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A Thai boy splashes water on motorcyclists during the Songkran festival to celebrate Thai New Year in Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: AP.

Thailand threatens to sue Singapore for ‘stealing’ Songkran

By Wed, Mar 19, 2014 10:10AM UTC 21 Comments A Thai boy splashes water on motorcyclists during the Songkran festival to celebrate Thai New Year in Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: AP.

As April approaches again, so is the traditional Thai New Year's festival known as "Songkran". Many Thais will take the days off and travel to their families, conduct merit-making and/or join in the fun of splashing each other with water - which has arguably taken over as the main part of Songkran for many, most of all foreign tourists....

Thai documentary on Preah Vihear border conflict banned

By Wed, Apr 24, 2013 9:55AM UTC Comments Off A Cambodian police officer, right, stands near the 11th century Hindu Preah Vihear temple, near the disputed border of Cambodia-Thailand, in Preah Vihear province. Pic: AP.

A Thai independent documentary about the disputed border region with Cambodia and the ancient Hindu temple Preah Vihear has been banned from screening in Thailand for “national security” reasons, according to the filmmaker. The movie “Boundary” or “ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง” (literally “Low heaven, high ground”) by Nontawat Numbenchapol revolves around a young Thai soldier from the violent crackdown...

Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

By Tue, Feb 05, 2013 10:15AM UTC Comments Off Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

About two weeks ago, the long-running US-American TV-show “Saturday Night Live” on NBC* had a skit lampooning the language-learning software Rosetta Stone (see embedded video below). In the parody commercial, some of the testimonials claim to use the software to learn Thai, order “to go to Thailand – for a thing…!” Of course, given that these...

Is topless painting ‘an act of violence against the public’ in Thailand?

By Sat, Jun 23, 2012 1:54PM UTC Comments Off A contestant in Thailand's Got Talent show painted on canvas with her bare breasts earlier this month. She said ordinary painting would be interesting. Her performance has sparked an outrage and quick interventions from Thai authorities.

By Kaewmala It’s been almost a week since the topless painting scandal broke but the fuss still keeps dragging on, and on – a bit surprising given the normally short attention span of both the media and the public. While many in the Thai public are by now quite fatigued by the latest bare breast...

Thailand’s topless talent show shock: Are some breasts more equal than others?

By Tue, Jun 19, 2012 12:17AM UTC 24 Comments That’s how a woman should pose covered up with sticky stuff on her skin.

By Kaewmala It’s bound to happen again – and again. That is, yet another scandal exposing tender feminine flesh and Thailand’s uneasy relationship with female breasts. Why, for all its peculiar mammophobia (the correct term is mastrophobia by the way), Thailand just can’t get enough of breasts, especially the bare kind. It’s an untreated national...

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