Thai Society Needs to Sort Out its Views on Rape and Capital Punishment

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Thai society has been shocked by a horrific crime this past week—one that is currently on everyone’s mind and lips. A 22-year old State Railways employe raped a 13-year old girl in the sleeper car of an overnight train headed from from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok. After raping the girl, he then strangled her and threw her out the window of the moving train. Two days later her body … Continue reading…

Survey Says… Chinese Tourists Wearing Out Their Welcome in Chiang Mai

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A massive influx of Chinese tourists into Chiang Mai has given a much needed boost to the local economy . But despite this, guests from Thailand’s northern neighbor are quickly wearing out their welcome—and that is putting it politely. The Thai language Daily News was a little more blunt in their story on the attitudes of Chiang Mai residents towards Chinese tourists when they ran with a headline that translates … Continue reading…

Top 10 Bad Habits of Thai Drivers – How to Survive Traffic in Thailand

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If you live in any Thai city other than Bangkok, the easiest way to get around is with your own set of wheels. Motorbikes are particularly well-suited to Thailand’s climate and an urban lifestyle. But riding a bike always comes with a higher risk of injury in an accident. Unfortunately, your chances of getting in an accident are increased by the bad habits of all the other drivers on the … Continue reading…

What Do Superman, Batman, and Hitler Have in Common?

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Thailand’s top educational institution, Chulalongkorn University, is taking some heat for photos showing graduating students standing in front of a mural that contains an image of Adolf Hitler. Bizarrely, a female student is shown posing for pictures while giving the Sieg Heil salute of the Third Reich. As reported in Chiang Mai City News, among other places, the offending mural was up for two days before being taken down following … Continue reading…