Jitsiree Thongnoi

Jitsiree Thongnoi

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

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Thailand’s ‘Blue Diamond Affair’ jinxed its Saudi Arabia ties for decades. Can Prayuth’s visit lift the curse?

Bilateral relations soured after a Thai cleaner stole US$20 million worth of jewels from a Saudi prince, sparking murder, mystery and diplomatic tension.

Bilateral relations soured after a Thai cleaner stole US$20 million worth of jewels from a Saudi prince, sparking murder, mystery and diplomatic tension.

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Thai traders anxious over ‘influx’ of Chinese produce as progress to extend belt and road railway slows

With the Laos part of the Kunming to Singapore rail project up and running, Thai traders are struggling to compete as Chinese imports arrive faster and fresher than ever.

With the Laos part of the Kunming to Singapore rail project up and running, Thai traders are struggling to compete as Chinese imports arrive faster and fresher than ever.

20 Jan 2022 - 10:33AM
Coronavirus: in Thailand and Singapore, Omicron hits Asia’s nascent tourism revival

Singapore has frozen new ticket sales for flights and buses in its vaccinated travel lane scheme until January 20.

Singapore has frozen new ticket sales for flights and buses in its vaccinated travel lane scheme until January 20.

22 Dec 2021 - 9:06PM
As Covid-19 case hits Blinken trip, Myanmar may offer path for closer US-Thailand ties

While Thailand is the US’ oldest treaty ally in Asia, ties between both have been rocky since the coup in 2014, after which Bangkok has grown closer to Beijing

While Thailand is the US’ oldest treaty ally in Asia, ties between both have been rocky since the coup in 2014, after which Bangkok has grown closer to Beijing

16 Dec 2021 - 3:41PM
Explainer | Omicron travel restrictions: from Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, here’s what Asian countries are doing to fight the new coronavirus variant

From Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, This Week in Asia’s writers have the latest as countries across the region tighten entry requirements for travellers.

From Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, This Week in Asia’s writers have the latest as countries across the region tighten entry requirements for travellers.

2 Dec 2021 - 2:04PM
Why Chinese electric cars are causing a buzz in Thailand

With its pretty looks, attractive price and reasonable range, the Ora Good Cat of Great Wall Motor is setting records by appealing to young consumers and women.

With its pretty looks, attractive price and reasonable range, the Ora Good Cat of Great Wall Motor is setting records by appealing to young consumers and women.

27 Nov 2021 - 12:00PM
Miss Universe Thailand’s #realsizebeauty message resonates as standards shift

Anchilee Scott-Kemmis, this year’s Miss Universe Thailand, won hearts and minds with her ‘#realsizebeauty’ mantra in a country where a smaller frame has long been seen as the ideal for women.

Anchilee Scott-Kemmis, this year’s Miss Universe Thailand, won hearts and minds with her ‘#realsizebeauty’ mantra in a country where a smaller frame has long been seen as the ideal for women.

6 Dec 2021 - 7:55AM
Thai military feels the heat over plan for solar farm

Blessed with sunshine, Thailand’s embrace of solar energy seems a no-brainer. But the entrance of the country’s powerful military into the sector may be doing the cause more harm than good.

Blessed with sunshine, Thailand’s embrace of solar energy seems a no-brainer. But the entrance of the country’s powerful military into the sector may be doing the cause more harm than good.

27 Oct 2021 - 9:46PM
Russell Crowe’s Thailand tour tweets reveal silver lining in tourism-dependent economy’s Covid-19 struggle

The star is in Bangkok to work on ‘ The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ and has been posting about his experiences with lizards, temples and tuk tuks.

The star is in Bangkok to work on ‘ The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ and has been posting about his experiences with lizards, temples and tuk tuks.

25 Oct 2021 - 1:29PM
Can Thailand beat Malaysia and Singapore in the race to lure wealthy foreigners?

To give its economy a shot in the arm, the Thai government is looking to attract 1 million ‘wealthy global citizens’ to settle down in the next five years – in the hopes they will generate a cash flow of US$29.5 billion.

To give its economy a shot in the arm, the Thai government is looking to attract 1 million ‘wealthy global citizens’ to settle down in the next five years – in the hopes they will generate a cash flow of US$29.5 billion.

13 Oct 2021 - 7:58PM
Thais can’t get enough of Blackpink Lisa’s favourite meatballs from Buriram

Vendors in Lisa’s hometown who were struggling during Covid-19 are seeing a boom after she raved about them in a talk show.

