The Suvanabhumi Airport Main Page



Construction photos

the new airport
- May 20, 2006

November 1, 2004 construction photos
- Workers at rest
Tallest control tower in the world

Inside looking out
Interior views
The structure

August 31, 2004 construction photos

June 8, 2004 construction

February 9, 2004 construction photos

August 4, 2003 construction photos

Airport Rail Link

Left: November 2004

Airport news

Suvarnabhumi ranked 24th in poll - Bangkok Post, February 22, 2010

Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) management are scratching their heads as to why Suvarnabhumi Airport failed to secure a top spot as one of the world’s best in the latest polling…

Bangkok international airport shifts “demons”Monsters and Critics, November 10, 2009

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is shifting 12 six-metre tall ‘demon’ statues from arrivals to the check-in section of the terminal after running into a string of bad luck…
[This is similar to the Turning of the Cannons]

Solution to robbery issues at Bangkok Airport found - ETN, October 23, 2009
…From now, tourist police officers will be the only authorized to deal with alleged cases. Even better, questioning of passengers will be conducted in police premises located WITHIN the airport building and not outside as it has been the case…

And the worst airport in the world is… - The Age, October 23, 2009
[Bangkok is #8 among the favorites. Thanks to Danny for pointing this out.]

Airport drainage canal – May 5, 2009

Canal/road between the Gulf of
Thailand and the International Airport

Irrigation canal to pump out water from the
airport area to the Gulf of Thailand


Above: Don Muang Airport in September 2006, 13 days before its first closure.

B73bn plan to expand airportBangkok Post, April 18, 2008
…Mr Santi said that at least two projects out of 10 under the scheme will be implemented this year. They are the construction of the third runway and hiring of the Project Management Consultant group (PMC).
The other projects which include the construction of an automated people mover, car park and a noise pollution reduction scheme will be implemented over five years.
Mr Santi said the meeting agreed that construction of a domestic terminal at Suvarnabhumi should proceed without waiting for the second phase.
…Civil Aviation Department chief Chaisak Angsuwan said the third runway will be equipped with an auto-landing system which is considered the safest which the aviation industry has to offer.
With an auto-landing system, aircraft could land even in low visibility conditions, said Mr Chaisak.
Runway safety is measured on a scale of one to three, three being the safest. Runways at regional airports are rated Category 1 while runways at Don Mueang and the existing runways at Suvarnabhumi are rated Category 2…

Airport link folders -, April, 2008
Thomas notes: I discovered a few days ago, that there are already some trains in the depot at Klong Tan. Will try to have a closer look coming days, it seems that they don’t like someone sees them, as they covered the sides of the depot with some blue plastic blanked. The pictures I took with tele zoom from Klong Tan railway station, you can also see them very well from the bridge on Ekkamai.

B73bn plan to expand airportBangkok Post, April 18, 2008
…Mr Santi said that at least two projects out of 10 under the scheme will be implemented this year. They are the construction of the third runway and hiring of the Project Management Consultant group (PMC).
The other projects which include the construction of an automated people mover, car park and a noise pollution reduction scheme will be implemented over five years.
Mr Santi said the meeting agreed that construction of a domestic terminal at Suvarnabhumi should proceed without waiting for the second phase.
…Civil Aviation Department chief Chaisak Angsuwan said the third runway will be equipped with an auto-landing system which is considered the safest which the aviation industry has to offer.
With an auto-landing system, aircraft could land even in low visibility conditions, said Mr Chaisak.
Runway safety is measured on a scale of one to three, three being the safest. Runways at regional airports are rated Category 1 while runways at Don Mueang and the existing runways at Suvarnabhumi are rated Category 2…

Suvarnabhumi struggles with low capacity - Bangkok Post, January 4, 2008

Airports without sufficient capacity, including Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok, had a difficult 2007 as added security requirements have exacerbated problems…

class="tr4">Thai opposes Don Muang as international airport - Bangkok Post, September 24,
…His comments were made after many suggestions were
offered that not less than 45 million passengers would use Suvarnabhumi
yearly and that the airport was now reaching full capacity so there is
a need to make Don Muang another international airport to ease traffic
congestion there…

Airport “seriously flawed”The Nation, August 25, 2007

Suvarnabhumi still dogged with troublesBangkok Post, August 27, 2007
… Problems also arose because AoT lacked sufficient management skills to run a large and complex airport such as Suvarnabhumi in the first place, she pointed out.
…Frustrations such as long immigration queues, which sometimes require more than an hour of waiting, still exist. Timelines to solve these problems are nowhere to be found.
Some airlines and passengers have also complained that value for money at the airport is poor.
Landing and parking fees rose by 15% in April and passenger service charges (PSC), more commonly known as an airport tax, increased to 700 baht per person from 500 baht for international flights, while the fee for domestic flights doubled to 100 baht.
That made airline costs at Suvarnabhumi more expensive than at rival Singapore Changi and Kuala Lumpur airports, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Board of Airlines’ Representatives in Thailand (BAR), an industry group representing 64 international carriers, says Suvarnabhumi’s fees are uncompetitive and have deterred airlines from adding flights. In some cases, airlines have even diverted to other airports due to the costs…

Old Thai airport reopens as new facility is not a runway success - Financial Times, March 25, 2007
…Despite the massive ex-pense of its construction, Suvarnabhumi – a pet pro-ject of Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister ousted in a coup just nine days before the airport opened – was built to accommodate just 45m passengers, scarcely more than the 38m the old airport could handle….

