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Thailand schools reopen with strict hygiene rules

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Thai authorities recommend that class sizes be restricted to 20-25 students while doorknobs, desks and other areas at risk of spreading infection be sanitized frequently throughout the day

Students arrive at a primary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Pupils in Thailand returned to school on July 1, though with strict rules to prevent fresh coronavirus outbreaks, as the kingdom pushed towards normality with the pandemic raging on beyond its borders. Romeo GACAD / AFP

Robot dog hounds Thai shoppers to keep hands virus-free

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Mimicking an excited puppy, the robot dog names K9 roams around the popular Central World mall in downtown Bangkok, drawing the attention of delighted children eager to get hand sanitizer gel from a bottle attached to its back

A 5G K9 robot distributes hand sanitiser to visitors in a shopping mall in Bangkok on June 4, 2020, as sectors of the economy reopen following restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Thailand hospitals deploy 'ninja robots' to help virus battle

Mar 19, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The robots help staff at 4 hospitals in and around Bangkok to reduce their risk of infection by allowing doctors and nurses to speak to patients over a video link

Thai immigration officers at Bangkok airport diagnosed with coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:59 PM

One of the officers is among a team leading health screenings of Thai returnees from South Korea – which has reported the second most COVID-19 infections in Asia after China

A health official checks the forms of an incoming passenger during a health assessment at a checkpoint for people flying in from a list of countries and territories that include China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 9, 2020. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

Woman gunned down in new Thai mall shooting

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:37 PM

The incident occurs inside a cosmetic clinic at the busy downtown Century Mall, when a man burst in and gunned down his former partner over an alleged affair

Tearful Thai general says 'don't blame army' for soldier's rampage

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:19 PM

General Apirat Kongsompong breaks down in tears as he apologizes during a televised press conference on behalf of the army to the victims of the shooting

Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Apirat Kongsompong reacts during a press conference in Bangkok on February 11, 2020, after a mass shooting incident in Nakhon Ratchasima over the weekend. An emotional Apirat on February 11 urged a nation in mourning over a mass shooting "not to blame the army" after a soldier gunned down at least 29 people in a rampage linked to a debt dispute with a senior officer. Patipat JANTHONG / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP

Thai soldier holds out in mall after killing 21 in mass shooting

Feb 08, 2020 - 9:32 PM

(6th UPDATE) Authorities give no firm details on the movements of the attacker – a junior army officer identified as Sergeant-Major Jakrapanth Thomma

Fugitive giraffe found dead in Thailand canal

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The story of the giraffe which escaped from truck in Bangkok takes a tragic turn, after it is found dead in a lotus swamp near a main road

In this undated handout photo released on January 29, 2020 by the Fire Department Eastern Voluntter shows a runaway giraffe seen in bushes along a road in Bang Khla, Chachoengsao province. An African giraffe which bolted from a convoy destined for a Thai safari park remained on the run January 29, as vets scoured farmland near the escape zone in a near 24-hour search gripping the public. Jongput JIRA-APAKUL / FIRE DEPARTMENT EASTERN VOLUNTEER / AFP

Long road to freedom: Giraffe escapes convoy in Thailand

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Two leggy ruminants make the daring bid for freedom from the back of a poorly secured container truck as it slowed in highway traffic shortly after leaving Bangkok's main airport. One is caught, the other still a 'fugitive'.

ESCAPE. In this undated handout photo released on January 29, 2020 by the Fire Department Eastern Voluntter shows a runaway giraffe seen crossing a road in Bang Khla, Chachoengsao province. Photo by Jongput Jira-Apakul/Fire Department  Eastern Volunteer/AFP

2-year-old boy among 3 killed in Thailand armed robbery

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Shocking CCTV footage shows the attacker storming into the shop, opening fire, and leaping over the counter as victims writhed in agony on the ground

INJURED. This photograph taken on January 9, 2020 and received from ViralPress shows paramedics helping a man wounded during a robbery at the Robinson shopping mall in the town of Lopburi, in Thailand. STR/ ViralPress/AFP

Thai retailers ban single-use plastic bags

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:12 AM

Several mall operators and convenience stores in Thailand ban single-use plastic bags and will instead see customers paying a small fee for a reusable bag made of a cloth-like fabric

Employees carry banners informing customers about the ban on free single-use plastic bags at a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on January 2, 2020. Thai retailers kicked off 2020 with a ban on free plastic bags to customers, as an environment group on January 2 said the move would merely act as a temporary salve to Thailand's "throw-away culture" and plastic crisis. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan

Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves St. Louis Hospital in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

13 dead in Thailand after truck carrying students flips over

Sep 29, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The pick-up truck flips over while trying to change lanes

Bangkok is city with most international visitors in 2018 – report

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Bangkok, Thailand tops the list for the 4th straight year with almost 23 million international visitors in 2018, beating Paris and London

Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN meeting

Aug 03, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Thai authorities say there were 9 successful or attempted bomb blasts throughout Bangkok which left 4 wounded as the city hosted the ASEAN ministerial meeting

