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China 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.

29 Jan 2020 - 9:05AM

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

China 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
Wuhan pneumonia: Chinese tourist in Thai case did not visit outbreak-linked market, while scientists say virus not likely to prove as deadly as Sars

Woman, 61, the first confirmed case outside China, could have caught the virus in Wuhan at other markets, which she was understood to have visited.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:13PM

Woman, 61, the first confirmed case outside China, could have caught the virus in Wuhan at other markets, which she was understood to have visited.

Wuhan pneumonia: Chinese tourist in Thai case did not visit outbreak-linked market, while scientists say virus not likely to prove as deadly as Sars
Spas to seaweed: the Thai brands banking on Chinese tourists

Firms like spa chain Let’s Relax and flavoured-seaweed maker Tao Kae Noi have headed to China after becoming a hit with visitors from the mainland

17 Feb 2020 - 8:07PM

Firms like spa chain Let’s Relax and flavoured-seaweed maker Tao Kae Noi have headed to China after becoming a hit with visitors from the mainland

Spas to seaweed: the Thai brands banking on Chinese tourists
K-pop’s Blackpink star Lisa Manoban gets apology after Bangkok cafe ‘offered US$3,000’ for seat she used

The cafe owner posted on social media that he would sell the seat, glass and spoon she had used, which attracted seedy comments.

18 Feb 2020 - 1:40PM

The cafe owner posted on social media that he would sell the seat, glass and spoon she had used, which attracted seedy comments.

K-pop’s Blackpink star Lisa Manoban gets apology after Bangkok cafe ‘offered US$3,000’ for seat she used
In Thailand, Airbnb and homestays undercut hotel industry as tourists seek unique experiences

Airbnb says it generated US$1.1 billion in direct economic impact to the Thai economy last year, but hotel operators are not happy, with some even launching their own platforms.

20 Dec 2019 - 10:15AM

Airbnb says it generated US$1.1 billion in direct economic impact to the Thai economy last year, but hotel operators are not happy, with some even launching their own platforms.

In Thailand, Airbnb and homestays undercut hotel industry as tourists seek unique experiences
Will Thailand’s Future Forward party survive a Prayuth government?

Uncertainty over the fate of Future Forward has led observers to warn of the return to street politics in Thailand, but the leader says Hong Kong-style protests are not the solution.

11 Dec 2019 - 1:43PM

Uncertainty over the fate of Future Forward has led observers to warn of the return to street politics in Thailand, but the leader says Hong Kong-style protests are not the solution.

Will Thailand’s Future Forward party survive a Prayuth government?
Pope Francis heads to Thailand for Catholic masses and meeting with King Maha Vajiralongkorn

Tens of thousands of Catholics are expected to gather in Thailand to see the pope, including those from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:33PM

Tens of thousands of Catholics are expected to gather in Thailand to see the pope, including those from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Pope Francis heads to Thailand for Catholic masses and meeting with King Maha Vajiralongkorn
Hong Kong protests, cheap Chinese rivals: why Thai rice is in crisis

Thailand was once the world’s top rice exporter but it has been hit by a triple whammy of unrest in Hong Kong, competition from China and a strong baht.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:37PM

Thailand was once the world’s top rice exporter but it has been hit by a triple whammy of unrest in Hong Kong, competition from China and a strong baht.

Hong Kong protests, cheap Chinese rivals: why Thai rice is in crisis
Does US really care about Thai workers … or is it America First?

Washington says it will impose taxes on Thai imports – supposedly in a stand on workers’ rights. Critics say it’s just another ploy from Trump’s playbook.

10 Nov 2019 - 12:23PM

Washington says it will impose taxes on Thai imports – supposedly in a stand on workers’ rights. Critics say it’s just another ploy from Trump’s playbook.

Does US really care about Thai workers … or is it America First?
Thailand approves US$792 million in subsidies for rubber farmers, the biggest casualty of US-China trade war

Thailand, the world’s largest rubber producer, has seen its exports plummet as the tariff war between Washington and Beijing rages on.

