Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

THAILAND: Thailand has been ranked as one of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world for tourists to visit, with high rates of crime and violence and 'low reliability' of police assistance, according to a recent survey. Of the 136 countries around the world covered by the World Economic Forum’s 'Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report', which was released last month, Thailand sits at 118th with a 4.0 score for safety and security for tourists. The index indicates tourists' and businesses' exposure to security risks, taking into account serious harm such as violence and terrorism. While a score of seven is conside

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 02:15 PM

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Bad 1stQ for Thai Media and Telecoms

Bad 1stQ for Thai Media and Telecoms

BANGKOK: With but two exceptions, listed telecom and media companies in Thailand continued in the doldrums in the 1stQ this year, with stagnant revenue growth resulting in continued or worsening losses. According to Nielsen Thailand, ad spending in the first four months of 2017 dropped almost six percent, to 35 billion baht, from the same period last year. Analog TV was still the market leader with 15 billion of the total spend, but that was 11 percent down from the previous year, with the erosion flowing into digital TV whose share rose close to six percent to 7.5 billion, Print advertising remained sluggish during the qu

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 03:09 PM

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Nation Analysis: High defense spending at expense of education, welfare

Nation Analysis: High defense spending at expense of education, welfare

THE CONTROVERSIAL submarine deal has sparked public debate about the way the Thai Defense Ministry spends tax money on military hardware and other national-security projects. Many question whether such projects should take priority over education, public healthcare or improving the lives of the country's millions of poor. Since the coup in 2014, the budget allocated to the Defense Ministry has increased substantially. For the fiscal 2015 national budget, the first fully controlled by the junta, the ministry's budget jumped to192.9 billion baht from 184.7 billion baht the year before. The defense budget was again raised sub

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 11:36 AM

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Bomb blast at army hospital in Bangkok injures 25

Bomb blast at army hospital in Bangkok injures 25

BANGKOK: Twenty five people were injured in a bomb blast at an Army hospital in Bangkok yesterday morning. A police source said an unidentified bomber attached a green vase with artificial flowers to a wall in the reception room of Phramongkutklao Hospital before a homemade bomb exploded there at 10:40am. Investigators of the Metropolitan Police Bureau obtained a picture of the vase that was taken ten minutes before the explosion, the source added. The picture shows the vase attached to the wall while three people wait in a VIP reception room where military officials and retired officers receive medicine. The source said

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 10:30 AM

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Another foreign couple wanted for committing sex acts in public

Another foreign couple wanted for committing sex acts in public

SAMUI: Police are searching for an unidentified foreign couple who were seen ‘getting intimate’ at the side of the road at Nathorn Beach in Samui this morning. A video of the incident, about a minute and 45 seconds long, was posted on a Facebook page titled ‘Ruam Pon Khon Mui’. The couple were seemingly unconcerned about making a spectacle, as people drove by and pedestrians looked on. The video and pictures have been widely shared and criticized on social media, with some calling for harsher punishments than the 500-baht fine doled out to the Russian couple charged in Phuket yesterday for “conducting an ind

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 06:00 PM

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Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital

Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital

SAMUI: Locals in Samui have lodged complaints about overcrowding at Samui Hospital leading to makeshift arrangements to accommodate patients in the hospital’s hallways. Patients and their families say that the hallway is hot, uncomfortable and mosquito ridden. “Currently, we only have 133 beds, but about 160 patients to cater to,” said Samui Hospital Director Dr Theerasak Virtanon. “Additionally, we have locals and foreigners from Koh Phangan coming to Samui for treatment.” Dr Theerasak added that the hospital had been raising funds to build another emergency ward. “The building is compete, but we are finalizing

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 11:09 AM

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