Search Results for: Land of Smiles

  • Thailand News

    Thailand Video News | New Eco-tourist, astro-tourist, and digital nomad visas coming soon, Millions celebrate Songkran across the land of smiles

    In this video, Alex and Jay delve into the news stories across Thailand. Thailand’s vibrant Songkran Festival sees millions join nationwide water fights while the nation introduces new visa categories for eco-tourists and digital nomads. Yet, amidst the celebrations, a daring gold necklace heist shocks Samut Prakan Mall, and a violent brawl disrupts a traditional procession in Chiang Mai, incurring…

  • Thailand News

    ‘Land of Smiles’ fast becoming ‘Land of Russian Crime’

    Maybe Thailand should rebrand its Land of Smiles moniker to the Land of Russian Crime after yet another Russian man was nabbed for criminal activity. Yesterday, a 36 year old Russian national added his name to a catalogue of former Soviet block criminals arrested for reportedly operating illegal activities. Russian Ibragim Gaitukiev was arrested for allegedly running an unauthorised cryptocurrency…

  • Tourism News

    Thailand’s festive frenzy: Airbnb searches soar by 17% as global travellers flock to the Land of Smiles

    Tourists are flocking to Airbnb in search of the ultimate Thailand experience during the upcoming Loy Krathong festival, set to light up the local waters on November 27 and 28. Data reveals a staggering 17% spike in searches for Airbnb stays, unveiling Thailand as the go-to destination for the festive season. Thailand’s capital Bangkok steals the spotlight as the most…

  • Things To Do

    Golfing in Thailand: the best golf courses in the Land of Smiles

    Although Thailand is often thought of as a beach destination, it is also home to some of the best golf courses in the world. From the stunning views of Hua Hin to the challenging terrain of Ayutthaya, there is a golf course for every type of player. And with so many great options, it can be hard to decide which…

  • Thailand video news

    Exploring the land of smiles FT. keisone | GMT

    On todays GMT we have invited a special guest for the show, Thailand based Youtuber Adam ‘keisone’ Jones. We talk to him about his journey to Thailand and exploring the land of smiles. Adam gives us insight regarding integrating into Thai society, not needing to speak Thai to survive in Thailand and his inspiration for making videos on Youtube. We…

  • Lifestyle

    Thailand: The Land of Smiles decoded

    Known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand is world-famous for its culture which includes spicy foods, amazing hospitality and exotic practices. But, upon arriving in the kingdom, you may notice that smiles are handed out for almost every situation. If you are thinking that the average person cannot just be that happy about everything, you may be right. A Thai…

  • World News

    Government angry Thailand came last in ‘Land of Smiles’ poll

    Thai and foreign netizens have been left stunned after seeing Thailand ranked at the bottom of a Land of Smiles poll conducted by Gallup Global Emotions 2022. The controversial poll even upset the Thai government who hit back, saying the topic wasn’t even included in the official survey report. Singaporean media platform, Southeast Asia Stats, posted a “Southeast Asian Country…

  • Thailand video news

    THAILAND voted LAST as ‘the land of smiles’ | GMT

    THAILAND voted LAST as ‘the land of smiles’ in a poll done in Asia. Another poll shows nearly 2/3rds of Thais are tired of wearing masks. PM rips Pheu Thai over Thaksin, Point-cut system aims to curb dangerous driving, Two-faced kitten born in northern Thailand and more on todays Good Morning Thailand

  • Tourism News

    The best reasons to celebrate Christmas in The Land of Smiles

    Whether you live here, or you’re a tourist who fancies spending Christmas away from home for once, there are countless reasons to celebrate the holiday season in Thailand. Now that the country has re-opened to vaccinated foreign tourists, we round up the best reasons to visit the Land of Smiles at Christmas time. The Weather For many, this will be…