On the forum: Asia’s craziest buildings
Bangkok’s new airport is #5.

The Don’s agreed, but is it Muang or Mueang? - Bangkok Post, March 24, 2007
…So Mr Pinit turned to linguistic experts, including the Royal Institute and Chulalongkorn University’s faculty of arts, to garner advice on the English spelling of the old airport’s name. All experts he spoke to at these and other language institutes agreed it should be Mueang, not Muang as it had always been before, he said.
”This problem gave me such a headache,” he said. ”Now I have to keep all evidence with me to back up that decision…”

Bangkok is Asia’s 4th busiest airport - Bangkok Post, March 13, 2007

Hong Kong’s passenger traffic hit 44 million, up from 40.3 million in 2005, and Bangkok’s 42.8 million rose from 39 million the previous year…

Don Muang flight schedules
March 16, 2007
Subject: Re-opening Don Muang: Tentative Flight Schedules

Importance: High
Dear AOC Members,

Information received from SQ, which could be useful to you.


Summary of domestic flights operating at Don Muang Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)


Thai Airways  (tentative)

– BKK YYTG has set a plan to operate 31  domestic flights at DMK and 13  domestic flights at BKK

– At DMK the flights from Bangkok to Phitsanulok (PHS), Khon Kaen (KKC), Udon Thani (UTH), Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) and Surat Thani (URT)

- The destinations operating from both BKK and DMK are Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI), Phuket (HKT), Hat Yai (HDY) and Krabi (KBV)

- Flight number operating at DMK will be 4 digits begin with 1 for example TG1100


Nok Air

– All flights will be operated at DMK

– Ticketing booth is still remain at BKK



– All flights will be operated at DMK except OX1012 BKK-KBV until 16APR


Next steps

– Document passenger connecting process and procedure between the two airports

– Means of land transportation and costs

– Publish Minimum Connecting Time

Engineers beat their breasts over airport debacle – AFP, February 10, 2007
…”Ask 200 architects who were involved in the building of Suvarnabhumi to swear in front of the Emerald Buddha that they did not pay under the table to get the jobs or violate other professional ethics, and I’m not sure even two would step forward.”…

Don Muang airport ready for re-opening within 45 daysThe Nation, February 7, 2007

Thailand’s airport mess: Much ado over… – ABS-CBN, February 5, 2007
Some friends of mine who’ve used Suvarnabhumi, mostly European frequent travelers, profess puzzlement at the brouhaha over what they deem to be simple normal start-up problems at a major international airport, particularly one with the mega-size of the Bangkok facility which is intended to handle up to 45 million passengers a year…

Bangkok’s new airport going to piecesXinhuanet, February 5, 2007
It’s brand-spanking new, touted as state-of-the-art, but Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport has so many problems that some airlines wonder if it’s safe…

Above: Summarized report I – Progression of study on problems about passengers, staff and people at Suvarnabhumi Airport and resolution.

Report on problems at the new airport - February 3, 2007
A frank and interesting Thai-language summary of the airport problems, 61 problems to be solved and being monitored (pdf) cleverly illustrated with cartoons.
There is a thread on the forum with translations of all 61 problems here.

Above: (the caption in Thai reads) It is widely known that runway ends are the areas where people can get nearest to airplanes. People with bad intention might find a way to enter a plane from there and launch a terrorist attack. Runway ends should be under watch to prevent anyone from entering a place without permission. Now, more and more people park their cars at the ends of runways to get a closer look at airplanes or they might intentionally get closer to airplanes. Causes of the problems are failed coordination among traffic police, signs and insufficient control. To lower the possibility of a terrorist attack, clear signs and strict control are needed. The agency responsible for the matter is the Airport Organization of Thailand (AoT).

Editorial cartoon
Thairath, January 31, 2007, by Chai Ratchawat
Left: [this panel shows farm land and temples] Passengers, below when you see this it means we are crossing into Thailand.
Middle: [this panel shows buildings and the Skytrain tracks] Now we are descending to Suwannaphumi airport.
Right: [this panel shows many panels representing the damaged runway] Please fasten your seatbelts, compose yourself  and do not panic. The picture you see is the runway of Suwannaphum.

Cobra Swamp is reclaiming Bangkok’s showpiece airport - Times Online, January 30, 2007

Bangkok’s showpiece international airport, opened last year, appears to be sinking into the swamp on which it was built…

Thailand holidays face airport threat - The Age, January 29, 2007

Post defends dismissal of journalists - Bangkok Post, January 31, 2007

Scoop journalist vindicated - The Nation, January 28, 2007
He stood by his story and paid for it with his job, but runway-cracks reporter remains philosophical about events…

Post front page -
January 22, 2007
It is interesting to note the huge photo on the front page of the Bangkok Post (left) showing a damaged section of runway at the new airport.

This must be sweet justice to the Post.
In August, 2005 the Post reported on its front page a story about cracks in the new airport runways. The story was hotly denied by the government and the Post printed a retraction the following day. However, libel suits were filed against the newspaper by government agencies and the Post editor was sacked.

