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Thailand News - Our News Blog

We Deliver News Directly from Thailand

We are based in Thailand and want to offer a neutral news blog that describes current events in the country. We will be careful not to focus on personal opinions but instead provide factual news directly from Thailand, together with comments. The goal is to be fast, simple and accurate.

dateiconAugust 28, 2011

Farang Murdered in Phitsanulok

An unidentified farang (Thai for "foreigner") has been found dead in the province of Phitsanulok in northern Thailand. The police suspect it is a case of murder because the victim's head was covered in a plastic bag and fixed with sticky tape.

We will update you with more information as soon as we have it. Newsstop


dateiconAugust 27, 2011

Gasoline Prices Drop Sharply

The price of 91 and 95 octane petrol and diesel have been reduced significantly, when the government's proposal to suspend the oil fund levy was approved yesterday.

For example, the price of 95 octane gasoline is now at 39.32 baht per liter. This is more than eight baht cheaper than yesterday when the price stood at 47.34 baht per liter. Newsstop

dateiconAugust 26, 2011

1.5 Billion to Tourist Destinations

Thailand's Tourism Ministry have announced that they will apply for 1.5 billion baht to improve and beautify some predetermined tourist destinations in Thailand. This shall be done in 2012 and the process will start in Bangkok. Other destinations mentioned are Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). Newsstop

Hotel Reservation Required for Visa?!

Today The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the requirements for obtaining a 60 day tourist visa now requires that the applicant must obtain a hotel reservation in advance. Even the plane ticket (round trip) must be booked in advance. If the Thai embassies and consultants will require this kind of documentation (in reality), remains to be seen.

IMPORTANT! Most countries' citizens are allowed stay 30 days in Thailand (and will get a Visa on Arrival at the airport), without applying for a visa in advance in their home country. Newsstop

dateiconAugust 24, 2011

Fire Destroys Koh Kaew Market

Koh Kaew Market in Phuket was destroyed by fire early this morning. Six fire trucks and twenty firefighters arrived on the scene, but it took two hours before they managed to get the fire under control. At that time, much of the market place was already destroyed.

Koh Kaew Market is an indoor market in the middle of Patong and more than 200 vendors reported have suffered because of the fire. However, luckily no one was killed. Newsstop


dateiconAugust 23, 2011

Most Appreciated Hotels in Thailand

There are an almost unlimited number of hotels and in Thailand and sometimes it can seem almost impossible to choose the right one. Before the breakthrough of the internet we had to rely on tips from other travelers.

But nowadays it is easy to find reviews and ratings on the web which allows us to avoid the worst hotels and find the "real gems". We have selected the hotels that have received exceptionally good reviews by guests. Just click the link below. Newsstop

  The hotels in Thailand with the best reviews

Thaksin: "No Plans to Go Home"

Thaksin Shinawatra says he has no plans to return to Thailand in the foreseeable future. He visited Japan last week but he no longer has a valid Thai passport, because the previous government annulled it.

However, he has received new passports issued by the two states, Montenegro and Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan passport was awarded Thaksin in April 2009 and the Montenegrin citizenship and passport were given to him in March 2010. Newsstop

Thaksin Shinawatra 2005
THAKSIN IN THE US, 2005 - Photo by: DoD photo, Helene C. Stikkel

dateiconAugust 22, 2011

7-Eleven Supports 300 Baht Policy

Many economists and businesses have rejected the new government's pledge to raise the minimum wage in Thailand to 300 baht per day. However, the convenience store chain 7-Eleven says that they accept the proposal.

Piyawat Titasattavorakul, president of CP All Public Company Limited, which operates 7-Eleven in Thailand, also claims that the chain does not have plans to raise prices in the near future. Newsstop


New Layout for the Blog and

Those of you who follow this news blog have probably noticed that there has been very few updates during the last week. The reason for this is, among other things, that we have worked on "cleaning up the site". We have changed the layout, some colors and fonts, and cleaned up the navigation to make it more user-friendly.

Yes, but what the content then!? From now on we will focus a little more on tourism and the various forms of accommodation in Thailand, but will continue with the news blog as usual. We sincerely hope you will like the result!

