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Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan

Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves St. Louis Hospital in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

13 dead in Thailand after truck carrying students flips over

Sep 29, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The pick-up truck flips over while trying to change lanes

Bangkok is city with most international visitors in 2018 – report

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Bangkok, Thailand tops the list for the 4th straight year with almost 23 million international visitors in 2018, beating Paris and London

Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN meeting

Aug 03, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Thai authorities say there were 9 successful or attempted bomb blasts throughout Bangkok which left 4 wounded as the city hosted the ASEAN ministerial meeting

Police conduct an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. At least two small bombs exploded in Bangkok on August 2, rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaving two people wounded. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

No Filipino harmed in Bangkok bombing – DFA

Aug 03, 2019 - 7:15 AM

'Filipinos staying and traveling in Thailand are urged to remain calm, but take extra precautions,' the Department of Foreign Affairs says

BOMB SITE. A policeman conducts an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Steps with Theera: A coffee shop for a cause

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:23 PM

This vocational training center in Bangkok aims to provide job opportunities for people with special needs

PARTNERSHIP. Steps with Theera partners with companies to provide work experience for their trainees. All photos by Steps with Theera

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) At least 4 people are wounded when several small bombs explode as the Thai capital hosts the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

A policeman conducts an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. Two people were injured as at least two small explosions hit Bangkok, police said, as the political febrile country hosts a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Duterte asks Thai businessmen to invest more in PH

Jun 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The President also calls on Thai companies to participate in his administration's Build, Build, Build

THAILAND VISIT. Thai companies pay a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) Trade will be the focus of a two-day ASEAN Summit, amid discussions on the South China Sea, Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, and ocean pollution

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials who took part in the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang Photo

[ANALYSIS] Will boat sinking put pressure on ASEAN Summit?

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel in the Reed Bank could force Southeast Asian countries to put pressure on China for an early agreement on a rules-based code

Thailand anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Last month's elections in Thailand remains in dispute after a political party backed by the junta that has ruled Thailand since 2014 and its main rival both claimed victory

UNDER SIEGE. File photo of Future Forward Party leader Thanatorn Juangroongruangkit (in white shirt) arrives at Pathumwan police station to hear sedition charges brought against him by the National Council for Peace and Order, in Bangkok on April 6, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Man of Zeal: #SupermanBangkok champions voting ahead of Thai poll

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Dressed in a Superman suit with a red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign: 'If you love Thailand: Vote'

Thai-German national David Pfizenmaier walks up a pedestrian bridge in a Superman costume whilst encouraging Thais to vote in the upcoming election in Bangkok on March 21, 2019. - Dressed in a Superman suit with red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign. The 40-year-old Thai-German said on March 21 he is not campaigning for a specific party, but is instead on a mission to boost turnout, especially among younger voters, "because the military government is not the solution for the long term." (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) / TO GO WITH Thailand-politics-vote, SCENE by Joe FREEMAN

Thai junta chief says cybersecurity bill not used to 'tap' phones

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha says: 'When I talk about cybersecurity, don't get this confused with human rights... No one will tap phone calls of others'

Maverick tycoon and darling of Thai millennials decries political attacks

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the scion of a billionaire auto-parts maker, is the charismatic frontman of Future Forward, a new party targeting the Thailand urban youth vote with a staunchly anti-junta platform

Thai tycoon, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party, greets supporters on arrival at the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok on February 27, 2019. Thanathorn faces charges over anti-junta speech on Facebook ahead of the March 24 national election.  Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Cabbages & Condoms: A healthy, balanced diet

Feb 08, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Sex education is on the menu at this quirky Bangkok restaurant

CABBAGES & CONDOMS. The Bangkok restaurant promotes safe sex. Photos courtesy of Equity Initiative 2018

Man smuggles month-old leopard cub on plane to India

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Officials says they grew suspicious after hearing sounds coming from the bag, and stopped the passenger as he tried to rush out of the terminal in the capital city of southern Tamil Nadu state

SMUGGLED. This handout picture released by Customs Chennai International Airport and taken on February 2, 2019, shows a leopard cub after it was seized from a checked baggage of a passenger travelling from Bangkok, at Chennai International airport. Photo from Customs Chennai International Airport

Hundreds of schools close as toxic smog chokes Bangkok

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Because the Thai capital has been shrouded in murky haze for weeks, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration orders all 437 city-controlled public schools to close from Wednesday through Friday

Children wearing face masks leave school early due to pollution in Bangkok on January 30, 2019. - Toxic smog forced Bangkok authorities to issue an unprecedented order to shut nearly 450 schools on January 30, as authorities struggle to manage a pollution crisis that has stirred widespread concern. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Saudi woman seeking asylum 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

