King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X of Thailand

Asia Pacific May 4, 2019

King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X of Thailand

King Maha Vajiralongkorn — Rama X of Thailand — was crowned Saturday in a dazzling show of pageantry, laced with Hindu and Buddhist ritual, vowing to reign "with righteousness" on behalf of the Thai people. Starting at the auspicious time of 10:09 a.m., the public ...

Asia Pacific May 4, 2019

Background on the royal instruments for Thai king's coronation

During Thailand's main coronation event for King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday, the monarch was presented with five royal regalia marking the legitimacy of his reign. Historical evidence suggests the tradition dates back to the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767) of Siam, as Thailand was known. The items were ...

Cambodia and Thailand reconnected by rail after 45 years

Asia Pacific Apr 22, 2019

Cambodia and Thailand reconnected by rail after 45 years

A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated Monday in a bid to slash travel times and boost trade between the Southeast Asian neighbors. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart, Prayuth Chan-ocha, witnessed a signing ceremony at a Thai border post ...

Thailand's marijuana festival has visitors on a high

Asia Pacific Apr 20, 2019

Thailand's marijuana festival has visitors on a high

A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue — one of many flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom. Thailand became the first ...