Thai police arrest Hells Angels gang members

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police have arrested four members of a Hells Angels biker gang accused of drug crimes, violence and posing a threat to society, the Tourist Police said on Thursday. Three Australians and a Canadian were arrested on Wednesday in Pattaya, a major tourist resort with a reputation as a hub for foreign gangs, drug dealing and the sex industry. Piyapong Ensarn of the Pattaya Tourist Police told Reuters that two of the accused gang members would be deported and the two others

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

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

Late Thai king's remains returned to palace after night of tears

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The ashes and bones of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej were returned to the palace on Friday as part of an elaborate, five-day cremation ceremony that drew hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners to Bangkok’s historic old quarter. King Bhumibol was the world’s longest-reigning monarch when he died a year ago aged 88. His seven-decade rule spanned some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Thai history, including several coups, a deadly crackdown on student protest

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

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

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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Australian-Thai couple arrested in Thailand over 2015 drug charges...

BANGKOK, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Police in Thailand said on Tuesday said they had arrested an Australian man and his Thai wife in connection with drug-smuggling charges dating back to 2015. Australian Luke Cook, 34, and wife Kanyarat Wechapitak, 40, were arrested at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport on Saturday, police said. They were wanted on suspicion of smuggling crystal methamphetamine in 2015, police said. Assets worth 30 million baht ($920,000) belonging to the couple were seized, police said i

Thai government says to increase rubber purchases to lift prices

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Thailand’s government plans to increase rubber purchases to 50,000-80,000 tonnes per year from the current 20,000-30,000 tonnes to boost prices, the agriculture ministry said on Friday. Rubber farmers in Thailand, one of the world’s biggest exporters of natural rubber, threatened last month to protest if the military government does not help prop up falling prices. The Ministry of Agriculture said it aims to boost prices above the cost of production, which it put at

Two American tourists fined in Thailand for 'butt selfie' at temple

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities have fined two American tourists for public indecency for posing for a “butt selfie” in front of a famous Buddhist temple, police said on Wednesday. The two, who police identified as Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, were arrested late on Tuesday at an airport in the capital, Bangkok. They were each fined 5,000 baht ($154) for baring their buttocks for a picture taken last week at Bangkok’s Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn. “The two American citiz (Source: Reuters)

Thai rice exports hit initial 10 mln T target, more shipments seen

BANGKOK, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Thailand's rice exports have topped 10 million tonnes this year, in line with an initial government target, but the commerce minister said on Thursday shipments are expected to rise further when a deal to sell to Bangladesh is finalised. The world's second-biggest rice supplier after India has exported 10.2 million tonnes of rice so far this year, worth 150 billion baht ($4.58 billion), according to data from the Thai customs department.

Thailand extends deadline to offload 2 mln T of rice left in stockpiles to 2018

BANGKOK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Thailand has extended a deadline to offload the remaining 2 million tonnes of rice for animal consumption or industrial use in state stockpiles from the end of this year to an unspecified date next year, the commerce ministry said on Friday. The country’s military government inherited 18.7 million tonnes of rice built up under the previous government’s rice subsidy scheme, and has since held several auctions since taking power in May 2014. Nanthawan Sakuntanak, perm

Thai rubber farmers plan protest over low prices, seek aid

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Rubber farmers in Thailand, one of the world’s biggest exporters of natural rubber, threatened on Friday to protest in the capital Bangkok if the military government does not help to prop up falling prices of the commodity. Prices of Thai natural rubber have fallen from a peak of 179.25 baht ($5.41) per kg in 2011 to 47.75 baht on Friday. But Thai authorities said prices have similarly slumped in other major producers of the commodity. Protests are rare in the junta-ruled S

Factbox: Funeral of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Crowds began gathering in Bangkok on Wednesday for the official beginning of the funeral of Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The lavish five-day event, which runs until Sunday, opened with rows of Buddhist monks in orange robes chanting prayers. A funeral procession and cremation ceremony are scheduled for Thursday. About 250,000 Thais are expected to attend the cremation ceremony, which will be led by the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn. King Bhumibol, 88, who rul

Son of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin charged with money-laundering

FILE PHOTO: Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (L) stands with his son Panthongtae during a news conference at a hotel in Bangkok February 28, 2008. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang BANGKOK (Reuters) - The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday. Panthongtae Shinawatra is accused of receiving a 10 million baht ($300,000) check in 2004 related to an ea

