The Thai government is making adjustments to its tax system, and may eventually require taxi drivers and food merchants to start paying VAT taxes. Recently the corporate tax rate was cut by 3 percent, and the government wants to raise the VAT tax rate from 7 to 8 percent.
It seems more people are saying that Thailand is becoming a more difficult place to live. When it comes to crime, they may be partially right. The potential for corruption exists when bribery is considered an acceptable practice by the people in authority.
Last year, more than 8 million tourists visited Pattaya, which includes both Thais and foreigners, who spent more than 87million baht. That number should rise to 10 million tourists in 2015 when the ASEAN Community takes effect, predicts Pattaya Lord Mayor Ittiphol Khunpluem.
An energy crisis is looming on the distant horizon for Thailand. About a decade from now, all the natural gas from the Gulf of Thailand will have been used up. Costly alternatives such as importing liquefied gas and increasing the use of fuel oil/diesel plants will cause electric bills to skyrocket.
The Ministry of Public Health has been developing a project to increase the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of Thai children from the year 2000.
A government worker in Thailand may get a lower monthly salary than a private sector worker, but because of greater job stability, the government worker will end up accumulating more lifetime income, according to a special report by the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
Prostitution has become so widespread in Thailand for so long that it has become world famous for it. Many foreigners in other countries associate Thailand as a place where prostitution is its major industry. Some even make jokes about it. But the reality is not that funny for the prostitutes.
Falling in love is wonderful. In addition to making the world a better place, love also makes your life and the lives of those around you even more happy. On the other hand, displaying too much love as a couple, especially in public, might only be irritating to other people.
More than 150 Thai tourism workers in Phuket staged a protest in front of Russian businesses that they claim are taking jobs away from them. The "Russian domination" of Phuket is largely due to lax law enforcement by local authorities, the protestors claimed.
The Retailers Association of Thailand announced that the retail industry is expected to grow by 10 to 12 percent in 2013. This growth is largely powered by an increase in market competition of the convenience store business, expected to grow by 18 percent this year.
The thorny issue of what to do with persecuted Rohingya refugees from Myanmar continues to vex Thai authorities. A proposal to build a refugee camp in Ranong province has raised protests by some local military and community leaders.
THAILAND is one of the nation's favourite overseas holiday destinations - but the popular family playground has a darker side.
A press conference was held to announce a new project, “Pattaya Community Safety,” which would involve the Pattaya police working more closely with foreign residents. With the month-long police crackdown on crime approaching its Feb. 7 expiration date, Pattaya city officials hope to sustain the effort to make Pattaya a safer and more hospitable place.
Many parents rightly start to get worried about their children’s behavior when they become teenagers. Many bad influences can misguide the teens into making wrong choices and getting into trouble.
A man called “Ton”, aged 40 was sentenced to 13 years prison for drug offences. The court of first sentenced him to life in prison but the sentence was later reduced to 13 years.
Last week the U.S. government banned a well known file sharing website, Megaupload.com.
A Japanese porn production company used Suvannabhumi airport as backdrop. The script is about a Thai air hostess approached by a Japanese man and taken to a room on Sukhumvit road. The porn movie is on VCD and on the internet. The police is investigating the evidence including CCTV footage from the airport.
Twitter has complained about changes made by Google to integrate its social network Google+ into search results.
The outpouring of grief in North Korea after the passing of Kim Jong-il has been fervent and widespread. So are the people sincerely feeling this loss or are they behaving as they think they should?
A netizen disclosed on the popular Chinese forum Mop.com that a beggar in Beijing's commercial center Xidan was actually a millionaire who owns several properties and four cars, causing a sensation on the Internet.