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 […]

Thailand Television Ad Censorship Call Harbingers Thailand’s Rush To Censorship

A suggestive Thailand television advertisement for fertiiser has the country’s Ministry of Culture (MoC) up in arms, calling on the regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to strengthen advertising laws applicable to cable and satellite broadcasters. According to local English-language newspaper Bangkok Post the ministry’s permanent secretary, Apinan Poshyananda, told a seminar on […]

Black money cleaning scam – see how it’s done

The black money, or money cleaning scam is fairly active across most Asean member countries. Despite frequent media reports of victims and warnings from national police forces new victims continue to fall prey to the scam. For those not familiar with the black money, or money cleaning scam it goes something like this: The fraudster […]

Lucky Escape For Some As Tropical Depression Vamco Floods Pattaya

Frantic scenes in the eastern seaboard province of Chon Buri, Thailand on Wednesday night with people and cars washed away by surging floodwaters as tropical depression Vamco hit Thailand with a vengeance. In the above video clip uploaded to FaceBook by กล้องติดรถยนต์ by Cam2Car a 31-year-old man and his companion sit helplessly in their car […]

Budget Windscreen Wipers Thai-style

Windscreen wipers are an often overlooked aspect of motor vehicle maintenance, especially in tropical climates with the seemingly endless hot and humid days. While improvisation might be the mother of invention, the nonchalance displayed by the two in the clip above leads us to think that perhaps this is a technique they’ve used before. Filmed […]

Mooching Thai Cop Breaks Cashier’s Nose

There’s nothing new in tales of Thai police acting badly and while the perception by many is that it’s predominantly lower rank police merely attempting to subsidise their lowly pay-packet, the evidence is that the filth permeates through all ranks of the Royal Thai Police (RTP) force. However, the impunity that many Thai police think […]

Show-off Thai Chef Cooks The Kitchen

Chefs the world over are renowned for adding a little extra pizazz to their cooking when under the public gaze and in Thailand where cooking schools and tours are a common tourism ‘attraction’ the situation is no different. However, in the northern city of Chiang Mai one show-off Thai chef got more than he bargained […]

Thai Football Fans Run Amok In Laos During AFF U-19 Final

Shocking scenes in Vientiane, Laos PDR on Friday (Sept 4) night when hooligan Thai football fans instigated a brawl with Royal Lao Police during the Asian Football Federation (AFF) U-19 Championship final at Laos National Stadium. Twenty five Thai football fans were arrested and the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane was forced to issue a […]