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  • How Chuwit got his erection: Soapy massage tycoon finally gets lucrative project off the ground, 20 years after his arrest
    by Todd Ruiz on February 3, 2023 at 8:25 am

    Twenty years ago, Chuwit bulldozed dozens of businesses on land he owned in the dead of night. That began a redemption arc that has now come full circle with him getting what he originally wanted: a valuable development project.

  • Internet debates which stage-diving Thai royal inspired Blur front man
    by Nicky Tanskul on February 3, 2023 at 5:57 am

    A strange tidbit in an interview about a chance encounter between a British musician and a Thai princess in 1997 has inspired a guessing game over who he wrote a song about. Damon Albarn, the frontman for famous Britpop band Blur and virtual band Gorillaz, revealed last year that he was writing a song –…

  • ‘Little ghosts’ in S. Korea given ultimatum by Thai gov’t
    by Coconuts Bangkok on February 3, 2023 at 4:56 am

    The Thai government this morning warned that Thais working illegally in South Korea should report to the authorities there by the end of February to avoid a huge fine.  Due to a surge of such workers, Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said they must notify the South Korean immigration office by Feb. 28 to…

  • Lumphini Park to host ‘Bangkok Pride’ parade for first time since 2006
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on February 2, 2023 at 9:52 am

    Bangkok’s Lumphini Park will be the starting point for this year’s annual pride in Bangkok as City Hall steps up its commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. For the first time since 2006, the public park will host Bangkok Pride when it kicks off at 4pm on June 4 before heading down Ratchadamri Road and ending…

  • Instead of being paid to watch YouTube, teen girl scammed for over 300K baht
    by Coconuts Bangkok on February 2, 2023 at 6:20 am

    Police warned online lurkers to be vigilant about scams again today after a 16-year-old Thai girl was conned via Instagram into giving over THB300,000 to scammers. The unidentified teen’s uncle, identified only as Atichai, said it all began a year ago when his granddaughter found a job listing on Instagram that promised money in exchange…

  • ‘Very Unhealthy’: Bangkok pollution reaches 3-year high
    by Coconuts Bangkok on February 2, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Bangkok’s air pollution shot through the roof today to reach a “very unhealthy” level according to international standards, putting the Thai capital city among the world’s three most polluted cities.  The capital this morning recorded a “very unhealthy” level of pollution on the international air quality index, mostly due to dangerous microparticulate pollution, or PM2.5,…

  • K-pop star Jihyo not so impressed by Jay Fai’s famous crab omelet
    by Nicky Tanskul on February 1, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Though Jay Fai’s fame endures despite exorbitant prices and long queues in the name of French-starred omelets, one popular Korean singer delivered a stinging verdict to her millions of fans. At first, the front woman of K-pop girl group Twice had nothing but praise to the delight of her Thai fans in her latest travel…

  • Pattaya police fleece Chinese tourists 30K baht for vapes
    by Coconuts Bangkok on February 1, 2023 at 7:25 am

    Another day, another embarrassing scandal involving Thai cops and their love of some tea money. A Pattaya police officer was administratively sanctioned today after he confessed to extorting money from a Chinese tour group for carrying e-cigarettes. In the latest scandal involving police shaking down tourists for money, officers from the Pattaya City Police Station…

  • ‘Myanmar’s people need justice’: Fury, pain echo in Bangkok on coup anniversary
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on February 1, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Aiming prop assault rifles as they “beat” and “sexually assaulted” civilians, Myanmar nationals brought to a Bangkok street this morning the brutality being visited by the military upon their friends and families back home. Guerilla theater performers acted out scenes of violence in front the Myanmar Embassy, where hundreds of protesters converged on the second…

  • Thailand is giving away 95 million condoms starting today
    by Coconuts Bangkok on February 1, 2023 at 5:07 am

    Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and everyone knows what that means: free rubbers. Anyone with a universal health card – which means just about everyone – can now pick up free condoms at hospitals and pharmacies nationwide, starting today. The government is giving away 95 million condoms to promote safe sex and combat STDs…