Earlier: ‘CRACKED’
RUNWAY REPORT: Source had link to ruling party
The Nation, December 21, 2005
Fired ‘Bangkok Post’ editor says cousin of top TRT figure fed him
information; sues for Bt13m damages and return of job…

Minister puts brakes on using Don Muang – TNA, January 12, 2007

New airport makes a statement about modern Thailand - The Age, January 1, 2007

the earlier stories on the airport construction progress

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Thai press: “People for tomorrow”

Thai press: "People for tomorrow" - Nation Weekend,
December 28, 2007-January 3, 2008

Thai press: "The war is still not finished!" - Siam Weekly, December 28, 2007-January 3, 2008

At bottom left: Lucky Prime Minister [PPP secretary general Surapong Suebwonglee who some tipped to become PM as PPP members consider Samak necessary to fight against the military and win a PPP victory, but not to represent the party as PM.]

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Blacklist threatened for bars that break request for ‘national mourning silence’

Blacklist threatened for bars that break request for ‘national mourning silence’ - Phuket Gazette, January 3, 2008

Muang District Chief Wisit Kurattanavej this afternoon threatened to blacklist entertainment venues that do not follow the government’s request to observe the national mourning of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, who passed away early yesterday morning…

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Wrong tags

Wrong tags - January 3, 2008
This is one of a number of wrongly tagged articles about Pakistan–possibly because Pakistan also has a PPP–the "Pakistan People’s Party."
Thailand: How Did Bhutto Die? – ANN, December 30, 2007
BANGKOK, THAILAND: Jehadi groups on Saturday (29 Dec) said they had no link with Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and dismissed government claims that a leader of pro-Taliban force was behind the suicide attack on the slained former prime minister and Pakistani opposition leader…

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Fall of Arakanese sovereignty honored in Denmark, Thailand, and Malaysia

Fall of Arakanese sovereignty honored in Denmark, Thailand, and Malaysia - Narinjara News, January 2, 2008

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Sixty years after independence, Myanmar remembers in secret

Sixty years after independence, Myanmar remembers in secret -
AFP, January 2, 2008

…Even the military leadership remembers Aung San’s sacrifice on the anniversary of their deaths, which is called Martyrs’ Day.
But since his daughter achieved prominence during a 1988 pro-democracy uprising, few people are willing to mention Aung San in public for fear of angering the junta and its ubiquitous informers.
"We never forget our independence leader. He’s always in our hearts and minds. People just dare not to show their love openly because they don’t want any problems," Khin, a 30-year-old company staffer, told AFP…

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Which hi-so, connected family will get off scot free for this?

Which hi-so, connected family will get off scot free for this? - January 1, 2008

Pub fire death toll rises to 60The Nation, December 31, 2008

Police: Many victims were foreignersThe Nation, December 31, 2008

The Santika website is still up (right).

If you don’t believe in the symbols, do not use them disrespectfullyManager, January 1, 2009
[The Manager website superstitiously speculates on the use of religious symbols in the nightclub's decor (below).]

(Photo: Manager website)

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The year 2008 has begun

Happy New Year 2008 – translated and summarized from Krungthep Turakit, January 1, 2008
The year 2008 has begun. Thai politicians missed the new year celebration as they had to negotiate for benefits. The People Power Party is more likely to have the power to form the government than the Democrat Party as it has as many as 233 seats, while the Democrat Party has 165 seats. Thailand’s economy still depends on the political situation. The author believes the new government will focus on alternative energy to deal with energy problems. He suggests that the government highlight education, transportation, and research and development.

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New Year’s cartoons 2008

New New year’s cartoons 2008

Previous years’ New Year’s Eve cartoons:
New Year’s 2005 cartoons and New Year’s
cartoons 2004
Above: From Matichon, January 1, 2008

The New Year has arrived and Thais nationwide will survive
from conflicts and crisis
Save our motherland for the next generation
As nowadays, the world is turbulent by combats and fighting wills of mankind
Our country is facing with wickedness not better as the nation’s future falls to greediness of people
Let’s fight for our patriot land
Fight with those who dare sell even state-enterprises
Fight with poverty, but let’s hold tight to honesty
And that you‘d rather die from hunger,
But never
support corruption
For our land to be clean from immorality
And for purity to return to every heart
And for the love of the nation

Above: From Daily News, January 1, 2008

On the top: Happy New year 2008 the year of reconciliation for peace of the nation
On the side of the tank: Army’s tank for peace of the nation
Behind Chavolit: Conciliator

On the scroll:
Cherish the harmony of the nation
With our sharing hearts
Follow closely to what our father says to us
As the words are always blessings for the nation

Today we joyously gather
To share our good wishes
A new year time has come
golden year for us to hope

From Khao Sod, December 31, 2007 – Goodbye Year of the Pig 2007

From Khao Sod, January 1, 2008 – Super Express – Bangkok-London

From Prachachat, December 31, 2007-January 2, 2008 – Samak and Abhisit tussle over Thailand. Abhisit wears a medallion with Chuan’s face on it. Samak wears a medallion with Thaksin’s face and is about to slip on a fire truck (a reference to the fire truck procurement scandal).

From Daily News, December 31, 2007 – So long, old year 2550
A thread has been started to identify all the characters in this cartoon.