The ambition is to create a first class and comprehensive Thailand portal! Newsstop

A new design
NEW LAYOUT AND DESIGN - Photo and graphics by: Jens W,

dateiconAugust 12, 2011

HM Queen Sirikit turns 79

HM Queen Sirikit celebrates her 79th birthday today, and we wish her a very pleasant birthday and a long and continued happy life. HM Sirikit looked very fresh and vital on TV last night! We would also like to congratulate all the moms on Thailand's Mother's Day! Newsstop

The Birthday of the Thai Queen today

dateiconAugust 11, 2011

Breaking News

Prison Riot in Narathiwat

Inmates at Narathiwat Central Prison started a riot this morning, after the prison guards had confiscated cell phones, yaba pills (methamphetamine) and knives. The inmates shouted, booed and threw objects at the guards and reinforcement was called.

The inmates made an attempt to run for the prison walls, but police used tear gas which caused the inmates to retreat. The policemen were armed with rifles loaded with rubber bullets and fire trucks with ladders were used to monitor the situation from above.

This afternoon, the mayor of Narathiwat ensured that the riot was stopped and that no one has been seriously injured. Newsstop

dateiconAugust 10, 2011

Iranian Nabbed with 3.5 kg "Ice"

A 22-year-old Iranians was arrested this morning at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The customs found 3.5 kg of crystal meth (Ice) in his luggage. The raid was made after a tip to police. The narcotics is worth about twelve million baht.

Our thoughts: Several Iranians have been arrested in Thailand in recent years with rather large batches of narcotics. The Thai narcotics police are, of course, aware of this. One may ask whether it is worth US$5,000 (the amount he was paid) to risk several decades in a rough prison. Newsstop

Bodybuilder Dies in Sauna

Aziz "Zyzz" Sergeyevich Shavershian, an Australian bodybuilder, personal trainer and model has died in Bangkok, only 22 years old. He was found in a spa sauna and was rushed to hospital but his life could not be saved.

Our thoughts: It's tragic when young people die. Our thoughts and condolences to the family.

I've seen a blog post in which people have suggested that anabolic steroids and similar substances may have contributed to the young man's death. It is obviously futile to speculate further at this stage (before an autopsy report), because also young can suffer from complications from undiagnosed heart defects, etc. Newsstop

dateiconAugust 9, 2011

German Forger Nabbed in Chiang Mai

A 30-year-old German man has been arrested in Chiang Mai with a number of home-made 500 baht and 100 baht banknotes in his pocket. In his room the police found a color printer and other "equipment" for making counterfeit money.

Our thoughts: You should be careful describing people you don't know as dumb. However, I must say that I heard of more elaborate criminal ideas and actions than this (although you never should encourage such). What consequences can this young German expect? Will it be worth it? Of course not, but it will be a very harsh lesson. If you can't afford to stay in Thailand, arrange for a return ticket (in worst case with financial assistance from relatives and friends). Newsstop

1 Mil Rai of Flooded Rice Fields

Estimated one million rai of rice paddies have been flooded due to the intense rainfall in recent weeks.

Thailand's rice harvest is expected to be hard-hit this year, as every rai produces on average of 400 kg of rice. With a simple arithmetic, you'll understand that the damage (and loss of income for farmers and the country) is huge. Newsstop

Gold over THB 25,000 per Baht

The price of gold continue to rise. Whoever who decides to buy 23 carat gold jewelry today, will have to pay at least THB 25.400 per baht (15.16 grams).

The price of gold has increased about 10% in two weeks and it has quintupled in a decade. Some "experts" predicts that the price will continue to increase due to higher demand, current stock market collapse, U.S. being downgrade from AAA to AA + and the economic situation in South Europe. Many investors tend to buy more gold in times of economic hardship. Newsstop

dateiconAugust 6, 2011

Yingluck New PM - Abhisit Re-elected

Yingluck Shinawatra, will officially become Thailand's first female prime minister on Monday, when His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected to give his consent.

Abhisit Vejjajiva has also been re-elected as leader of the Democrat Party, the main opposition party in Thailand. Newsstop

dateiconAugust 4, 2011

What does a Farang Eat?

