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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ada Masjid Jawa di Negeri Gajah Putih

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Arsitektur Masjid Jawa di Bangkok kental dengan gaya masjid masjid tua di Indonesia

MASJID JAWA. Umat Muslim melintas di depan Masjid Jawa, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand. Foto oleh Hendra Nurdiyansyah/Antara

Bangkok unique despite street stall edict – Thai tourism boss

Apr 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT pushes back against fears that Bangkok is being gentrified in the image of Singapore

BANGKOK STREET FOOD. Hawkers on a Bangkok street. Photo by Nicole Reyes/Rappler

SAKSIKAN: Latihan singkat timnas Indonesia di lapangan futsal

Dec 17, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Latihan pada pagi hari difokuskan untuk melatih kekompakan

Timnas Indonesia mengikuti latihan singkat di lapangan futsal Soccer Master yang terletak tak jauh dari hotel tempat mereka menginal, Hotel The Grand Fourwings, Bangkok. Foto oleh Nadia Vetta Hamid/Rappler

Pelatih timnas telah tunjuk pengganti Andik di laga final AFF 2016

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Timnas hingga saat ini masih fokus pada proses pemulihan fisik pasca bertanding pada hari Rabu kemarin

UJI COBA. Pemain timnas Indonesia berlatih ketika uji coba lapangan di Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand, 16 Desember. Foto oleh Wahyu Putro A./ANTARA

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Dec 07, 2016 - 6:48 PM

UPDATED The BBC is now under scrutiny for a Thai language profile it published out of its London offices of the nation s new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn who ascended to the throne last week

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Thai protester arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Dec 03, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Thailand s monarchy is protected from any criticism inside the kingdom by a harsh lese majeste law which was widely used since the military seized power in 2014

Thai cops seize nearly 1M pairs of fake sunglasses

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Two Chinese nationals are also arrested over the counterfeit sunglasses which include fake Ray Bans and Oakleys

Elderly Thai man faces charges 'for giving protesters flowers'

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Preecha Kaewbanpaew a 77 year old former teacher was arrested in the northern province of Chiang Rai on Sunday

PROTESTS. Thai security forces deploy at Victory Monument. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thaksin's son gives Thai police reward for blast probe

Oct 04, 2015 - 6:34 PM

The son of ousted Thai premier gives nearly 200 000 to authorities following the probe of the blast in August

Bangkok suspect handed device to shrine bomber – police

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:14 PM

Speculation has hardened on links to China s Turkic speaking Uighur minority many of whom complain of religious and cultural discrimination

AFP photo/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

Polisi Thailand: Pelaku bom Bangkok warga negara Turki

Sep 03, 2015 - 11:18 AM

Aparat keamanan akhirnya sebut kewarganegaraan tersangka pelaku ledakan bom Bangkok Simpati kepada warga Uighur yang alami represi diduga jadi pemicu aksi terorisme

EXPLOSION. A general view taken from a moving train shows the scene at the Erawan Shrine after a bomb explosion, central Bangkok. Barbara Walton/EPA

Police seek new suspects in Bangkok blast

Aug 31, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The new lead comes after police say they made a breakthrough in their case detaining an unnamed foreign man

UNDER REPAIR. A Thai police officer on duty as a tourist with luggage walks past the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, August 30, 2015. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai police charge foreign man over Bangkok bombing

Aug 29, 2015 - 8:04 PM

2nd UPDATE A senior military official has said he believed the suspect was a Turkish national but Thai police have not yet confirmed his nationality

Japanese journalist 'flashes' genitals in Thai mobile forum

Aug 01, 2015 - 8:46 PM

At a mobile forum organized by Thailand s foreign ministry with 150 in attendance the broadcaster accidentally sends a photo of his penis– meant for his female friend – via Line app

ASEAN gears up for Paris climate conference

Jul 08, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Concrete actions not statements needed to mitigate effects of climate change

Maid slavery: Thai police drop probe into WHO official

Apr 10, 2015 - 10:44 PM

The unnamed maid files a complaint with police accusing Dr Yonas Tegegn and his wife of abusing her and forcing her to work without pay for nearly two years

UN blasts Thai junta for 'Hunger Games' detentions

Nov 22, 2014 - 12:39 AM

The 3 finger salute has become the unofficial symbol of resistance in Thailand with scores detained for using it including 6 students this week

