Month: October 2009


Phuket retailers to charge for plastic bags

PHUKET CITY: In a bid to deal with Phuket’s waste management crisis, the island’s top retailers have agreed to start charging customers for plastic bags from December. In a meeting with government officials at Phuket Provincial Hall on Monday, the retailers’ representatives agreed to the move, saying they are prepared to sign a memorandum of […]Read More


32 North Koreans arrested in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai – Police yesterday morning rounded up 32 North Koreans, including an eightyearold boy, allegedly trying to sneak into Thailand by boat in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district. Police patrolling the Khong River for drug smugglers and human traffickers, spotted three crowded boats delivering people near a riverside restaurant. The boats crossed quickly to […]Read More


Taekwondo star crowned Miss Thailand and hangs up her black

NEWLY-crowned Miss Thailand Pongchanok Kunklub has withdrawn for the national taekwondo squad for the Southeast Asian Games in Laos. But I’m not sure she has her priorities in order. In what must have been a gut-wrenching decision, Pongchanok has chosen looks over left hooks and revealed her victory in last weekend’s Miss Thailand pageant has […]Read More


Thailand Hitler billboard draws controversy

A Hitler billboard in Thailand promoting a local wax museum has locals and foreign governments up in arms. The billboard campaign, which features photos of famous dead people, included a photo of Hitler making the infamous Nazi salute along with the tagline “Hitler is not dead.” The ad was part of a promotion for Louis […]Read More


Phuket Vegetarian Festival: By the power of vegetables

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival scheduled for 18-26 October this year. Activities include fire walking, the offering of food to the gods and street processions of self-mutilating entranced devotees will also be taking place at different shrines around Phuket. Despite how grizzly it sounds, the festival is expected to attract over half a million spectators this […]Read More


Thousands pray for Thai king

BANGKOK – THOUSANDS arrived in busloads to pray outside a Bangkok hospital on Friday for the swift recovery of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a day after concerns about his health sparked the biggest slide in a year in Thai stock prices. As Thais queued up to sign get-well books at Siriraj Hospital where the world’s […]Read More


Sheriff’s police find possible international prostitution ring

Thai women were forced to sell sex, cops say The Cook County sheriff’s police detained three women from Thailand on suspicion they had been coerced to engage in prostitution across the U.S. in the last three weeks as part of an international prostitution ring. The women said operators of the ring confiscated their passports, demanded […]Read More


Thai King’s Condition ‘Good,’ Palace Says, After Market Jitters

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s “general condition is good,” the royal household said, dousing speculation that the 81-year-old monarch’s health had worsened during a 26-day stay in a hospital. “A further period of recovery of lung pneumonia is necessary, as in case of the elderly,” a faxed statement from the Royal Household […]Read More