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Troubles in the South – January-June 2008

Troubles in the South – January-June 2008

in the South index page

The Aceh Model – A good model to end the violence in Thailand’s southern border provinces, by encouraging conciliatory talks between the rebels and the state? -
translated and summarized from
Krungtep Turakit, June 5, 2008
The government’s peacebuilding policies include an examination of the strategies employed by the Indonesian government in its dealings with the ‘Free Aceh Movement’ (GAM). Lieutenant-General Nipat Thonglek, Chief of the Royal Thai Army’s Border Affairs Department, has been assigned to run a cooperative project with the Indonesian government on this issue. General Nipat recently became the Deputy Head of the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM), and this provided him the opportunity to observe the conciliatory process between GAM and the Indonesian government. Nipat has listed 4 similarities between the separatist conflicts in Thailand and Indonesia, as follows:

  1. The similar historical background of the racial groups involved in the two conflicts.
  2. Their common Muslim religious belief.
  3. The physical remoteness of both conflicts from the seat of central government.
  4. The necessity to improve the well-being and standard-of-living of those social groups in conflict with the state.

Indonesia has enjoyed considerable success in its conciliatory talks with GAM. Nipat thus concludes that it will be necessary to understand the key similarities that exist between the separatist conflicts in our two countries. He believes this analysis will help to indicate what actions the Thai government might take to swiftly bring an end to the violence in the deep south. Nipat has expressed his concern, however, that the Thai government has yet to fully establish which groups are fomenting the region’s unrest.
I wish to comment that this government needs to be very clear about which groups it will negotiate with in any possible future reconciliation process.

(Photo: Dr. Has for

Care, Cure…Heal Mind for Southern Peace - May, 2008
It reads: Care, Cure…Heal Minds for Southern Peace –
You can ask for advice at the Center to Cure and Heal the Mind – Hotline 1323 and 1667 or from a psychologist at a community hospital near your home.
Smaller board at the bottom: Yala Provincial Administration Organization Election on Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 8am-3pm.
Go to the election booth and get 2 voting cards –
1st card for selecting the President of the Provincial Administration Organization – 1 number
2nd card for selecting members of the Provincial Administration Organization – 1 number for each electoral area – the Yala Provincial Administration Organization

The forgotten province -
March 13, 2008
[An alarmist article from the Post, "Islamist win raises concern" (March 11, 2008), misstates several facts. Thanks to GWR for spotting this.]

…Malaysian voters put opposition parties in all three of the Malaysian states on Thailand’s southern border…

[Wrong--there are four Malaysian border provinces.]

For the first time, Islamist governments will rule Malaysian states abutting all five Muslim-majority provinces in the South. In addition to parts of Yala, Kedah borders the province of Satun – which has seen no violence since the southern insurgency flared up in 2004…

[Wrong, the Malaysian province of Perlis borders Satun--and that remains under government control. Unfortunate that when the Bangkok Post finally decides to have an opinion, they get the facts wrong.]

Fourth year anniversary –
Missing Lawyer Somchai
The Nation, March 12, 2008
Angkhana Neelaphaichit delivers a statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of her husband, Somchai, on Wednesday.
While this statement is read, I am at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, to present a report on the human rights situation in Thailand and also to report on the latest developments and obstacles in the investigation of the disappearance of Mr Somchai Neelapaichit, which was taken up by the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGED) four years ago…

(Dr. Has for

Sign in the deep south -
February 21, 2008
A sign made from the that the military set up in a red area in front of Ban Luemu Mosque, Amphur Krongpinang, Yala. It reads:
Declaration –
People who love peace, please know that the unrest group usually leaves the leaflets this area. Please do not believe in these bad intentions for the nation.

(Dr. Has for

Yala billboard -
February 23, 2008
It reads: Stop doing bad now.
Read! Islam: the truth that must be revealed. Yala governor [On the book it reads: Islam - the truth that must be revealed.]

Police must under no circumstances be given responsibility for protecting witnesses from other policeAn Open Letter to the Minister of Justice of Thailand by the Asian Human Rights Commission, February 20, 2008
…According to the information we have received, Angkhana Neelaphaijit, the wife of abducted human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit, will from February 29 no longer receive protection from personnel assigned by the Department of Special Investigation, Ministry of Justice. Instead, the Department will give police officers the task…

Muslim rebel leader calls for referendum on autonomy for restive southern ThailandAP, February 22, 2008
[Thanks to Marc for pointing this out.]
…The comments from Lukman B. Lima, who heads the Pattani United Liberation Organization from exile in Sweden, were the first from the Muslim rebel movement since Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his interior minister made conflicting remarks on the issue earlier this month…

in the South index page

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Fah Diew Kan

Latest Fah Diew Kan – Volume 6, No. 1, January-March 2008

Fah Diew Kan continues to fearlessly examine Thai society from a left-leaning point of view. Often the press quote police sources saying certain issues are banned, but this usually means the sale of the journal is restricted to certain university outlets.

