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RAYONG (Thailand): Everywhere you look on Thailand’s Amata industrial estate in Rayong you see signs in Chinese. It’s a similar story just along the coast in the tourist resort of Pattaya, where Mandarin is increasingly visible alongside English and Russian.
As China’s economy slows, its investors are looking abroad for growth and Thailand, home to one of the world’s largest ethnic Chinese minorities and a gateway to South-East Asia’s 600 million consumers, is a hot investment destination in everything from industry to condominiums.
BANGKOK: Security, economy, trade and the strengthening of the Asean community will be among the main focus of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s official visit to Thailand today.
TWO decades ago, Thailand became ground zero of the Asia financial crisis, when its government scrapped a dollar peg with the baht, a devaluation that unleashed a wave of speculative attacks on other regional currencies and shook the global economy. Now, the baht is again posing challenges for Thailand but this time because it may be too strong.
BANGKOK: Confirmation that the Zika virus had caused microcephaly in Thailand is not likely to scare off large numbers of Chinese tourists due to jet in for holidays in the next week, tourists and industry operators said.
THAILAND has had a tough time of it since 2008. “Stalemate”, “uncertainty”, “gridlock” and “crisis” are some of the words that have been used to describe the country’s politics in recent years as so-called pro-establishment “yellow shirt” supporters battle against their anti-establishment “red shirt” rivals in sometimes bloody confrontations.
MINI Thailand Week 2016 (MTW 2016), a colourful four-day event featuring the best of Thailand’s art and culture held in 1Utama shopping centre, came to a close with 28,000 visitors.
PUTRAJAYA: Thailand has agreed to Malaysia’s request to extradite 10 Thai nationals believed to be masterminds in human trafficking cases along the Malaysia-Thailand border, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
BANGKOK: Thailand's infamous sex industry is under fire, with the tourism minister pushing to rid the country of its ubiquitous brothels and a spate of police raids in recent weeks on some of the largest establishments providing sex services in Bangkok.