New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

Sep 9, 2014

New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

As he prepares to move in to Bangkok’s Government House this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is going to great lengths to sweep away any occult challenge. Prayuth, 60, has left nothing to chance since leading a military coup to topple a democratically ...

AirAsia group launches Japan-Bangkok flights

Sep 1, 2014

AirAsia group launches Japan-Bangkok flights

The Thai affiliate of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia launched flight services between Japan and Bangkok on Monday. Thai AirAsia X links Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital with Narita and Kansai airports using 377-seat A330 jets manufactured by Airbus SAS. There will ...

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Aug 28, 2014

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

by Denis D. Gray

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of ...

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Aug 26, 2014

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. And then they discovered bugs. At Boontham Puthachat’s ...

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Aug 22, 2014

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military’s grip on power. Thailand’s legislature voted ...

Aug 20, 2014

DNA of Japanese man in surrogacy case matches 12 babies in Thailand

Thai police said Wednesday that a DNA sample provided by a Japanese businessman suspected of siring 12 surrogate babies in Thailand matches with all 12 infants, proving he is their biological father. A Thai representative of the 24-year-old businessman provided the DNA sample on ...