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Vietnam steps up

Although Vietnam’s business and investment landscape is known to be challenging, the market potential of 90 million consumers and the pro-business mindset of the one-party government continue to attract businesses hoping for lucrative returns in the long run.


The takeover of a media icon

HONG KONG – Chinese internet tycoon Jack Ma’s mooted buyout of Hong Kong’s struggling South China Morning Post could see the paper prosper from his Midas touch, analysts say, but also further erode its independence and with it the city’s press freedoms.

Buffet for monkeys in Lop Buri

Monkeys enjoy the 27th annual buffet festival on Sunday at Phra Prang Sam Yot in Lop Buri’s Muang district. Locals and tourists bring food and drinks for the primates, making them more tame and familiar with people.

House-hunting, Chinese-style

Chinese families are looking for a safe place to invest their renminbi. From rural Texas to Silicon Valley, American real estate is an increasingly popular destination for their cash. (c)2015. All rights reserved by New York Times.

'Local wisdom' spa

Have you ever tried the ‘Sea Gypsy’ spa treatment? Find out who came up with this relaxing massage and what makes it unique? (Video by Jetjaras Na Ranong)

NZ couple in surrogacy baby mix-up

WELLINGTON – A New Zealand couple who travelled to Thailand to have a surrogate child had their embryos swapped in a mix-up at a fertility hospital and were given someone else’s child.

The killjoys are winning

While the world was in lockdown over the threat of global terrorism this past week, here in Thailand we were in lockdown too, but for different reasons. Our lives were not in danger from crazed AK-47-wielding suicide bombers. Our danger came in the form of banana leaves, joss sticks and a candle.

'Fake death' suspects released on bail

The Criminal Court has temporarily released seven suspects accused of helping to fake the death of 72-year-old Juree Jan-ngam to escape punishment for arranging the murder of her son’s fiancee.

AirAsia sets U-tapao record

AirAsia on Friday introduced four new routes out of U-tapao airport, setting a record in the Thai aviation industry for simultaneous launches.

Foundries to 'whitewash' Rajabhakti

The foundry owners contracted to cast the statues of former kings at Rajabhakti Park will next week clarify the “commission fees” issue, an army source says.

Lost and found in translation

For fans of foreign literature, nothing kills the joy of reading more than knowing that the translated book which you are reading contains wrong meanings and phonetic mistakes — the names of people and places that are unrecognisable when you repeat them to native speakers.

Singapore banks face risk from weaker credit, FX moves

Weaker corporate balance sheets and currency market volatility pose risks to Singapore lenders, though the local banking system remains resilient, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said Friday.

Pheu Thai demands Udomdej resignation over Rajabhakti

The Pheu Thai Party demanded Friday that Gen Udomdej Sitabutr resign as the deputy defence minister over alleged corruption in the Rajabhakti Park project.

Start-ups in line for incentives

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry is considering tax incentives for companies investing in tech start-ups in an attempt to stimulate long-term investment.

Cautious optimism on the economic front

The Thai economy will expand by 2.8% by year-end, and government megaprojects will accelerate higher growth rates next year, the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) said on Thursday.

Prayut and Prawit targeted for violent attack

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon says he and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha were the target of people from Khon Kaen province who were planning an “incident”, possibly connected to the “Bike for Dad” event on Dec 11.

Japanese wait for big picture

Japanese investors remain positive about investment in Thailand but are more cautious about expansion here, as they need to see clearer policies from the government, says the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro).

Migrants processing Thai chicken exports 'abused, exploited'

LONDON – Migrants processing Thai chicken for its biggest export market, Europe, face widespread abuse by their employers, partly because foreign auditors have focused on food safety rather than workers’ conditions, researchers said on Wednesday.

Nguyen Hue walking street

Officially opened this year at a cost of almost US$20 million, Nguyen Hue walking street is one of the most popular evening attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Government wants 10,000 new SMEs in 3 years

The government plans to foster the launch of 10,000 new small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by 2018 to help develop the national economy.