By Me and a Colleague Wed.: Uber to Launch Motorbike Service in Bangkok

The story begins: BANGKOK—Uber Technologies Inc. is breaking into motorcycle bookings, taking its battle to win over users in Southeast Asia to the traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok. Beginning Wednesday, users in select parts of the Thai capital will be able to open the firm’s app and summon a motorcycle driver, who will pick them up […]

File Under: Whoops

The AP reports: An error by race organisers has turned Bangkok into the home of the world’s longest half-marathon. Instead of a 13-mile run through Thailand’s capital, the Standard Chartered Bangkok marathon on Sunday accidentally extended its annual half-marathon to almost 17 miles. The bonus miles came as a surprise to runners, who unleashed a […]

Bangkok Bombing: Police Release Sketch of Main Suspect

Following my post yesterday: Here’s the latest from my WSJ colleagues in Bangkok: Thailand’s prime minister urged the main suspect in the bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok this week to turn himself in, while police released a sketch of the alleged bomber and described him for the first time as a foreigner. Gen. […]

Bangkok Bombings: Latest Updates and How to Follow the News

A and I returned to Singapore Monday morning after a couple of weeks of traveling. Then that evening came the sad news about the bombings in Bangkok. From our latest WSJ story: Thai police said they were homing in on a suspect seen in security-camera footage of the bomb blast that killed at least 20 […]

‘Bangkok Airport’ Episode One — Available on YouTube

Embedded above and on YouTube here: The first episode of the series I mentioned last week. It does not disappoint.

‘Bangkok Shutdown’ day 3: overnight violence, Feb. 2 elections to go ahead

Here’s the latest: Two people were hurt in a shooting early this morning. And separately, the Bangkok residence of Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was hit with a small explosive device. The Thai stock exchange moved some staff to another location after demonstrators threatened to take control of its offices. Prime Minister Yigluck said the Feb. […]

Thailand update: 1 killed in clashes with police, EC urges election delay, Nattawut speaks

The AP reports: Thailand’s election commission on Thursday urged the government to delay upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters killed a police officer and injured nearly 100 people, adding to political turmoil threatening to tear apart the country. The hours-long unrest took place outside a Bangkok sports stadium where election candidates […]

Bangkok protests: What happened today and how to follow the news

Anti-government protesters, whose rallies I’ve written about before, stepped up their demonstrations today. Above is AP video of scuffles that broke out with police. Here’s a recap of what happened today: Protesters began marching to 13 locations around the city this morning, then later forced their way into the Finance Ministry. Demonstrators also entered the […]

NY Times: ’36 Hours in Bangkok’

I often enjoy the The New York Times‘s “36 Hours in…” dispatches. The travel pieces usually convey, in perhaps 1,500 words, both the destination’s atmosphere and practical tips for visiting. So I was delighted to see today’s “36 Hours in Bangkok,” by veteran correspondent Thomas Fuller. I especially like the lede, because it mirrors much […]

Spotted Today in Bangkok: The Umbrella Hat in Action

As I Tweeted earlier, I was lucky enough to make a rare sighting today, here in the wilds of Bangkok, of the rare and elusive umbrella hat in action. Lighting does, in fact, strike twice: I documented such a sighting back in 2008, as well. Of this much I can be certain: I need one […]