25 Oct 2019 - 10:03AM

Thailand, the world’s largest rubber producer, has seen its exports plummet as the tariff war between Washington and Beijing rages on.

Thailand approves US$792 million in subsidies for rubber farmers, the biggest casualty of US-China trade war
As Chinese students flock to Thai universities, some are in for a hard lesson

Thailand’s universities may rank below their counterparts in the US and Singapore, but lower costs and entry standards can still give them the edge. But while their popularity is increasing, complaints of exploitation are also on the rise

20 Oct 2019 - 12:12PM

Thailand’s universities may rank below their counterparts in the US and Singapore, but lower costs and entry standards can still give them the edge. But while their popularity is increasing, complaints of exploitation are also on the rise

As Chinese students flock to Thai universities, some are in for a hard lesson
Thailand’s long-time Sinophile Princess Sirindhorn to receive China’s Friendship Medal

The princess’ relationship with China goes back almost four decades, and has helped bolster ties between the countries. She will be one of six recipients of the medal bestowed as the People’s Republic celebrates its 70th anniversary.

22 Sep 2019 - 10:31PM

The princess’ relationship with China goes back almost four decades, and has helped bolster ties between the countries. She will be one of six recipients of the medal bestowed as the People’s Republic celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Thailand’s long-time Sinophile Princess Sirindhorn to receive China’s Friendship Medal
Will Thailand Plus take away Vietnam’s spoils in US-China trade war?

Bangkok hopes tax breaks in its Thailand Plus stimulus package will lure Chinese firms fleeing Trump’s tariffs. Doubters say it will still struggle to outshine its low-labour-cost neighbour Vietnam.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:35PM

Bangkok hopes tax breaks in its Thailand Plus stimulus package will lure Chinese firms fleeing Trump’s tariffs. Doubters say it will still struggle to outshine its low-labour-cost neighbour Vietnam.

Will Thailand Plus take away Vietnam’s spoils in US-China trade war?
‘Major progress’ on South China Sea code of conduct talks even as Beijing warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’

Chinese foreign minister hails ‘important step’ after meeting Asean counterparts in Bangkok but warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’.

13 Dec 2019 - 3:05PM

Chinese foreign minister hails ‘important step’ after meeting Asean counterparts in Bangkok but warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’.

‘Major progress’ on South China Sea code of conduct talks even as Beijing warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’
Mike Pompeo set for first visit to Thailand as US looks to renew ties despite junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha retaining grip on power

Washington downgraded ties with Bangkok after junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s 2014 coup. But with the US looking for allies in the region against an increasingly assertive China, has everything been forgiven?

31 Jul 2019 - 10:44PM

Washington downgraded ties with Bangkok after junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s 2014 coup. But with the US looking for allies in the region against an increasingly assertive China, has everything been forgiven?

Mike Pompeo set for first visit to Thailand as US looks to renew ties despite junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha retaining grip on power
Thailand’s tourism industry gets jitters after currency surges, visitor numbers from China fall

Chinese tourists account for more than a quarter of all Thailand’s foreign visitors, but their numbers were down by 5 per cent annually in the first six months. Meanwhile, the baht appreciated 12 per cent against China’s yuan.

29 Jul 2019 - 9:09PM

Chinese tourists account for more than a quarter of all Thailand’s foreign visitors, but their numbers were down by 5 per cent annually in the first six months. Meanwhile, the baht appreciated 12 per cent against China’s yuan.

Thailand’s tourism industry gets jitters after currency surges, visitor numbers from China fall
Could Chinese bicycles and fish scupper Thailand-EU free trade deal?

Such a deal could save the kingdom US$1 billion a year on import tariffs to the European bloc, experts say. But Chinese bicycle manufacturers relabelling their products ‘Made in Thailand’ and an EU-led crackdown on the Thai fishing industry look to be stumbling blocks.

20 Jul 2019 - 5:23PM

Such a deal could save the kingdom US$1 billion a year on import tariffs to the European bloc, experts say. But Chinese bicycle manufacturers relabelling their products ‘Made in Thailand’ and an EU-led crackdown on the Thai fishing industry look to be stumbling blocks.

Could Chinese bicycles and fish scupper Thailand-EU free trade deal?
Thailand returns to civilian rule but military influence and fears of instability remain

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet was on Tuesday sworn in, stacked with loyalists from the junta era follows nearly four months of political wrangling since the election on March 24.

17 Jul 2019 - 8:54PM

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet was on Tuesday sworn in, stacked with loyalists from the junta era follows nearly four months of political wrangling since the election on March 24.

Thailand returns to civilian rule but military influence and fears of instability remain
Why Indian tourists are flocking to Thailand, where they may soon outnumber Chinese visitors

A deadly ferry disaster last summer saw visitor numbers from China, which had been increasing every year, begin to level off. So Thai tourism officials are now turning their attention to the world’s second most populous country.

16 Jul 2019 - 1:01PM

A deadly ferry disaster last summer saw visitor numbers from China, which had been increasing every year, begin to level off. So Thai tourism officials are now turning their attention to the world’s second most populous country.

Why Indian tourists are flocking to Thailand, where they may soon outnumber Chinese visitors
Thai Airways comes under fire for cabin crew’s selfies with opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

The pictures were taken in the past week as the billionaire politician was travelling on a Thai Airways flight with his family. One photo shared on social media shows him and a female flight attendant with the caption ‘can I iron your shirt?’

12 Jul 2019 - 6:07PM

The pictures were taken in the past week as the billionaire politician was travelling on a Thai Airways flight with his family. One photo shared on social media shows him and a female flight attendant with the caption ‘can I iron your shirt?’

Thai Airways comes under fire for cabin crew’s selfies with opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rewards loyalists in new cabinet

Long-time backers of the coup leader turned premier have been rewarded with top jobs, but critics say the appointments have been made for the sake of stabilising the ruling coalition, not for the good of the nation.

11 Jul 2019 - 9:31PM

Long-time backers of the coup leader turned premier have been rewarded with top jobs, but critics say the appointments have been made for the sake of stabilising the ruling coalition, not for the good of the nation.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rewards loyalists in new cabinet
Thailand’s deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon flies 100km in US$37 million police jet, reigniting backlash against extravagant spending

Prawit Wongsuwon, who is also the defence minister, has become a lightning rod for public suspicion of military leadership after he failed to declare 25 luxury watches as assets.

10 Jul 2019 - 2:38PM

Prawit Wongsuwon, who is also the defence minister, has become a lightning rod for public suspicion of military leadership after he failed to declare 25 luxury watches as assets.

Thailand’s deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon flies 100km in US$37 million police jet, reigniting backlash against extravagant spending
Parents try to keep Thai cave boys out of limelight, as Netflix and others vie to tell their story

With a film and a miniseries about the dramatic cave rescue in the works, the Thai government and parents of the Wild Boars soccer players are working to shield the boys from the limelight.

7 Jul 2019 - 1:30PM

With a film and a miniseries about the dramatic cave rescue in the works, the Thai government and parents of the Wild Boars soccer players are working to shield the boys from the limelight.

Parents try to keep Thai cave boys out of limelight, as Netflix and others vie to tell their story
Infighting within Thailand’s new government prompts PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to warn against internal coup

The back door deals within the coalition that helped the premier transition from military chief to civilian leader have erupted into internal squabbling that analysts say will also negatively affect the kingdom’s economy.

5 Jul 2019 - 4:45PM

The back door deals within the coalition that helped the premier transition from military chief to civilian leader have erupted into internal squabbling that analysts say will also negatively affect the kingdom’s economy.

Infighting within Thailand’s new government prompts PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to warn against internal coup
Thailand’s ‘little ghosts’ in South Korea use Facebook to find jobs and work there illegally

More people from Thailand are flocking to South Korea – and the lure of higher wages is driving Thais to share tips with friends back home on how to work in the East Asian country without a permit.

3 Jul 2019 - 8:22PM

More people from Thailand are flocking to South Korea – and the lure of higher wages is driving Thais to share tips with friends back home on how to work in the East Asian country without a permit.

Thailand’s ‘little ghosts’ in South Korea use Facebook to find jobs and work there illegally