What do foreigners eat in Thailand? Obviously, there are as many answers as there are "farangs" in the country, so I'll probably just talk for myself. About one third of the food I eat is traditional Thai dishes, one third is some kind of "fusion cuisine" and one third is food from other sources (everything from Swedish to Indian dishes). Fusion cuisine means mixed elements of dishes from different cultures.

I like a large variety of Thai dishes, but Tom Yum and Phrik Gaeng (red curry) are among the favorites, as well as dishes including fresh fish and seafood of various kinds. I really love spicy food. I often eat (but not always) as spicy as the locals. However, there are of course individual differences regarding the amount of chili that you use while cooking, even among Thais. Some have three fresh chilies in their Gaeng (curry), while others will be satisfied only at twenty!

Me and my wife buy our food at the local market, Tesco Lotus and in Makro. The latter are two supermarkets on the island. It would of course be ideal to only buy food at the market, as it also supports the local population and the phenomenon itself, but unfortunately, I must admit that the quality of some of the foods is not always the best.

Chili, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, black pepper, red wine and olives are taste-enhancing ingredients I frequently use when I'm cooking at home.

Nowadays, I eat very little red meat (beef and pork), but a lot of chicken, seafood and fish. I really love salmon. I try to cut down on the carbohydrates in foods, especially sugars, as it makes me fat. However, I eat quite a lot of veggies. Broccoli, tomato, avocado, various kinds of onions and green peppers are the favorites.

Rambutan, pomelo, and mangosteen are my favorite fruits. All three are easy to obtain here on the island!

Red wine is one of my vices (especially Amarone), but as an everyday beverage I mostly drink water (carbonated and non carbonated). Tomato juice and grapefruit juice are also personal favorites.

My home-cooked lunch today (see picture below) consisted of:

• 250 grams of chicken fillet
• Five garlic cloves
• Five small fresh chilies
• Ten green olives
• Two tomatoes
• Red wine vinegar
• Olive oil
• Pumpkin seeds

Make a marinade of olive oil, pressed or finely chopped garlic, finely chopped chilies and little salt. Chop up the chicken into bite-sized pieces and place them in the marinade overnight. Stir-fry or roast the chicken in a little olive oil. Salt to taste. Slice up the tomatoes and pour over some olive oil and red wine vinegar and dried pumpkin seeds.

Serve with brown rice, pasta or fried potatoes. Newsstop

Chicken with garlic and chili
MY LUNCH TODAY - Photo by: Jens W,

dateiconAugust 2, 2011

Pheu Thai Defends Tablet Policy

The winners of the election, Pheu Thai defends their idea to offer a tablet computer to each student in Thailand. The party believes that teachers still are important for maintaining the quality of learning, but the tablets are a great tool to quickly find the latest information.

In an experiment, they equipped first graders in Chiang Mai with tablets and now they want to continue with the experiment in other grades.

Critics have suggested that Pheu Thais election promises (including this) could be harmful to the national economy if implemented in the current situation. Newsstop


dateiconAugust 1, 2011

Best Accommodation 2011 - Koh Samui

There are plenty and plenty of hotels in Thailand. I have manually picked out the ones who have received the very best guest reviews in Koh Samui. The requirements to be listed below are these:

1. More than 25 reviews made

2. A score of more than 8.5 of out of 10.

The hotels and the resorts are listed by rate. The cheapest first and the luxury resorts last.

