Mai Chi Tho Highway: Ho Chi Minh City’s Highway to Hell

Mai Chi Tho Highway: Ho Chi Minh City’s Highway to Hell

If you’re feeling in a rut over your daily commute spare a thought for Vietnamese motorists attempting to traverse this patch of the Vo Van Kiet-Mai Chi Tho Highway in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). In the video what appears to be a modern multi-lane highway actually becomes the highway to hell on closer inspection […]

Melee in Chumphon Hospital ER a #Fail For Thai Junta’s 12 Core Values

Thailand Prime Minister Prayaut Chan-ocha’s plan of re-instilling traditional Thai values into the population under his dictatorship might not be going entirely to plan if this video from Chumphon Hospital in southern Thailand is anything to go by. Posted online by คลิปเด็ดเป็นข่าว (Random News), the video shows the inside of the Chumphon Hospital Emergency Room […]

Vietnamese Wedding ‘Fagin’ Riles Netizens

Vietnamese Wedding ‘Fagin’ Riles Netizens

  In Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist the gang of child pickpockets and thieves is taught their criminal skills by a dodgy character known as Fagin. Praying on the vast number of homeless children in London in the 1800s he would put them to work as pickpockets and thieves in return for providing food and […]

Thai Police Caught Taking Cash on Camera, But Wait… (video)

Thai Police Caught Taking Cash on Camera, But Wait… (video)

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) often come in for criticism and there is no shortage of video clips on the internet showing officers taking cash instead of writing out tickets for traffic violations. In recent years force command has taken a harder line against officers caught taking bribes or behaving badly, with dismissals a common […]

Myanmar’s Thilawa SEZ: At What Human Cost?

Developers vaunt Myanmar’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as ‘the most advanced of Myanmar’s three SEZs’, boasting – as it does – its own power, water and internet services, which is to say nothing of the purpose-built port terminal and conspicuous tax breaks offered to investors. Slated to occupy some 2,400 ha (5,930 acre) when […]

Thai Police Find Training V Reality Poles Apart (video)

Thai Police Find Training V Reality Poles Apart (video)

Back in January the Royal Thai Police (RTP) at the San Sai Police Station proudly posted on its Facebook page video and still images of police undergoing training on how to disarm and contain a suspect armed with a long-bladed weapon, such as a machete or sword. While the photos and video of Thailand’s brown-clad […]

In Search of The Origins of Asean People

Now that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is finally in existence and we are united as one Asean Community (AC), the lingering question is: Do we know who our are Asean neighbours are? What are the origins of Asean people? In this special report of Asean Checklist, journalist Dr Michael Chick chats with the director […]

The Princess & The Privy

The Princess & The Privy

It’s the sort of story that wouldn’t be complete without a glut of puns, and the international press did not disappoint. The occasion: Thai Princess HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn ordering that a US$40,000 lakeside toilet be built especially for her, deep in Cambodia’s rural heartland, for the purpose of a two-hour visit. The kicker: her […]

Cambodia Civil Society Condemns Attack on Striking Bus Drivers

Thirty-four Cambodia civil society groups have released a statement condemning armed attacks against protesting bus drivers that left dozens injured and several in ‘arbitrary’ detention in Phnom Penh on Saturday. Video footage circulating on social media shows violent clashes between drivers from the Cambodian Transport Workers Federation and members of the Cambodia for Confederation Development […]

Thailand’s ‘Fun Police’ Bust Elderly Expat Bridge Club (Updated)

Update #1. Thailand police have said they will prosecute 32 senior foreign citizens caught playing bridge earlier this week.

Thailand’s slide to a North Korea-like state continues with a huge police, Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) (กรมการปกครอง) and Thai Army raid on an expatriates’ bridge club in the eastern seaboard city of Pattaya, with 32 elderly foreign nationals carted off to jail in a fleet of songthaews. Pattaya One reported that more than 50 police […]

Thailand Crown Prince Leads 99,999 on ‘Bike For Dad’

Thailand Crown Prince HRH Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday (December 11,2015) led 99,999 people on a 29km-long bicycle ride around Bangkok to celebrate his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 88th birthday on December 5. Accompanied by his daughters HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the ‘Bike for Dad’ event followed a similar ‘Bike for Mum’ event […]

ProTip: Thai Way To Save On Bumper Bar Repair Costs

When it comes to automobiles there’s nothing truer than the old adage ‘they don’t make them like they used to’. The increased use of recyclable materials, airbags, and crumple zones mean today’s motor vehicles are not only lighter, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than their predecessors, but also infinitely more disposable. Anyone who has […]