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BBC’s Jonathan Head Faces Jail Time in Thailand for Reporting Phuket Property Scam

  – PHUKET –  BBC’s south-east Asia correspondent, Jonathan Head, could face up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into two Western expats allegedly defrauded of their investments. In 2015 the BBC’s south-east Asia correspondent, Jonathan Head, reported on how two […]

February 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Southern Thailand | Read More »

Thailand’s Junta Approves Controversial Coal Power Plant in Krabi

– KRABI – Thailand’s Prime Minister said Friday that the National Energy Policy Committee has approved the construction of an controversial 800-megawatt coal power plant near pristine beaches on the Andaman Sea, despite concerns from environmentalists and local citizens. The plant and an accompanying dock are slated to be built next to an existing oil […]

February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Southern Thailand | Read More »

Marine Officials Try to Tackle One-Kilometre of Garbage in Guld of Thailand

. . CHUMPHON – Thai Marine and Coastal Resources officials are trying to clean up a massive, one-kilometre long tangle of trash, officials said Friday, calling it the largest garbage heap to float through the kingdom’s waters. The mass of debris was estimated to weigh some 300 tonnes, said Sopon Thongdee, deputy director of Thailand’s […]

February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Southern Thailand | Read More »

Sixteen Tourists Injured in Phuket after Bus Loses Brakes and Crashes

  . . PHUKET – Sixteen tourists from India were injured after a tour bus carrrying them from Karon to Kata beach crashed into a concrete barrier in Phuket this morning. Police reported the tour bus was descending a hilly road when it developed brake failure. The driver told the police that as he was […]

January 29th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Southern Thailand | Read More »

Phuket Police and Officials Accused of Extorting Foreign Work Permit Holders

. . PHUKET – Ms.Thanyarat Atchariyachai, a former chairwoman of the Senate committee on tourism, has accuded local police and state officials in Phuket of exploiting legal loopholes to extort money from foreign employees and migrant workers. Ms. Atchariyachai said she has received numerous complaints from people affected by misconduct of state officials. She said […]

January 28th, 2017 | Posted in Southern Thailand,Tourism News | Read More »

18 Tourists Rescued in Southern Thailand after Dive Boat Catches Fire and Sinks

. . SUTAN – Thai Marine police in Southern Thailand have reported that 18 toursist are safe after the boat they chartered heading for Koh Rok caught fire and sank in the Andaman Sea on Monday afternoon. Marine police told Thai Media that 18 tourists and three Thai crew landed safely at Pak Bara pier […]

January 24th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Southern Thailand | Read More »

Fortune Seekers Flock to Southern Thailand to Pan for Gold

. . PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN –  The Klong Thong waterway that has long attracted gold panners in Bang Saphan district is drawing new fortune seekers after the recent floods exposed fresh deposits of gold – which local residents see as a fitting return for the misery they suffered. Klong Thong in tambon Ron Thong has […]

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Southern Thailand | Read More »

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