  Baan Sukreep Resort (Chaweng Noi) - Info

  Thongtakian Resort (Ao Thongtakian) - Info

  Lamai Buri Resort (Lamai) - Info

  Rajapruek Samui Resort (Lipa Noi) - Info

  Grand Thai House Resort (Lamai) - Info

  Promtsuk Buri (Ao Thongtakian) - Info

  Smile House Resort (Bo Phut) - Info

  Malibu Beach Resort (Chaweng) - Info

  Am Samui Palace (Lamai) - Info

  Maenamburi Resort (Maenam) - Info

  Sans Souci Samui (Chaweng) - Info

  White House Beach Resort (Choeng Mon) - Info

  B1 Villa & Spa (Bo Phut) - Info

  Samui Jasmine Resort (Lamai) - Info

  Baan Chaweng Beach Resort (Chaweng) - Info

  Lamai Wanta Resort (Lamai) - Info

  Samui Paradise Chaweng (Chaweng) - Info

  Thai House Beach Resort (Lamai) - Info

  Imperial Boat House (Choeng Mon) - Info

  Peace Resort (Bo Phut) - Info

  Dara Samui Beach Resort (Chaweng) - Info

  Amari Palm Reef Resort (Chaweng) - Info

  Baan Haad Ngam Resort (Chaweng) - Info

  Muang Samui Spa Resort (Chaweng) - Info

  Buri Rasa Village (Chaweng) - Info

  The Library (Chaweng) - Info

We hope this can help you to plan your vacation in Samui. Please note that these reviews can and will change over time. The hotels listed above were all rated above 8.5 (out of 10) at August 1, 2011.

In 2012, the criteria and requirements will be even tougher. Only the hotels with the very best reviews will be listed. Next week I will list the hotels Koh Phangan and Koh Tao with the highest ratings. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 29, 2011

A More Efficient Reservation System

The technicians have worked hard to simplify the process for booking hotels in our Thailand-related websites. Among other things, you can now choose a variety of payment options. Before you were limited to credit card payments only. Also the pages have been given a facelift and the features have become better.

We have cooperated with Sawadee / R24 for about ten years, which also owns the building where our office is situated. The reservation team has an extensive experience of hotel booking in Thailand and they have worked hard in 2011 to make the booking process more "convenient" for the customer. This combined with the ambition to offer the best possible rates.

The effort on making the booking system even more user-friendly will continue. We want to thank everyone who booked hotels and accommodation with us over the years. The goal is as usual to combine great service with very low prices. Newsstop


dateiconJuly 28, 2011

Thailand Mourns Death of Princess

HRH Princess Bejaratana has died. She was the daughter of King Rama VI (1881-1925) and was born in 1925 in Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang (Grand Palace). A one hundred-day mourning period in honor of the princess will follow. Flags will also be at half mast at all public institutions for fifteen days.

The Princess was an accomplished musician and a devout Buddhist and nationalist. Reportedly, all her clothes were made in Thailand.

HRH Princess Bejaratana passed away at 85. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 27, 2011

Gold Jewelry: THB 23.200 per Baht

The gold price is the same worldwide, so even here in Thailand the gold price has climbed sharply because of the shaky economy in the US and Southern Europe and a weak dollar.

Today the price for a baht of gold jewelry is THB 23.200. The baht is the traditional thai weight unit, equal to 15:16 grams The unit has the same name as the Thai currency. Many individuals and companies choose to exchange some of their savings in gold these days. Some financial advisors suggest that you should have at least 10% of your assets in gold.

The gold price has doubled in just three years! Newsstop

dateiconJuly 26, 2011

Assimilation in a New Culture

I am not suggesting that immigration and integration in Europe (for example), works perfectly, it's not my point here. Instead I thought about applying arguments from the debate for us in Thailand.

Let's start with the language. Honestly, how many of us who live here full time, are fluent in Thai? I know one and maybe five that are able to speak ONLY in Thai with the locals, but I know about one hundred people who are only able to form simple sentences. To be honest, I can only make myself understood and participate in simple discussions. I can read and write only parts of the alphabet. And this after seven years in the country! Most (but not all) immigrants in Europe, are speaking the new language relatively well after seven years. English works fine with 90% of people in Samui. Obviously because I live on an island where tourism is the main industry. The question is whether this "excuse" is good or if it can even be considered as an excuse?!

And what about the culture? How many of us begin to embrace the Thai customs, other than that we visit a temple a few times a year to get the white lace tied around our wrist? How many of us read Thai literature, watch Thai movies, follows the Thai news and go to Thai theater? In this case, my personal conscience a "little whiter". I am naturally interested in everything related to the country and has been so for over twenty years. Partly, it has to do with my job, partly because I have been "hooked on Thailand" since I was a teenager and first experienced the heat at Don Muang International Airport.

What about the economy? The Thai social safety net does not allow us to live on government benefits, except for limited medical care if we work (legally) in the country and the company pays its social costs. Moreover, I wonder if "we" do not contribute to more Thai jobs, than we "steal jobs" from the locals. In this regard, there is probably no one direct cause for introspection.

