Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Scuffle in Thai Parliament

The story is here, and begins: Thailand boosters may have hoped the World Economic Forum on East Asia now under way in Bangkok would be a chance for the country to put its best face forward after years of political unrest and last year’s devastating floods. Instead, visitors on Thursday awoke to news of a […]

AOT Expanding Suvarnabhumi by One Third

As if there weren’t enough happening here in Thailand at the moment… Here’s an announcement that will be welcome news to travelers: The AOT says it’s expanding Suvarnabhumi international airport by one third. Reuters reports: Airports of Thailand Pcl is to spend about $1.9 billion over the next five years to expand capacity at Bangkok’s […]

Suspended Sentence for Chiranuch “Jiew” Premchaiporn

The AP says: A Thai court sentenced a local webmaster Wednesday to an eight-month suspended sentence for failing to act quickly enough to remove Internet posts deemed insulting to country’s royalty. The ruling showed leniency against Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who faced up to 20 years in prison for 10 comments posted on her Prachatai website, but […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Return of Banned Thai Politicians

The story is here, and begins: A five-year ban on 111 Thai politicians linked to exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is set to expire Wednesday. The potential effect that the legislators’ return could have on the government of Mr. Thaksin’s younger sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, remains unclear.

Thailand News: The Week Ahead

There’s lots on tap here in Thailand over the next few days: Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Bangkok tonight on what will be her first international trip in 24 years. Reuters has a scene-setter. Suu Kyi will be speaking at the World Economic Forum on East Asia, which runs from tomorrow (Wed.) through Friday. […]

Thai King to Travel to Ayutthaya

The AP reports this afternoon: Thousands of Thais lined roads in Bangkok and near the historic capital Ayutthaya on Friday to see the country’s 84-year-old monarch on his first trip outside the capital in almost three years. King Bhumibol Adulyadej actively worked for decades on behalf of the country’s poor but has almost disappeared from […]

Thai Airways President Fired: News Round-Up

Here are a few stories about the firing Monday of Piyasvasti Amranand, head of the country’s flag carrier, Thai Airways. The official MCOT reports: The board of directors of Thailand’s national flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) on Monday terminated the employment contract of President Piyasvasti Amranand, a decision which stirred outrage among the company’s […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story about Facebook’s Popularity in Bangkok

The story is here, and begins: There are more Facebook users in Bangkok than in any other world city. That is the somewhat surprising finding of a global ranking of the social networking behemoth’s users based on their metropolitan areas. Bangkok has some 8.68 million Facebook users, followed by Jakarta (7.43 million) and Istanbul (7.07 […]