Tag: Thailand

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage And Attrage Getting A Proper Facelift, Will Debut On November 18

Mitsubishi Motors is about to give the Mirage and Attrage budget city cars the first major update since their launch in 2012 and 2013, respectively. They received a facelift in late 2015 too, but the changes it brought were rather minor. Also sold as the Space Star in Europe and some Asian markets, the Mitsubishi […]

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15 Killed in Southern Thailand, in the Worst Violence in Years

BANGKOK — Gunmen killed at least 15 people at a security checkpoint in southern Thailand on Tuesday night, the worst outbreak of violence in years in the country’s insurgency-plagued border region. The attackers stormed several spots around the checkpoint, in the Muang Yala District in Yala Province. The post was guarded by a mix of […]

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‘Extremely Evil Misconduct’: Thailand’s Palace Intrigue Spills Into View

BANGKOK — The denunciations have swirled through Thailand’s gilded palaces with the rhetorical extravagance of a Shakespearean history. The official consort to the king was accused of trying to upstage the queen and “undermining the nation,” leading to the stripping of her royal titles after less than three months on the job. A grand chamberlain […]

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He Acquitted 5 Men of Murder, Then Shot Himself

YALA, Thailand — The Thai judge’s verdict was not guilty, five men spared the death penalty or life imprisonment. Then the judge reached into his robes, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the courtroom. In a 25-page manifesto that he read aloud to the courtroom on Oct. 4, Kanakorn Pianchana, a chief judge […]

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The Case of Thailand’s Disappearing Dissidents

At 4:45 a.m. on July 8, a man wearing black and a mask broke into my apartment in Kyoto. He walked into my bedroom, attacked me and my partner with a chemical spray and escaped. Nothing was stolen. The Japanese police arrived quickly. The investigation is ongoing; the perpetrator has not been apprehended. No official […]

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‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the Mekong

ON THE MEKONG RIVER — When the Chinese came to the village of Lat Thahae, perched on a muddy bend of a Mekong River tributary, they scrawled a Chinese character on the walls of homes, schools and Buddhist temples. No one in this isolated hamlet in northern Laos could read what it said. But the […]

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2020 Isuzu D-Max Teased In Thailand, Looks More Upscale Inside And Out

The wait for an all-new Isuzu D-Max is almost over as the third-generation model has been teased in a new video released by the carmaker’s Thai subsidiary. Posted on Isuzu’s Thailand website, the video is accompanied by a countdown which read 7 days 5 hours at the time of writing, meaning the 2020 D-Max should […]

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Where To Drink In Bangkok, According To An Award-Winning Bartender

Bangkok is so many things all at once. For travelers, it’s often thought of as one of the last true party towns, where anything goes. The sort of place where you may well end up meeting some Indiana Jones-soldier-of-fortune-types, along with a gangster or two. When you meet people who visited the city chasing that […]

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Thailand Shuttered a Notorious Tiger Zoo, but the Problem Has Only Gotten Worse

SRIRACHA, Thailand — When Thai park rangers raided a popular zoo famous for letting visitors feed and handle tigers, their grisly haul three years ago shocked the world: 1,600 tiger parts, including pelts, amulets fashioned from skins, scores of teeth, 40 dead cubs found in a freezer and 20 more preserved in jars. Behind the […]

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Thailand’s Roads Are Deadly. Especially if You’re Poor.

ImageParamedics treat an injured man after a motorcycle accident in Bangkok in April.CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. BANGKOK — The Thai woman was riding […]

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Thailand’s Former Leader, in Exile and Wanted at Home, Gets Serbian Citizenship

BANGKOK — Beloved by Thailand’s rural poor, ousted from office and in exile since fleeing a trial two years ago, a former prime minister of Thailand has reappeared abroad, at least in name, on a Serbian government website. The site announced that the former Thai leader, Yingluck Shinawatra, had been granted Serbian citizenship, in a […]

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3 Countries Cut Rates as World Braces for More Trade War Turbulence

Central banks in India, Thailand and New Zealand on Wednesday moved to shore up their economies amid fears that global growth will become the biggest casualty in the spiraling trade war between the United States and China. Monetary authorities in all three countries cut interest rates in a series of unexpected moves that shook currency […]

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‘Our Duty to Fight’: The Rise of Militant Buddhism

GINTOTA, Sri Lanka — The Buddhist abbot was sitting cross-legged in his monastery, fulminating against the evils of Islam, when the petrol bomb exploded within earshot. But the abbot, the Venerable Ambalangoda Sumedhananda Thero, barely registered the blast. Waving away the mosquitoes swarming the night air in the southern Sri Lankan town of Gintota, he […]

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Who’s Attacking Thailand’s Democracy Activists? The Authorities Aren’t Saying

BANGKOK — Sirawith Seritiwat, a democracy activist, was running to catch a bus when the men attacked, battering his head until his eye socket was fractured, his nose was broken and his eyes were bathed in blood. Sitting near his hospital room in Bangkok, with the glare of fluorescent lights and the reek of disinfectant […]

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In War for ‘Bloodwood’ Prized in China, Thai Rangers Fight Tree Poachers

Thai forest rangers and recruits in Ta Phraya National Park. Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times TA PHRAYA NATIONAL PARK, Thailand — The rangers walked for hours in almost complete silence through the dense Thai forest, never speaking above a whisper. Even in the early morning, the leaves were dripping with wet heat. The scout […]

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Her Tears of Joy Celebrated the Resilience of a Battered Team

RENNES, France — She has not played a second in the Women’s World Cup. In fact, she is not a player at all. But Nualphan Lamsam of Thailand has provided one of the tournament’s most viral, celebrative and heartwarming moments, representing a team that has been widely applauded for responding to overwhelming defeat with dignity […]

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In Thailand, You Can Ride an Elephant. But Should You?

More than half of Thailand’s 7,000 elephants live in captivity. It’s been that way ever since 1989, when the country suspended almost all of the commercial logging that had employed them for generations. Jobless elephants, often with their keepers, ended up on the streets, wandering across farmlands or taking shelter in dangerous spots like highway […]

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