Pattaya Bridge Thriving

Notwithstanding a heap of negative publicity last year, the game of bridge is booming in the resort city of Pattaya.  Two registered bridge clubs are operating several afternoons per week and at least one international …

Thai passport trauma

Overseas travel restrictions for Thai passport holders seem to be tightening.  Whilst Singapore nationals can travel to 156 countries without a visa, Thais are restricted to about a quarter of that total.  As regards travel …

Pattaya crackdown intensifies

The article in the UK Daily Mirror last month, which claimed without evidence that one in five women in Pattaya were prostitutes, has certainly ruffled some feathers in senior Thai bureaucracy.  Normally, criticism of Thailand …

British embassy going, going, gone!

Central Group, the biggest family-owned conglomerate in Thailand, has bought the remaining 23 rai (9 acre) plot of the British embassy in Bangkok for 20 billion baht.  The successful bid means that the British government …

Visas in the pipeline

Thai authorities have promised a variety of new visas for foreigners entering and staying in the country.  But, so far at least, the all-important detail is lacking.  Thus Kobkarn Wattanavarangkul, minister of tourism and sports, …

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