For much of the pandemic era, bars in Thailand have shuttered, eviscerating the country's food-and-beverage sector. But the legalization of kratom caught many by surprise, and now, some bar owners are hoping the drug can keep their businesses alive.
Thailand — reliant on Chinese trade and tourism, reluctant to injure Beijing’s feelings — has yet to suspend flights from China, where the virus continues to spread. Only flights from Wuhan and other high-risk cities are on pause. This policy mirrors that of China’s own government, which has quarantined Wuhan.
On every major corner in Bangkok, there’s a motorbike taxi crew that will zip you to your destination by any means necessary. But their dominance is now threatened by an app called Grab.
Thailand once issued severe penalties for marijuana users. But the perception of cannabis is rapidly changing, with talk of churning out “world-class cannabis” from Thailand's lush farmlands. A few months ago, scientists started the first-ever cannabis laboratory — one of the few legal facilities of its kind in Asia.
When the group debuted in the mid-2000s, AKB48 was more easily dismissed as a novelty act. But in recent years, the group has expanded into a bona fide musical empire — one that has spread across Asia.
The sister of Thailand's king entered the race to become prime minister on Friday as the candidate of a populist party, an unprecedented foray into politics by a royal that instantly upended the first election since a 2014 military coup.
An 18-year-old Saudi woman is using social media to alert the world to her situation: As she was attempting to flee what she said was an abusive family, Thai officials stopped her while she was en route to Australia. She's now holed up in the Bangkok airport, but the world is watching, thanks to her Twitter account.
An 18-year-old Saudi woman, who said her family wants to kill her, barricaded herself inside an airport hotel in Bangkok to prevent being expelled by Thai immigration authorities.
Bangkok-based OmiseGO envisions a world where cash is digital and free-flowing, stored on blockchains, accessible by smartphones and effortlessly zapped across borders. It's a human right, they say. And they're starting with Asia's farmers, merchants, migrants and factory hands, who are now quite likely to own smartphones but may not have bank accounts.
Comparisons were quickly made with the 2004 film "The Terminal," in which a man played by Tom Hanks finds himself stuck in a New York airport after his government collapses, rendering his papers useless.