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Thai vegetarian festival expects record spending

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s annual vegetarian festival began on Friday with record spending expected from Thais abstaining from meat-heavy diets to earn spiritual credit during the year-long mourning period for the late king. Tiny yellow flags fluttered over shops and stalls in Bangkok’s Chinatown to show those with vegetarian-friendly dishes. The festival is particularly popular among Thai Chinese. Spending on food, transport and donations to Buddhist temples to ‘make merit’ during the fes
Reuters

Prices drop in major exporters on weak demand

A farmer spreads fertilizer in his rice field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files Bangkok (Reuters) - Rice prices dropped this week in Thailand, Vietnam and India due to weak demand for the staple, traders said on Thursday. Thai benchmark 5-percent broken rice was quoted at $370-$375 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, down from $375-$377 a tonne last week. The fall in prices can be attributed to the release of new crops. “Export market demand is
Reuters

Lost in Translation: Thailand offers course for women who marry foreigners

German Ralf Wacker and his wife Ploynisa Duangdararungrueng pose for photo with their dogs at a park near their house in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, August 22, 2017. Picture taken August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is offering a free course to help Thai women cope with the highs and lows of interracial marriage and avoid potential scams or falling victim to human trafficking when moving abroad. As Thai society becomes more accepting of interracial marri
Bangkok Post

Lights, Camera...Asia

Hollywood is often seen as the epitome of the global film industry as it is the primary source of some of the world's most commercially successful films. When it comes to quantity, however, Asia's film industry tops the table. It is home to more than a third of the world's population with a growing appetite for entertainment, as well as being the source of thriving film industries such as those in India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. By far the biggest producers of films in Asia are
Bangkok Post

Delayed marriages have major implications

Asia traditionally has been characterised as having universal marriage -- defined as fewer than 5% of the population having not married by age 50 -- but rapid economic development has led to changes in the trend in some regions. "More and more people are beginning to delay marriage," said Gavin Jones, a former professor of sociology and director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre at the Global Asia Institute at the National University of Singapore. "Marriage was traditionally se
Bangkok Post

Hotels hone digital strategy

The digital revolution is challenging the hospitality industry on many fronts, from changes in the way people plan and book travel to the technology needs of guests. The impact of disruptive technologies such as Airbnb may dominate the headlines but many more changes are taking place behind the scenes as hotels refine their digital strategies to stay fresh and relevant. This major transformation reflects the fact that travel research, planning and booking is now done almost entirely online for
The Market Mogul

Thailand: Time To Look At The Bigger Picture?

Over the last decade, Thailand has fallen prey to a vicious circle of political turmoil with society effectively polarised between two groups. The ‘red shirts’, on one hand, comprising of poor farmers from the rural areas in the North and Northeast region, are pitted against the ‘yellow shirts’, which are mainly middle-class urbanites from Bangkok. Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted due to corruption charges and scandals, but he has continued to be the de facto ruler through hi
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