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Alleged Mafioso Vito Palazzolo Arrested in Thailand

    CHIANGRAI TIMES – The Royal Thai Police have arrested a wanted Italian mafia boss after he flew to Bangkok airport, Italian media said Saturday. Vito Roberto Palazzolo, from Terrasini near the Sicilian capital Palermo and considered to be a leading member of the Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia for whom he laundered money, was […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Tourist in the News | Read More »

Songkran in Chiang Rai

    CHIANGRAI TIMES – Chiangrai Songkran Festival is undoubtedly the most festive and celebrated event of the year in Thailand. Songkran marks the Thai New Year (Thai Lunar Calendar year) and is the biggest and most fun-filled time of the year. Songkran (Song Kran) is an important holiday for Thai people, the large majority […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

5 Killed in Lee Gardens Hotel Fire in Hat Yai

  CHIANGRAI TIMES – Five people were killed and dozens injured in a fire Saturday at a hotel in Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand, officials said. The blaze broke out at the Lee Gardens Hotel in downtown Hat Yai, which is a popular destination with tourists from neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore. Four […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Thailand & Canada 50th Years of Close Ties

  CHIANGRAI TIMES – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, March 23 welcomed her Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, who was here on a three-day official visit to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. After an official welcoming ceremony at Government House, Ms Yingluck and Mr Harper held talks and hailed the strong bilateral […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Economy & Business,News | Read More »

US Expat Accused of Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Girl

  CHIANGRAI TIMES – A retired American businessman George Edward Webb has been arrested in the eastern province of Chon Buri and charged with molesting an underage girl and committing a sex crime against a minor, but has denied all charges. The American, identified as George Edward Webb, 62, was arrested at a rented house […]

March 30th, 2012 | Posted in Tourist in the News | Read More »

Myanmar’s By-Election and Why it Matters

  CHIANGRAI TIMES – Myanmar’s by-election Sunday is for a small portion of parliament seats, but has taken on immense symbolic importance because it will likely see pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi win her first term in office. The elections represent a key step for national reconciliation after more than two decades of bitter […]

March 30th, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Are Russian Gangs Gaining Control of Phuket?

  CHIANGRAI TIMES – A criminal gang based in Russia has established its influence on the tourist island of Phuket with help from local officials, MP Chuvit Kamolvisit said on Thursday.   Mr Chuvit, a Rak Thailand Party list MP, said the gang, called “Spachiba”, used Phuket to launder dirty money by encroaching on national forests […]

March 30th, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

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