Tag: Thailand

Thai King’s Sister Is Formally Barred From Running for Prime Minister

Thailand’s election commission on Monday disqualified the king’s sister from running for prime minister, formally putting an end to a candidacy that had briefly upended the nation’s political landscape. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, 66, had publicly opposed the candidacy of his elder sister, Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, effectively taking […]

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Why I find community in other countries when I’m away from home for the holidays

It’s a dreadful 93-degrees here in Siem Reap, Cambodia. For now, this is home—at least for a month. As the daughter of a South American immigrant, home has always been a strange, diffuse concept for me. I’m a full-time traveler, and home is typically where I happen to be with my 70L backpack; my turtle […]

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Showing: Felipe Pantone – “W3-DIMENSIONAL Park” @ Siam Center

Last week in Bangkok, Felipe Pantone unveiled an immersive installation at the Siam Center entitled W3-DIMENSIONAL Park. For his first showing in Thailand, the Argentinian-Spanish artist created a sculptural representation of his special form of glitch effects and optical art that transports viewers into the digital world. The title of the piece references the three dimensional aspect of the World […]

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Google Play adds billing methods for Colombia and Tanzania, tweaks payments in other countries

We take the ease of billing on the Play Store for granted here in the US, but many other countries don’t have as many or as flexible options when it comes to picking up apps, movies, books, or music via the service. But for customers in Colombia, Tanzania, Thailand, Chile, and Peru, new payment methods […]

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Grab picks up $2 billion more to fuel growth in post-Uber Southeast Asia

Grab, the ride-hailing service that struck a deal to take Uber out of Southeast Asia, has pulled in $2 billion in new capital as it seeks to go beyond ride-hailing to offer more on-demand services. The $2 billion figure includes a $1 billion investment from Toyota which was announced in June, and it sees a […]

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Go-Jek kicks off Southeast Asia expansion with Vietnam launch

Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based ride-sharing company valued at $5 billion, has begun its ambitious plan to increase its rivalry with Grab by expanding into three new markets after it opened shop in Vietnam. The service — which is known as Go-Viet — covers an initial 12 districts in Ho Chi Minh City with a motorbike on-demand service. Rival […]

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China’s Plan to Win Friends and Influence Includes Ski Slopes and Spas

HONG KONG — In Thailand, a theater rigged with hydraulic seats will give moviegoers the sensation of flight. In Australia, an indoor ski slope is going up near the beaches of the Gold Coast. In the Czech Republic, a spa with Chinese medicine is under construction in the southern wine country. All three projects fall […]

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When You Look Over and See 3 Fellow Instagram Boyfriends

Photograph by Lewy-G on reddit A self-professed ‘Instagram boyfriend’ took this candid shot when he noticed 3 fellow Instagram boyfriends taking a similar shot at Thailand’s famous Maya Bay; made popular from the film The Beach starring Leonardo Dicaprio. Located near the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, the beach was actually closed for […]

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Experian leads $28M investment in Southeast Asia fintech startup C88

Experian is making its first major bet on Southeast Asia and its population of over 650 million consumers after the financial credit giant backed Singapore-based C88 Financial Technologies, which operates financial marketplaces that help lenders reach new audiences. C88 today announced a $28 million Series C investment round that’s led by Experian with participation from a host […]

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Bangkok Dispatch: Seeking ‘a Good Afterlife,’ and Not Just for Humans

BANGKOK — The Siberian husky burned in Bangkok, the flames devouring her thick fur. Holding hands in the pet funeral hall, the dog’s owners wept soundlessly. They had paid $160 for their dog, Friendly, to be cremated in the proper Thai way, festooned with marigolds and sprinkled with holy water at a Buddhist temple, or […]

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Chat app Line gets serious about gaming with its latest acquisition

Line, the company best-known for its popular Asian messaging app, is doubling down on games after it acquired a controlling stake in Korean studio NextFloor for an undisclosed amount. NextFloor, which has produced titles like Dragon Flight and Destiny Child, will be merged with Line’s games division to form the Line Games subsidiary. Dragon Flight […]

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Thai Boys Become Monks as Rescuer’s Widow Looks On

As the widow of the diver who died during the operation to save them watched, 11 Thai soccer players and their coach were ordained Wednesday as Buddhist monks. The ceremony began a day before as the boys, who drew global attention after becoming trapped deep in a flooded cave in northern Thailand, appeared before large […]

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Boys Freed From Thai Cave Enter Monkhood to Honor Fallen Rescuer

MAE SAI, Thailand — Three weeks after they emerged from a flooded cave complex, guided to safety by expert divers while their families and supporters around the world awaited word of their safety, the Thais known as the Wild Boars began a ceremony on Tuesday to become novice Buddhist monks. Wearing white, the boys and […]

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Elon Musk Walks Back ‘Pedo Guy’ Attack on Thai Cave Diver

The tech billionaire Elon Musk on Wednesday walked back his baseless claim that a British diver involved in the cave rescue efforts in Thailand was a pedophile, an accusation made after the man criticized a submarine that Mr. Musk had said he built to help with the rescue. The cave diver, Vern Unsworth, who helped […]

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Thai Cave Boys Leave Hospital and Apologize for All the Fuss

BANGKOK — Before they were discovered trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the 12 members of the Wild Boars youth soccer team and their coach drained much of their energy trying to dig their way out. Using stones to carve a large hole, they scraped at the chamber’s ceiling, even as they became […]

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Elon Musk Apologizes For Calling Thai Cave Diver A ‘Pedo’

LOS ANGELES (CNN Money) — Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Hawthorne-based SpaceX, has apologized for calling one of the men involved in the Thai cave rescue mission a “pedo,” or pedophile. Musk has faced an intense backlash over the unfounded claim against Vernon Unsworth, an expert caver who participated in the rescue mission that […]

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‘Ready To Go Home’: Thai Soccer Team Released From Hospital, Describes Dramatic Cave Rescue

(CBS News) — The 12 members of a soccer team and their coach rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand finally regained their full freedom on Wednesday, walking out of a hospital a week after they emerged from 18 days trapped underground. The Wild Boars team members, who range in age from 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old […]

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Twitter Slams Elon Musk After He Calls Thai Rescue Diver a “Pedo”

Elon Musk has come under fire following inflammatory comments against a British caver who assisted in the recent Thailand rescue mission to save a boys’ football team and its coach. Diver Vernon Unsworth, who was involved in the cave rescue, told CNN that Musk’s attempt to aid the rescue with a mini-submarine was a “PR stunt” and that Musk could “stick his […]

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