Thais need educating that foreigners visiting Thailand are not targets – Thailand Foreign Minister

Thais need educating that foreigners visiting Thailand are not targets – Thailand Foreign Minister

Editorial Thailand’s high-value tourism industry has taken a battering courtesy of the country’s foreign minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who said a campaign is needed to educate Thai people that foreigners visiting Thailand are worth a lot of money and are not targets. The comments, published in The Bangkok Post’s Ministry in tourist safety drive, along with […]

Thailand authorities dismiss chlorpyrifos as cause of Chiang Mai hotel tourist deaths

Thailand authorities dismiss chlorpyrifos as cause of Chiang Mai hotel tourist deaths

Thailand public health authorities have dismissed claims made by New Zealand 60 Minutes that the widely-used chemical agent chlorpyrifos is behind the deaths of a number of tourists at the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai earlier this year. The New Zealand current affairs program, supported by United Nations scientist Dr. Ron McDowall, made the claim […]

Chiang Mai tourist death hotel mystery remains – governor slams foreign media report

Chiang Mai tourist death hotel mystery remains – governor slams foreign media report

This story was updated at 10:25am May 15, 2011. Additional/ edited text in green type. Mystery still surrounds the deaths of six foreign tourists and a Thai national tourist guide who stayed at The Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai earlier this year, with Provincial Governor ML Panadda Disakul criticising foreign media for exaggerating news that […]

Thailand tourist coaches the world’s most artsy buses

Thailand tourist coaches the world’s most artsy buses

Aircraft, ships or the sides of buildings might be the pinnacle of surfaces for airbrush and graffiti artists to personalize, but the plethora of charter tourist coaches in Thailand provides an equally good surface, while being much more abundant. Though charter tourist coaches in most countries are fairly conservatively decorated, in Thailand the sides are […]

Thai researcher debunks dengue fever myth – warnings for 2011 wet season

Thai researcher debunks dengue fever myth – warnings for 2011 wet season

A researcher at Thailand’s Department of Medical Sciences’ National Institute of Health (NIH) has found that a single mosquito can carry two different strains of the dengue fever virus, with larvae inheriting the disease from their mothers. The finding coincides with a warning by the NIH that it expects there to be a serious dengue […]

Songkran 2011 road accidents down by 8.5%

Songkran 2011 road accidents down by 8.5%

The official road accident figures for the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran 2011 were announced yesterday by the Road Safety Centre (RSC) who reported that 271 people were killed on Thailand’s roads during the main holiday days, a drop of 24.9 per cent over the same period in 2010. According to RSC director Dr. Thanapong […]

2011 Songkran festival may be wettest yet as southern Thailand flood waters slowly recede

2011 Songkran festival may be wettest yet as southern Thailand flood waters slowly recede

As Thailand races towards it’s globally recognized water festival, Songkran, heralding in of the Thai New Year, all indications are that the 2011 Songkran celebrations in Thailand will be the wettest for a long time, though not as a result of over enthusiastic celebrations. While the rain, cold weather and winds which saw many of […]

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