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This post is mainly for newbies, tourists and people-interested-in-Thailand news and views. Locals probably already have their favourite daily news sources, or trawl through many of these. All these Top 10s do it well, in their own way. Some do it better than others, whilst punching out daily news. We think they’re all stars because doing media in Thailand, in English, is a tough gig.

1. Bangkok Post

Traditional news, still somehow managing to be delivered as a daily newspaper, but also has an expansive and thorough ‘news’ website. It’s been going since 1946 and reported on a coup or two… or three. As far as making the move into digital media is concerned, Bangkok Post is putting its best foot forward whilst still remaining firmly in the ‘traditional’ camp for its news coverage. Editorially it has has taken a conservative stance – in the past decades, anti-Thaksin and largely pro-Prayut – But, as traditional newspapers go, it walks down the middle fairly reliably. It is currently the leading English language news portal in Thailand and deserves its position on top.

2. The Thaiger

The Thaiger, only running as a national website since April 2018, remains the fastest growing English-speaking online-only news and information site in the Kingdom (according to the ‘stats’). In the past it carried both Thai and English-language news but has split the two languages onto separate domains since August 2020.

The Thaiger curates the news and uses bespoke software to find, chose and prepare news. The Thaiger bought the Phuket Gazette’s digital assets in August 2017 but now has a national and regional focus. Currently has the second highest readership of any English-speaking news website in Thailand.

3. Nation Thailand

The Nation was the other major daily coming out of Bangkok, well for 48 years anyway, and was a lot newer than Bangkok Post when it started up in 1971. The Nation took a more partisan line, famously turning its editorial voice against PM Thaksin Shinawatra. In latter years the paper struggled with circulation and was taken over by Sontiyan Chuenruetainaidhama, founder of conservative outlets T News and INN News. Falling circulation and advertising revenues eventual killed off the printed daily version. Final issue June 28, 2019. The Nation changed their domain name (suicidal) and continues as an online-only news source with the best coverage of local Thai politics. The Nation Group remains partisan, leaning towards conservative views, pro-military and pro-Bangkok elite.

4. ThaiVisa

Used to be the biggest and most popular news website in Thailand (in English). If it moves or breathes, you’d usually find the story republished on ThaiVisa. It’s full of news copied and pasted from partners who agree to share their news on the site. It’s also famous, or infamous, for its hugely popular, but toxic, forums where keyboard warriors dispense their opinions and wisdom on everything, usually tearing just about everything in Thailand, and each other, to shreds. Whilst it was once the biggest English-speaking news website in Thailand for a decade it is now being challenged by new sources moving into the same web space. Plenty of info, a lot out of date, about visas and other snippets about living in Thailand.

5. Thisrupt

Thisrupt… disrupt? An outspoken new entry into English-language media. Opinionated and happy to point out the irregularities and inconsistencies of Thai politics. A good read for anyone into serious, well-written, news about Thailand. Written by Thais in English.

6. Coconuts

Most would agree that when Coconuts started it was the best and cheekiest news blog for its time. Actually covering all of South East Asia, it’s Bangkok blog was a daily log-on for most hip expats. They tried the ‘paywall’ option (because people want to pay for good journalism they say) which killed off some of their web traffic over a 12 month period. That has been dropped since August 2020. In our opinion it’s lost a bit of its verve but it’s still a healthy and reliable daily read for Thailand and the South East Asian region. Singapore it its most popular location, Thailand is third.

7. Thailand News

A shameless cut/paste aggregator, they copy headlines and a few paragraphs with a link to the original story. Designed to rank in Google, the site has struggled up to date. To avoid any copyright issues, the stories usually include a photo library ‘look-a-like’, instead of the real photo from the story. For all we know the entire site could be run by cleverly-coded robots.

There is no sign of a human touch anywhere. Rather than a contributor to the world of Thai journalism, the site is just a parasite using everyone else’s news. Bottomline, it’s nicely set up and has, well, most of the stories around Thailand, all in one neat package.

8. Chiang Rai Times

Chiang Rai Time is a local website that is regularly updated, nicely laid out, aggregates most of the main international stories and has plenty of local news relevant to the residents of northern cities of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. You may notice a similarity with The Thaiger as they used the same WordPress theme – we’ll take it as a compliment. For ‘northern’ news, there’s also Chiang Mai City Life which is a bit less ‘newsie’ and has plenty of northern lifestyle info in addition to the local news.

9. The Pattaya News

Whilst the rest of Thailand does things one way, Pattaya media does things differently, including its media. But The Pattaya News does a better job than most with daily content, some original, and translating stories from Thai media. Easy to navigate, clear and readable, unlike a lot of others!

10. Thai PBS World

A government news agency but has demonstrated its independence over the years. As a website it’s had more face-lifts than Joan Rivers but remains solid, reliable and surprisingly (especially as it’s run by a quasi-military government) unbiased. Also tends to cover stories the other news sources don’t.

There are also some English-language foreign media trying to push into the busy online space but many are worth avoiding. Either because they’re just ‘slow’ or have a restricted focus that may paint a negative picture, or give some readers a misguided view about Thailand.

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    Preesy Chepuce

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    ThaiVisa is terrible. Mods are obnoxious. Many members are pompous.
    It’s as if that site thinks membership of it is a qualification for being an expat or expert on Thailand. Really not.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the info.

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    John

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Makes me wonder about your judgment if you rate the Bangkok Post as neutral politically. On world/USA politics they could not be more far left. Most writers are so hysterical and uninformed I stopped buying it altogether about 6 years ago and cannot even read the free copies at MacDonalds.

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    Max

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I only wish you guys didn’t re-run news stories that were old and irrelevant. I know there can be slow news days but come on. Literally read a story today about three drug smugglers from 4 years ago.

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    Steve Bornstein

    Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Joan Rivers. 555.

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    me

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 9:51 am

    thanks for the tips

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    S.R. Leif

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I use this page daily to get to Thai news sources, including The Thaiger. Please update and broaden it.

    Also note: Coconuts is no longer “behind a paywall”.

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To watch the dramatised video edited by Thairath, click HERE.

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