Vendors in Lisa’s hometown who were struggling during Covid-19 are seeing a boom after she raved about them in a talk show.

27 Sep 2021 - 7:25AM
How China’s Sinovac vaccine got caught in the crossfire of Thailand’s anti-government protests

Thailand’s anti-government movement has gone beyond calls for reforming politics and the monarchy and is zooming in on Prayuth’s bungled handling of the pandemic and his reliance on the Sinovac vaccine amid a Delta-fuelled third wave.

Thailand’s anti-government movement has gone beyond calls for reforming politics and the monarchy and is zooming in on Prayuth’s bungled handling of the pandemic and his reliance on the Sinovac vaccine amid a Delta-fuelled third wave.

12 Sep 2021 - 12:00PM
Laos’ China-funded belt and road railway: Thailand licks its lips, but fears for Luang Prabang’s World Heritage Site

Critics say Laos could struggle to repay Chinese debt and that overtourism could threaten Luang Prabang’s world heritage status.

Critics say Laos could struggle to repay Chinese debt and that overtourism could threaten Luang Prabang’s world heritage status.

10 Aug 2021 - 10:20PM
Thailand’s street protests return, taking aim at Prayuth’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic

Secrecy, supply delays and a reliance on China’s Sinovac vaccine have left Thailand scrambling for shots amid an explosion in coronavirus cases.

Secrecy, supply delays and a reliance on China’s Sinovac vaccine have left Thailand scrambling for shots amid an explosion in coronavirus cases.

2 Aug 2021 - 10:30AM
Thai volunteers step up as Covid-19 Delta cases send hospitals to ‘point of collapse’

Bangkok is virtually locked down amid reports of people dying in the streets and officials warning the worst of the third wave is yet to come.

Bangkok is virtually locked down amid reports of people dying in the streets and officials warning the worst of the third wave is yet to come.

3 Aug 2021 - 8:55AM
Coronavirus: Thai doctors want Pfizer vaccines amid doubts over Sinovac’s efficacy against Delta variant

The ‘Fed-up Doctors’ group is demanding a switch to mRNA vaccines amid reports that medics double vaccinated with the Chinese jab are being infected with Delta.

The ‘Fed-up Doctors’ group is demanding a switch to mRNA vaccines amid reports that medics double vaccinated with the Chinese jab are being infected with Delta.

2 Aug 2021 - 10:15AM
Phuket takes baby steps out of Covid-19 pandemic with ‘sandbox’ plan for vaccinated foreigners

The popular resort island will welcome vaccinated foreigners from Thursday. But with low occupancy rates, tricky regulations and cases surging in Bangkok, there is a long way to go before activities reach pre-Covid-19 levels.

The popular resort island will welcome vaccinated foreigners from Thursday. But with low occupancy rates, tricky regulations and cases surging in Bangkok, there is a long way to go before activities reach pre-Covid-19 levels.

2 Jul 2021 - 2:17PM
Will tourism reopenings and more stimulus be enough to kick-start Thailand’s post-pandemic economic recovery?

As Thailand’s third wave drags on amid a sputtering vaccination programme, experts and observers are uncertain what will drive growth in the kingdom.

As Thailand’s third wave drags on amid a sputtering vaccination programme, experts and observers are uncertain what will drive growth in the kingdom.

15 Jun 2021 - 8:23AM
Covid-19 grounded planes, so drug traffickers in Southeast Asia took to the seas: new report

A record 170 tonnes of methamphetamine were seized in the region last year, up 19 per cent from 2019, despite coronavirus travel restrictions, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

A record 170 tonnes of methamphetamine were seized in the region last year, up 19 per cent from 2019, despite coronavirus travel restrictions, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

11 Jun 2021 - 9:46PM
Thai general Manus Kongpan, jailed for trafficking Rohingya refugees, dies in prison

Manus was given an 82-year sentence following Thailand’s largest-ever human smuggling investigation, sparked by the 2015 discovery of at least 30 bodies in mass graves.

Manus was given an 82-year sentence following Thailand’s largest-ever human smuggling investigation, sparked by the 2015 discovery of at least 30 bodies in mass graves.

4 Jun 2021 - 8:20PM
As Phuket gears up to reopen, bargain hunters and Chinese buyers eye property and investments

There are heavily discounted homes and even entire resorts, while one property firm has recorded a 38 per cent increase in interest from China.