Thai hotels booked up ahead of funeral of revered king

The Great Victory Royal Chariot is pulled during a funeral rehearsal for late Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hotels in Bangkok’s bustling old town, home to a backpacker enclave favored by foreign tourists, are booked up as Thailand prepares to host the lavish funeral of its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next week, the hotel association said on Monday. The funeral of King Bhumibol
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Factbox-Funeral of Thailand's Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

BANGKOK — The funeral of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was known as Rama IX, will take place over five days in October with hundreds of thousands of mourners expected to attend. For many Thais it will be their first experience of a royal funeral of a monarch. King Bhumibol ruled Thailand for more than seven decades and was widely regarded as the nation's moral compass during decades of on-off political unrest. King Bhumibol, 88, died on Oct. 13, 2016. The country has been in an
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Vietnam's neighbors, ASEAN, targeted by hackers: report

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A hacking group previously linked to the Vietnamese government or working on its behalf has broken into the computers of neighboring countries as well as a grouping of Southeast Asian nations, according to cybersecurity company Volexity. Steven Adair, founder and CEO, said the hacking group was still active, and had compromised the website of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over several high-profile summit meetings. ASEAN is holding another summit of reg
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Thai seen keeping rates steady as growth improves - Times of India

* All 18 economists see policy rate staying at 1.50 pct * Rate seen unchanged for the rest of 2017 and also 2018 BANGKOK, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Thailand's central bank is expected to leave its benchmark interest rate near record lows again on Wednesday, with the current level seen supporting the country's economic recovery while inflation stays benign. The Bank of Thailand (BOT) is monitoring the effects of a strong baht on exports, but pressure to cut rates to hold it down has dissipated on impr

Technicolor Thailand is back after a black-clad mourning year for late king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand officially ended a year of mourning for its late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Monday, marking a return to colors for some after a monotone year during which many wore black from head-to-toe out of respect for their revered monarch. Hundreds of thousands of people thronged Bangkok’s historic quarter to bid farewell last week to King Bhumibol, who died in October 2016. His $90 million-dollar funeral, full of pomp and ancient ritual, took place over five days. His remai

Go-go going as Chinese women fuel Thai tourism boom

BANGKOK (Reuters) - For decades since the Vietnam war, the scantily clad dancers in the go-go bars of Bangkok’s Patpong red-light district have been the face of Thailand’s tourism industry. But last year for the first time, the country drew more women tourists than men as a surge in Chinese female visitors outweighed a longstanding distortion spurred by men drawn to the world’s “sex capital”. The shift is welcome news for Thai authorities, who have tried to promote the country’s shopping, beac

Thai junta sets firm date for election after many false starts

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in Xiamen in southeastern ChinaÕs Fujian Province Sept. 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will hold a general election in November 2018, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, the most precise date he has given yet for the vote since taking power in a 2014 military coup. Prayuth, head of the ruling junta, said the exact date would be announc

Trump-Prayuth meet to seal normalisation of Thai-U.S. relations

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in Xiamen in southeastern ChinaÕs Fujian Province Sept. 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha will meet U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, marking an upgrade of ties between traditional allies that had become strained after a 2014 coup. Washington was critical of Prayuth’s May 2014 coup, which ousted a civilian government led

Fugitive former Thai PM Yingluck gets five years' jail in absentia

FILE PHOTO: Ousted former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/File Picture BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s Supreme Court convicted and sentenced former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison on Wednesday for mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme that cost the country billions of dollars. Yingluck fled abroad last month fearing that the military government, set up aft

Thailand's ousted PM Yingluck has fled abroad: sources

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled the country ahead of a verdict against her in a negligence trial brought by the junta that overthrew her, sources close to the Shinawatra family said on Friday. Yingluck, 50, whose family has dominated Thai politics for more than 15 years, failed to show up at court for judgment in a case centered on the multi-billion dollar losses incurred by a rice subsidy scheme for farmers. Overthrown in 2014, Yingluck had faced up

Suspected Thai militants turn stolen cars into bombs: police

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Suspected militants raided a car dealership in southern Thailand and turned two of the cars into bombs, police said on Thursday, adding that a “new generation” of Muslim separatists was operating in the insurgency-plagued region. A group of men raided the dealership in Songkhla province near the border with Malaysia on Wednesday and made off with a car which exploded on a rural road in neighboring Pattani province, prompting an exchange of gunfire, police said. A car dealer

