Thailand’s Kra Canal and the Belt and Road Initiative

Kra Canal

Have you heard about Thailand’s Kra Canal and the Belt and Road Initiative? After demurring for years, Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha last week ordered national planning and security agencies to look into building a possible canal across the narrow Isthmus of Kra in the kingdom’s southern region. Indeed, the order came a month after […]

ASEAN in Thailand

ASEAN in Thailand is, finally, a big success! Fifty years after its founding, ASEAN is finally catching in The Land of Smiles. Asean has grown steadily since Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand founded it in 1967. Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia now round out the ten member states. Today, nearly 80 per cent of […]

Singapore-Chiang Mai-Kunming Rail Line

Singapore Kunming Railway

All Aboard the Singapore-Chiang Mai-Kunming Rail Line The Thai government has approved a $23 billion infrastructure project including two lines that could revolutionize the region’s freight service, linking ports around Bangkok and in Singapore with Kunming and onward to Berlin. The pan-Asian rail network has been on the drawing board for decades. Some routes were mapped […]

Thai Dowries

In Defense of Thai Dowries BY A THAI LADY LIVING IN A TRADITIONAL THAI VILLAGE – Thai dowries are often criticized so here are a few words in their defense: I’ve often sympathized with foreign men when the word “dowry” is brought up. In the modern-day Thai culture, a dowry is still common practice in wedding ceremonies. […]