Jan 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

ASYLUM-SEEKER. This screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun on January 7, 2019 shows a still of Qunun speaking in Bangkok on January 7. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Meet Headache Stencil, the Thai version of mystery graffiti artist Banksy

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The pioneer of the new wave of street artists in Bangkok is 'Headache Stencil,' whose spray cans satirize the powerful in Thailand where free expression has been muted since a 2014 coup

THAILAND'S BANKSY. This picture taken on September 4, 2018, shows Thai artist who goes by the name of "Headache Stencil" spray-painting a graffiti on a fence in Bangkok. Thailand's junta chief caricatured as 'a lucky cat', a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line - daring graffiti is appearing across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for political debate. Romeo GACAD / AFP

Foreign divers, soldiers join rescue for Thai children trapped in cave

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:20 PM

A team of American military personnel from the US Pacific Command, and 3 British cave diving experts join the over a thousand racing against time to rescue the 12 trapped children and their coach

Desperate search for 12 children trapped in Thailand cave

Jun 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Thai Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda says 'we're working against time, but we're not panicking'

ANXIOUS. Family members and relatives pray at the entrance of Tham Luang cave while rescue personnel conduct operations to find the missing members of the children's football team along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on June 26, 2018. Photo by  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Final Fruit-ier: Thailand sends smelly durian into space

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Thailand plans to shoot durian into orbit this July to test its durability in a project that could see the staple 'king of fruits' consumed in zero-gravity conditions

KING OF FRUITS. A Thai fruit vendor waits for customers behind a display of durians in Bangkok on June 1, 2018. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Thailand police hunt 'elephant electrocutioner'

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists estimate Thailand is home to more than 3,000 wild elephants

ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND. Elephants feast on a prepared buffet of fruits and vegetables before the start of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 8, 2018. Photo by  Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/ AFP

Bite the dust at Bangkok's 'death awareness' cafe

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The centerpiece of the Kid Mai Death Cafe experience is a decorated white coffin where customers are encouraged to lay down for a few minutes to contemplate their final moments – and secure a discount on a drink

'DEATH CAFE.' This photo taken on March 30, 2018, shows a Thai teenager climbing out of a traditional coffin at the Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe, an exhibition space built to educate the public about death and Buddhism, in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Undefeated Thai 'dwarf giant' one win from Mayweather record

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Wanheng Menayothin, aka Dwarf Giant, eyes equalling Mayweather's 50-0 record and enter boxing lore in April or May

DWARF GIANT. This photo taken on January 31, 2018 shows the current World Boxing Council (WBC) mini-flyweight champion, Wanheng Menayothin, punching a bag during a training session in Bangkok.  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

PH math wizards win 87 medals in Thailand contest

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Filipino students win 14 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals, 11 merit awards and 4 special prizes

Penis whitening fad worries surgeons

Feb 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think it should not be done in a patient that doesn't need it,' Milanese plastic surgeon Massimiliano Brambilla, who specializes in genital procedures, tells Agence France-Presse

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Steady Philippine inflation of 3.2% in 2017 seen to rise on new tax rates

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The movement of prices of basic goods and services was steady at 3.3% in December, bringing the full-year 2017 rate to 3.2%. But the newly-implemented tax package and higher global oil rates could put pressure on inflation this year.

PRICES OF GOODS. Philippine inflation remains steady at 3.3% in December last year, similar with that of November 2017. Stock photo

Penis whitening procedure drives Thailand social media nuts

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:02 PM

A clinic in Bangkok offers this unconventional treatment for around $650 for five sessions.

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Zimbabwe family stuck in Bangkok airport for two months

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:08 PM

They lack visas for onward travel, refuse to return to Zimbabwe, and are denied re-entry to Thailand after overstaying, trapping them in limbo at the airport

BANGKOK AIRPORT. This photograph taken on July 25, 2016 shows a passenger at the departure terminal of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Printing error caused 'faceless' P100 bills, BSP says

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Investigations have been launched to validate claim over some withdrawn 'faceless' and 'faded' P100 bills

FACELESS. Earla Anne Yehey, BPI client, posts photos of withdrawn 4 pieces of P100 bills without the late President Manuel Roxas' face on them. Photo from Yehey's Facebook account

Meet Cola, the Thai street dog with 'blade runner' legs

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Cola, the former street pup, nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword, now he has new sleek paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics

BLADE RUNNER. This photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows John Dalley fitting Cola the dog with his new curved 'blade runner' prosthetic legs at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket. Just over a year after he was brutally maimed for gnawing on a neighbor's boots, Cola the canine is romping across a Phuket beach on sleek new paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics modelled after those used by Paralympian sprinters. Photo Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thailand flood death toll rises to 15

Dec 05, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Some one million residents have been hit in some way: through submerged or damaged homes, disruption to occupations such as farming, or transport difficulties because of flooded roads

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:46 PM

With an estimated LGBTQ population of 70 million, China has the world's third-largest 'pink market' after Europe and the United States. Yet in China being openly gay is still fraught with difficulties.

