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Thais take to April Fools by impersonating under-fire government officials

Thai social media users took to April Fools wholeheartedly on Wednesday by impersonating government officials under pressure from their perceived poor response to the coronavirus outbreak.Thai Twitter users changed their names and...

Fitness firms moving lesson online amid the coronavirus outbreak

After the nationwide closures of boxing stadiums and gyms on March 18, coaches and entrepreneurs across Thailand’s lucrative fitness industry have had to quickly adapt to service their clients.Contrary to popular belief, and...

You should care who makes your clothes. Here is why.

Ranong sits at a hand-strung wooden loom, running her fingers through the weft to make sure everything is level. She’s making a pink and white scarf from cotton threads she spun herself. The fabric she and the women in her...

Social isolation and distancing is forcing us to rediscover and appreciate the world

The coronavirus pandemic and social isolation can be overwhelming to many.Perhaps the most disconcerting thing is that none of us know when the situation will end and what we can plan for....

Escapist cuisine takes centre stage for the self-quarantined

As ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-quarantine’ have become Coronavirus lingua franca, many are turning to their kitchens for solace. Mandy Lee’s “angry food blog” has been speaking the language of quarantine for years. As food bloggers go, her style is unique:...

Thai TV personality draws internet ire with tone-deaf post

TV personality Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas angered netizens yesterday with a minute-long clip in which she implied that Thais could overcome Covid-19 through prayer and appeal to sacred beings. The minute-long clip was excerpted from a longer Facebook...

Opinion: Don’t blame the boomers for this outbreak, young people did this

“I just got off the phone with my friend, he’s been annoying me these days” my best friend, Apinya texted to complain.“He says he isn’t scared of the coronavirus because he won’t die from...

The struggle for democracy and the struggle for women’s rights are one and the same

By Sirin Muncharoen and Jasmine ChiaIn 2014, two tourists were murdered in Koh Tao – one of them, a woman, was raped and bludgeoned to death. In response, Prayudh Chan O-Cha blamed...

OPINION: Coronavirus is here and it’s time to stop partying, Thailand

On Thursday, the Ministry of Public Health announced that it had discovered 11 more cases of coronavirus.The 11 new patients were revealed to be a group of friends entertaining a visiting friend from...

Florian Witulski compares Thai Covid-19 response to South Korea’s

I came back to Thailand last week and was greeted with the usual long queues at immigration. Only this time, the holdup was not caused by immigration officials but health officials checking boarding passes for points of embarkation. If you...

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Palang Pracharat dissolves executive council; triggers automatic leadership vote

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One new coronavirus case discovered in Thailand

Thailand’s government said on Monday that it had discovered only one new coronavirus case in the past 24 hours.