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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?
Coronavirus survivors: Covid-19 felt worse than when I was shot, says Muay Thai camp owner who attended Lumpinee fight

Pitak Kaewprapol was among thousands of fight fans who ignored a government order to attend a boxing match at Lumpinee stadium. He didn’t know it then, but he was in for the fight of his life.

20 May 2020 - 3:25PM

Pitak Kaewprapol was among thousands of fight fans who ignored a government order to attend a boxing match at Lumpinee stadium. He didn’t know it then, but he was in for the fight of his life.

Coronavirus survivors: Covid-19 felt worse than when I was shot, says Muay Thai camp owner who attended Lumpinee fight
In Bangkok, street food and takeaway alcohol are back on the menu but nightlife stays on ice

Venue owners, bartenders and DJs are among those facing uncertain futures amid Thailand’s lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

7 May 2020 - 2:32PM

Venue owners, bartenders and DJs are among those facing uncertain futures amid Thailand’s lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

In Bangkok, street food and takeaway alcohol are back on the menu but nightlife stays on ice
No destination in sight for Thailand’s tourism sector amid coronavirus uncertainties

Those working in the industry – which makes up some 17 per cent of the kingdom’s GDP – are facing a grim future amid an extended state of emergency.

7 May 2020 - 2:34PM

Those working in the industry – which makes up some 17 per cent of the kingdom’s GDP – are facing a grim future amid an extended state of emergency.

No destination in sight for Thailand’s tourism sector amid coronavirus uncertainties
Coronavirus: from coffee in Hong Kong to burgers in Malaysia and Ramadan in Singapore – here’s how Asia’s small businesses cope with Covid-19

Whether it’s smashed beef patties in Malaysia or smashed Australians playing darts in a pub, even the coronavirus can’t keep a good business idea down.

25 Apr 2020 - 2:53PM

Whether it’s smashed beef patties in Malaysia or smashed Australians playing darts in a pub, even the coronavirus can’t keep a good business idea down.

Coronavirus: from coffee in Hong Kong to burgers in Malaysia and Ramadan in Singapore – here’s how Asia’s small businesses cope with Covid-19
Coronavirus: Thai workers struggle to get handouts, while gold shops see rush for cash

Thailand’s government has announced a US$153 monthly cash handout for workers, but issues with its database system has seen it disqualifying many applicants

23 Apr 2020 - 4:00AM

Thailand’s government has announced a US$153 monthly cash handout for workers, but issues with its database system has seen it disqualifying many applicants

Coronavirus: Thai workers struggle to get handouts, while gold shops see rush for cash
Coronavirus: Bangkok’s lockdown, curfew leave vulnerable Thai residents struggling

Even as the Thai government has initiated handouts, some workers are falling through the cracks.

8 Apr 2020 - 10:35PM

Even as the Thai government has initiated handouts, some workers are falling through the cracks.

Coronavirus: Bangkok’s lockdown, curfew leave vulnerable Thai residents struggling
Animals in Thailand’s private parks at risk of hunger as coronavirus pandemic keeps tourists away

The Covid-19 outbreak has led to the temporary closure of recreational sites in Thailand. But animals at privately-run parks risk running out of food as visitors disappear.

9 Apr 2020 - 4:12AM

The Covid-19 outbreak has led to the temporary closure of recreational sites in Thailand. But animals at privately-run parks risk running out of food as visitors disappear.

Animals in Thailand’s private parks at risk of hunger as coronavirus pandemic keeps tourists away
Coronavirus: Thailand braces for life under state of emergency as Prayuth urges cooperation

Measures include a ban on social gatherings and restrictions on domestic travel, while the prime minister has total command under the emergency decree.

26 Mar 2020 - 7:03AM

Measures include a ban on social gatherings and restrictions on domestic travel, while the prime minister has total command under the emergency decree.

Coronavirus: Thailand braces for life under state of emergency as Prayuth urges cooperation
Coronavirus: Thailand’s condominium sector headed for 10-year low as Chinese buyers disappear amid outbreak

While Chinese buyers have tailed off after travel restrictions imposed by Beijing, experts say they remain active online and are still interested in Thai property.

24 Mar 2020 - 11:25PM

While Chinese buyers have tailed off after travel restrictions imposed by Beijing, experts say they remain active online and are still interested in Thai property.

Coronavirus: Thailand’s condominium sector headed for 10-year low as Chinese buyers disappear amid outbreak
Coronavirus: Alibaba, Jack Ma donate masks, test kits to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand

The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation are donating 2 million masks and 150,000 test kits to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

20 Mar 2020 - 10:11PM

The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation are donating 2 million masks and 150,000 test kits to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

Coronavirus: Alibaba, Jack Ma donate masks, test kits to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand
Coronavirus: Bangkok closes bars, schools amid surge in cases and public rumours of a lockdown

Thailand’s flip-flopping on measures to curb the outbreak, along with a minister mask-hoarding scandal, have seen a deterioration of public trust.

18 Mar 2020 - 9:08AM

Thailand’s flip-flopping on measures to curb the outbreak, along with a minister mask-hoarding scandal, have seen a deterioration of public trust.