GAY BAR. This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 shows Thai dancers entertaining tourists at a gay bar in Thailand's southern tourist destination of Phuket. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

4 Japanese tourists killed in Thailand van crash

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Despite its wealth compared to neighboring countries and relatively good infrastructure, Thailand has some of the most lethal roads in the world

This Bangkok restaurant is covered in condoms – for good reason

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At Cabbages & Condoms, it's all about safe sex

CABBAGES AND CONDOMS. The restaurant gives out free condoms and raises funds for a family planning non-profit. Rappler screenshot

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:43 PM

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's children carry golden urns containing his relics from the Grand Palace to two Bangkok temples where they will be housed

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on October 29, 2017.  A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Tourists bemused as Bangkok sobers up for Thai king funeral

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Streets are deserted in Bangkok's infamous red light district, where bars and clubs are dark on the eve of the massive funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

FASCINATION. Tourists walk past an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the eve of his cremation in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai mourners gather ahead of cremation of late King

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The cremation late Thursday will be the biggest Thai royal event for a century and will see colourful funeral processions pass through the capital before his pyre is lit inside a purpose-built site

CREMATION. Police march past a portrait of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej before his funeral outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

PAL to begin direct Cebu-Bangkok flights on December 2

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Philippine Airlines cites 'public demand' for the route, which will have thrice weekly flights

Tokyo jadi destinasi internasional terpopuler saat libur Lebaran

Jun 21, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Selain Tokyo kota kota Asia lainnya yang juga populer antara lain Bangkok Hong Kong Kuala Lumpur dan Singapura

TOKYO. Kawasan Shibuya di Tokyo yang selalu sibuk. Foto oleh Sakinah Ummu Haniy/Rappler

Ada Masjid Jawa di Negeri Gajah Putih

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Arsitektur Masjid Jawa di Bangkok kental dengan gaya masjid masjid tua di Indonesia

MASJID JAWA. Umat Muslim melintas di depan Masjid Jawa, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand. Foto oleh Hendra Nurdiyansyah/Antara

Bangkok unique despite street stall edict – Thai tourism boss

Apr 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT pushes back against fears that Bangkok is being gentrified in the image of Singapore

BANGKOK STREET FOOD. Hawkers on a Bangkok street. Photo by Nicole Reyes/Rappler

Bangkok to ban street food stalls in clean-up crusade

Apr 18, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Yet many Bangkokians say this curbside chaos is part of the capital s charm and an affordable food option for all in a city where other costs of living are surging

BANGKOK STREET FOOD. Hawkers in a Bangkok street. File photo by Nicole Reyes/Rappler

Facebook Safety Check triggers false Bangkok bomb scare

Dec 28, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Facebook deactivates an alert called The Explosion in Bangkok that said a blast in the capital was confirmed by multiple sources

SAFETY CHECK. Facebook's new system lets users tell others they're okay and check on their friends when disaster strikes. Screen shot from Facebook.

SAKSIKAN: Latihan singkat timnas Indonesia di lapangan futsal

Dec 17, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Latihan pada pagi hari difokuskan untuk melatih kekompakan

Timnas Indonesia mengikuti latihan singkat di lapangan futsal Soccer Master yang terletak tak jauh dari hotel tempat mereka menginal, Hotel The Grand Fourwings, Bangkok. Foto oleh Nadia Vetta Hamid/Rappler

Pelatih timnas telah tunjuk pengganti Andik di laga final AFF 2016

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Timnas hingga saat ini masih fokus pada proses pemulihan fisik pasca bertanding pada hari Rabu kemarin

UJI COBA. Pemain timnas Indonesia berlatih ketika uji coba lapangan di Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand, 16 Desember. Foto oleh Wahyu Putro A./ANTARA

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Dec 07, 2016 - 6:48 PM

UPDATED The BBC is now under scrutiny for a Thai language profile it published out of its London offices of the nation s new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn who ascended to the throne last week

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Thai protester arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Dec 03, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Thailand s monarchy is protected from any criticism inside the kingdom by a harsh lese majeste law which was widely used since the military seized power in 2014