Thai activist jailed for two and a half years for posting BBC article

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai student activist was jailed for two and a half years on Tuesday for posting on Facebook a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand’s king, his lawyer said. Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, also known as Pai, an activist and critic of the ruling junta, was the first person to be charged with royal insult, known as lese-majeste, after new King Maha Vajiralongkorn formally ascended the throne on Dec. 1, following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Jatupat, a forme
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Asia Rice-India prices climb on Bangladesh demand; Thailand-Vietnam markets muted

BENGALURU, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Rice prices in India jumped this week, helped by strengthening demand from Bangladesh, while markets in Thailand and Vietnam remained relatively quiet with lacklustre demand ahead of upcoming year-end holidays. India's 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices gained by $10 per tonne to $416-$419 per tonne. "Sentiments have improved due to the demand from Bangladesh. Traders are speculating it could buy more in the first quarter of the next
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Asia Rice-India prices rise as demand from Bangladesh offsets high supply

BENGALURU, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Rice prices in India climbed this week as strong demand from neighbouring Bangladesh counteracted fresh supplies from a new season crop in the world's top exporter. India's 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices rose by $4 per tonne to $406-$409. "Bangladeshi demand has improved sentiment. That is nullifying the impact of higher supplies from the new crop," an exporter based in Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh said. Ban
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Asia Rice-Rupee gains slow India demand; Bangladesh eyes new deal

BENGALURU, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Rice prices in India were steady this week as gains in the rupee kept overseas demand muted in the top exporter, though flood-hit Bangladesh looked to procure more of the staple grain from its neighbour. Bangladesh, which has emerged as a major importer this year to shore up depleted stocks, had already sealed a deal with India to import 100,000 tonnes of rice at $455 a tonne. "We are in talks with India to buy more rice," a Bangladesh food ministry of
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Asia Rice-India prices up as rupee gains; Thai rates climb on low supply

* Output in flood-hit Bangladesh to drop in the year to June BENGALURU, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Rice prices climbed this week in India due to an appreciation in the local currency and healthy demand, while rates in Thailand rose on lower supplies. India's 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices rose by $3 to $402-$405 per tonne. "The rupee has appreciated significantly in the last few days. We have to adjust prices accordingly," said an exporter based in Kakinada in the sou

India rice prices rise on improved demand, fresh supply caps gains

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices in India climbed this week, buoyed by improved overseas demand, but rising supplies from a new season crop capped gains for the staple grain in the world’s top exporter. “There was an improvement in demand from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. African buyers were also making inquires,” said an exporter based in Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. In Thailand, benchmark 5-percent broken rice was quoted at $380-$387 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, c
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Asia Rice-Thai prices supported by government policies; Indian rates ease

BENGALURU, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Rice prices in Thailand were little changed this week amid government initiatives aimed at boosting the domestic market, while rates for the staple grain in India fell due to sluggish demand and fresh supplies. Thailand's benchmark 5-percent broken rice was quoted at $375-$387 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, compared with $382-$386 a tonne last week. The country's Ministry of Commerce has introduced policies including payments of 1,

Thailand aims to boost exports; India rates dip on fresh supply

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices were relatively stable in Thailand this week as the country aims to attract more foreign buyers to boost exports, while prices in India slipped amid increasing supplies from the new season’s crop. Thailand’s benchmark 5-percent broken rice was quoted at $382-$386 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, which compared with $375-$388 a tonne last week. The country has exported 8.23 million tonnes of rice since January to September this year, according to Thailand’

Rice prices in India dip on rising supply; Thailand eyes Sri Lankan demand

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices in India slipped this week on expectations of a rise in supplies from the new season crop, while rates for the staple grain edged higher in Thailand as traders were optimistic about the possibility of demand from Sri Lanka. Thailand’s benchmark 5-percent broken rice was quoted at $375-$388 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, up from $375-$385 last week. “There looks to be demand from Sri Lanka, which we’re optimistic will translate into more demand for Thai

Rice prices up in India, Vietnam as rains dampen crop supply

Workers fill a sack with rice at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices in India and Vietnam rose this week as prolonged periods of rainfall threatened supply in the two major exporters of the grain. India’s 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices edged up by $4 to $404-$407 per tonne as heavy rainfall in key growing regions is expected to delay harvesting. “K

Floods, landslides in Vietnam kill 37 people, thousands evacuated

HANOI (Reuters) - Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam killed 37 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on Thursday. Forty people were missing and 21 others were injured after rains caused landslides and flooding, mostly in northern and central Vietnam. “Our entire village had sleepless’s impossible to fight against this water, it’s the strongest in years,” Ngo Thi Su, a resident in northwestern
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