Coronavirus: Bangkok closes bars, schools amid surge in cases and public rumours of a lockdown
Coronavirus: Thailand suspends visa-free policy but consulate insists Hong Kong not affected

Travellers from South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong now need visas to enter the kingdom, but the special administrative region’s Thai consulate has released a conflicting statement.

11 Mar 2020 - 10:21PM

Travellers from South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong now need visas to enter the kingdom, but the special administrative region’s Thai consulate has released a conflicting statement.

Coronavirus: Thailand suspends visa-free policy but consulate insists Hong Kong not affected
Coronavirus: Thailand asks visitors from outbreak ‘danger zones’ to prove they’re not infected

The rule, which applies to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy, comes as tourist numbers plummet and a government minister denies hoarding masks.

10 Mar 2020 - 12:20AM

The rule, which applies to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy, comes as tourist numbers plummet and a government minister denies hoarding masks.

Coronavirus: Thailand asks visitors from outbreak ‘danger zones’ to prove they’re not infected
Bangkok’s Cham community strive to keep matriarchal heritage alive through silk weaving

Passed on down the generations dating back to their time in Cambodia, the silk-weaving heritage of the Chams is a crucial link to their past.

8 Mar 2020 - 4:47PM

Passed on down the generations dating back to their time in Cambodia, the silk-weaving heritage of the Chams is a crucial link to their past.

Bangkok’s Cham community strive to keep matriarchal heritage alive through silk weaving
Coronavirus: Thailand imposes reporting requirement on Hong Kong arrivals but not quarantine as announced earlier

Confusion reigned after health minister earlier said coronavirus quarantine would be mandatory for all arrivals from China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.

6 Mar 2020 - 10:16PM

Confusion reigned after health minister earlier said coronavirus quarantine would be mandatory for all arrivals from China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.

Coronavirus: Thailand imposes reporting requirement on Hong Kong arrivals but not quarantine as announced earlier
Coronavirus: Thai returnees from South Korea to be quarantined as kingdom mulls measures on ‘high-risk’ places

Thousands of Thai workers are expected to return home from Daegu, the epicentre of South Korea’s outbreak, and Gyeongsang.

5 Mar 2020 - 10:31AM

Thousands of Thai workers are expected to return home from Daegu, the epicentre of South Korea’s outbreak, and Gyeongsang.

Coronavirus: Thai returnees from South Korea to be quarantined as kingdom mulls measures on ‘high-risk’ places
Coronavirus: Thailand, Japan or Singapore, which Asian tourist destination will take the biggest hit?

Chinese foreign travel has increased tenfold since 2003 and underwriting other Asian tourism industries which have been hit hard by the virus.

4 Jun 2020 - 10:20AM

Chinese foreign travel has increased tenfold since 2003 and underwriting other Asian tourism industries which have been hit hard by the virus.

Coronavirus: Thailand, Japan or Singapore, which Asian tourist destination will take the biggest hit?
China becomes Thailand’s top source of foreign investment for first time

For more than five decades, Japan was the largest investor in the southeast Asian nation, but the US-China trade war, belt and road-linked projects and Thai government incentives have conspired to see Chinese investors take the top spot.

24 Jan 2020 - 12:00PM

For more than five decades, Japan was the largest investor in the southeast Asian nation, but the US-China trade war, belt and road-linked projects and Thai government incentives have conspired to see Chinese investors take the top spot.

China becomes Thailand’s top source of foreign investment for first time
Legalise sex toys and pornography to cut rape, says Thai MP

About 30,000 rapes are reported every year, says Treerat Sirichantaropas. He says prison terms aren’t working, but giving a release to sexual urges might – though a women’s group has dismissed his call as ‘irrelevant’.

21 Jan 2020 - 6:09PM

About 30,000 rapes are reported every year, says Treerat Sirichantaropas. He says prison terms aren’t working, but giving a release to sexual urges might – though a women’s group has dismissed his call as ‘irrelevant’.

Legalise sex toys and pornography to cut rape, says Thai MP
Wuhan virus: Thailand to hold Lunar New Year parties despite local pneumonia cases

During the Lunar New Year travel rush, more than 300,000 Chinese visitors are expected in Thailand, raising concerns about the Sars-like virus spreading.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

During the Lunar New Year travel rush, more than 300,000 Chinese visitors are expected in Thailand, raising concerns about the Sars-like virus spreading.

Wuhan virus: Thailand to hold Lunar New Year parties despite local pneumonia cases
China reports second death from Wuhan coronavirus as Thailand confirms another case

Man in Wuhan, 69, dies two weeks after being admitted to hospital, while Thai authorities report their second infected patient.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:22PM

Man in Wuhan, 69, dies two weeks after being admitted to hospital, while Thai authorities report their second infected patient.

China reports second death from Wuhan coronavirus as Thailand confirms another case
Wuhan virus: Japan case puts Asian health authorities on high alert before Lunar New Year

It is the second case outside China after a diagnosis in Thailand. Vietnam has placed two men in isolation and Indonesia has intensified airport screenings.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:28PM

It is the second case outside China after a diagnosis in Thailand. Vietnam has placed two men in isolation and Indonesia has intensified airport screenings.

Wuhan virus: Japan case puts Asian health authorities on high alert before Lunar New Year