

Right-wingers pray for Trump in India, bar patrons toast Biden in Seoul and Jakarta, and in Thailand 50,000 votes are up for grabs – if they get counted.

US presidential election: sacred flame for Trump in India, bars back Biden in Indonesia, Korea as Asia watches drama unfold
Coronavirus: second group of Chinese tourists set to fly to Thailand on Monday

About 100 people will take-off from Guangzhou bound for Bangkok under Thailand’s special tourist visa scheme.

25 Oct 2020 - 10:28PM

About 100 people will take-off from Guangzhou bound for Bangkok under Thailand’s special tourist visa scheme.

Coronavirus: second group of Chinese tourists set to fly to Thailand on Monday
Thailand protests: parliament to hold special session, with business community wary of further economic fallout

Lawmakers’ Monday discussions about the demonstrations will be closely watched by business leaders looking to ascertain the impact of the protest movement, with the economy already reeling from Covid-19.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:33PM

Lawmakers’ Monday discussions about the demonstrations will be closely watched by business leaders looking to ascertain the impact of the protest movement, with the economy already reeling from Covid-19.

Thailand protests: parliament to hold special session, with business community wary of further economic fallout
How Thailand’s protests have emboldened school pupils to push back against authority

Thailand’s anti-government protests have inspired high school pupils to resist military ‘seminars’ in schools and rules on their uniforms and conduct.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:33PM

Thailand’s anti-government protests have inspired high school pupils to resist military ‘seminars’ in schools and rules on their uniforms and conduct.

How Thailand’s protests have emboldened school pupils to push back against authority
In Thailand, ‘Egg Boy’ believers ask temple-dwelling spirit to grant their wishes

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are flocking to a temple in the country’s south to see if a mysterious child spirit can make their dreams come true.

15 Oct 2020 - 5:55PM

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are flocking to a temple in the country’s south to see if a mysterious child spirit can make their dreams come true.

In Thailand, ‘Egg Boy’ believers ask temple-dwelling spirit to grant their wishes
In Thailand, activists mark China’s National Day with demonstration in support of Uygurs and Hong Kong protesters

Around 20 students from the Anti One China TH group, which supports the Milk Tea Alliance, gathered ‘to show that Beijing’s actions had effects on the world stage’.

2 Oct 2020 - 7:14AM

Around 20 students from the Anti One China TH group, which supports the Milk Tea Alliance, gathered ‘to show that Beijing’s actions had effects on the world stage’.

In Thailand, activists mark China’s National Day with demonstration in support of Uygurs and Hong Kong protesters
‘You black, you bad, you trash’: pro-democracy Thai beauty queen faces internet backlash over support for protests

Miss Grand Thailand has faced a torrent of abuse over her darker skin tone since voicing support for protests that have left Thailand polarised.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:36PM

Miss Grand Thailand has faced a torrent of abuse over her darker skin tone since voicing support for protests that have left Thailand polarised.

‘You black, you bad, you trash’: pro-democracy Thai beauty queen faces internet backlash over support for protests
Will Thailand’s bid to bypass Strait of Malacca ever be built – and will China play a part?

The idea of a Kra Canal linking the Indian and Pacific oceans dates back more than 300 years and, now, Bangkok is studying a ‘land bridge’ to replace it. But amid US-China tensions and Thailand’s economic woes, analysts aren’t sure it’s a sound or necessary plan.

21 Sep 2020 - 10:28AM

The idea of a Kra Canal linking the Indian and Pacific oceans dates back more than 300 years and, now, Bangkok is studying a ‘land bridge’ to replace it. But amid US-China tensions and Thailand’s economic woes, analysts aren’t sure it’s a sound or necessary plan.

Will Thailand’s bid to bypass Strait of Malacca ever be built – and will China play a part?
China steel exports hit by surge of anti-dumping probes as coronavirus drives protectionism

Chinese steel exports have been hit by 15 anti-dumping investigations in the first nine months of this year amid what experts say is growing pandemic-driven protectionism.

15 Sep 2020 - 6:44PM

Chinese steel exports have been hit by 15 anti-dumping investigations in the first nine months of this year amid what experts say is growing pandemic-driven protectionism.

China steel exports hit by surge of anti-dumping probes as coronavirus drives protectionism
Thai protests: coup fears as Prayuth’s top general retires, military hedges US-China bets

As Thai army chief Apirat Kongsompong exits, his successor is likely to maintain the status quo while balancing US-China ties amid the pandemic and protests, analysts say.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:33PM

As Thai army chief Apirat Kongsompong exits, his successor is likely to maintain the status quo while balancing US-China ties amid the pandemic and protests, analysts say.

