On the evening of October 19, 2005, iTV news carried a wire story about the translation of The Simpsons into Arabic (D'oh! Arabized Simpsons Aren't Getting Many Laughs, WSJ, October 14, 2005) including the detail that the Arabic Homer drinks Coke, not Duff Beef. After the report, the Thai newscasters joked that a Thai Homer could drink Mekong and be a gambler.
Above is the sign for a Simpsons-themed bar on Sukumvit Soi 22 from Bangkokeyes, a website that tracks the history of the Bangkok nightlife scene.
A knock-off latex Simpsons mask for 135 baht is one of the offerings at an OTOP (One Tamboon, One Product) shop in Songklha.
How long has The Simpsons been shown in Thailand?
Since 1994, The Simpsons has aired each Saturday night at 9 pm. In 2001, UBC changed its schedule to make use of dead time between their commerical-free shows, and began airing the Simpsons at 8:40pm. In October, 2002, they gave up on this scheduling and switched the Simpsons to 9:00pm. It is then repeated twice on Sunday and then on the following Thursday. After each season, the show is replaced by a season of another animated season (such as King of the Hill, Futurama, or Family Guy) before the next season is shown. The Simpsons appears on a cable network, originally called IBC, which eventually merged with its only competitor and become UBC. The network is commercial free, so there are no interruptions during the show. The network logo always appears in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. See The Simpsons translated into Thai for an example of what the show looks like onscreen.
Is the Simpsons dubbed or subtitled in Thailand?
Subtitled. See here for some screenshots.