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Thailand: Protestors Continue to Fill Streets in Bangkok

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Protests continue in Bangkok, most recently with thousands of demonstrators attempting to block political candidates from registering at a sports stadium. Tens of thousands also marched in the streets Dec. 22 and protests are expected to continue while political candidates register over the next two weeks, moving toward the country’s February 2014 election date. The [read more]

Thailand: Protestors Strike in Bangkok

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Bangkok Nov. 11, while organizers announced plans for a three-day strike in the coming weeks. The protests began in response to an amnesty bill, which sources say would allow for the return of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The strike could affect transportation and other [read more]

Thailand: Tourists Drugged, Robbed in Pattaya

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Two tourists were drugged and robbed by a woman in Pattaya, the second reported incident of its kind in the past month. The woman took the two to a local bar, where they were given drinks laced with drugs. Several hours later, the two Omani nationals woke up to find that several belongings and $400 [read more]

Thailand: Authorities Crack Down on Nitrous Oxide Sales

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Authorities are cracking down on the sale of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, to tourists in Thailand. The gas, commonly sold in balloons in Bangkok’s popular Khao San Road district, costs about $4 a dose and has grown popular with backpackers. Eight vendors have been arrested in recent weeks for selling medicine without a license, [read more]

Thailand: Tourist’s Facebook Photo Offends Thais

Date: January 20th, 2013 | No Comments

A Facebook photo of a tourist posed with an ancient Buddha statue has come under fire for showing disrespect to the national religion and culture. Taken at Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the photo shows a foreign woman standing behind the relic, replacing its missing head and arms with her own. While [read more]

Thailand: Protests Continue in Bangkok

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Thousands of protestors calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down remained in the streets of Bangkok after riot police removed barricades Dec. 3. At least four people were killed and 256 injured during the height of the three weeks of demonstrations. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban called for more action against the government and [read more]

Thailand: Large Crocodile Sighting Near Phuket

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Tourists were warned to stay off of beaches near Phuket after the sighting of a large crocodile just offshore. The crocodile, which may have come from a nearby marsh, is reportedly over nine feet long and was first spotted near the southern end of Mai Khao Beach Nov. 4. Rescue workers attempted to approach the [read more]

Thailand: Officials Consider Mandatory Entrance Fee

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Thailand may soon require a $16 entry fee for tourists in an attempt to cover unpaid medical bills racked up by foreign visitors. The estimate for tourist-related medical debt in Thailand is roughly $23 million per year. Officials say that the Interior Ministry, Health Ministry and Tourism Ministry have agreed on the terms of the [read more]

Thailand: Elephant Camps Promote Poaching, Activists Claim

Date: March 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Elephant camps, which employ about 4,000 Asian elephants throughout the country, have long been a popular tourist attraction. Many of the camps also claim to rescue animals that would otherwise starve when they retire from logging or other heavy labor, and put them to work in the entertainment business. However, conservationists are accusing some of [read more]

Thailand: Gunfire Kills British Tourist at Beach Party

Date: January 9th, 2013 | No Comments

Caught in the crossfire between local gang members, a 26-year-old British tourist was shot and killed at a New Year’s Eve beach party on Koh Phangan. Since its full moon parties became a worldwide attraction in the late 1990s, the 65-square-mile island has seen tourism skyrocket along with violent crime. An estimated 180,000 visitors descended [read more]

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