Tongue-Thai’ed – With ‘love’ from Bangkok to Beijing

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 6, 2015 “If I were a woman I will fall in love with his excellency” – Thai Foreign Minister Thanasak Patimapakorn _____________________________ This is part XXXI of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. … More Tongue-Thai’ed – With ‘love’ from Bangkok to Beijing

Compulsive loquaciousness: Thai junta PM goes off script at media gala dinner

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 30, 2015 Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s keynote speech at gala dinner in front of international media representatives is yet another example of the junta leader’s unpredictable talkativeness, while his understanding of the media differs greatly from the international audience he was talking to. Since seizing power almost a … More Compulsive loquaciousness: Thai junta PM goes off script at media gala dinner

No laughing matter: Thai junta leader’s renewed threat to media

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 26, 2015 Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha this week warned that he has power to ‘execute’ critical reporters. Maybe this time he wasn’t joking, writes Saksith Saiyasombut THE allegations against the four men are severe: they are accused of being in connection to an alleged ”terrorism network” … More No laughing matter: Thai junta leader’s renewed threat to media

Tongue-Thai’ed! – When human rights are too “extreme”

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 4, 2015 This is part XXX of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. It is hard to deny that the human rights situation in Thailand has sharply deteriorated … More Tongue-Thai’ed! – When human rights are too “extreme”

Tongue-Thai’ed! – Tough week for Prayuth ends in another tirade

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 30, 2015 This is part XXIX of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. It’s been quite an eventful week in Thailand and a challenging one for the military … More Tongue-Thai’ed! – Tough week for Prayuth ends in another tirade

Bizarre Hitler scene sneaks into Thai junta propaganda movie

A bizarre and brief scene depicting Thai students painting a picture of Adolf Hitler has made its way into a propaganda short film financed by the military government. “30” by director Kulp Kaljaruek is part of the “Thai Niyom” (“Thai Pride”) movie aimed at promoting the “12 core values” drawn up by by junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha shortly … More Bizarre Hitler scene sneaks into Thai junta propaganda movie

No, the Tour de France is still NOT coming to Thailand!

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 25, 2014 The Tour de France, the world’s long-running, most prestigious (and somewhat plagued) cycling race, will start its 2016 edition from Manche in Normandy, France, with the rest of the route to be revealed on December 9. I might be going on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure … More No, the Tour de France is still NOT coming to Thailand!

Tongue-Thai’ed!: The 3 most ludicrous things said in Thailand this week

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 3, 2014 This is part XXV, XXVI and XXVII of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. It’s been a while since this section has graced this blog and … More Tongue-Thai’ed!: The 3 most ludicrous things said in Thailand this week

Thai PM apologizes for ‘bikini’ remark after Koh Tao murders

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 18, 2014 Following widespread outrage and condemnation after his flippant remark in the aftermath of the murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao, Thai military junta leader and Prime Minister Gerneral Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologized for suggesting that the behavior of the … More Thai PM apologizes for ‘bikini’ remark after Koh Tao murders

Thai PM after Koh Tao murders: ‘Can tourists be safe in bikinis?’

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 17, 2014 The murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao has raised questions about tourist safety in Thailand. Hannah Witheridge (23) and David Miller (24) were found dead on Monday morning half-naked and with severe wounds to their heads. Local police initially (without any substantial … More Thai PM after Koh Tao murders: ‘Can tourists be safe in bikinis?’