Thai protests: coup fears as Prayuth’s top general retires, military hedges US-China bets
Thai-China submarine deal backlash shows pressure on Prayuth to defend arms buying spree

As Thailand’s order of two Chinese submarines stalls, one analyst says US-China tensions could be behind the deal’s delay.

2 Sep 2020 - 10:07PM

As Thailand’s order of two Chinese submarines stalls, one analyst says US-China tensions could be behind the deal’s delay.

Thai-China submarine deal backlash shows pressure on Prayuth to defend arms buying spree
Thailand protests: celebrities defy risks to back pro-democracy movement

Thai entertainers are increasingly backing calls for political change, even as they are aware of the risks of speaking out.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:36PM

Thai entertainers are increasingly backing calls for political change, even as they are aware of the risks of speaking out.

Thailand protests: celebrities defy risks to back pro-democracy movement
Thai government threatens legal action against Facebook over posts criticising monarchy

Protests demanding democratic reform, new elections and measures to reduce the influence of Thailand’s king have been gaining momentum.

13 Aug 2020 - 9:59PM

Protests demanding democratic reform, new elections and measures to reduce the influence of Thailand’s king have been gaining momentum.

Thai government threatens legal action against Facebook over posts criticising monarchy
Even amid coronavirus, Thailand’s international schools eye rosy post-pandemic future

From just a handful of schools in the 1990s to more than 250 today, Thailand’s international schools sector is a major draw for students and investors alike.

2 Aug 2020 - 8:32PM

From just a handful of schools in the 1990s to more than 250 today, Thailand’s international schools sector is a major draw for students and investors alike.

Even amid coronavirus, Thailand’s international schools eye rosy post-pandemic future
Thailand’s cabinet reshuffle leaves investors anxious amid economic gloom

The resignation of four economic ministers has sparked anxiety about the future of investments from China and Japan, as well as the recovery of Southeast Asia’s worst-performing economy.

18 Jul 2020 - 1:27PM

The resignation of four economic ministers has sparked anxiety about the future of investments from China and Japan, as well as the recovery of Southeast Asia’s worst-performing economy.

Thailand’s cabinet reshuffle leaves investors anxious amid economic gloom
Thailand’s US$400 million coconut trade caught up in ‘monkey abuse’ scandal

Retailers across the globe have been removing Thai coconut milk from their shelves after animal rights activists accused farmers in the country of ‘enslaving’ macaques.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:07AM

Retailers across the globe have been removing Thai coconut milk from their shelves after animal rights activists accused farmers in the country of ‘enslaving’ macaques.

Thailand’s US$400 million coconut trade caught up in ‘monkey abuse’ scandal
For aspiring Thai flight attendants, the sky’s the ticket to a good life

Young Thais are brushing up on service and Mandarin skills to work in the airline industry once the pandemic has ebbed.

4 Jul 2020 - 8:04AM

Young Thais are brushing up on service and Mandarin skills to work in the airline industry once the pandemic has ebbed.

For aspiring Thai flight attendants, the sky’s the ticket to a good life
Thailand looks to allow entry to some foreigners, including medical tourists from China

The country’s medical tourism industry is ranked fourth in the world for value, and has attracted an increasing number of Chinese in recent years.

30 Jun 2020 - 8:29PM

The country’s medical tourism industry is ranked fourth in the world for value, and has attracted an increasing number of Chinese in recent years.

Thailand looks to allow entry to some foreigners, including medical tourists from China
Milk Tea Alliance: are young Thais turning on China over Hong Kong?

A social media movement spanning Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong has raised concerns that young Thais could be losing their sense of kinship with the mainland.

14 Jun 2020 - 12:25PM

A social media movement spanning Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong has raised concerns that young Thais could be losing their sense of kinship with the mainland.

Milk Tea Alliance: are young Thais turning on China over Hong Kong?
Coronavirus, US-China tensions spur Thailand to reconsider CPTPP membership

The move comes as Thai NGOs warn the CPTPP could threaten food security, and others question Thailand’s ability to reap benefits amid a global slowdown.

29 May 2020 - 10:30AM

The move comes as Thai NGOs warn the CPTPP could threaten food security, and others question Thailand’s ability to reap benefits amid a global slowdown.

Coronavirus, US-China tensions spur Thailand to reconsider CPTPP membership
Why don’t Thais want to save Thai Airways from coronavirus tailspin?

As Thailand’s national carrier goes cap in hand to the government for a US$1.81 billion loan, the public’s patience is wearing thin with an airline once seen as ‘pride of the nation’.

16 May 2020 - 10:44AM

As Thailand’s national carrier goes cap in hand to the government for a US$1.81 billion loan, the public’s patience is wearing thin with an airline once seen as ‘pride of the nation’.

Why don’t Thais want to save Thai Airways from coronavirus tailspin?