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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.

dateiconDecember 29, 2012

Tourism Record in Thailand

According to official sources, Thailand has been visited by more tourists this year than ever before. Piyamarn Techapaibul, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) describes 2012 as a golden year for the tourism industry. TCT states that approximately 22 million tourists visited the country this year. Of these, 2.5 million are Chinese! They are followed by Russia, India, South Korea and Japan. Newsstop

Pool in Khao Sok

dateiconDecember 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, whether you are in Thailand or elsewhere. Take the opportunity to enjoy good food and (hopefully) good company! Newsstop

Merry Christmas 2012

dateiconDecember 22, 2012

A Personal Tragedy in Koh Samui

KOH SAMUI - A Chinese newlywed couple on a honeymoon in Koh Samui suffered the most horrible tragedy one can imagine. Both died (!) After having slipped on the rocks and fallen into the water at the tourist attraction Hinta Hinyai, south of Lamai. They probably died from the injuries they sustained from hitting the cliffs during the fall and / or due to drowning.
The deceased man could be lifted out of the water at the location. The woman was found later.

Our thoughts: A story could not be more horrible than this. Just a minute earlier, they were a happy couple in love, with an bright future ahead of them, but the next minute they are both dead because of a completely unnecessary and bizarre accident. Many of us who live on the island are sad and sorry for them, and their relatives. Newsstop

dateiconDecember 20, 2012

Healthy Snacks in Thailand

We are probably many who like to eat something sweet or salty in the evening on the couch in front of a movie, etc. Potato chips and candy are undeniably yummy, but also rather unhealthy. Fortunately, there are good and delicious alternatives to be found, also in Thailand:
Nuts, beans, seeds and almonds - Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, peanuts and beans etc. are available at convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Family Mart, as well as market places etc. Nuts, beans and almonds contain very healthy fats and minerals, but they are also contain a lot of calories, so it may be wise to limit your intake a little. Some varieties are also rich in sodium (salt).
Freeze-dried fruits and berries - These are also starting to show up in many of the small shops and the department stores. This snack is exclusively made of strawberry, mango, banana slices, papaya, etc. and freeze-dried. Some brands have no additives of either sugar or fat, while others have it (read the list of ingredients, which is usually also available in English). The freeze-dried strawberries (see picture below) are simply fantastic (but unfortunately expensive).
Tropical fruits - Why not take the opportunity to eat fruit that not exist in non-tropical countries, but are very common here in Thailand? Ok, fruit is fruit, not sweets, but I really would like to suggest three delicious variants: mangosteen, longan and rambutan. Newsstop

Rather healthy candy

dateiconDecember 14, 2012

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dateiconDecember 13, 2012

Breaking News

Abhisit Charged with Murder Today

BANGKOK - Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban is currently on trial on suspicion of murder. They will be questioned about the demonstrations and riots in Bangkok, two and a half years ago. They are suspected of having ordered troops to use live ammunition against red shirts protesters.

Initially, Abhisit is charged of the fatal shooting of taxi driver Phan Kamkong. Abhisit himself claims that the charges are political and that he acted properly in order to stabilize the country. About ninety people were killed during the unrest and nearly two thousand people were injured.

Also, twenty-four senior red shirts are facing trial on suspicion of terrorist crimes, committed during the same period. Newsstop

dateiconDecember 12, 2012

Man Sold Fake Driving Licenses

PATTAYA - A 38-year-old German man, has been arrested on suspicion of selling fake driver's licenses for 15.000 baht apiece.

A Swiss man was offered to buy one of the fake driving licenses, but chose instead to contact the police in Pattaya, who carried out an undercover operation against the German. He will now be prosecuted for falsifying government documents.


Our thoughts: Oh my Buddha! Did he really think he could get away with this? And ... who would buy an illegal (and therefore risky) Thai driving license, when it is relatively easy to obtain one legally?! Newsstop

dateiconDecember 5, 2012

The King of Thailand Turns 85!

BANGKOK - Today the King of Thailand, HM Bhumibol Adulyadej was celebrated on his 85th birthday in front of a huge crowd at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok. His son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, was addressing the celebration and the King himself also expressed his desire for a Thai people acting morally. Unfortunately, HM Queen Sirikit could not participate because of health reasons. wish the King a fantastic birthday and a long and happy life! We also congratulate all fathers, as it is Father's Day in Thailand today. Newsstop

dateiconDecember 4, 2012

Tiger Kills Again

YALA - A 43-year-old woman was killed by a tiger in the province of Yala, last night. The attack occurred on a rubber plantation, just ten kilometers from the place where a man was killed by a tiger just a few days ago.