Ok, the Thai society is not exactly world famous for its aspirations to assimilate us foreigners. But the times we whine about how bad immigrants adapt in Europe, we can always take the opportunity to examine ourselves a little, or at least give it some thought. Naturally, I promise that within a year to write about any progress I made ​​on my language skills. My first task was to schedule 30 minutes Thai-learning at work every day. There are obvious advantages of being "your own boss". Newsstop

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dateiconJuly 24, 2011

A Third Helicopter Crashes!

Another Thai army helicopter crashed in Petchaburi this morning! This one was of Bell 212 model and it is the third that crashes in just a week. Three of the crewmen were killed and one was injured. He is treated at hospital but was able to give interviews during the day.

Pittaya Krachangwong, Commander of the Royal Thai Army Aviation, said that the helicopter type will be subject to a temporary ban on flights and checks will be conducted. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 23, 2011

"Our Thoughts are with Norway"

Yesterday was a very tragic day. A narcissistic wacko believes that he is doing something noble and politically motivated when he kills nearly one hundred teenagers at a youth camp. The attacks were extremely well planned and according to his "manifesto", the preparations took several years!

Initially, I was angry and then I started to think of the victims of this insane madness. I can not even imagine how horrible it must be for the parents who will have to bury their own beloved daughters and sons. I guess that the perpetrator's family also are experiencing the worst nightmare of their lives. Our thoughts are with Norway and its people! Newsstop

dateiconJuly 21, 2011

Two Helicopters Crashed

Two Thai military helicopters have crashed in the past week near the Thai-Burmese border. In the latter incident, the helicopter was a Black Hawk and it was found by Burmese troops.

Five people were killed in the first crash and eight soldiers (some high ranked) and a journalist from Channel 5, were killed in the second crash. The weather was bad when the incidents occurred. Newsstop

Black Hawk utility helicopter

dateiconJuly 19, 2011

Train Crash in Southern Thailand

A train en route from Bangkok to Surat Thani collided with a truck today in the province of Ratchaburi. 42 passengers were injured, of whom about half are foreigners. Also the truck driver was injured. There are no reports of deaths.

The injured passengers are citizens of Thailand, New Zealand, Denmark, United States, Germany and Switzerland. The most seriously injured are still in hospital. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 18, 2011

UN: Both to Leave the Temple Area

UN's highest court in Hague has decided to create a provisional demilitarized zone around the disputed Preah Vihear temple. This means that both Thailand and Cambodia have been ordered to withdraw their military forces from the area.

Representatives from both countries said they were satisfied with the court's decision. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 16, 2011

Asanha Bucha and Wan Khao Pansa

Yesterday, Asanha Bucha (วันอาสาฬหบูชา) was celebrated in Thailand. Many Thais are then visit the local temples in honor of Buddha's first sermon. Alcohol sales are prohibited and this day is also a national holiday in Thailand.

It also means the start of Wan Khao Pansa, which means that the monks will spend three months in their temple. Newsstop

Lord Buddha is teaching
BUDDHA IN THE DEER PARK- The painting is found at: Wat Chedi Liem

dateiconJuly 14, 2011

Iranian Nabbed with 15 Kg of Ice

A 28-year-old Iranian citizen has been arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport on suspicion of having smuggled 15 kg 'ice' to Thailand. Ice is a form of methamphetamine.

The drugs were "sculpted" into works of art at a very advanced and "creative" way, but the customs officers had received a tip which led to the man stopped and had his luggage searched.

The street value is estimated to be about 50 million baht. The Thai narcotic laws are very strict and the arrested man will probably spend decades behind bars, if he is found guilty. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 12, 2011

Breaking News

Eight Killed in Head-on Collision

Seven students and their driver were killed today in a traffic accident in Surat Thani province. Eight people were seriously injured and were rushed to hospital.

The bus was on its way to Yala when a head-on collision with a ten-wheel truck occurred. Newsstop


Australian Teacher Shot in Chiang Mai

Lynda Cody, a middle-aged teacher from Melbourne, was shot by armed robbers, while sitting in a car. She had been visiting a night market outside Chiang Mai.

