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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.

dateiconOctober 24, 2012

Rent a Bike in the Capital

Within a week, the first one hundred green bikes will be available for rent in Bangkok. In four months it is estimated that as much as one hundred stations with bikes will be available in the capital! The stations will be open from six in the morning until midnight.

It will be free to borrow a bike for up to fifteen minutes, then the price will increase gradually. If you borrow it for a whole day, it will costs 100 baht. Insurance is included in the price.

One reason for this initiative is to make people more environmentally aware. Newsstop

dateiconOctober 22, 2012

Immunity for UZI Shooting Senator

The Thai Senate voted on Monday to not allow the police to interrogate the senator who shot his ex-wife at the dinner table with an UZI (a submachine gun with its origins in Israel).

The senator, Boonsong Kowawisarat claim that the incident was an accident that occurred when he tried to remove a stucked bullet from the gun. He retains his constitutional right of immunity during the session. Under the Constitution, he can not be arrested without permission. However, this immunity will expire on 28 november.

If later convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison, but the police seem to believe his statement, that the tragic incident was an accident. Newsstop

dateiconOctober 12, 2012

Our Hotel Tip - Value for Money, Patong

Sala Thai Resort is a rather small but affordable budget-range hotel in the heart of Patong, located just minutes from the beach. Although it is close to the shopping facilities and the nightlife of Patong, it's peaceful in the resort area.

All rooms are designed and decorated in contemporary Thai style, with individual balconies facing the pool. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and children's pool, spa area and wireless internet. The Phuket Airport is reached in 45 minutes and Phuket Town is just 15 minutes away by car, by taxi or motorbike.

As usual, we do only recommend hotels with very good guest reviews in our hotel reservation and on Tripadvisor etc. Sala Thai Resort is no exception. The hotel has extraordinary good reviews for a resort in this price range. Newsstop

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dateiconOctober 11, 2012

DEET did NOT Kill Canadian Sisters

The two young Canadian sisters, as we have previously written about; Noémi Bélanger and Audrey Bélanger were not killed by DEET, as previously reported. Canadian pathologists states that the two certainly had DEET in the blood, but not in lethal amounts.

They believe that another substance aused the sisters' death. Another autopsy was conducted in Montreal, but the result of this has not yet been published. Newsstop

dateiconOctober 10, 2012

Expat Arrested for Explicit Photos

A 56-year-old Australian citizen has been arrested by the police in Pattaya, suspected of having posted explicit pictures on the internet of a Thai woman. The pictures have been published without the woman's consent, and these have been considered offensive and is said to hurt the woman's reputation.

The arrested man is locally known as a talented golfer.


Our thoughts: Sometimes it can be good to use your brain before you act. If you should post this kind of public photos, do it with pictures of yourself. Newsstop

dateiconOctober 8, 2012

Storm Gaemi became a Low Pressure

With pleasure, we can conclude that the storm Gaemi seems to have weakened to a low pressure in Thailand, with rainfalls as a result.

Our thoughts: Summed up in one word: Relief. Newsstop

dateiconOctober 7, 2012

The Storm Gaemi is Weakening

The tropical storm Gaemi, is expected to reach Thailand tomorrow (Monday). However, it seems its strength will be reduced to a tropical depression. In plain English, this means reduced wind speeds, but the chance of heavy rain.

Gaemi, which caused deaths in the Philippines has passed Vietnam over the weekend and is currently affecting Cambodia. But it is very likely that Thailand will be spared from a full blown tropical storm. Newsstop

dateiconOctober 4, 2012

93-Year-old Arrested on Sex Charges

A 93-year-old Australian man was arrested in the Burmese city of Pa-an some time ago. He has now been extradited to Thailand, from where he fled.

The old man is suspected of sexual abuse of minors in northern Thailand. He took the opportunity to escape from Thailand when he was set free on a 400,000 baht bail. Newsstop

dateiconOctober 1, 2012

Woman Assaulted after Full Moon Party

A 23-year-old Israeli woman states that she was the victim of an attempted rape, on the night after the latest full moon party in Koh Phangan. She left her friends at 3:30 in the morning and started walking towards her room, when a Thai man, aged 30-35, attacked her. He was violent and even tried to kiss her, but she bit him hard on his lip and hit him in the stomach, which meant that she was able to escape.

She was helped by passers-by who took her to a local clinic. They sent her to a hospital on the neighboring island of Koh Samui. Her clothes were bloody and she had wounds on her face. The police are looking for the suspect, believed to have a wound in the mouth region. Newsstop

The Beach Road in Chaweng

Thai Airways' First Superjumbo

Thai Airways' first Airbus A380, known as the Superjumbo, has now landed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

The airline have ordered six superjumbos and each plane will accommodate about 500 passengers. Newsstop

A superjumbo
AN AIRBUS, MODEL A380 - Photo by: Dmitry A. Mottl

dateiconSeptember 27, 2012

20 Million T-shirts for Victims

Twenty million white shirts will be printed for the benefit of those affected by the violent insurgency in southern Thailand over the past decade. The shirts will cost 250 baht each, and the excess will, among other things, support the creation of new jobs for the victims.

