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The charred wreckage of a double-decker passenger bus, top left, sits in the middle of a highway after a collision with a truck, foreground, in Saraburi province, northeast of Bangkok, Thailand last year. Pic: AP.

Safety group seeks double-decker bus ban ahead of Thai New Year

By Thu, Apr 10, 2014 4:28PM UTC Comments Off The charred wreckage of a double-decker passenger bus, top left, sits in the middle of a highway after a collision with a truck, foreground, in Saraburi province, northeast of Bangkok, Thailand last year. Pic: AP.

The Songkran festival is a time for fun, worship, and merry-making, a celebration people look forward to all year. It's also one of the busiest travel times, which is why the Network of Road Safety implored the transport ministry to ban the use of double-decker buses during the holiday, citing safety concerns. ...

Businessman challenges embassies over Thailand travel warnings

By Sat, Feb 22, 2014 4:34PM UTC 2 Comments Western tourists soak up the sun on Kata Beach, Phuket. Pic: AP.

One of the most prominent American business executives in Thailand has complained to foreign governments that “unnecessarily severe travel advisories are... having a major impact on the livelihoods of Thai people across the country.”...

From January, it could cost $40 to visit Thailand

By Wed, Oct 23, 2013 3:07PM UTC Comments Off Bangkok's Khao San Road, a popular tourist haunt. Pic: AP.

A holiday to Thailand is set to get a little bit pricier from the start of next year. From January, Thailand plans to charge visitors staying longer than three days 1,200 baht (US$38.61) in arrival and departure taxes and fees. Plans for a 500 baht entry fee, which is awaiting Cabinet approval, were announced this...

A day at the Bor Sang Umbrella Festival, Chiang Mai

By Tue, Jan 22, 2013 12:57PM UTC Comments Off A day at the Bor Sang Umbrella Festival, Chiang Mai

Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles and deservedly so, but the country’s rich tradition of crafting, woodworking and artistry are also not to be overlooked. These aspects of Thai culture were celebrated this weekend at the 30th Bor Sang Umbrella & San Kamphaeng Handicraft Festival. The event was held from Friday, Jan. 18-Sunday,...

Tourists leave idyllic Thai islands after 2-day blackout

By Thu, Dec 06, 2012 5:42PM UTC Comments Off Tourists leave idyllic Thai islands after 2-day blackout

Authorities are trying to restore power on two popular islands in southern Thailand after a power blackout extending at least 48 hours caused travelers to leave. Idyllic Ko Samui has been without power for two days. The islands of Samui and Pa Ngan in Surat Thani province lost electricity Tuesday morning when an underground high-voltage...

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