There are heavily discounted homes and even entire resorts, while one property firm has recorded a 38 per cent increase in interest from China.

24 May 2021 - 11:18AM
Vaccination drives stutter as new Covid-19 waves hit Vietnam, Thailand

As Vietnam tells disease prevention staff to prepare for 30,000 infections, Thailand has seen cases rocket to 88,000 from just 7,000 at the start of the year.

As Vietnam tells disease prevention staff to prepare for 30,000 infections, Thailand has seen cases rocket to 88,000 from just 7,000 at the start of the year.

13 May 2021 - 2:35PM
As Covid-19 surges in Thailand, Prayuth faces crisis of confidence stoked by Thaksin, Clubhouse and ‘fed-up doctors’

PM Prayuth is under fire from ‘fed-up’ social media groups and a former leader who claims he could source Sputnik shots from Vladimir Putin.

PM Prayuth is under fire from ‘fed-up’ social media groups and a former leader who claims he could source Sputnik shots from Vladimir Putin.

29 Apr 2021 - 10:39AM
Thailand’s rich Covid-19 patients get ‘hospitel’ treatment, as the poor are turned away

Bangkok’s 1,250 field hospital beds have struggled to cope with a recent influx of patients, but luxury ‘hospitels’ costing up to US$384 per night are still available to book.

Bangkok’s 1,250 field hospital beds have struggled to cope with a recent influx of patients, but luxury ‘hospitels’ costing up to US$384 per night are still available to book.

22 Apr 2021 - 11:09AM
Thailand’s durian dealers fear for China exports after coronavirus surge

Thailand is the world’s No 1 exporter of the ‘king of fruits’, much of which go straight to China. But durian dealers are dreading a repeat of this year’s Chilean cherry scare as coronavirus infections in Thailand hit record levels.

Thailand is the world’s No 1 exporter of the ‘king of fruits’, much of which go straight to China. But durian dealers are dreading a repeat of this year’s Chilean cherry scare as coronavirus infections in Thailand hit record levels.

15 Apr 2021 - 10:00AM
Thailand’s ‘father’ of cannabis wants small-time growers to be part of medical marijuana industry

‘Father’ of cannabis Aram Limsakul says individual growers shouldn’t be edged out by corporations seeking to dominate the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry. 

‘Father’ of cannabis Aram Limsakul says individual growers shouldn’t be edged out by corporations seeking to dominate the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry. 

13 Apr 2021 - 12:36PM
Explainer | Why Thailand’s 10-day coronavirus quarantine rule is sparking hope for tourism

The restrictions will ease further in the coming months but would-be travellers still need to consider their home city’s rules.

The restrictions will ease further in the coming months but would-be travellers still need to consider their home city’s rules.

2 Apr 2021 - 12:21PM
India, Thailand face looming refugee crisis as Myanmar violence sparks fears of civil war

New Delhi and Bangkok have had to counter accusations they are ignoring the plight of Myanmar’s people, while experts warn a civil war could spill across borders as more armed ethnic groups back the anti-coup movement.

New Delhi and Bangkok have had to counter accusations they are ignoring the plight of Myanmar’s people, while experts warn a civil war could spill across borders as more armed ethnic groups back the anti-coup movement.

1 Apr 2021 - 9:21PM
Child porn modelling scam shocks Thailand as coronavirus sends online sex abuse soaring

Cases of online child sex abuse are up 40 per cent in Thailand, experts say, as lockdown leaves minors vulnerable. In a recent case, police investigating an international sex abuse ring uncovered 500,000 images.

Cases of online child sex abuse are up 40 per cent in Thailand, experts say, as lockdown leaves minors vulnerable. In a recent case, police investigating an international sex abuse ring uncovered 500,000 images.

23 Mar 2021 - 1:58PM
Indians, Thais seeking return to China question vaccine visa rule for foreign workers

Beijing’s easing of visa rules for foreigners who have taken a China-made vaccine has sparked uncertainty in India, where there are no Chinese vaccines, and Thailand, where inoculations are progressing slowly.

Beijing’s easing of visa rules for foreigners who have taken a China-made vaccine has sparked uncertainty in India, where there are no Chinese vaccines, and Thailand, where inoculations are progressing slowly.

23 Mar 2021 - 12:14PM