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It’s Mao or never: Thousands flock to hamlet with its idealised vision of Communist past
CHINA: Disneyland has “Main Street, USA”, a monorail and Mickey Mouse. China’s Nanjie village has “East is Red Square”, red trams and Mao Zedong. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the hamlet in central Henan province which has become an attraction with its idealised vision of village life right out of the Communist past.
Benin pineapples make comeback after eight-month self-imposed absence
BENIN: From his chair in the middle of a pile of pineapples, Jean-Xavier Satola supervises cutting and packaging, as Benin – Africa’s fourth-biggest exporter of the fruit – starts trading again after an eight-month self-imposed absence.
Tourism marketers warned to get on board the Voice Search revolution
Operators in the travel industry in the Asia-Pacific region should prepare themselves to maximise business from voice searches online, one of Australia’s leading tourism strategists has cautioned. Simply optimise your digital online prese...
Phuket Opinion: A befitting testament
PHUKET: The entire nation of Thailand will come to a stop next Thursday (Oct 26) to witness the Royal Cremation Ceremony of the nation’s beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The actual cremation will take place on Oct 26, but in all there will be five days of ritualised ceremonies – a display of the Thai people’s deep love for the late King.
Procession to royal crematorium rehearsed
BANGKOK: Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn joined the rehearsal for the procession of the royal urn of King Rama IX from the Grand Palace to the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang on Saturday morning.
All safe as Phuket tour bus brakes fail on Patong Hill
PHUKET: Patong police confirmed that there were no injuries or damage after a tour bus experienced break problems on Patong Hill and the driver had to direct it to the side of the road to prevent what could be another accident on the notorious road.
Phuket car crash brings power pole down in Kathu
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) have already fixed the power pole downed by a car in Kathu in the early hours of this morning (Oct 21).
Green vineyards stand out in black of California fires
UNITED STATES: Odd pockets of lush green – grape vines, believe it or not – stand out amid the ashen landscape left by northern California’s wildfires.
Anupong dodges criticism in speed gun fiasco
BANGKOK: Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, who signed a controversial procurement proposal for handheld laser speed detectors worth almost 600 million baht, says he was not aware of the pricing of the devices.
Dangling wires suspected as cause of pickup engine blaze in Phuket
PHUKET: A Krabi-registered pickup was found on fire in front of PPAO Baan Nabon School on Chao Fa East Rd on Friday afternoon (Oct 20).
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Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been instructed to demolish the upper structure to meet the legal height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has set up a committee to investigate […]

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What makes a good rental villa?

by Ian Macaulay Not everyone who has gone through the process of owning or building a villa will want to rent it out.  Even if you don’t, rentability can have a significant impact on the asset and resale value so it’s well worth being aware of a given property’s potential appeal to the rental market. […]

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Patong and Rawai worst hit from floods

DATELINE: 1pm, August 15. The torrential rain in Phuket is affecting several at-risk areas including Patong and the Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai. Several hours of heavy rains have resulted in some parts of Patong to be underwater, especially on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road where smaller vehicles and motorbikes could barely move through. More than […]

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‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. Thailand in the middle of the world’s human trafficking hot spot.

Today is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ – a day where we reflect on the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out. The day has […]