The first quarter issue is no exception, bearing a quote from Rama VII: Is this country ready to have a representative administration? For my personal opinion… I confirm that NO – Prachatipok

Here are the contents of the issue:


Editorial – page 16

Letter to the Editor – page 18

Reaction – Answer to the reaction false reading or being blinded by the myth? By Boonlert Wisetpreecha – page 22
Glossary of social movements – Horizontalidad by Pakawadee Veerapaspong – page 32

No wing on the left – Laos: Reserving economic power for the prosperity of Thailand by Supalak Kanchanakhundi – page 36

Down-to-earth money – Debts – A vicious circle or an essential evil? By Sarinee Achawanankul – page 48

Special report – Violence: “Hide-Seek” Thai society – page 66

“The discussion on the Royal Institution with the Public is a possible matter” –
Questions and answers with Thongchai Winichchakul amidst the celebration of the King’s Diamond Jubilee. The yellow shirt trend reflects that the Royal Institute means a lot to the Thai society. So, why any public talks on the institute is prohibited? Meet Thongchai Winichchakul, an ‘outside’ academic, who will answer the question and will also tell about the current status of Thailand, the studying about the Royal Institute in Thailand and critics on the hottest book of the year – page 94

Under the same sky (Tai Fah Diew Kan)
Domestic – page 58
International – page 234

Criticising Thai studies – Reading, criticizing and questioning with Pak Kai and Bai Ruang by Weerasak Keetiwaranont – page 210

In trend – An anticapitalist party and the gathering of movements in France by Piyamitr Leelatham – page 242

Critical Thinking – “Knocking down the revolution – Ruining the Khanarat (people’s party)”: The foundation of the Constitutional Monarchy system” by Nattaphol Chaiching
After the 1932 revolution by the Khanarat, the foundation of the new system did not go smoothly. Nattaphol shows us the image of the anti-revolution movement by the Kings and a royalist group. He explains their political movements – both legal and illegal – to regain the power and cultural and traditional movements to seize the meanings and create stories, in a bid to destroy the righteousness of the 1932 revolution. The actions led to the foundation of ‘the blue system’, hidden in a form of the ‘constitutional monarchy’ system – page 104

Lese majeste by Somchai Preechasilpakul – page 148

Lese Majeste law and self censoring by Pravit Rojanapreuk – page 158
The lese majeste was originated from the absolute monarchy. Its significance has not dropped, although the political system changed. Particularly in the military junta era, it is found that the terms of punishment for lese majeste crime became more severe. Until now, the lese majeste law has become political tools as well as obstacles to the freedom of thoughts in the democratic society. It is clear that the law will face opposition. Somchai Preechakul and Pravit Rojanapruek will show you the origin, operations and the opposition to the law.

The government’s educational role: Key tasks and a political economy analysis by Wiroj Na Ranong – page 172

Why do we have to create the ‘welfare state’ in Thai society” by Keng Kitirianglab – page 195

The left page in the history – The 1932 revolution in the viewpoint of the Communist Part of Siam by Thanaphol Eiwsakul, Thawatchai Tulathol – page 250

Farmers, labour, military and the poor of Siam! – page 266

Announcement of the amendments to the Constitution by the new government – page 267

Survey of Fah Diew Kan – Volume 2, No.4, October-December 2004
Below is a survey of the Thai-language political quarterly Fah Diaw Kan and its main editorial. Originally, it appeared this issue would be a major source of discussion in the lead-up to the election with its left-leaning articles in this time of extreme nationalism and its cheek in including a copy of the Takbai VCD despite government threats.

However, since the tsunami hit, Thaksin has reached new heights of popularity with his active handling of the crisis and media reporting of the disaster has all but overshadowed more prosaic election news.

Nevertheless, it is interesting to hear from what is increasingly the ‘old left’ as public opinion swerves to the right.

Also: Nationalism and Right-wing Politics
Also: Troubles in the South

Index of Fah Diaw Kan
short summaries of some of the articles)

* How do you know that you know and how do you know that you don’t know?

* Challenge the current trend of intellectuals in Thailand and neighboring countries
A talk about intellectuals in Thailand–about means and ideas, comparison to other countries, and how to bring the intellectuals to adapt to a new decade. This includes the idea that intellectual should be on international level to make people recognize facts, but some situations cannot use intellectuals–as in the case of the Pakmoon Dam problem where there is a fight with the government.

The word "intellectual" is used in many meanings in daily life, social movements, in the constitution, in government or private projects and even to promote goods and tourism. It seems that these activities of intellectuals conflict with the right goal of intellectuals. So we should survey and review this word with the idea, practice or process involved with intellectuals in society. Why intellectuals change and how it should compare to other countries should be studied also. Finally we should review and survey how to bring this word to use in this new decade.

* Watch out for FTA
[the Free Trade Agreement]
The FTA is called a one-way ticket to the blues because the government made the Free Trade Agreement without passing through the process of Parliament although there were demands to educate people in public. So a tragedy will happen soon.

* Special report – Dignity for the world
Since the beginning of Thaksin reign to now (January 2001-November 2004) there are villagers leaders, environmental activists, and human rights activists who died–18 persons. Fa Diew Kun collects 18 stories of the struggle of these people such as lawyer Somchai Nilapaichit who was kidnapped, and Chaloen Wataksorn who was shot at Bor Nok. Hopefully this will help it not happen again and give some support and help to the families.

* The feeling Inside of Thai people who pity the nation

* Art & Earth

* The Song of Daraung [short film that won an award from 'Ethnology in Motion']
This film tells the story about war, migration and suffering. It is about being driven out, arrested, with no nationality and being marginalized. Daraung, a member of a minority group in Burma, loves peace and still dreams of a better life in a world where everyone is equal. This film is an anthropology experiment and quite a new idea in the Thai anthropology sphere and Thai film makers.