  • Tourism News

    Thailand launches new tourism portal to make visiting the Land of Smiles easier

    The Tourism Ministry has launched a new online portal it hopes will make visiting Thailand easier for the 8 – 15 million tourists currently expected next year. According to a Bangkok Post report, the website, called Entry Thailand, has been allocated a budget of 49.6 million baht for its first phase. The portal lists the information and documents travellers need…

  • Health

    Obesity on the rise in the Land of Smiles

    Thailand has a health problem and it appears to be an even bigger concern than the current Covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organisation says nearly one third of the Thai population is now overweight and 9% of the country is obese. Malaysia currently holds the dubious honour of having the highest obesity rate in Southeast Asia – but Thailand is…

  • Covid-19 News

    Travel and tourism in the Land of Smiles – 12 predictions

    OPINION by Andrew Wood Casting our eyes into the crystal ball has never been so difficult with so many varied issues clouding the post-coronavirus future. For Thailand, the future of world and domestic travel has never been so critical as tourism drives much of the Thai economy. Will the tourists come back? Will they be allowed back? When? And under what…

  • Thailand News

    Two key tests for the Land of Smiles in 2019

    Thailand faces two major challenges in 2019 – conducting a general election and chairing the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN). Mishandling either task would invite serious damage to both the country and the wider region, according to a New Year editorial in The Nation. “Junta chief General Prayut Chan-o-cha has made a bad start in tackling the first challenge,…

  • Thai Life

    Profile: Sebastien Tronchet – No stranger to the land of smiles

    PHUKET: Hailing from Marseille, France, 38-year-old Sebastien Tronchet is the General Manager of the Grand Mercure Phuket Patong. He is no stranger to the land of smiles; he took his chances in Thailand 15 years ago and never looked back. His only regret is that he didn’t take the leap 10 years before he did. With a bachelor’s degree in…

  • Thai Life

    Phuket Humor: Land of Smiles – A belated Christmas carol

    ” ‘Twas the day before Christmas and all was calm at the 91.5 FM studio in Kathu, with nothing to be heard but the occasional tuk-tuk and the odd tailor offering to make a suit, ‘Special price for Christmas, Sir’. The afternoon show hosted by The Doris was in full swing….”PHUKET: Then there came a knock at the door. “Is…

  • Thai Life

    Land of smiles: An interview with Higgs Boson

    PHUKET: The wonderful world of particle physics is agog at the recent discovery of the ‘Higgs boson’. This is not to be confused with the ‘Higgs bosom’, a stunning anatomical configuration possessed by Miss Fanny Higgs, an exotic dancer in Las Vegas. No. A Higgs boson is a subatomic particle. Through my extensive mafia connections I managed to score an…

  • Thai Life

    Land of smiles: Ye olde Curmudgeon’s imaginary interview

    PHUKET: In the wake of the recent Republican convention, I thought I’d do an imaginary interview with US presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Imaginary interviews are always more fun than real ones, because you can make your interviewee say anything you want. This one would go like this:Me: Our readers want to know what experience you have in foreign affairs.Mitt: Well,…

  • Thai Life

    Land of Smiles: The mallification of Phuket

    PHUKET: Get ready, Phuket people. It’s coming. It has already saturated Bangkok, and is moving rapidly southward, like an alien slime. I’m talking about mallification: the process by which a nation becomes overrun with enormous shopping malls. Now the mallification of Bangkok has progressed to the point where they are considering appointing a Minister of Malls to oversee the process.…

  • Opinion

    Phuket Opinion: Captive dolphins pitied, even in the Land of Smiles

    PHUKET: The recent announcement that a Canadian investor has sought provincial support for his plan to develop a 900-million-baht aquarium, resort and retail facility in Rawai has generated much debate over the ethics of keeping dolphins in captivity. Soon after the announcement that dolphin performances were slated to be among the attractions at the aquarium, forum comments and letters arguing…