Fortunately the bullet only grazed the back of the head and she had to get six stitches at a nearby hospital. The incident is now being investigated by the police. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 9, 2011

"Bangkok - World's Best City"

According to the travel magazine "Travel and Leisure", Bangkok is voted as the world's best city (chosen by the readers), according to these criteria: sights, culture, restaurants, people, shopping, and value.

Top 10 list:

1. Bangkok - 90,49 points
2. Florence - 89,92 points
3. Rome - 88,45 points
4. New York City - 88,40 points
5. Istanbul - 88,18 points
6. Cape Town - 88,06 points
7. Siem Reap - 87,90 points
8. Sydney - 87,84 points
9. Barcelona - 87,83 points
10. Paris - 87,78 points Newsstop

Bangkok at night
BANGKOK AFTER DAWN - Photo by: Jens W,

dateiconJuly 8, 2011

We are covering the election

Thai general elections 2011

Democrats Appoints New Leader

According to Suthep Thaugsuban, the Democrats (Phak Prachathipat) is to hold a meeting in mid-August to nominate a party leader. Newsstop

Democrats Want to Dissolve Pheu Thai

Democrats' legal team is preparing to ask the Election Commission (EC) to disbandment Pheu Thai because of the presence of banned members during the election campaign.

The politicians who are considered to be 'controversial' are former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thai Rak Thai, Jaturon Chaisang. According to Democrats Thaksin and Jaturon should be considered to lose their right to work politically for five years. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 6, 2011

Thai general elections 2011

Pheu Thai: Raising Minimum Wages

Pheu Thai says that they will raise the minimum wages to 300 baht a day. The state employees (with the lowest wages) are expected to receive the wage increase in October.

The increase has been criticized by various entrepreneurs in the private sector and some economists. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 4, 2011

Thai general elections 2011

Five Parties in Coalition

Pheu Thai, which won 265 seats of 500 possible, is now part of a coalition with four other parties. Together they hold 299 seats.

The four other parties in the coalition:

Chart Thai Pattana Party - 19 seats

Chart Pattana Puea Pandin - 7 seats

Phalang Chon Party - 7 seats

Mahachon Party - 1 seat Newsstop

Many Post-Election Questions

Our thoughts: The next six months will probably provide answers to these questions:

• Exactly which parties will be included in the coalition?

• Which ministers will be included in the government?

• Will Jatuporn Prompan be allowed to become a minister?

• Will any senior politicians from other parties join Pheu Thai instead?

• Will Abhisit leave the political scene now?

• And probably the most important question, will Thaksin return? And if so, in what role? And what kind of reception will he get from supporters and opponents?

We sincerely hope that Thailand's political situation can be stabilized. No more of the unrest and violence that the country experienced in 2010. Newsstop

Preliminary Election Results

The preliminary election results show that the three largest parties will get the following number of seats in the Thai Parliament:

Pheu Thai Party - 265 seats

Phak Prachathipat (Democrats) - 159 seats

Bum Jai Thai - 34 seats

If the numbers change (when they become official), we will of course update this. Newsstop

Abhisit Resigns as Party Leader

Abhisit Vejjajiva is resigning as leader of the Democrats. However, it is still uncertain whether he will accept the possibility of re-election when the party must choose a new leader in a relatively near future. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 3, 2011

Thai general elections 2011

Thank You and Congratulations!

Congratulations Pheu Thai and Yingluck Shinawatra to the election victory!

In addition, thanks to all of you who have been reading! Tomorrow we are back with more news, more analysis on the election and other events in Thailand. Newsstop

Yingluck Speaks to the Nation

Yingluck Shinawatra thanks her constituents, colleagues and even his political opponents.She expressed that the victory is not a victory for the party but an opportunity to serve the people. Newsstop

Abhisit Congratulates Yingluck

Abhisit has congratulated Yingluck. It looks like Thailand gets its first female prime minister. Pheu Thai have the mandate to form a government. Newsstop

Thaksin Seems Confident of Victory

Thaksin Shinawatra seems confident of victory. He says that "the Thai people are tired of conflict" and that "Pheu Thai is the only party that offers reconciliation". Newsstop

Democrats Victorious in Bangkok?

