Ministry of Farang Affairs: Half English, half Thai

Ministry of Farang Affairs: Half English, half Thai

PHUKET: The Ministry of Farang Affairs is a one-stop shop where foreigners in Thailand can learn all they need to know about living here. No, we’re not talking about work permits, visas or taxes. We’re talking about day-to-day life in the Land of Endless Shocks and Riddles, of Blur, Befuddlement and the Bizarre. Stay tuned for weekly insights from Minister Stephff. For more from the Ministry of Farang Affairs, visit the Ministry album on the Phuket Gazette Facebook page (here).

Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Opinion: Phuket hospital deserves credit, not blame

Opinion: Phuket hospital deserves credit, not blame

PHUKET: Recent reports in the British media over the plight of British motorbike crash victim Jacob Tonkin here in Phuket (story here) once again paint the Thai healthcare industry in an unfair light. Although it is common around the globe, the British tabloids are particularly notorious for running sensationalist headlines that pull at the heartstrings, sometimes without much concern for getting all the facts straight or “getting the other side of the story”. Even now, it remains unconfirmed whether Mr Tonkin was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash – or if he or his unnamed rider had been drinking alco

Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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Ministry of Farang Affairs: Holding the mototaxi lady

Ministry of Farang Affairs: Holding the mototaxi lady

PHUKET: The Ministry of Farang Affairs is a one-stop shop where foreigners in Thailand can learn all they need to know about living here. No, we’re not talking about work permits, visas or taxes. We’re talking about day-to-day life in the Land of Endless Shocks and Riddles, of Blur, Befuddlement and the Bizarre. Stay tuned for weekly insights from Minister Stephff. For more from the Ministry of Farang Affairs, visit the Ministry album on the Phuket Gazette Facebook page (here).

Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Opinion: Tour guides must be fined

Opinion: Tour guides must be fined

PHUKET: The recent fine levied on a tour guide for removing a starfish from the sea in a marine national park has once again drawn international attention to how erratic Thai law enforcement appears to be when it comes to issues involving mass tourism, environmental conservation and foreign guests. The latest uproar in social media came after a Thai tourist posted pictures of herself on Facebook with a starfish on her head. The creature was reportedly obtained by, or with the help of, the tour guide. The guide was subsequently fined 500 baht. The tourist later apologized over the incident, saying she had been unaware of r

Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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Ministry of Farang Affairs: Farang is always wrong

Ministry of Farang Affairs: Farang is always wrong

PHUKET: The Ministry of Farang Affairs is a one-stop shop where foreigners in Thailand can learn all they need to know about living here. No, we’re not talking about work permits, visas or taxes. We’re talking about day-to-day life in the Land of Endless Shocks and Riddles, of Blur, Befuddlement and the Bizarre. Stay tuned for weekly insights from Minister Stephff. For more from the Ministry of Farang Affairs, visit the Ministry album on the Phuket Gazette Facebook page (here).

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Opinion: Jealousy is a powerful motivator

Opinion: Jealousy is a powerful motivator

PHUKET: Phuket was in the international news spotlight again last week, this time for the heartbreaking murder of an 11-month-old baby girl, hanged by her own father in Nai Thon (story here). Most readers will already be familiar with the tragically short life of Natalee ‘Biw’ Wongtalay, whose execution went viral after her late father, 21, chose to post it on Facebook Live before taking his own life. There are so many angles to pursue on such a story that it is difficult to know where to begin. Perhaps it is best to start by at least attempting to keep things in some kind of perspective, as difficult as that

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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