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Chinese Tourism Increasing Despite Coercive Guides: TAT Chief

BANGKOK — Thai tourism will not be affected by tours that coerce Chinese tourists to buy goods at designated shops, said the industry's chief said Sunday.

Thailand Moves to Enable Seizure of Crypto Assets

BANGKOK — A government official said Wednesday it’s looking to allow law enforcement to confiscate the cryptocurrency of those involved in serious crimes.

Asian Markets Rise, Tracking Wall Street Gains on Job Report

HONG KONG — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday following strong gains on Wall Street after the U.S. jobless rate hit an 18-year low, helping investors overlook unresolved trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Undated photo of former Thammakaset chicken farm workers. Photo: Andy Hall / Twitter

Almost 40% of Bangkok Workers Say Minimum Wage Not Enough: Poll

BANGKOK — Blue collar workers said in a Tuesday university poll that the minimum wage was insufficient to make a living in a poll released to mark Labor Day.

Urban Youngsters Develop Tourism for Rural Destinations

BANGKOK — When three university students saw an uncle lauding mud from a bay in Nakhon Si Thammarat, they created a spa business for him, complete with repackaged products and spa packages.

Thailand ‘Not Ready’ for Online Lottery Tickets: Official

BANGKOK — When the first amendments in 40 years come to the national lottery, they won’t immediately include online ticket sales, but open the door to big changes to how jackpots pay out.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks to Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, during a meeting with governors and lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Thursday. Photo: Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Trump Flips on TPP, Weighs Rejoining Pacific Trade Deal

WASHINGTON — In a striking reversal, President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a free trade deal he pulled out of during his first days in office as part of his "America first" agenda.
Banglamphu vendor Orasa Sae Jong sells traditional attire Thursday in Bangkok.

Vendors Cash In Before Traditional Garb Fad Fades

BANGKOK — On the eve of the first day of Songkran, clothing sellers said the raging fad for traditional attire would likely fade with the popular soap opera that inspired it.

Duty Free Giant to Buy Bangkok’s Tallest Building

BANGKOK — A retail juggernaut will take possession of the nation’s tallest skyscraper and put its name on it in a deal valued at over 10 billion baht.

Thai Law: On Hire-Purchase of Cars and Motorbikes

Buying a big bike and not paying all cash? You’ll likely face a new law.

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