Police conduct an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. At least two small bombs exploded in Bangkok on August 2, rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaving two people wounded. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

No Filipino harmed in Bangkok bombing – DFA

Aug 03, 2019 - 7:15 AM

'Filipinos staying and traveling in Thailand are urged to remain calm, but take extra precautions,' the Department of Foreign Affairs says

BOMB SITE. A policeman conducts an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Steps with Theera: A coffee shop for a cause

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:23 PM

This vocational training center in Bangkok aims to provide job opportunities for people with special needs

PARTNERSHIP. Steps with Theera partners with companies to provide work experience for their trainees. All photos by Steps with Theera

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) At least 4 people are wounded when several small bombs explode as the Thai capital hosts the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

A policeman conducts an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. Two people were injured as at least two small explosions hit Bangkok, police said, as the political febrile country hosts a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Duterte asks Thai businessmen to invest more in PH

Jun 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The President also calls on Thai companies to participate in his administration's Build, Build, Build

THAILAND VISIT. Thai companies pay a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) Trade will be the focus of a two-day ASEAN Summit, amid discussions on the South China Sea, Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, and ocean pollution

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials who took part in the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang Photo

[ANALYSIS] Will boat sinking put pressure on ASEAN Summit?

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel in the Reed Bank could force Southeast Asian countries to put pressure on China for an early agreement on a rules-based code

Thailand anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Last month's elections in Thailand remains in dispute after a political party backed by the junta that has ruled Thailand since 2014 and its main rival both claimed victory

UNDER SIEGE. File photo of Future Forward Party leader Thanatorn Juangroongruangkit (in white shirt) arrives at Pathumwan police station to hear sedition charges brought against him by the National Council for Peace and Order, in Bangkok on April 6, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Man of Zeal: #SupermanBangkok champions voting ahead of Thai poll

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Dressed in a Superman suit with a red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign: 'If you love Thailand: Vote'

Thai-German national David Pfizenmaier walks up a pedestrian bridge in a Superman costume whilst encouraging Thais to vote in the upcoming election in Bangkok on March 21, 2019. - Dressed in a Superman suit with red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign. The 40-year-old Thai-German said on March 21 he is not campaigning for a specific party, but is instead on a mission to boost turnout, especially among younger voters, "because the military government is not the solution for the long term." (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) / TO GO WITH Thailand-politics-vote, SCENE by Joe FREEMAN

Thai junta chief says cybersecurity bill not used to 'tap' phones

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha says: 'When I talk about cybersecurity, don't get this confused with human rights... No one will tap phone calls of others'

Maverick tycoon and darling of Thai millennials decries political attacks

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the scion of a billionaire auto-parts maker, is the charismatic frontman of Future Forward, a new party targeting the Thailand urban youth vote with a staunchly anti-junta platform

Thai tycoon, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party, greets supporters on arrival at the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok on February 27, 2019. Thanathorn faces charges over anti-junta speech on Facebook ahead of the March 24 national election.  Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Cabbages & Condoms: A healthy, balanced diet

Feb 08, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Sex education is on the menu at this quirky Bangkok restaurant

CABBAGES & CONDOMS. The Bangkok restaurant promotes safe sex. Photos courtesy of Equity Initiative 2018

Man smuggles month-old leopard cub on plane to India

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Officials says they grew suspicious after hearing sounds coming from the bag, and stopped the passenger as he tried to rush out of the terminal in the capital city of southern Tamil Nadu state

SMUGGLED. This handout picture released by Customs Chennai International Airport and taken on February 2, 2019, shows a leopard cub after it was seized from a checked baggage of a passenger travelling from Bangkok, at Chennai International airport. Photo from Customs Chennai International Airport

Hundreds of schools close as toxic smog chokes Bangkok

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Because the Thai capital has been shrouded in murky haze for weeks, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration orders all 437 city-controlled public schools to close from Wednesday through Friday

Children wearing face masks leave school early due to pollution in Bangkok on January 30, 2019. - Toxic smog forced Bangkok authorities to issue an unprecedented order to shut nearly 450 schools on January 30, as authorities struggle to manage a pollution crisis that has stirred widespread concern. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Saudi woman seeking asylum 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

Jan 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

ASYLUM-SEEKER. This screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun on January 7, 2019 shows a still of Qunun speaking in Bangkok on January 7. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Meet Headache Stencil, the Thai version of mystery graffiti artist Banksy

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The pioneer of the new wave of street artists in Bangkok is 'Headache Stencil,' whose spray cans satirize the powerful in Thailand where free expression has been muted since a 2014 coup

THAILAND'S BANKSY. This picture taken on September 4, 2018, shows Thai artist who goes by the name of "Headache Stencil" spray-painting a graffiti on a fence in Bangkok. Thailand's junta chief caricatured as 'a lucky cat', a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line - daring graffiti is appearing across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for political debate. Romeo GACAD / AFP

Foreign divers, soldiers join rescue for Thai children trapped in cave

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:20 PM

A team of American military personnel from the US Pacific Command, and 3 British cave diving experts join the over a thousand racing against time to rescue the 12 trapped children and their coach