The woman's husband tried to defend her, but when the tiger attacked, he had to climb up a tree to not be killed himself. Thai authorities believe that it is the same tiger as in the last attack.

Our thoughts: First, we have to express our sympathies for the families loss. Obviously, this is a terrible tragedy for them. Unfortunately, the tragedy is two-fold. The tigers in the area are few and threatened. One hopes that there is room for some sort of compromise. Newsstop

dateiconDecember 3, 2012

Murder Suspect Back in Phuket

PHUKET - The British citizen and murder suspect Lee Aldhouse is now back in Phuket. He fled the island and Thailand in 2010, after stabbing U.S. Marine Dashawn Longfellow to death.
Lee landed at Phuket Airport on Saturday and was taken directly to the Chalong Police Station. Lee is the first British citizen who has been extradited to Thailand in 100 years.
The Englishman has admitted the stabbing, but says that he did not intend to kill. He faces a very long prison sentence if he is found guilty. Newsstop
Our thoughts: I am convinced that Lee did not experience the same enjoyment of landing at Phuket Airport as most others do. As suspected of a serious crime, you are by no means "safe", even if you manage to escape from Thailand.

dateiconNovember 30, 2012

Killed by Tiger in Southern Thailand?

YALA - 44-year-old Hyaya Seng was found dead on Thursday at the rubber plantation where he worked. The plantation is located in the mountainous areas near the Malaysian border. Traces of an adult tiger and a young tiger indicates that he probably died due to injuries he received during a tiger attack. Villagers argue that a similar attack occurred last year. Newsstop

The number of wild tigers in Thailand are now fewer than 300, according to The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Newsstop

Malaysisk tiger
TIGER OF THE KIND FOUND IN THE AREA - Photo by: B_cool, Singapore

dateiconNovember 29, 2012

Iranians Busted for Running Meth Lab

PATTAYA - Three Iranian nationals, 25, 28 and 36 years old, have been arrested in Pattaya, suspected of manufacturing and selling crystallized methamphetamine (known as ya-ice in Thailand). Initially, they were only selling their substances in Pattaya, but later it's believed that they expanded their 'business' to the capital. Police raided two houses. First, their apartment building where the manufacturing is suspected to have taken place. Then a bungalow, where the trio are believed to have packed the drugs. The police found several large bags of ya-ice in the bungalow.

The police have had their eyes on the trio for a time, because they noticed that they imported chemicals that are frequently used in drug manufacturing. Some substances were hidden in ceramic jars to avoid it to been seen when x-rayed by the customs.

Production of crystallized methamphetamine might result in capital punishment in Thailand. However, it is rare that it imposed. The Iranians can probably expect very long sentences, if found guilty. Newsstop


dateiconNovember 28, 2012

Man Blamed for Girlfriend's Death

KOH SAMUI - Australian citizens Jamie Keith and Nicole Fitzsimons chose Koh Samui for their romantic holiday in Thailand, this October. They had a great time on the island, but an evening, a horrible accident occurred. They were sitting on their rented motorbike, waiting to turn into their resort. A surveillance camera were documenting how a Thai man came speeding on a motorbike, crashing straight into the couple's bike. Both were thrown off and they landed on the street. Nicole died three hours later, because of her severe injuries.

The tragedy became even more horrifying when the local police accused Jamie of the accident. They tried to convince him to sign a paper written in Thai, where he took full responsibility. He refused, and the police kept him for six days before he was allowed to go home. The man who crashed into the couple's motorcycle was not charged. Newsstop

  In loving memory of Nicole Fitzsimons

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dateicon25 november, 2012

Demonstration Became an Anticlimax

BANGKOK - The former general, Boonlert Kaewprasit, one of the main originators of the demonstration in Bangkok yesterday, has said he will never do the same again. The number of people who participated in the rally was only 5-10%, of what he had expected. Newsstop

dateiconNovember 24, 2012

Breaking News

Rioters Clashes with Police in Bangkok

BANGKOK - Royalist protesters in Bangkok have clashed with police on several occasions today. 17.000 policemen were ordered out and they used tear gas against the rioters. About 130 people have been arrested. About twenty people were injured including seven policemen. The demonstration was held at the Royal Plaza Square, but later it also spread to Makkawan Bridge and Ratchadamnoen Nok Road.

In some areas, the demonstrations have been relatively calm, with music performances and political speeches. The police estimate the number of protesters at around 20,000 people.

The video below was shot this morning and shows the protesters' attacking the massive crowd of the police officers who responded with tear gas: Newsstop


dateiconNovember 23, 2012

Breaking News

1/2 Million Demonstrators Tomorrow?

