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Some Thailand-related, some not: Myanmar exiles test government’s promise of change — The AP Myanmar’s Transformation: A Revolution With No Name? — The Wall Street Journal/Southeast Asia Real Time Investors Hesitate as Frontier Market Myanmar Faces Election — Bloomberg Memo from Ecuador: ‘Garage Universities’ Are Bracing for School Reform — The New York Times Sea […]

Notes from Thai PM Yingluck’s FCCT Speech

Somewhat belatedly — but as promised! — here are my notes from the remarks Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made to journalists and others at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) dinner here in Bangkok on Fri., March 23. This isn’t an exhaustive list of what she said — see the links to news […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Google Street View’s Thailand Debut

The story is here, and begins: Google Inc. today officially unveiled its new Street View service for Thailand, releasing online a vast collection of panoramic street-level images of the country. That means that anyone with a Web connection can now view high resolution photos of everything from Bangkok street food stalls to the ornate spires […]

Thai PM Yingluck’s FCCT Speech Tonight: Stay Tuned

A quick heads up that just as I did last year and in 2010 and 2009, I’ll be posting some notes from the annual prime minister’s speech to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). PM Yingluck will address journalists and others at Bangkok’s InterContinental hotel this evening. More details on the event are on […]

More on Bangkok’s Tweeting Motorcycle Taxi Driver

A quick follow up on my post yesterday highlighting the BBC video report on Dejchat Phuangket, a Bangkok motorcycle taxi driver and social media maven. Thanks to Byron at Coconuts Bangkok for getting in touch to say that his site has also run items on Khun Dejchat. The first post provides an overview of Dejchat’s […]

BBC Story on Bangkok’s Tweeting Motorcycle Taxi Driver

The BBC has a video report today on Dejchat Phuangket, a Bangkok motorcycle taxi driver who has become renowned for his blogging and Tweeting: His mode of transport is one of Bangkok’s most basic – the motorbike. But it is Dejchat Phuangket’s command of cutting edge technology that has turned him into Thailand’s most famous […]

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport: In the News

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport has been the subject of several recent news stories about the facility’s long immigration lines and overall congestion: The Bangkok Post reported last Monday that the country’s Immigration Bureau says the lengthy queues are due to unmanageable passenger volume. On Thursday, the Post said that “female riot police officers” will help ease […]

Off topic: Lady Gaga is Coming to Bangkok in May

As a conscientious chronicler of all things Bangkok-related, I would be remiss in my duties were I not to point this out. The upcoming show, part of the “Born This Way” tour, will take place on Fri., May 25 at Rajamangala Stadium. Tickets go on sale via ThaiTicketMajor — where you can find additional details […]

Is Thai Street Food Increasingly Expensive Despite Lower Commodity Prices?

The Bangkok Post says so. According to a story in today’s paper, the prices of commodities like meat and eggs has actually been falling over the last year, and fuel prices are now lower or slightly higher than they were this time last year. But vendors, anticipating Thailand’s coming minimum wage increase, have been increasing […]