Thousands of Thai democracy activists rallied in Bangkok Wednesday to demand the king give up control of his multibillion-dollar fortune, turning their protest movement directly on the once-untouchable monarchy’s vast wealth.
Coronavirus has wrought havoc across the world, but for Thailand’s “sea gypsies” it has brought welcome respite from the threat of mass tourism.
It takes Siraphob Attohi three hours to transform from a harried student into his drag queen persona Masala Bold — a wisecracking MC, who raises calls for gender equality during Thailand’s protests for democratic reforms.
A mild-mannered teenage girl with owl glasses, a bob haircut and daisies painted on her fingernails is not your typical school troublemaker.
Thailand’s economy heavily relies on tourism – a sector that has been greatly affected by the pandemic. But now, the country is ready to welcome tourists again and has even introduced longer visa-free stays for mid and low-risk countries.
On top of a giant yellow inflatable duck, a rebel Buddhist monk in saffron robes displayed a defiant three finger salute at a pro-democracy protest in central Bangkok.
Thai pro-democracy protesters scaled a Bangkok monument Saturday night to unfurl a giant banner scribbled with anti-government slogans, and a Thai hip hop group took aim at the monarchy with their new song.
A Thai cosmetic surgery clinic saw patients snap up nose jobs and eyelid operations for its first-ever “Singles’ Day” sale Wednesday — capitalising on the world’s largest shopping bonanza to boost business hit by the coronavirus epidemic.
Thai feminists and LGBTQ activists marched to one of Bangkok’s nightlife districts on Saturday, insisting the fight for equality goes hand-in-hand with a broader push for greater democracy.
Hermit crab numbers in southern Thailand have boomed as foreign tourists have stayed away — so much so that the national park authority appealed on Friday for the public to donate extra shells for them to live in.
Thailand’s parliament lost its first transgender MP Wednesday after the constitutional court revoked her seat in what critics called a political move against supporters of the kingdom’s pro-democracy movement.
Orange-vested drivers of motorbike taxis have become allies to Thailand’s pro-democracy protesters gathering across traffic-snarled Bangkok, offering lifts and keeping an eye out for trouble.
With an intelligence network so good they have been compared to the CIA, Thai street vendors are often first on the scene at “guerilla” democracy protests in Bangkok, where they hawk sour pork and fishballs to a democracy-hungry crowd.
Hong Kong and Thailand have both seen their streets filled with protesters daring to take on an entrenched political elite, and to discuss once-taboo subjects in their push for greater freedoms.
A K-pop superstar, beauty queens and TV personalities are among a growing wave of celebrities backing Thailand’s pro-democracy movement, sending out messages of support to millions of followers on social media.