  • Protesters to converge on Bangkok’s Myanmar embassy on 2nd coup-versary
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 31, 2023 at 9:36 am

    To protest the ongoing brutality of military rule back home, Myanmar people and supporters will gather tomorrow morning in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok’s Silom area to mark the second anniversary of the coup d’etat. Expect crowds of Myanmar protesters assembling peacefully if loudly in front of the The North Sathorn Road tomorrow…

  • Sea turtle lends helping flipper to hungry orphan dugong in Thai gulf (Video)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 31, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Take a break from all the calamity and controversy for a moment and join us in the Thai gulf, where a large sea turtle gave a free ride to an orphaned baby sea cow.  Far from corrupt cops and power-hungry politicos, the aquatic pair were spotted swimming through the ocean by a Thai navy drone.…

  • American masculinity ‘biohacker’ who peddled quackery on YouTube dies in Pattaya
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 31, 2023 at 6:00 am

    An American YouTuber was found last night inside a home in the coastal city of Pattaya, police said.  Laith Abdullah Algaz, 34, who made videos peddling quack science remedies for men to grow taller and have amazing erections on his Leo and Longevity channel was found at a residence in the Pattaya Lagoon Village, according…

  • Vindicated Taiwanese actress thanks media, Thailand for the truth
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 31, 2023 at 5:07 am

    A Taiwanese actress who was shaken down by Bangkok cops and then accused of lying about it thanked Thailand’s people this morning for their help in revealing the truth. Hours after the metro police bureau reversed its denials and confirmed that its officers had extorted money from Charlene An while she was visiting the capital,…

  • Is HBO’s ‘White Lotus’ filming in Thailand? Dark comedy fans speculate.
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 31, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Fans of a recent sex-fueled, star-studded dark comedy speculate that it might be coming to Thailand.  American black comedy-drama anthology series White Lotus Season 3 could take place in Thailand after the show’s creator filmed himself appearing with The Land of Smiles in the backdrop.  The video was recorded by Mike White the show creator…

  • Arrr! No souls lost after pirate ship-bar capsizes off Pattaya
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 31, 2023 at 4:06 am

    A floating pirate bar almost went to Davy Jones’s locker on Monday just off Pattaya when it capsized in rough seas, but no injuries were reported. High waves overturned the Krakenian, a vessel converted into a pirate-themed bar, but no guests were on board at the time. The authorities successfully rescued all staff members and…

  • Candidate Anutin’s drug-war flex out of sync with reform momentum
    by Todd Ruiz on January 30, 2023 at 9:23 am

    The health minister who ushered in legal weed and now wants to be prime minister took a tough-on-drugs position last night that represented a sharp reversal of the slow-moving push to wind down Thailand’s destructive war on drugs. Anutin Charnvirakul’s vow to enact harsh penalties for those who even possess small amounts of meth and…

  • JD Central is leaving Thailand, and its little dog too
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 30, 2023 at 7:57 am

    The digital retail realm will be a little less crowded when one online shopping marketplace shuts down in four weeks JD Central, a venture between China’s JD.com and Thai megaretailer Central Group, announced today that it will cease operations on March 3 and wind down services thereafter. “We would like to inform you that JD…

  • Thai cops weigh punishment for cops who gave tourist ‘VIP escort’
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 30, 2023 at 6:54 am

    Investigations continue into both of the high-profile cases involving Thai cops taking money from visiting tourists, neither of which is being conducted independently. One internal police investigation is tasked with determining how to discipline four officers who allegedly whisked a woman arriving from Hong Kong through airport immigration and to her Pattaya hotel after she…

  • Thai police confess to extorting Taiwanese actress
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 30, 2023 at 6:17 am

    Bangkok metro police today admitted that it had indeed demanded money from Taiwanese actress Charlene An just as she alleged last week – and was originally denied Friday.  In a complete about-face from Friday’s forceful denial, the Metropolitan Police Bureau said an investigation was still underway into the incident, and it did not know how…