Desperate search for 12 children trapped in Thailand cave

Jun 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Thai Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda says 'we're working against time, but we're not panicking'

ANXIOUS. Family members and relatives pray at the entrance of Tham Luang cave while rescue personnel conduct operations to find the missing members of the children's football team along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on June 26, 2018. Photo by  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Final Fruit-ier: Thailand sends smelly durian into space

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Thailand plans to shoot durian into orbit this July to test its durability in a project that could see the staple 'king of fruits' consumed in zero-gravity conditions

KING OF FRUITS. A Thai fruit vendor waits for customers behind a display of durians in Bangkok on June 1, 2018. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Thailand police hunt 'elephant electrocutioner'

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists estimate Thailand is home to more than 3,000 wild elephants

ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND. Elephants feast on a prepared buffet of fruits and vegetables before the start of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 8, 2018. Photo by  Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/ AFP

Bite the dust at Bangkok's 'death awareness' cafe

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The centerpiece of the Kid Mai Death Cafe experience is a decorated white coffin where customers are encouraged to lay down for a few minutes to contemplate their final moments – and secure a discount on a drink

'DEATH CAFE.' This photo taken on March 30, 2018, shows a Thai teenager climbing out of a traditional coffin at the Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe, an exhibition space built to educate the public about death and Buddhism, in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Undefeated Thai 'dwarf giant' one win from Mayweather record

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Wanheng Menayothin, aka Dwarf Giant, eyes equalling Mayweather's 50-0 record and enter boxing lore in April or May

DWARF GIANT. This photo taken on January 31, 2018 shows the current World Boxing Council (WBC) mini-flyweight champion, Wanheng Menayothin, punching a bag during a training session in Bangkok.  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

PH math wizards win 87 medals in Thailand contest

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Filipino students win 14 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals, 11 merit awards and 4 special prizes

Penis whitening fad worries surgeons

Feb 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think it should not be done in a patient that doesn't need it,' Milanese plastic surgeon Massimiliano Brambilla, who specializes in genital procedures, tells Agence France-Presse

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Steady Philippine inflation of 3.2% in 2017 seen to rise on new tax rates

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The movement of prices of basic goods and services was steady at 3.3% in December, bringing the full-year 2017 rate to 3.2%. But the newly-implemented tax package and higher global oil rates could put pressure on inflation this year.

PRICES OF GOODS. Philippine inflation remains steady at 3.3% in December last year, similar with that of November 2017. Stock photo

Penis whitening procedure drives Thailand social media nuts

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:02 PM

A clinic in Bangkok offers this unconventional treatment for around $650 for five sessions.

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Zimbabwe family stuck in Bangkok airport for two months

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:08 PM

They lack visas for onward travel, refuse to return to Zimbabwe, and are denied re-entry to Thailand after overstaying, trapping them in limbo at the airport

BANGKOK AIRPORT. This photograph taken on July 25, 2016 shows a passenger at the departure terminal of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Printing error caused 'faceless' P100 bills, BSP says

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Investigations have been launched to validate claim over some withdrawn 'faceless' and 'faded' P100 bills

FACELESS. Earla Anne Yehey, BPI client, posts photos of withdrawn 4 pieces of P100 bills without the late President Manuel Roxas' face on them. Photo from Yehey's Facebook account

Meet Cola, the Thai street dog with 'blade runner' legs

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Cola, the former street pup, nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword, now he has new sleek paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics

BLADE RUNNER. This photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows John Dalley fitting Cola the dog with his new curved 'blade runner' prosthetic legs at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket. Just over a year after he was brutally maimed for gnawing on a neighbor's boots, Cola the canine is romping across a Phuket beach on sleek new paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics modelled after those used by Paralympian sprinters. Photo Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thailand flood death toll rises to 15

Dec 05, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Some one million residents have been hit in some way: through submerged or damaged homes, disruption to occupations such as farming, or transport difficulties because of flooded roads

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:46 PM

With an estimated LGBTQ population of 70 million, China has the world's third-largest 'pink market' after Europe and the United States. Yet in China being openly gay is still fraught with difficulties.

GAY BAR. This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 shows Thai dancers entertaining tourists at a gay bar in Thailand's southern tourist destination of Phuket. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

4 Japanese tourists killed in Thailand van crash

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Despite its wealth compared to neighboring countries and relatively good infrastructure, Thailand has some of the most lethal roads in the world

This Bangkok restaurant is covered in condoms – for good reason

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At Cabbages & Condoms, it's all about safe sex

CABBAGES AND CONDOMS. The restaurant gives out free condoms and raises funds for a family planning non-profit. Rappler screenshot

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:43 PM

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's children carry golden urns containing his relics from the Grand Palace to two Bangkok temples where they will be housed

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on October 29, 2017.  A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Tourists bemused as Bangkok sobers up for Thai king funeral

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Streets are deserted in Bangkok's infamous red light district, where bars and clubs are dark on the eve of the massive funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

FASCINATION. Tourists walk past an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the eve of his cremation in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP