Thai Navy, ‘Gangnam Style’

Embedded above and on YouTube here: the Thai Navy’s version of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” I miss Thailand. (Via @Journotopia.) UPDATE: Phuket Gazette has the backstory.

Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts Scuffle in Bangkok

Events in Bangkok yesterday provided a reminder of ongoing political tensions in Thailand, with rival red shirt and yellow shirt supporters involved in street clashes. The Bangkok Post reports: Confrontations between the red- and yellow-shirt groups are likely to intensify after yesterday’s clash outside the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) left scores of people from both […]

Thaksin Talks to Bloomberg about Yingluck, the Amnesty Bill, and Lèse-Majesté

Bloomberg interviewed Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and has run two stories that are worth a look. The pieces are here: Former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra said his sister’s government will avoid conflicts like those that led to his ouster in a 2006 coup, even as it presses ahead with efforts to curb the […]

Will Bangkok Flood Again This Year?

It’s possible, says one expert in Thailand. But a look at water levels in Thailand’s dams reveals that they seem to have plenty of capacity at this point. A story in today’s Bangkok Post says: Bangkok is at risk of flooding from heavy downpours caused by an unusually lengthy monsoon trough period and an imminent […]

A Few Notes After My First Week of Classes

An update from NYC: Classes have started and I now officially find myself in the somewhat surreal and thrilling position of being, once again, a full time student. (See photo above.) My first week of school has been stimulating. I’ve enjoyed meeting my fellow MA program classmates — about half of whom are international — […]

Self-Promotion: A Chat about All Things Vintage Thailand

Remember my Wall Street Journal story about all things vintage Thailand? If you’re interested in hearing more on the topic, you can listen to me being interviewed by Terry Travis, host of the Azumano Travel Show (AM 860 KPAM, Portland, Oregon). We chatted not long ago for a segment that ran last weekend. Click through to […]