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Shunned by Chinese tourists, Thailand's Phuket braces for rare slump

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Chinese tourists are usually present even during Phuket's low season, but that is 'not the case this year'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 02, 2019, a couple sit at a restaurant on Raway beach on Phuket island. - Hotels in Thailand's most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in visitors from China caused by the US trade war and stronger baht. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Mouthwatering? Thai island hosts cheek-piercing veg festival

Oct 12, 2019 - 4:12 PM

In the tourist island of Phuket, the nine-day Taoist 'Nine Emperor Gods' festival is in full swing. Hundreds of participants march down streets showcasing a dizzying variety of piercings.

SKEWER. A devotee of a Chinese shrine with a skewer pierced through her cheek takes part in a procession during the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket on October 5, 2019.  Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

2 Filipinos missing at Phuket beach

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the two Filipinos were reportedly playing in the sea when they were swept away by waves during a heavy storm

Toll from deadly Thai tourist boat sinking rises to 41

Jul 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

(5th UPDATE) The death toll rises to 41 on Saturday, with 15 still missing, according to the Phuket province public relations department

RECOVERING THE DEAD. Thai rescue personnel transfer a body (C) at the Chalong pier in Phuket on July 6, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Around 20 missing after boat capsizes off Thailand's Phuket

Jul 05, 2018 - 10:05 PM

90 passengers are on the boat when it capsized

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

Thai police find unexploded devices in search for bombers

Aug 14, 2016 - 5:39 PM

UPDATED The unexploded devices are defused in the upscale beach town of Hua Hin the popular island of Phuket and in Phang Nga province

Thai authorities hunt tourist town bombers

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:30 PM

UPDATED No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but police have ruled out international terrorism saying the campaign is an act of local sabotage

DEADLY BLAST. Thai forensic police officers and member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal inspect a scene, where a bomb exploded on late August 11, at a popular tourist area in Hua Hin, Thailand, August 12, 2016. File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

4 dead as string of blasts hit Thai tourist resorts

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:00 AM

5th UPDATE This is not a terrorist attack It is just local sabotage that is restricted to limited areas and provinces national police deputy spokesman Piyapan Pingmuang says in Bangkok

BLAST SITE. A Thai forensic police officer wearing a protective suit arrives to inspect a blast scene next to a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit after bombs exploded at the clock tower in the center of Hua Hin city, Thailand, August 12, 2016. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Fight in flight: Aussies' drunken brawl causes plane to divert to Indonesia

Jul 21, 2016 - 7:13 PM

The men were removed from the flight due to their behavior

DEPLANED. A Jetstart flight was forced to divert to Bali due to a rowdy brawl among Australian passengers. Photo by Jetstar

Our Thailand food trip in 15 dishes

Feb 23, 2016 - 8:01 PM

With fine dine hip cafés pop up stalls food trucks and street hawkers Thailand has a truly vibrant food scene We sample some of this delicious fare across the country

Illegally smuggled orangutans returned to Indonesia

Nov 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Orangutans are native to the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra but they are often illegally smuggled throughout Southeast Asia either for private zoos or as pets

#AnimatED: Cerita di balik kabut asap

Nov 03, 2015 - 6:20 PM

Thai police station attacked after two killed in chase

Oct 11, 2015 - 9:16 PM

Scores of local residents in a small rural town in Phuket island joins a protest throwing stones and setting fire to police vehicles

Singapore banks urged to curtail loans to haze-linked firms

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:00 PM

An umbrella group of local and foreign banks in smog hit Singapore has urged members to make sustainable development part of their lending requirements stepping up pressure on companies linked to land clearing fires in Indonesia

COMBAT FIRES. Indonesian military personnel extinguish the wildfire on a peat land in Pampangan, Ogan Komering Ilir, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia, 13 September 2015. EPA/TAMY UTARY

Dari upaya DPR batasi KPK hingga keluarga Indonesia di terkaya Asia

Oct 09, 2015 - 7:16 AM

Juga di wRap 9 Okt: kabut asap sampai Thailand sanksi FIFA pada Blatter dkk turunnya kepuasan publik pada Jokowi JK

DEMO. Koalisi Masyarakat Sipil Anti Korupsi berunjuk rasa di Gedung Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi terkait penangkapan Wakil Ketua KPK Bambang Widjojanto oleh Bareskrim Mabes Polri, Jumat, 23 Januari 2015. Foto oleh Rappler

Tigerair halts Manila-Phuket flights

Dec 16, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Tiger Airways Philippines temporarily halts its Manila to Phuket flights due to low load factor

TIGER AIRWAYS. The budget airline temporarily stops its Manila to Phuket flights. Photo from Tiger Airways

Boracay named No 1 destination for relaxation, No 3 for nightlife

Jan 03, 2013 - 5:40 PM

Hotel booking site Agoda com asked their clients and the party beach got their votes

HOT DAYS, HOTTER NIGHTS. Boracay's by-the-beach bars, day-long parties and white sand beaches make it a top Nightlife destination, say the clients of All photos by Roopak Ramachandran Nair