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Choice of Mugabe as goodwill WHO envoy shocks
The appointment of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador of the World Health Organisation has been denounced by human rights groups. — Reuters
Japan PM Abe's ruling bloc on track for big election win
TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a big win in Sunday's election, media exit polls showed, potentially re-energising a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution.
Khon Kaen flooding leaves ducks on the road
Three days after Ubonrat Dam began to release water at the rate of 54 million cubic metres of water per day, the Phong river has overflowed to flood a wide area below the dam, leaving ducks that normally forage for food in ricefields along the road. — Jakkrapan Nathanri
ISS astronauts take another walk in space
NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Randy Bresnik perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to make some minor repairs and install a HD camera and replacing a light. — Reuters
Death toll from Malaysia construction site landslide at 11
KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in northwest Malaysia on Saturday, authorities said.
Wild elephant to be autopsied and buried
LAMPANG: Veterinarians are preparing to conduct an autopsy and then bury a wild bull elephant which died after a dramatic rescue.
18,000 EDCs to be in place in Thong Fah shops in November
The Comptroller General's Department, with support from the Commerce Ministry and state-run and commercial banks, will speed up the installation of electronic data capture (EDC) machines to meet the full number of 18,000 in November, according to department director-general Suthirat Rattanachote.
Wild bull elephant dies in Lampang
LAMPANG: A wild bull elephant rescued from a deep canal in Phitsanulok started therapy to strengthen injured hind leg muscles on Saturday after being trapped for more than 24 hours.
Media outlets barred from Sunday's rehearsal
After three media outlets broke the rules which prohibited live reporting of the rehearsal for the royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Saturday, they will be barred from reporting Sunday's rehearsal, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Saturday.
The king and us
Born in 1939, Dr Sanjai Sangvichien has proudly lived during three reigns of the Chakri dynasty, and he can still vividly remember the day when, as a little boy, he got his first sight of a king.
Late King’s granddaughter at final dress rehearsal

Final tributes from Royal Pyre artisans

 India's Bhullar clinches commanding win in Macau
Hong Kong - India's Gaganjeet Bhullar held his nerve to complete a wire-to-wire victory and lift his eighth Asian Tour title at the Macau Open on Sunday.
Gem auction cancelled as bidders avoid unpolished stones
The Legal Execution Department has cancelled an upcoming auction of jade and other gems in bulk after the confiscated assets failed to attract any bids in the previous seven attempts to auction them.
Purchase of ‘overpriced’ speed detectors still in process
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department planned to buy laser-equipped speed detectors to enforce speed limits but the procurement process had not begun, department director-general Chayapol Thitisak said.
Netizens want Super Junior’s Siwon to quit show after dog bite death
Netizens are demanding that singer-actor Choi Si-won drop out of “Revolutionary Love,” a newly launched drama series in which Choi plays a lead role, following the death of a local businesswoman who died after being attacked by Choi’s family pet dog.
From ramen to cactus smoothies, millennial pink food catches on in Singapore
Now that rainbow-and unicorn-themed food is losing its shine on Instagram, it is time to turn to "millennial pink" fare instead. The global trend, which is clearly targeted at the millennial generation, is fast catching on in Singapore.
Princess leads Royal Relics ceremony rehearsal 

Huge crowds watch Royal Cremation procession rehearsals
Oblivious to the falling rain, a huge crowd of black-clad citizens once again turned out early Sunday morning to witness the final rehearsal of processions for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Royal Cremation Ceremony.
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Frenchman arrested over posting nude photos of ex-Thai girlfriend

BANGKOK: A French tourist was arrested in Bangkok on Friday for having allegedly posted nude photos of hisThai ex-girlfriend to her Facebook wall. Police said Vincent Anthony Jean Marie LeGrand, 34, was arrested at 6.25 am on Thursday upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on Flight QR826 of Qatar Airways.

Up close with Klose

British artist Will Klose, who's lived in Thailand for over a decade and has his studio on Chiang Mai's outskirts, explores the psychological drama found in domestic settings in the exhibition "Between Intimacy and Estrangement". In meticulously painted scenes, both with and without a human presence, Klose employs sharp contrasts of light and a gradated palette of colour.

Fake passports uncover TOEFL scam in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai police on Monday arrested two Chinese women who allegedly used fake passports to sit for a TOEFL exam on behalf of paying clients. Jing Su, 22, and Jiang Jiang Xuan, 26 the spellings a transliteration of their names from Thai as police heard them were charged with using fake passport and visa stamps.

I went through hell as a sex addict

As a teenager, and into his early twenties, his obsession with crawling the streets to find a man to have sex with made him feel like a "predator." But he couldn't stop.

Flooding still rampant in north and central regions

Areas of the north and central region have continued to face flood conditions with runoff hitting 2 districts of Chiang Mai province, damaging a school and severing roadways. Up to 15 buildings of Panya Den International School in Chiang Mai province have been inundated by flood waters with damages to equipment and supplies estimated at no less than 40 million baht in value.

Flash floods send Chiang Mai tourists and residents running

Tourists and residents fled to higher ground as Lanna Resort and homes in Tambon Ban Pong in Chiang Mai's Hang Dong district were hit by flash flooding from forest runoff early Thursday morning. People woke at 4am amid flooding from the Mae Tha Chang River, which was swollen from runoff from the upstream Samoeng district, hitting five Hang Dong subdistricts, with Nong Kwai and Nam Phrae particularly affected.

Mariettan gained hands-on veterinary experience in Thailand this summer

This summer, Alex Ashton, 21, of Marietta, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it is like to be a veterinarian.

Fire Rainbow Seen In Thailand Skies Captured By Onlookers

A rare phenomenon of a fire rainbow was captured on camera in the skies of Thailand last Friday. The breathtaking sight which was seen in the country's Chiang Mai province was caught by onlookers at around 4 pm local time.

Newborn girl left to die in a bin is rescued in Thailand

The baby girl thrown away with the rubbish just hours after being born: Tiny child left to die in a bin is rescued in Thailand... and now set for a 'dream life' A newborn baby girl in Thailand is set to be adopted after her mother left her to die in a rubbish bin. The girl was wrapped in blankets and stuffed inside a rucksack before being abandoned in a plastic barrel being used for rubbish in Chaing Mai, Thailand, on Sunday.

Qatar Airways Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Limited Edition Pink Amenity Kits

The pink shade of Rose Pompadour used for the amenity kits was created in France in 1757 at the famous Svres porcelain facility. The shade, prized for its vivacity and beauty, was one of five colours produced by Svres, which helped to define magnificence and luxury in eighteenth-century France. : Most recent
African rhino injures poacher in rare reversal of fortunes
NAIROBI, Kenya: A rhino turned the tables on a suspected poacher in Namibia, charging and injuring the man while he was allegedly tracking it.
Japan PM Abe's ruling bloc on track for big election win
TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a big win in Sunday's election, media exit polls showed, potentially re-energising a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution.
Briton found dead in Buri Ram rented room
BURI RAM: A British national was found dead inside his rented room on Sunday after neighbours noticed he had not appeared for four days.
Filipino troops battling final 30 IS-linked gunmen in Marawi
MANILA: Philippine troops on Sunday were battling a final group of about 30 pro-Islamic State group militants who were surrounded in one building with all their hostages gone as a nearly five-month siege neared its end in southern Marawi city, a military official said.
Indonesia seeks info from US after general denied entry
JAKARTA: Indonesia's government is seeking clarification from the US after the Indonesian military chief was denied entry to the country.
Woman loses leg saving daughter from being hit by train
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A female school teacher lost one of her legs saving her three-year-old daughter from being hit by an oncoming train at Thung Song railway station late on Saturday night.
Death toll from Malaysia construction site landslide at 11
KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in northwest Malaysia on Saturday, authorities said.
Democratic chairman: Trump 'most dangerous' president ever
LAS VEGAS: Trying to quell accusations that he is ousting activists from the party's left flank, Democratic Chairman Tom Perez told fellow Democrats on Saturday that unity is crucial in the fight against President Donald Trump, whom he lambasted as an “existential threat” to the nation.
Powerful typhoon drenches Japan as voters trudge to polls
TOKYO: Heavy rain and wind lashed southern Japan on Sunday as a powerful typhoon neared, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and disrupting rail services on a national election day.
US: DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead
MANILA: DNA tests have confirmed the death of one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, US and Philippine officials said Saturday.