Thailand

Chiang Mai City’s Night Markets
www.lonelyplanet.com

If you’re planning to shop in Thailand, Chiang Mai is the place to bring an empty suitcase. This Northern Thai city’s reputation for shopping extends back hundreds of years, thanks to its location close to historic trade routes connecting modern-day Myanmar, Laos and China. In the past, passing caravans traded silks, wood, tobacco and opium. […]

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Thai Government Imposes New Restrictions
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Thais thought they were seeing the long-awaited end to martial law, only to find that little has changed. The country’s military government lifted martial law throughout the country on April 1, 10 months after it was imposed. In its place, however, the junta invoked Section 44 of the interim constitution, a measure of last resort […]

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Unseen Thailand: Quiet Beaches and Traditional Villages
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Thailand is a master in the delicate balance of being both exotic and accessible: it delivers a chilli-spiked dose of South-east Asia with all the modern comforts. And despite its popularity, moving beyond the tourist buzz is easy to do, even at the kingdom’s star attractions. Tranquil, gem-coloured seas wash away the winter blues, the […]

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Bangkok Tells Couples to Forgo Sex on Valentine’s Day
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Bangkok city officials are urging young Thais to forgo sex on Valentine’s Day this weekend and visit temples instead, as a far better way to mark the day of love. Thailand has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in South East Asia, public health officials said. The February 14 celebrations are a popular Western […]

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Why the Thai Army is So Powerful
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Over the past decades, squabbling politicians have become the trademark of Thai politics. The yellow shirts supported by the elites favour a form of guided democracy loyal to the monarchy. The red shirts, backers of political parties loyal to Thaksin Shinawatra have won all the elections since 2001. But the most important political actor wears […]

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Living in: Bangkok
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One of Asia’s most stylish cities, Thailand’s capital lures with its modern technology, ancient temples and an intense energy that rarely ebbs.

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