  • Reddit sets out to solve Thailand’s mystery ear coins
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 27, 2023 at 6:53 am

    What’s up with Thai dudes loading their lobes with coins? That was a question posed this week in the ivory tower of human knowledge that is Reddit, causing ears to perk up and hear out responses both hilarious and sincere. The query was paired with photos of an unidentified man with five coins crammed into…

  • Sidewalk hellmouth outside Bangkok’s ‘Ancient City’ chews on Chinese tourist leg
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 26, 2023 at 6:06 am

    As of this morning, the city had done nothing to fix a broken maintenance shaft that ate a Chinese tourist’s leg in southeast metro Bangkok.  People this morning complained that the only one to take action was a witness to the tourist’s injury, who covered the gaping sidewalk pit outside the Ancient City tourist attraction…

  • ‘I’m Thai!’ Boxing superstar Buakaw declares amid latest Thai-Khmer spat
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 26, 2023 at 5:55 am

    A Muay Thai fighter has stood up to declare he is indeed Thai amid a widening spat between Thai and Cambodian fans over the sport’s origins. Sombat Banchamek, aka Buakaw, announced publicly this week that, even though he belongs to an indigenous ethnic group called the Kuy, he is of Thai nationality and not Cambodian…

  • Thai FDA recalls South Korean noodles over cancer-causing chemical
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 26, 2023 at 4:46 am

    The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has recalled over 3,500 instant noodle cups from South Korea over concern they contain a harmful carcinogen. Thailand has frozen shipments of Nongshim Shin Ramyun, an instant noodle from South Korea, after suspicions that its seasoning packets contain ethylene oxide, according to FDA Deputy Secretary Withit Saritdeechaikul. The…

  • Air so dirty that Bangkok should work from home: City Hall
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 26, 2023 at 4:03 am

    Bangkok residents should work from home due to the heavy seasonal smog which has been choking the city for weeks. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration last night issued an advisory that those who can work remotely should do so for the next week as pollution levels have hit levels deemed unhealthy multiple times since New Year’s…

  • Where defib did Bangkok’s emergency heart devices go?
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 25, 2023 at 7:56 am

    Police are searching for more thieves who stole at least 27 defibrillators worth upward of THB1.8 million (US$55,000). Police spokesperson Achaya Kraithong told reporters this morning that they were still looking for the public automatic electrical defibrillators, which had been stationed around the city and have disappeared recently. Maj. Gen. Achaya said the defibrillators need…

  • Cookies brings California swagger to Bangkok, gets foothold in Thai cannabis
    by Todd Ruiz on January 23, 2023 at 11:22 am

    The joints being passed around were larger than the largest Burmese cheroots as people crowded the San Francisco rapper as he celebrated his American weed brand’s arrival to Bangkok. Scores of people waited in line to step inside Bangkok’s newest – at least for a few hours – cannabis dispensary, which opened downtown on Saturday.…

  • ‘Fight for Myanmar’: Angry protest at Bangkok embassy after junta executes activists
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on July 26, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Hundreds gathered outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok this afternoon to condemn the execution of four high-profile activists by its ruling junta. A day after the junta said it had executed four pro-democracy activists including a longtime advocate for change and a hip-hop artist-turned-politician, the protesters, mostly from Myanmar, crowded around the embassy compound on…

  • Here’s where to buy cannabis right now in Bangkok (Weed Map)
    by Grove on June 15, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Here’s where to buy weed right now in Bangkok. (Updated)

  • Pimp-turned-whistleblower Chuvit blames ‘VVIPs’ who pack Thonglor titty clubs for endless COVID (Video)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 8, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Maverick former politician Chuvit Kamolvisit said this afternoon that top officials should come clean about their visits to a Bangkok night club where dozens of COVID-19 cases helped kick off the latest wave of infections. The former massage parlor owner, now a political and media commentator, said high-level officials including government ministers and police and…