HUNGER GAMES. Thai students are being arrested by police officers and security guards as they flash a 3-finger resistance sign borrowed from the sci-fi book and movies series 'Hunger Games' in front of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (back) while delivering a speech during his visit in Khon Kaen province, north eastern Thailand, 19 November 2014. File photo by EPA

Video of Thai leader 'petting' reporter goes viral

Nov 21, 2014 - 8:47 PM

While a male reporter was kneeling on the floor General Prayut Chan O Cha patted him on the head and scratched the back of his ear

Arrests as soldiers, police curb Thai anti-coup flashmobs

Jun 08, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Seven anti coup protesters are arrested after a flashmob rally in defiance of a ban on political gatherings

'CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.' Thai demonstrators wear masks of a military wanted list activist, Sombat Boonngamanong, as they hold placards next to soldiers during a demonstration against the coup at a shopping district in Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2014. File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thailand's junta detains anti-coup leader

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:08 AM

3rd UPDATE Before he was captured Sombat Boonngamanong refused to turn himself in instead posting a message on Facebook saying: Catch me if you can

Heed Thailand curfew, PH embassy warns Filipinos

May 22, 2014 - 9:46 PM

The Philippines advises its citizens to exercise extreme caution and vigilance after the Thai military declared a coup in Thailand

Thai protesters to 'appoint new govt' – spokesman

May 08, 2014 - 11:46 AM

Protest leaders vow a final fight on Friday May 9 without giving details of their plans

Thai protest leader says rallies are 'pro-democracy' in Obama letter

Jan 25, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Thailand has been periodically rocked by sometimes bloody rival mass protests since Thaksin was deposed in a 2006 military coup

Mr Condom on mainstreaming HIV awareness

Dec 05, 2013 - 9:11 PM

How did the Thai government prevent an exploding HIV epidemic in the 90s?

Defiant Thai protesters cut power to police HQ

Nov 28, 2013 - 9:14 PM

Anti government protesters cut electricity to the national police headquarters in Bangkok

ANTI-THAKSIN. Anti-government protesters shout slogans in front the national police headquarters during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 28, 2013. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Almost 500 protected turtles found in Thai airport bags

Nov 08, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Over the span of week thousands of turtles and tortoises were seized at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok Thailand

#TravelThursday: Wats, shopping, beer in Bangkok

Jan 17, 2013 - 9:27 PM

A former Rappler intern tells us about his memorable trip to Bangkok Thailand

PLACE OF PIETY. These are some of the life-sized statues of Buddha inside Wat Pho. All photos by David Lozada

HIGHLIGHTS: Suzuki Cup - Azkals vs Myanmar

Nov 30, 2012 - 8:02 PM

The men s Philippine football team faces off against Myanmar in a battle for the last ticket to the semi finals on Friday November 30 at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok Thailand

OUT OF TIME. The Azkals scored late but ended up with no time left to equalize against Thailand. Paul Mulders (R) scored the only goal for the Philiipines. Photo by Anton Sheker /

The crucial match: Philippines vs Vietnam

Nov 27, 2012 - 8:02 AM

The Philippines must win against Vietnam ranked number one in Southeast Asia to boost their chances of advancing to the semi finals of the 2012 Suzuki Cup

OUT OF TIME. The Azkals scored late but ended up with no time left to equalize against Thailand. Paul Mulders (R) scored the only goal for the Philippines. Photo by Anton Sheker /

Stronger Azkals team to compete in Suzuki Cup

Nov 08, 2012 - 12:46 PM

The Philippine men s football team are in the group of death but they are determined to perform better than they did in 2010 when they made history and defeated the reigning champions

READY TO GO. The Azkals will attempt to do better in this year's Suzuki Cup, after a successful campaign in the tournament back in 2010. Photo by John Paul Manahan, Soccer Central Philippines.

Snapshots: Manila's accessible art

Jun 15, 2012 - 7:18 AM

A young Filipino expat comes home for business with memories of free art

TRAVERSING EDSA IS NO longer the same. With artwork like this, commuters get a free exhibit everyday. Photo by Kai Magsanoc

Thailand's 'Red Shirts' to rally in Bangkok

May 19, 2012 - 12:51 PM

The Red Shirts and rights groups have called on the new government led by Thaksin s sister Yingluck to prosecute soldiers and officials responsible for causing deaths and injuries