Princess Ubolratana of Thailand. Photo: EPA

Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana is an election game-changer – but don’t write off the junta just yet

  • The elder sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn could be a unifying figure to end two decades of political turmoil
  • But will blurring the lines between palace and parliament be the panacea to the country’s long-running power struggle?
Topic |   Thailand

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Princess Ubolratana of Thailand. Photo: EPA
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A Chinese tourist at Tiffany’s in Pattaya, Thailand. Photo: Claudia Hinterseer

In Pattaya, a new breed of Chinese tourist emerges: meet the FITs

  • Once known for decadence, the Thai city attracts a new generation of Chinese tourists: Free, Independent Travellers
  • They are younger, wealthier, more adventurous – and unlikely to head to a factory to buy souvenirs they don’t need
Topic |   Chinese tourists

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A Chinese tourist at Tiffany’s in Pattaya, Thailand. Photo: Claudia Hinterseer
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