Opinion

The Thaiger Opinion Columns

The day that shook Thai politics

OPINION It was just another Friday except that it was also the final day that political parties were able to…

1 week ago

Can the Princess be PM?

Analysis The Princess was nominated. Her brother, HM Thai King, objected. Thai Raksa Chart postponed their campaign launch on Saturday…

2 weeks ago

Bangkok air pollution reduction schemes – FAIL

OPINION Smog, air pollution, air quality, PM2.5 micron particulate. If you live in Bangkok it's all the same thing. Four…

3 weeks ago

OPINION – One, two, three bad incidents on Patong Hill within 24 hours

The bottom of Patong Hill, on the Patong side, has been the scene of numerous fatalities over the past 20…

4 weeks ago

The 35 billion baht white elephant – Phuket’s light rail

"About the only thing feasible in this rendering is the blue sky." Spending 35 billion baht on infrastructure that few…

4 weeks ago

What’s the use of number plates if you can’t read them?

by DW (anonymously sent to The Thaiger) Hiding in plain sight, and rarely noted—at least by anyone I’ve spoken with—are thousands…

1 month ago

Opinion: Sovereignty, rights ignored in airport debacle – The Nation

Thailand could have blood on its hands if it fails to protect a Saudi traveller on her journey to freedom.…

1 month ago

In the wake of Pabuk, a media storm is brewing

by Tim Newton Now the actual storm has passed, a media storm is brewing over two key issues - tourists…

2 months ago

OPINION – The devil is in the detail. Phuket tourism

"Last year Phuket International Airport hosted a record number of passenger arrivals both on overseas and domestic flights exceeding 8.4…

2 months ago

December 4 – Thailand’s national day of shame

Today is Thai Environment Day. Today convenience stores, trade stores and shopping malls will refrain from providing single-use plastic bags…

3 months ago

How will ‘Chindia’ change Phuket’s tourism future?’

What exactly is this Chindia?  In a nutshell it’s a flash drive marketplace with 1/3 of the world’s population –…

3 months ago

Koh Samui balancing on tourism razor’s edge

PHOTO: www.thekalasamui.com "...shrinking Chinese demand due to the economic slowdown and depreciation for the yuan versus the baht" The time…

3 months ago

A perfect storm hits Flight JT 610

If you get into a car that has had, and officially logged, malfunctions over the past four outings - all…

3 months ago

The ‘war on drugs’ is a complete failure

Authorities are losing the war against methamphetamines - pills and crystal meth. The demand for both crystal meth and 'yaba'…

4 months ago

The government gets a ‘rap’ on the knuckles

13 million views and still going strong. That's 20% of the population of Thailand. Any pop group would be astonished,…

4 months ago

Restoring faith to the national airline

On October 8, a Thai Airways 747-400, with only 115 onboard including the crew, skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi International…

4 months ago

Religious tolerance is OK until it starts interfering with community health

Last week it was revealed that six children have died in the southern provinces of Thailand since June this year.…

4 months ago

Wai Khru – setting a bad example for the future. Thailand’s demand for respect from its young

Hazing (US English), initiation ceremonies (British English), bastardisation (Australian English), ragging (South Asia), or deposition, refers to the practice of rituals,…

4 months ago

Chinese tourists heading elsewhere – what did you expect?

Don Ross of ttrweekly.com reflects on the self-imposed, but unplanned, reduction to Thailand's tourist numbers - principally Chinese tourist numbers.  If…

4 months ago

250,000 baht in a day. Patong’s para-sailing business.

Following the death of Australian 70 year old businessman, Roger Hussey, in July 2017, and the subsequent investigation and promises…

5 months ago