Sukhumvit Road, the main street through Bangkok's tourist, business and commercial area, is all but deserted before 8 p.m. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Oct. 1 Is Here, But What’s Really Changed?

Relaxed restrictions are still restrictions. Thailand still failing to "live with Covid-19"
Canceled Flights at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok Thailand

‘No One Said the Country Would Reopen Oct. 1’ – So...

First, it’s Oct. 1. Then it’s Oct. 15. Some “academics” say it should be Nov. 1. Now? No one can really say.

Stop Moaning About Pattaya Beach Trees: They’re Not Special & Project...

Critics have short memories: Trees are replaced regularly. And while it looks bad, the project must start now, or leave Pattaya Beach uncompetitive for years.
Bang Sue Grand Station Vaccination Center Crowding Bangkok Thailand

Thailand Gov’t Befuddled by Severe Public-Health Crisis

Guest commentator Michael James reasons that the government's incompetence in quashing the coronavirus epidemic is setting the scene for a regime change, one way or another.
Anutin Charnvirakul Thailand Public Health Minister-2

Don’t Believe Anutin: Thailand Not Getting 32m Pfizer Doses in Q4

False claim proves public health minister knows almost as little about calendars and truth as he does about managing the coronavirus epidemic.
Lovers kissing with face masks

Love in the Time of Covid: Rubber Gloves, Face Masks Join...

"There is no greater glory than to die for love."
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha picks some longgong while visiting fruit growers in tambon Tapong, Muang district of Rayong

Let Them Eat Fruit: Medical Workers Want mRNA Vaccines; Prayut Gave...

The top item on the wish list of Thailand’s frontline medical workers and volunteers is an mRNA-based coronavirus vaccine. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave...
Mock body bags lay on a picture of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to depict casualties of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, during an anti-government march from Democracy Monument to Government House, in Bangkok July 18.

‘Fake News’ Crackdown a Last Gasp From Thailand’s Failing Gov’t Unable...

Unable to stop a raging pandemic and fearful of a public uprising, ex-coup leaders look to jail those publishing even the truth.
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In Defense of Mixing Vaccines: Thai Health Officials Make Their Case

By Silada Lydia Rojratanakiat To maximize the usefulness of every tool available for the pandemic response, Thailand is exploring the advantages of combining doses of...
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Thailand Vaccine Board Outlines 3-Prong Strategy for Ensuring Long-Term Covid-19 Vaccine...

With headlines across Thailand rightfully condemning the government for its slow procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and relying on inefficient vaccines, such as China’s SinoVac,...
A woman sits outside closed businesses on Pattaya Beach Road Aug. 30 (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thais Facing Economic Ruin with Both Covid-19, Government to Blame

By James Lovelock Millions of Thais facing poverty and financial ruin not only have the devastating Covid-19 crisis to blame, but their own government as...
Mahachai Central Fresh Shrimp Seafood Market Samut Sakhon Thailand Coronavirus Covid-19-3

Thailand Again Scapegoats Burmese, with Razor Wire, Calls for Reporting of...

It's not the first, nor will be the last, time Thais blame Myanmar neighbors for own failings
Thousands of student-age protestors face off against Thai police at Bangkok's Pathumwan intersection Oct. 16. (Photo: Tyler Roney for the Bangkok Herald)

Prayut, It’s Time to Go

UCA News’ Benjamin Freeman argues Thailand’s PM has overstayed his welcome with crackdown on peaceful student protesters
Riot police line up to disperse protestors at Bangkok's Ratchprasong intersection Oct. 15.

End Game Uncertain as Pro-Democracy Movement Meets Immovable Gov’t Force

On 3rd night of protests, demonstrators blasted with water cannons, batons. Where activists go from here unclear
Twitter Thai Army Democracy Protests Disinformation

Thai Army Proves as Inept at Online Propaganda as It Is...

Analysis: No, disinformation against a your own citizens isn't normal. That the army bungled it so badly doesn't make it less wrong.
The Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydroelectric project where a dam failed in Laos in 2018.

Laos Slides Closer to Puppet State as China Grab Control of...

Analysis: UCA News' Luke Hunt says years of reckless spending and a Chinese debt trap have left Thailand's neighbor on thin ice
Law Freedom Missing Activists Thaialnd

Nowhere Is Safe: SE Asia’s Strongmen Conspiring to Disappear Activists

Commentary: Even when they escape their own countries, pro-democracy activists often pay with their lives writes James Lovelock
Facebook Censorship

Exactly Where Does Facebook Think It Can Sue Thailand?

Analysis: The social network's lawsuit threat is a joke, and its critics know it
Run Against Dictatorship Protest Thailand Bangkok

Farang Forward: Expats Swap Keyboards for Fanny Packs to Join Thai...

Foreigners don't get a vote, so why don't they mind their own business?
Vorayuth Red Bull Plane Exile Fugitive

Why do Thailand’s Rich, Powerful Get Away With Murder?

UCA News' Benjamin Freeman argues laws apply only to those who don't have enough money or influence to flout them
UNDP Thailand and a local NGO arranged for the delivery face masks to the ethnic community in Phuket Province

Thailand’s Covid-19 Response: An Example of Resilience, Solidarity

Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, explains that this success is thanks to a combination of government action, social responsibility and community solidarity.
Vorayuth Yoovidhya Red Bull Heir Thailand

U-Turn for Ignored Evidence Was Only Way Forward For Caught-Out OAG...

Analysis: Dropping Vorayuth charges was so egregiously corrupt, only way to save face was to use data discarded in 2012 to press new charges
Masks and social distancing are few and far to be seen every night at Bangkok's Artbox on Sukhumvit Road.

Thailand’s 2nd Wave is Coming: Vietnam Proves It

Obvious parallels of open economy, waning mask use, more domestic tourism and rising illegal immigration make new Thai outbreak a matter of when, not if.

Does Thailand’s ‘New Normal’ Mean ‘Mindless Panic’?

It would be easy to laugh off the overreaction to Rayong's health scare as silly “Thainess”. But it’s more sinister than that.
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Thailand’s Virus Hawks Hell-Bent on Crippling Tourism in Futile Bid to...

Analysis: 1,000-visitor caps, exorbitant insurance requirements and long quarantines will flatten any travel-bubble schemes, adding to hospitality sector's pain
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