India is influencing culture in Bangkok – AP, September 13, 2009
…India pops up in unexpected places in the Thai capital, with the country’s ancient Hindu civilization infusing the Thai language, classical dance and religious architecture…
Shopping in Yala – September 13, 2009
Dr. Has reports: This week is the final week for the Islamic to practice the fast period and is marked as the shopping period of the Muslims to buy new clothes for themselves and their family. Many who reside in villages come out to do shopping in the crowded atmosphere.
Ratchayothin flyover – September 12, 2009
Ratchayothin flyover is reduced to one lane each way for construction. Similar closures are happening around the city.
Confessions of a farang Bangkok bodysnatcher – Phuketwan, September 12, 2009
…He is the only non-Thai member of the Bodysnatchers of Bangkok, otherwise known as the Ruamkatanyu Foundation…
Outside the Thai consulate in Brisbane, Australia – September, 2009
Yesterday we posted the above photo. G. explains about the origin: The artist is Elsje Downes, and is somewhat prolific in Brisbane.
To brighten up the city’s traffic signal boxes, Brisbane artists are
giving them a little colour.
Swedish politician mulls Thai bows to counter swine flu – thelocal.se, September 8, 2009
[Thanks to Alex for pointing this out.]
Newsweek.com serves up scareware – PC Mag, September 7, 2009
…This and all the other screens, which are intended to resemble a local PC program, are in fact HTML coming from advancedpcscanner6.com. The domain was registered on September 3 to Prakit A Jiraporn of Bangkok...
Mugging victim dies in Thailand – BBC News, September 7, 2009
An Inverness woman who was mugged in Thailand a week ago has died in a Bangkok hospital…
Thai Airways finally discovers full potential of the internet – ETN, September 7, 2009
…Asked why Thai Airways is finally moving into e-fares in 2009 when most of its competitors did it five years ago, Boobphakam says only that now it’s history. The new EVP Commercial confirmed to have instructed marketing teams around the world to be prepared for a complete flexibility in fixing air fares…
Repentant Thai breeds 4,600 scorpions – Reuters, September 7, 2009
A Thai man is keeping more than 4,600 scorpions as pets to atone for the years he spent cooking the arachnids to sell as snacks…
MOE is paving its way for refugee children to study in Thai school – Thaipr.net, September 6, 2009
Miss. Diana (Di) Chungjintanakarn, the first Thai refugee ambassador and Mr. Veerawit Tianchainan, Country Director of US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Thailand pay their visit to make a discussion with Deputy Education Minister, Mr. Chaiwut Bannawat educational policy to allow the refugee children to access into Thai educational system...
In Bangkok, a small landmark causes big trouble – The Star, September 5, 2009
[Weird “facts” in this article: Erawan Shrine “has no particular historical significance and rarely makes the guidebooks”???]
Sorry for the inconvenience – September 5, 2009
The sign reads: Sorry for the inconvenience (Left) I hope you drive safely (Right) Me too, I hope you drive safely (erected by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration)
Philip Morris Thai faces $2 billion tax charges – Thailandnews, September 4, 2009
The Thai unit of Philip Morris International faces charges that it violated customs tax rules by understating the prices of imported cigarettes, a Thai police official said…
Thai-made film on President Ho Chi Minh screened – Nhan Dan, September 4, 2009
…Scriptwriter Dr. Aitdhiruth Surachettapong who is a lecturer at the Thaksin University in Thailand, said Ho Chi Minh is a special man who plays the most important role in the history of Vietnam. Such a great man with a strong personality, but he leads a very simple and modest lifestyle, and that has inspired him to produce the documentary…
Anti-petition billboard – September 4, 2009
The billboard reads: Do you think the listing of people’s names on a petition is proper or not? If not, to whom it is not suitable for? Is it proper or not? [From] Thais who do not agree.
[Not sure if this is the exact translation, but we think it is close. This refers to the Red Shirt petition to the King to pardon Thaksin. It questions whether any political figure–like Thaksin–should have the audacity to send a huge throng of supporters to pressure the monarchy to pardon him.
After the chaos that the Red Shirts caused in Bangkok in March and April of 2009, it would be a Thai impulse to think that the solution would be a “forgive and forget” pardon to all involved. Otherwise, Thaksin would feel honor-bound to continue to agitate for his return–with a repeat of the events of March-April 2009, if necessary. This is the threat behind the submission of the petition.
This billboard is similar to this pro-PAD billboard of the past.]
Lost car – September 4, 2009
The billboard reads: [If your] car is lost [stolen] inform 1599 – Check if a car is illegal [stolen] – www.lostcar.go.th
Wearing masks – September 4, 2009
The billboard reads: It is the time that Thais must wear mask to face each other – Wear masks when catching a cold or staying in a crowded area – Wear mask correctly (use it wisely), click www.flu2009thailand.com – Ask information on flu 2009 and ask for media printouts, call 1422 or 1330
Car bomb damage in the Deep South – September 4, 2009
Dr. Has reports: The damage from the car bomb explosion in downtown Yala city, near the Na Nakorn Road intersection, which occurred at 9:40 on September 4, 2009. The blast caused on local authority to die at the scene. One other official and a villager died at the Yala hospital and many others suffered injury.
Young Muslim Association of Thailand (YMAT) – September 5, 2009
Dr. Has reports: Today [September 5, 2009] the Young Muslim Association of Thailand (YMAT) hosted a feast for fast ending period and scholarship granting for victims of the violent situation. The picture shows women who are widows and children who are orphans (above).
The YMAT invites Police Major Gen. Jamroon Denudom, former Deputy Police Commander, and his team team to give moral support and promote team cooperation (below).
Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrives in Thailand for port visit – Navy Compass, September, 2009
…Reagan Public Affairs Three ships and more than 5000 Sailors from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived at the island of Phuket…
2 Filipinos nabbed for robbery in Bangkok – Inquirer.net, September 3, 2009
[Includes a explanation of “leg-shaking”…]
Mong’s plane will fly after all – The Irrawaddy, September 3, 2009
In a turnaround by the Thai Ministry of the Interior, Mong Thongdee, a Burmese boy who had been denied the opportunity to travel to Japan to compete in a paper airplane contest, was on Thursday granted a temporary Thai passport…
Family waits for charges in Calgarian’s death in Thailand – Calgary Herald, September 2, 2009
…They have just learned that the evidence in the case is now under review in a Thai court, and a decision on whether charges will be laid could be made in weeks…
Free trips to Thailand for the internet savvy – Arizona Daily Star, September 2, 2009
Attention Internet-savvy travelers: Thailand is giving away free trips to five lucky couples who don’t mind sitting in front of a computer while on vacation…
Wansley murder acquittal upheld – Bangkok Post, September 2, 2009