Those who are buying these T-shirts are asked to wear them on December 4 this year, the day before the King's eighty-fifth birthday. If this becomes reality, it means a new Guinness World Record in the category of "the number of people wearing t-shirts with the same message, at the same time". Newsstop

Cheap "Viagra" Version Released

Sidegra, a Viagra-like drug for men with erectile dysfunction, will go on sale on Monday in Thailand. Sidegra is launched to tackle the problem of counterfeit drugs on the market. It will be available in two packages, 50 mg for 100 baht and 100 milligrams for 180 baht. According to the government, you'll need a prescription to buy it. The active ingredient, sildenafil, is the same as in Viagra. Newsstop

dateiconSeptember 19, 2012

Breaking News

Politicians Sentenced to Death

Yesterday, Bangkok's highest court handed out the death penalty against two politicians, Sithiporn Kham-art and Ekasit Yoosuk for the murder of another politician's mother(!) She was killed in an attack in 1997, when a bomb exploded under her car.

Two other involved were sentenced to life imprisonment. Their only chance now is the possible opportunity to get a royal pardon. Newsstop

Rolls-Royce Expanding in Bangkok

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have already opened a showroom at Rama 3 in Bangkok. Now they are about to open a shop in Siam Paragon. The shop will provide various RR-related products and is the first of its kind in Asia. It will open its doors at the end of the year.

Our thoughts: We congratulate all multi-millionaires in the capital, who demand only the best. ;-) Newsstop

A Rolls Royce
A 2009 ROLLS ROYCE GHOST - Photo by: Thomas Doerfer

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dateiconSeptember 16, 2012

Bangkok's Taxi Drivers

I have to say that I feel some sympathy for the taxi drivers in the capital of Thailand. The taxi cars in Bangkok, model Toyota Altis, also known as Corolla, costs about 850,000 baht each. The drivers are leasing their cars for about 1500 baht a day (it varies) with contracts up to three years. This means that it costs more to lease a taxi for three years than to buy a brand new one. The driver will also have to pay for the fuel (the cars operates on gas - so called NGV) and their health care out their own pockets.

Yesterday I made four trips in taxi, altogether 4hours. For that I had to pay a little more1000 baht. For FOUR HOURS.

Honestly, not all drivers treat their customers fairly. Some of them try to cheat newcomers, or refuses to turn on the meter etc. That's another discussion, though not unimportant.

At least think about tipping of your driver, but only if you are treated fairly! Newsstop

A PURPLE AND A PINK TAXI - Photo by: Jens W,

dateiconSeptember 11, 2012

Cheaper Hotels and Better Service?!

Our thoughts: Recent price comparisons show that the prices of three and four star (and in some cases even five-star) hotels in Thailand has gone down in general. The hotel services have generally also improved, as well as breakfasts.

Why? The main reason is simply supply and demand. In many destinations, the hotels and resort are so many so they choose to have favorable campaigns and prices to attract new guests. For example, In Koh Samui, there are many more rooms than tourists, at least during low and middle seasons.

One of the key reasons for the improved service, generous breakfasts and a bit nicer rooms, is websites such as TripAdvisor (and similar comparison sites). Internet is powerful.

On the contrary, what many feared a few years ago, the prices on mid range and high-end accommodation in Thailand, has not become more expensive. Newsstop

dateiconSeptember 10, 2012

Tigers Found on Apartment Block Roof

Yesterday, the police found six malnourished tigers trapped in cages, on the roof of a residential building. A 28-year-old was arrested and he claimed that he intended to open a zoo. The police don't believe him and he faces up to four years in prison.

According to police, the tigers had not had enough food, and, according to the testimony, they looked "unhealthy". Other residents in the apartment building seems to have ignored the animals on the roof.

The tigers were sent to an animal shelter for care. Newsstop


dateiconSeptember 2, 2012

Breaking News

DEET Killed Canadian Sisters?

The two Canadian sisters Audrey Bélanger, 20 and Noémi Bélanger, 25 have undergone an autopsy and it appears that they died as the result of consuming DEET, the active ingredient in most insect repellent.

Among some young Thais, it has become popular to drink a poisonous mix consisting of kratom (leaves with a narcotic effect), Coke, cough medicine, and in this case even DEET. It may have caused the young women's utterly tragic deaths3.

Our thoughts: Do ALWAYS reject mystical drinks in Thailand. Stick to regular cocktails or non-alcoholic alternatives in form of fresh juices, etc. Also, consider if you really have to drink from so-called "buckets", if it's offered by someone you do not know well. Newsstop

DEET illustration
DEET - ONLY AGAINST MOSQUITOS- Illustration by: Jens W,

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A Few Words about me

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.

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