Life on the Thailand-Myanmar Border

BBC News: In the first of a series of articles from the Thai-Burma border, the BBC’s Kate McGeown looks at the thousands of political and economic migrants who flee Burma for Thailand every year. If you did not know that the town of Mae Sot was in Thailand, you would probably assume it was in […]

Southern Thailand Insurgency: Worse Than Ever

Here’s another good IHT story, this time from Seth Mydans. It’s about the Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand. PATTANI, Thailand: Some are already calling it war, a brutal Muslim separatist insurgency in southern Thailand that has taken as many as 2,000 lives in three years, with almost- daily bombings, drive-by shootings, arson and beheadings. It […]

Bangkok: Winning the War Against Air Pollution

Tom Fuller had a great story in this weekend’s IHT. It’s about Bangkok’s successful campaign to curb air pollution: Black smoke billowing from tailpipes into the humid, tropical air was once a Bangkok trademark. But a decade and a half after Thailand began a battle for better air quality, this erstwhile icon of smog has […]

Zidane Playing in Chiang Mai Charity Match on Saturday

CNN: French football legend Zinedine Zidane, whose career ended with an infamous head-butt in last year’s World Cup final, will play a charity match in Thailand this weekend. Zidane will play alongside top southeast Asian players in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai on Saturday, corporate sponsor Adidas Thailand said.

Bombing Spree in Southern Thailand Kills 3

CNN/AP: At least 28 bombs exploded Sunday in apparently coordinated attacks in parts of southern Thailand plagued by a Muslim insurgency, killing three people and wounding more than 50, the military said. The bombings targeted hotels, karaoke bars, power grids and commercial sites in the country’s southernmost provinces, the only parts of predominantly Buddhist Thailand […]

A Few Technical Notes

A few notes on personal technology, for all three of you out there who care about this stuff: 1. Though I’ve been a vocal proponent of Bloglines (the Web-based RSS feed reader) in the past, I switched to Google Reader a few months back. In short: Google Reader is to Bloglines as Gmail is to […]

Eating Fish and Chips with Austin

Last week I went down to Banglamphoo to eat fish and chips with Austin Bush, of RealThai fame. Check out his excellent description and pics. In the image above, I’m getting down to business with some fried snapper.

Watching the ASEAN Football Champtionship — From Pitch Level

Last Sunday night A and I had the good fortune to attend the final of the biennial ASEAN football championship between Thailand and Singapore here at Bangkok’s Supachalasai Stadium. And our perspective was unique: we were in the media gallery down at pitch level, just behind the goal. The sound of 40,000 Thai supporters cheering […]

Captured in One Pic: Fireworks, Comet, Lightning

A remarkable image snapped by Antti Kemppainen. Click on the pic for a bigger version. Via Astronomy Picture of the Day: Explanation: Sometimes the sky itself is the best show in town. On January 26, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. […]

Austin’s Bird Nest Gathering Expedition

My pal Austin — who you’ll remember from our street food expedition last month — has just posted some spectacular images from another adventure: he accompanied photographer Eric Valli on a journey gathering bird nests inside caves in southern Thailand. Don’t miss it.