  • Business News

    Sand and smiles: Nearly 18 million tourists make waves in Thailand this year

    With the close of this year on the horizon, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry reported that almost 18 million overseas tourists have laid a beach towel in the Land of Smiles. Thailand, which heavily leans on tourism as a significant economic pillar, is setting its sights on welcoming around 28 million visitors by the end of the year. The statistics…

  • Tourism News

    OPINION: Thailand – Land of false smiles

    by Pete Downing, Guest Contributor Every year for the past eight years we have saved and come to Phuket for minimum of a week. More often than not we bring other members of our family, anywhere from four to six at a time, and every time bringing empty cases with a 30kg allowance per person and filling those cases each…

  • Opinion

    Opinion: Big smiles in the Land of ?

    PHUKET: It is a pleasure to see that the ‘Ministry of Farang Affairs’ resonates with our readers, with each weekly installment serving up a new, and wry, view on the expat experience here in Thailand. Drawn up by well-known satirist Stephff at Gazette partner publication The Nation, these cartoons mark a considerable departure from his usual political work. They instead…

  • Thailand News

    Phuket Gazette Thailand News: Tortured girl smiles; Curfews possible; Kissing Stevie G

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Tortured slave girl learns to smile again Phuket Gazette / The Nation PHUKET: Sympathy and support is pouring in for a Karen girl who was allegedly kidnapped, enslaved, tortured and scarred over half of her body by a couple in Kamphaeng Phet. Her alleged attackers, Natee…

  • Guides

    5 ways for foreigners to make money in Thailand

      Many foreigners visit Thailand for a holiday, become enamoured by its beauty, and end up staying and finding a job that can sustain them and their families. But if you don’t know Thai, you’ll find that not all jobs in Thailand are open to foreigners. However, there are ways you can make money to live out your dream life…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand to unveil five-year digital nomad visa

    Thailand is on the verge of launching a much-anticipated digital nomad visa, granting remote workers the golden opportunity to reside and work in the country hassle-free for up to five years. In the past, Thailand unveiled the Thailand Elite Visa to attract foreign expatriates and tourists, offering unlimited entry and exit privileges alongside membership in the esteemed Thailand Privilege programme.…

  • Featured Dispensaries

    Day in the life of Four Twenty Dispensary Thailand

    Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a budtender at one of Thailand’s largest cannabis companies, Four Twenty, looks like? Working as a budtender at Four Twenty Thailand involves more than just selling products. It’s about creating an experience for customers. From assisting with product selection to providing expert advice on various strains and consumption methods,…

  • Lifestyle

    Prepare for your IT job interview in Thailand

    The IT field has been slowly growing with many more applicants and the pursuit of securing your ideal IT position in Thailand can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking process. The path is not without its challenges; however, being ready with proper preparation and an optimistic outlook, success is within your reach. The undertaking involves much more than simply passing an…

  • Lifestyle

    Rising hookup culture in Thailand

    As global advancements propel societal transformations, one significant shift gaining momentum is the rise of the hookup culture in Thailand. Particularly in the face of the global pandemic, there’s been an increased prevalence of alternative forms of social engagement. This compelling transition in social norms warrants a comprehensive examination. Within Thailand, also fondly referred to as the Land of Smiles,…

  • Visa Information

    How to successfully obtain a non-immigrant B visa for Thailand

    Embarking on the journey to secure a non-immigrant B visa for Thailand? You’re not alone. This visa is a crucial stepping stone for those seeking to work or conduct business in the ‘Land of Smiles’. It’s a process that might seem daunting, but with the right guidance, it can be navigated with ease. In this article, we’ll unravel the intricacies…

  • Tourism News

    UK warns British tourists to behave in Thailand or face jail time

    The United Kingdom Foreign Office issued a travel warning to British tourists heading to Thailand ahead of the summer holidays: “Behave, or end up in jail!” The Foreign Office advised British holidaymakers flying to the Land of Smiles to be cautious of the new visa rules. “From 1 June 2024, British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter…