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Dining goes digital for Thailand's street food vendors

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Bangkok’s famous street-food vendors have joined the digital revolution, embracing payment via Quick Response (QR) barcodes that can be read using smartphones. Thailand is famous for its traditional street stalls that offer everything from stir-fried noodles to clothes and for many Thais eating out at a pavement stall is part of their daily routine. Now, some vendors in the capital Bangkok are offering digital transactions after the Bank of Thailand (BOT) last week gave the
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After year of mourning Thailand's 'floating basket' festival returns

BANGKOK (Reuters) - People in Thailand celebrated the Loy Krathong or “floating basket” festival on Friday, following a year of mourning for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej that saw many celebrations muted or canceled. The mourning ended on Monday after a five-day funeral last week, and many citizens have returned to wearing colored garments after having stuck to black for a year. Participants in the festival pay respects to the water spirits, floating small, traditionally-hand crafted rafts carr
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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
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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

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