* Criticizing views and opinion of people who criticize society

* The 30 year lesson of farmers and the agriculturists’ movement
A review of the experience of Thai social movement (farmers, agriculturists, villagers and poor people) in the last 30 years (1974-2004). These people are disadvantaged and society has not been concerned with them–especially in the populism of Thaksin era.

* Neo-liberal state human resources and community

* Duzungyor Rebels – political history
On April 28, 1948, the rebels of Duzungyor were fighting between the Thai government and Malayu Muslim villagers at Duzungyor, Nartiwat Province. This situation seemed like a rebellion of farmers and it was alleged that they were misguided to take up arms and fight the government. The bearing and attitude the Thai government took to solve this problem was the same as present–they did not accept the Muslim problem in the South was a political problem and the government insisted to solve it with the military and extreme violence.

* Reading Thomas Paine in the stream of right-leaning Thai nationalism
Thomas Paine is an intellectual who participated in the American Revolution in 1776 and the French Revolution in 1789. Dr. Jai Ungpakorn suggests reading "The Rights of Man” by Thomas Paine. In this time of political crisis, Thai society leans to the right and to nationalism. This book will stimulate ideas to evaluate the positive and negative of royal regimes and republics all around the world.

* The alternative political party in Germany
This article describes the biggest labour movement and new political party in Germany since the Berlin wall came down. This can be related to the Thai social movement which has come to a transition that may mean the start of an alternative political party beyond the existing political parties.

* The new anarchists

* Left page in the history

* Statement for the 30-year anniversary – The crystal of revolution thought of the Communist Party, Thailand
A statement for the 30 year anniversary says that the Communist Party pays an important and role to widely disseminate information to all members. It is a summary of ideas, theory and the way of revolution of the Communist Party which the party has maintained since the outlawing of the of party in the 1970s.

* The statement of the Central Committee of the Communist party, Thailand on the 30th anniversary of its founding
Thirty years ago was a time of honor for us. We brought the general facts of Marx, Lenin and Mao Zedong to weld with practical aspects of the Thai Revolution. The party incited the masses and took them to fight with national enemy for the independence of the nation and democracy of the people. During fighting, although some members died and some were arrested, the Communist party still makes a stand and leads people to fight with resolution. [This is describing the time during the late-1970s.] The Communist Party is a lamp that will light the way.

Editorial of Fah Diew Kan
The political options in the case of Southern problems
[This is the main editorial of the magazine.]

No matter how the government has reassigned military commanders, the deep crisis in the southern border provinces is far away from peace. In the past three months, the biggest event that shook Thai feelings was the violence in Takbai, Narathiwat on October 25, 2004.

In our opinion, the government must absolutely show responsibility for Tak Bai since 6 died during the protest and 79 died during the control by officers. There is no reason for government to refuse that responsibility. That event was not just the deficient practice of the military which the government tried to investigate, but that tragedy clearly show that, in government’s eye, the 1300 detainees are not humans or citizen who have equal dignity. They were treated like animals which been carried for brutality.

The facts that the government tactic to use violence is not enough to ease the situation in the southern border province. A significant problem for the ones who want peace is to consider is what most Thai people thinking and feeling. Most Thais supported and agreed with the government and officers’ actions. This been seen on radio programs, opinion polls, friends’ conversation, or web boards on many websites.

Moreover, some are not satisfied with the action and think that the government was weak in solving the southern problem. Or else they propose the officers use the more decisive methods and they also criticize academics or other movements who demand a peaceful way.

This kind of feeling and thinking is one of factors that supports the violence that the government practices in the southern border province, isn’t it?

This kind of feeling is expanding and pushing forward the daily killing of prime movers and nowadays nobody comes out to take responsibility or declare their objectives.

Meanwhile, the violence from the government helps push the moderate Muslim Malayu in the area to join with violent groups.

The gap in society that pushes people from two sides makes Thai society, especially in the South, a most worrying condition.

Mr. Kasien Taechapira asked in his article “After the death in Takbai” (Matichon Daily, November 5, 2004), that “both terrorists and the policy of repeatedly mistaken violent action of the government is taking the southern border province of Thailand and us in a bloody slide to where?"

So, for those who want peace, how we will we unravel the problem?

We need to brainstorm and review the past when people who need freedom try to press governments to stop violence and use a peaceful way. Why did they not succeed? What is the weakness and the threat?

On July 16, 2004, a seminar was organized by Fa Diew Kun and the Information Peace Center, Political Science Faculty, Thammasat University called “People’s suggestion on the deep crisis situation in the South." Here are their suggestions.

1. For people who stand in the middle and have no side to choose, we should show power to resist unfairness and violence from both sides. The moral principle that we demand of the government, we should also demand of the terrorists and communities in southern border provinces. We may ask whether there is another way to fight which does not kill people.

2. We may set a political option for people who neither are with the government nor the violent group, because both have choices that are a military way. Mr. Kasien Taechapira offered a way for political reform in the South in order to offer a choice for making peace with everybody and every religion. It can start from taking the proposal of political reform in the South from history–in the form of the “7 demands“ of Hayeesurong Abdulkade. These were proposed to the Luang Thamrong Nawasawad government in April 1947. [Does any reader know what these seven demands are? The article does not specify.]

