Year: 2009


Student dies of electrocution in Phuket

CHALONG, PHUKET: A 17-year-old student of the British International School died from an accidental electrocution on Christmas Day. Chalong Police Investigator Boonlert Onklang identified the deceased as Anurak Gottschalk, son of a German photographer and his Thai companion who works as a cook aboard a tour boat. At about 5:30pm, the boy’s German uncle and […]Read More


The Hmong and the CIA

On Dec. 28, Thailand’s military packed more than 4,000 Hmong asylum seekers into trucks and drove them from refugee camps to neighboring Laos, a single-party state that’s been accused of persecuting the group since they backed U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. Thailand now maintains that Hmong living illegally in Thailand are economic migrants, not […]Read More

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai: The Jewel of Thailand

Chiang Mai Is a Top Destination for Vacationing and Volunteering Chiang Mai’s reputation marks this small city as the jewel of Northern Thailand, a quaint city cozily nestled into the foothills of a lush green mountain. Chiang Mai is often just another stop on the average backpacker’s whirlwind temple tour of Southeast Asia. But change […]Read More


French tourists attacked for parking in ‘wrong place’

PHUKET: Chalong Police are on the hunt for a man presumed to be a ‘tuk-tuk / taxi driver’ who allegedly set upon a French family with a beach umbrella in the Kata area of Phuket on Saturday evening. The family, an elderly couple on holiday with their 44-year old son, his wife and their three […]Read More


Thailand deports thousands of Hmong refugees

BANGKOK — Thailand on Monday began to deport back to Laos more than 4,000 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers, defying intense pressure from the United Nations, the United States and human rights groups who say the deportees could face persecution upon their return. After days of preparation, 5,000 troops and officials entered the Hmong camp in Thailand’s […]Read More


Israeli traveler, 22, dies of electrocution at Thailand party

An Israeli traveler, 22, was killed Sunday night at a full-moon party in Thailand, when an electrical cord fell into the pool in which he was swimming. The youth’s family has been notified of his death and the Foreign Ministry is arranging for his body to be brought back to Israel. Earlier this month, the […]Read More


8 Norwegian rescued from Surat Thani sea

Nakhon Si Thammarat – A speed boat carrying eight Norwegian tourists to Koh Samui in Surat Thani capsized Monday afternoon and the tourists were safely rescued, police said. The accident happened at about 2:50 pm when the boat was between Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Khanom district and Surat Thani’s Samui district. The speed boat left the […]Read More