Very preliminary results suggest that the Democrats are ahead of Pheu Thai in Bangkok. We'll have to await the final outcome. Newsstop

Democrats Awaits Official Results

Democrats say they are waiting for the official election results. Newsstop

Almost 2000 Complaints to the EC

Until the election, the Thai Election Commission has received 1.929 complaints about alleged election fraud. Some of these cases will be investigated. Newsstop


Celebrations at Pheu Thai's HQ

In Pheu Thais headquarters, the mood is great, but Yingluck Shinawatra will not comment yet. Newsstop

The Polling Stations have Closed

Now the polls are closed in Thailand. Some exit polls are predicting a great victory for Pheu Thai. Newsstop

Smooth Election Day in Bangkok

It seems that the turnout in the capital is high, and there are no reports of serious incidents. The atmosphere is somewhat relaxed at most polling stations. Newsstop

Arrested for Attempted Vote Buying

A woman was arrested today in Maha Sarakham suspected of preparing to pay people to vote for a particular candidate. In a bag, police found lots of hundred baht notes. Newsstop

Queues at some Polling Stations

It is raining in some parts of Thailand today, for example in Songkhla and Sukhothai, but it does not seem to prevent Thais from exercising their democratic right to vote. Outside some polling stations, the queues are quite long. Newsstop

Brothers Wounded in Voting Dispute

Two brothers were hospitalized after attacking each other, including using a hunting gear used to catch rats. The cause of quarrel is said to be a dispute about the election combined with alcohol. Newsstop

Abhisit and Yingluck have Voted

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra voted early today in Bangkok. Both said thought they would be victorious. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 2, 2011

Thai general election 2011

170,000 Policemen at Polling Stations

According to Thai authorities, 170,000 policemen (!) are protecting the polling stations in Thailand to maintain order. Newsstop

Trains and Buses Full of Voters

Today, the buses and trains heading to northern and northeastern Thailand have been full of voters who are on their way to their home provinces to vote.

The provinces in the north and northeast is traditionally Pheu Thai strongholds and many people from these parts of Thailand are working in Bangkok and in the southern tourist resorts. Newsstop

Chavalit: Thaksin can Return

The former general, Prime Minister and current Pheu Thai politician Chavalit Yongchaiyudh believe that Thaksin Shinawatra can return to Thailand if the Pheu Thai Party is victorious in the elections. Newsstop

Preliminary Election Results at 9pm

The Election Commission of Thailand has indicated that it expects that the preliminary election results will be available at nine o'clock tomorrow night. Newsstop

dateiconJuly 1, 2011

Thai general elections 2011

Pheu Thai Denies Bribing the Media

An email sent from a Pheu Thai advisor to Thaksin Shinawatra was reportedly leaked to the Thai press. The email claims that the advisor should have spent more than 20,000 baht for food and drink along with named journalists.

In a statement, Pheu Thai denies that they are bribing the press. Newsstop

Two Thais Sentenced to Death

Two Thai nationals have been sentenced to death by hanging in Malaysia. The two men, 37 and 44 years old, was sentenced for drug trafficking involving 21.6 kilograms of cannabis into the country.

The men deny the charges, claiming that it was not them who were carrying the drugs found in the tourist minivan they were traveling in. Newsstop

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My name is Jens and I was born in the early seventies in Södertälje, Sweden. I traveled for the first time to Thailand in 1989-1990 and already then started to have strong (positive) feelings for the country and it's people. During subsequent trips, it was mainly beach-life and Muay Thai training on the agenda but as time has gone by a strong interest regarding Thailand's history, community and culture has emerged within me. In early 2004, I moved here permanently.

My wife Rawadee is indirectly involved in the writing and contributes with knowledge, facts and inspiration. We try to alternate daily news from the country with our own reflections. The news and blog are illustrated with some photos, both my own and others. I hope you'll find the reading somewhat useful and I am of course open to your comments, suggestions and criticisms.

We are full-time geeks. Jens is working with web development, search engine optimization, graphic design and photography. Rawadee had a computer shop before, but is now also working with web development.

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