Add to this the summary of problems and demands that the Deputy Prime Minister, Jaturon Chaisaeng, received from the commune society of three provinces in the South. These should be brought to many sectors to discuss and find ways to adjust these demands to be harmonious with the situation that has changed.

3. Do not learn to use a gun. Peace can occur by people power.

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Troubles in the South Main Page

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July-August 2008

"Ceasefire" announcement

January-June 2008
Bombings in Narathiwat – October 30, 2007
Investigating a tea shop bombing – October 27, 2007
Call from a southern
– September 8, 2007
Protest in the deep south – June 15, 2007
May-June 2007
Hat Yai bombings – May 27, 2007
Left: A phone booth in Amphur Raman, Yala Province burned by insurgents.

April 2007
March 2007
March 2007 women’s protest
February 2007
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Burning teachers
December 2006
Editorial cartoon from the southern separatists
November 2006
Deep South Diary – Another call from a southern separatist
October 2006
Hat Yai blasts exclusive: Conversation with a southern separatist
September 2006

Bank bombing headlines
August 2006
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February-April 2006
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December 2005
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Crash in Yala – September, 2005
September 2005
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August 2005 – Yala closed
July 2005
May-June 2005
Tadika Sumphan 2005 – April 27-28, 2005
Songkhla bombings – April 3, 2005

April 2005
March 2005
From the Thai-language press: 80-day plan to form Pattani stateManager Daily, February 20, 2005
From the Thai-language press: A nation divided – translation and summary from Manager Daily, February 8, 2005
January-February 2005

October-December 2004
The Tak Bai incident and the Tak Bai VCD
January-September 2004

Also Nationalism & Right-wing Politics

Also Wanted posters from Yala

Also Translation of a leaflet left by ‘bandits’ in the deep South – May 1, 2005

Also Translation of a leaflet left by ‘bandits’ in the deep South – February 22, 2005

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Almost like being there: Shooting on a Yala street – October 31, 2005
The motorcycle of
Pol. Sgt. Maj. Charoon Sakdarattanakul, 58 lies on a small Yala street that looks like any other street in Thailand. The policeman was shot in the chest and leg by two men on a motorcycle at 11:30am on October 31, 2005.
The policeman on the left takes a digital photo of a broken mobile phone. (TNA reports that the injured policeman was found "lying in a pool of blood," but the only blood we can see in the variety of photos of the scene we have is the small spot to the left of the "1" marker.)

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Bangkok New Year’s Countdown: Hands Bangkok Countdown 2008

Bangkok New Year’s Countdown: Hands Bangkok Countdown 2008 - December 31, 2007
BTW: The crush of the crowd in front of Central World Plaza gets worse every year with little improvement in crowd control. Hopefully this situation will be improved.

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On the forum: Boonrawd Breweries

On the forum: Boonrawd

The document link has some interesting tidbits. We would
love to find a copy of the label mentioned in this passage:
The National Archives documents show that the Boonrawd
Brewery Co., Ltd encountered several problems during the
1930’s. The letter from Phraya Thepahasadin, director
of the company, and M.P., to Luang Tamarongnawasawadi, Secretary-General
of the Cabinet, dated on September 26, 1935, revealed that
cheap and bad quality imported beer by Thailand competed
with the company’s beer. He pointed out that the imported
beer used for their trademark pictures of Thailand’s
three famous ministers, namely Phraya Phahon, Luang Pradit
and Luang Phibun. He asked the government to investigate.
The cabinet meeting report held on October 4, 1935 reveals
that these three ministers were not aware of the situation
and had not granted permission to use their pictures.

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On the forum: “Ramasun” station Udorn Thani

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On the forum: "Ramasun"
station Udorn Thani

…These were huge installations, consisting
of several concentric rings of antenna several hundred meters
in diameter. Officially known as AN/FLR-9 they were more often
known by their nickname “elephant cage”…


On the forum: Trans-Asia Railway Project Map


On the forum: Trans-Asia
Railway Project Map

Railway in the Southern Corridor of Asia-Europe Routes
North-South Corridor map
Railway in Thailand

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Journalists who died covering the news in Thailand

who died covering the news in Thailand

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Thai links

Thai links
1950’s Ben Oostdam’s Journal of Three Years (1954-1957) in Thailand
Thai crops
Thai history of education

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Thailand shocks Afghan doctors

shocks Afghan doctors
– AsiaTimes, 2003
…However, while the representatives from East Timor and Sri
Lanka appeared fairly sedate during the tour, the Afghan doctors
expressed intense culture shock – often surprising the media and
their hosts.
…while traveling together in a separate mini van or eating after
a seminar, the five men from Afghanistan often regaled one another
about social behavior in Thailand, where, unlike Islamic Afghanistan,
women do not wear the all-encompassing cloth burqas.
The five Afghan doctors commonly cited Islam as the reason the infection
rate is low in their relatively isolated country compared with bustling,
Buddhist-majority Thailand.
"It is because of the religion, because in Afghanistan all
people are Muslim, and Islam does not accept things like Thailand,"
Dr Baz Mohammad Shirzad, Jalalabad-based deputy director of Afghanistan’s
Eastern Region Health Directorate, said in a taped interview. "Islam
says, ‘You have a wife and must be honest to the wife.’ Islam does
not accept sex like Thailand’s people," Shirzad said…
"Afghanistan’s people, if they know about a woman having sex
with another [man] who is not her husband, they suggest killing
her," said Shafiqullah Shahim, the Kabul-based Health Ministry’s
national HIV/AIDS control program officer…
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Venerable Scala theatre holds its own in a business dominated by high-tech chains

Scala theatre holds its own in a business dominated by high-tech
The Nation

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Walk across Thailand in a day

across Thailand in a day

– TAT website
Clever idea: The genesis for the trip occurred
in 1994 after a chance comment by Thiva Supajanya,
a geology professor at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn
University. ‘My home is at the narrowest part
of Thailand. At Wang Duan, just south of Prachuap
Khiri Khan, it is only 10.96 kilometres from
the sea to the Burmese border.’