BANGKOK - Pitak Siam, a group that is opposed to the current Thai government, say they believe that over 500,000 protesters will gather for tomorrow's rally at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok.

Five streets in the neighborhood was shut down today, in preparation for the massive demonstration. Rumors have been spread around during the last week. A high police chief has expressed concerns that there may be those who are preparing for a coup, or who even would try to kidnap the Prime Minister. These rumors have been vigorously denied by Pitak Siam.

People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has previously said that they will not participate during the protests, but many of their supporters will probably join Pitak Siam's manifestation.

We will report more tomorrow, Saturday. Newsstop

dateiconNovember 22, 2012

Breaking News

Murder Suspect Extradited to Thailand

British citizen Lee Aldhouse, suspected of murdering an American citizen in Phuket, will be extradited to Thailand. Britain's High Court rejected his appeal in which he argued that the Thai prison conditions are contrary to human rights.

Aldhouse fled from Thailand to his homeland after he stabbed the U.S. citizen Dashawn Longfellow to death in August 2010. He was later arrested at Heathrow Airport.

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May's decision to allow the extradition was initially overturned by the High Court, but they has now been agreed to extradite him. Newsstop


dateiconNovember 15, 2012

Obama Stays at Four Seasons

BANGKOK - The U.S. President will visit Thailand on November 18-19th. This is his planned schedule for the coming Sunday:

3:00 pm - Obama lands at Don Mueang Airport.

4:00 pm - Obama will visit Wat Po.

5:00m pm - Obama will meet the Thai King, HM Bhumibol Adulyadej, at the Siriraj Hospital.

6:00 pm - Obama will have a meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Late night - Press Conference, dinner and meeting with 600 U.S. embassy officials.

Even later at night - Obama is checking in at the Four Seasons Hotel. I guess a beer at the bar with him is regarded as unthinkable, haha.
Our thoughts: Personally I think it's nice and somewhat unexpected that the re-elected U.S. president visiting Thailand (and other countries in the region). Newsstop

dateiconNovember 14, 2012

15,000,000 Euro Blackmail

PATTAYA - An Austrian man was arrested yesterday in his apartment in Pattaya, on suspicion of attempted extortion. According to Interpol, the man have requested 15 million Euros (!) from a German food giant.

The man threatened to spread rumors that the company was selling poisoned products. Interpol could locate the man because he was using his home computer during the extortion attempts. He is expected to be extradited, because the crime was not directed against a Thai company.

Our thoughts: He also published a magazine called 'Thai Focus'. Given the nature of the crime and the parodic fact that he used his home computer, I suggest that he had anything but 'focus' in life. Newsstop

Survived a Fall from the 18th Floor

PHUKET - This morning, a 39-year-old Australian man fell from the 18th floor of the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa in Phuket. He first struck a plexi glass roof before he finally ended up on a cement terrace.

The man miraculously survived the fall, but his leg was very badly wounded. In addition, he injured several ribs and broke one wrist. He was taken to Patong Hospital by ambulance.

The cause of the accident is unknown by now, but the police found a chair on his balcony, with one of his shoes on it. The paramedics said that he smelled alcohol. Newsstop

dateiconNovember 9, 2012

Abhisit to be Stripped of Military Rank?

Thailand's Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat defends the committee which have decided that Abhisit Vejjajiva should lose their military rank and the income he earned from military lecturers.

Abhisit has stated that he believes that a smear campaign is behind the decision. He also says that it's politically motivated.

Abhisit was Thailand's prime minister between December 17, 2008 and August 5, 2011. Newsstop

dateiconNovember 8, 2012

Barack Obama to Visit Thailand

America's re-elected president, Barack Obama and Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, will visit Thailand on November 18 this year. Their visit will include a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but it is still unclear exactly what will be discussed during the meeting. Obama will also attend the East Asia Summit in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. Newsstop

dateiconNovember 5, 2012

Crazed and Naked in Pattaya

PATTAYA - A 37-year-old naked man from Kuwait was arrested yesterday at Walking Street in Pattaya. He was described as he suffered a state of "delirium" and when he was arrested, hundreds of spectators were gathered at the site. He resisted the arrest and also spat at a policeman. Newsstop

14-year old was Running a Brothel

SAMUT PRAKAN - A fourteen year old girl is now questioned by the police on suspicion of organizing prostitution with minors in Samut Prakan. Plainclothes policemen pretended to be customers and could reveal the business. The young prostitutes were aged 14-16 years.

Our thoughts: There is not much to say other than this is terrible. There are also adults involved. I hope that the police also will search for the customers. 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.

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