The Spectacular Grand Palace The word ‘palace’ in relation to Bangkok will, for most tourists, immediately bring to mind the iconic Grand Palace. Built with the establishment of the new capital in Bangkok in 1782, this spectacular complex was the home of the king and the royal court and also the administrative seat of government for nearly 150 years. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the heart of Rattanakosin Island or the historic Old City area and a must-see for any tourist visiting the Thai capital, the Grand Palace boasts beautiful architecture and intricate detail throughout its various buildings, halls, pavilions, gardens and courtyards. The complex incorporates the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, the Outer Court, the Middle Court including the Phra Maha Monthian buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat buildings, the Inner Court … [Read more...] about Discover the beautiful city, seaside and hilltop palaces of Thailand
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As the year of the dog comes to a close, Bangkok Post's Business Section has selected the 10 most noteworthy business events of 2018. This has been one of the most eventful years of the decade for Thailand, from a duty-free tycoon's untimely death, the Sino-US tit-for-tat trade feud slowing global economic growth, the Phuket boat tragedy cutting into Chinese tourist numbers, enforcement of the digital asset law to the digital banking transaction fee waiver and the blockage of PTT subsidiary Global Power Synergy's acquisition attempt for Glow Energy. The year not only reshaped companies and industries in Thailand, but saw shifts in global economic landscape itself. Here is a look at the notable events of 2018. LUCRATIVE CONCESSION The death of King Power founder Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has cast a shadow over the upcoming duty-free concession auction for Suvarnabhumi airport as observers are sceptical of the political and business connections cultivated by Vichai's successor. A man … [Read more...] about Looking back on the roller coaster ride that was 2018
Lungstib writes that officials at Chiang Mai Immigration deliberately restrict the flow of customers on a daily basis so that frustrated applicants revert to “professional palm-greasers”. Unlike expats extending their marriage or retirement visas, I did not need an appointment on my latest visit to Chiang Mai Immigration, since I was only extending my tourist visa. I did, though, have to wait in line a while. Some disgruntled individuals did indeed leave before being served, complaining to the officials there that the line was a long one, and that not enough staff were serving the customers. I believe that Lungstib is correct in believing that something fishy is going on at the Chiang Mai office. I know for a fact that many foreigners who want to teach in the city, or in Chiang Rai, have to go in person at an Immigration office and transfer their tourist visa to a Non-immigrant B visa (business and work). In a way this is good, as it saves the … [Read more...] about Foreign teachers being scammed at Chiang Mai Immigration?
Krit Yiammetha, Direk Chantharadilok and Saruth Srithaworn plan to present a petition to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asking him to use Article 44 of the interim charter to halt construction of Appeals Court buildings and 45 residences at the foot of Doi Suthep in the northern province. The 147-rai site is close to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Departing from the Three Kings Monument in downtown Chiang Mai, Krit estimated it would take them about 20 days to reach the capital, though they could arrive as early as April 20. He insisted the network had no political agenda and there was no hidden “mastermind” manipulating it. A truck carrying supplies will accompany the trio on their trek. At the end of the first day, they expect to stay overnight in Lamphun’s Mae Tha district. The network’s petition at Change.org urging the Appeals Court Region 5 to abandon the construction project had by Wednesday gained the support of 37,434 people. The target is 50,000. … [Read more...] about Chiang Mai trio begins march against court housing on Doi Suthep
The minimum daily wage will increase nationwide from April 1 in the range of 5-22 baht, with Phuket, Chon Buri and Rayong getting the highest rate at 330 baht a day. The tripartite national wage committee finalised agreed on the increases after over seven hours of talks ending on Wednesday night.Workers' representatives expressed delight at the increases.Permanent secretary for the Labour Ministry Jarin Jakkaphark, chairman of the wage committee, said all provinces would see the minimum wage increase.There will be seven wage rates - 308 baht, 310 baht, 315 baht, 318 baht, 320 baht, 325 baht and 330 baht. The average minimum wage is 315.97 baht.Three provinces - Phuket, Chon Buri and Rayong - will get the highest rate at 330 baht a day, and three southernmost border provinces - Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat - get the lowest at 308 baht.The committee agreed the wage rises would come into effect on April 1, Mr Jarin said. The talks took time as the panel had to take into … [Read more...] about New minimum wage ranges between B308 and B330