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Cool English font composed of Thai-like characters

Andreas Weygandt created this cool English font composed of Thai-like characters. You can download it for PC or Mac here.

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Thaksin: I used to dream of becoming a rich man

This is from a typically anti-government article
from The Nation, but this quote from Prime Minister Thaksin is rather memorable: "I used to dream of becoming a rich man. But once I achieved that dream, I realised that a man doesn’t really need all that much. I once carried cash equivalent to Bt2 million which I planned to spend on a one-day shopping spree on New York’s Fifth Avenue," Thaksin said. "Once I got there and spent some Bt300,000, it dawned on me that I really needed nothing more. All that I’ve ever wanted, I already have."

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The best of 2Bangkok in 2007

The best of in 2007

What it was like to be there…

Our annual collection of the biggest news, most popular stories, and interesting links of 2007

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The best of 2Bangkok in 2003

Children’s Day with the military at Royal Plaza

Toilet tutorial

CNN: “Shocking and heartbreaking” Thailand

Surayud: “The shocking confession”

Sulak’s banned book (in Thai)

How things have changed–for some: Siam at home

From Troubles in the South

Almost like being there: Women protest in the deep south – January 26, 2007

Almost like being there: Protest in the deep south – March 2, 2007

Hat Yai bombings – May 27, 2007

Various interesting bomb photos from the Deep South

Protest in the Deep South – June 18, 2007

Call from a southern militant – September 8, 2007

Investigating a tea shop bombing – October 27, 2007

Bombings in Narathiwat – October 30, 2007

PTV and PTV/UDD protests

April Fool’s: PTV and 2Bangkok

Thaksin interviews

Website censorship in Thailand
Lot of interesting events this year including people disappearing in the night…

Election posters 2007

Election-related editorial cartoons and news items
Great editorial cartoons this year…

YouTube blocking

Headlines and editorial cartoons from Judgment Day – May 30, 2007

The TRT rally at Sanam Luang – August 15, 2007

Constitution Referendum – August 19, 2007

The rude book – November 20, 2007

Sapa Samanachan – November 23, 2007

Loy Krathong sights in Chiang Mai

Outstanding editorial cartoons this year
Right: Sanan and Banharn embrace on the occasion of Sanan’s faction joining Banharn’s Chat Thai Party. At the top it reads: The party of shark fin

Stephff’s Burma cartoons

Myanmar Watch – September 26-October 2, 2007

Teak logs unearthed behind Pongpajjamit Fort

href="07/wallstreet.shtml">“Total English Environment in href="07/wallstreet.shtml">New York City”

General areas of
High tension in Thailand Daily News and Views archives YouTube channel

One of the most popular and weird external links of 2007
An alien from Thailand – Funtasticus, November 12, 2007

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THAILAND: A 14-year trial and alleged police set-up

THAILAND: A 14-year trial and alleged police set-up – Asian Human Rights Commission, 2007

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Discount airlines in Asia: Low cost, high risk?

Discount airlines in Asia: Low cost, high risk? - New York Times, December 30, 2007
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The Thai Yankee

The Thai YankeeMySinchew, December 30, 2007
…Then he embraced his mother Yome, a tanned Thai lady from whom Damon inherited his cheekbones. “She is very fast. Now you know why I am fast,” Damon proudly said of Yome, who was an athlete when she was young…

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Thailand’s ambush gangs worry New Year travellers

Thailand’s ambush gangs worry New Year travellers - Earthtimes, December 30, 2007

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Selecting upright senators

Selecting ‘upright’ senators – translated and summarized from Matichon, December 29, 2007
A committee is currently looking into the selection of ‘appointed’ senators in advance of a deadline set for this task on January 2. The committee is comprised of the following: The Constitutional Tribunal Chairman, the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman, the Chairman of the Ombudsman’s Office, the National Counter-Corruption Commission Chairman, the Chairman of the Auditor-General’s Office, a Supreme Court judge and a Supreme Administrative Court judge. After the conclusion of this selection process, the EC will be forwarded a list of suitable individuals from many organizations & walks of life, and will have about one month to examine this list. Some of the 150 senators will be selected by an electoral process, while others will be appointed by the above-mentioned process.
I wish to comment that the process of selecting senators is likely to generate some doubt in the minds of the public, if it is not clearly explained to them. The selection of ‘upright’ senatorial appointees will severely test the abilities of the seven committee members, if they are to conduct the process with both impartiality and fairness.

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What were the best movies in Thailand this year?

What were the best movies in Thailand this year?Cinematical, December 29, 2007

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