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TikTok, Web Novels, Chinese Internet Cultures Go Viral in Thailand

BANGKOK (Xinhua) —  New icons of Chinese Internet-culture such as TikTok, fantasy novels and online dramas are gaining traction in Thailand, bringing fresh elements to the promotion of Chinese culture in the Southeast Asian country.
An artist’s rendition of the Chao Phraya exoplanet rising over the Chao Phraya River. Images: NASA and Wikimedia Commons

River of Stars: Exoplanet Named After Thai ‘Chao Phraya’ River

ERIDANUS — Thailand’s mightiest river and one of its tributaries are making their mark among the stars. 
Left: A photo of Mae Manee in her “gold shop.” Right: Police raid Mae Manee’s fake gold shop Oct.31, 2019. Photo: Thailand Most Wanted / Facebook

Scammer ‘Mae Manee’ Built Fake Gold Store to Fool Victims, Police Say

BANGKOK — A woman wanted for allegedly running a ponzi scheme that scammed nearly 3,000 people out of 820 million baht is still on the run, police said Friday.
Photo: Nichax / Instagram

Halloween Surprise! Princess Ubolratana Posts Pic With ‘Trump Head’

BANGKOK — While shopping for Halloween gear, the King Rama X’s eldest sister took a pic with a sensational item – a fake blooded head of President Donald Trump.

Elephant Squishes Car in Khao Yai National Park

NAKHON RATCHASIMA — Park officials Wednesday published 10 rules to follow when encountering a wild elephant after a video of one such beast squishing a car driving through Khao Yai National Park went viral.
Photo: Nichax / Instagram

Princess Ubolratana Dresses Up as the Joker

BANGKOK — King Rama X’s eldest sister dressed up as one of Gotham City’s most iconic villains in an Instagram post Friday.
Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of Blackpink with a Caishen phone screen.

Chinese God of Wealth Becomes Unlikely Meme on Thai Internet

BANGKOK — Consumerism, K-pop, social media, celebrity power, and superstition come together in the latest craze on Thai internet right now.
Princess Ubolratana wears a Maleficent costume in an Instagram post on Oct. 21, 2019. Photo: Nichax / Instagram

Well, Well, Princess Ubolratana Turns Into ‘Maleficent’

BANGKOK — Halloween came early this year for Princess Ubolratana, who posted a photo of herself in a Maleficent costume Monday to the viral approval of many netizens.
Billy Ogan, Paowalee Pornpimol, Tom Room 39, and BNK48 Fond as they appear in “Let Love Be the Bridge” music videos. Image: Pope Visit Thailand / YouTube

‘Let Love Be the Bridge,’ Pope Francis’ Thailand Visit Gets Official MV

BANGKOK — Thai Catholic singers band together to star in “Let Love Be the Bridge,” the official music video for Pope Francis’ visit this November. 
Photo: Wirintorn Diloktharadol / Facebook

Netizen Raises Alarm Over Marker Ink Seeping Into Street Food Bag

BANGKOK — Take home a steaming bag of congee for dinner, complete with pork, a soft boiled egg, zesty ginger strips and spring onions, with a dash of soy sauce – and permanent marker ink?

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