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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (February 26 - March 4, 2011)

In the second instalment of our Thai Politics 101 series, we look at how to choose sides and how to acquire votes in Thailand. And last week there was a radical new development in this area. What was it?

Paul Snowdon – March 5, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (February 19-25, 2011)

Do Thai politicians become bad people, or do bad people become Thai politicians? All is revealed in this week’s This is Thailand. Read on…

Paul Snowdon – February 26, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (February 12-18, 2011)

As the unwinnable border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia rumbled on, two issues of far greater importance to Thailand came to the fore last week. What were they?

Paul Snowdon – February 19, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (February 5-11, 2011)

Never mind the lunatics in the asylum; the bananas are trying to take over the plantation. Peel away the layers of deceit to get at the juicy flesh here…

Paul Snowdon – February 12, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (January 29 - February 4, 2011)

Rebel Without a Cause, Easy Rider and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: we’ve had a real filmfest in Thailand (and Cambodia) over the last seven days. Read more here…

Paul Snowdon – February 5, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (January 22-28, 2011)

While Thai men have long been infamous for their lack of fidelity, it seems that promiscuity in Thailand is more institutionalised than we farangs realised. Find out why here…

Paul Snowdon – January 29, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (January 15-21, 2011)

As Thailand begins the countdown to a general election, both of the country’s main political parties found themselves facing their own unique problems last week. Find out what they were here…

Paul Snowdon – January 22, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (January 8-14, 2011)

Ever since yellow shirt protesters were allowed to close down Bangkok’s international airports, a dangerous precedent that confuses mob rule with democracy has been set in Thailand. But there were two small victories for the people the protesters are supposed to represent last week. Find out what they were here…

Paul Snowdon – January 15, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (January 1-7, 2011)

There is an old saying that no news is good news. If we follow this maxim, then it has been an outstanding beginning to the new year in Thailand. Find out why here…

Paul Snowdon – January 8, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (December 25-31, 2010)

A Happy New Year from Naked Farang. As we head out of 2010 and into 2011, it’s time to find out who is staying out and who is heading into jail in Thailand. Find out here…

Paul Snowdon – January 1, 2011

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (December 18-24, 2010)

Revealed at last – the keys to national reform. But what are they? Find out here...

Paul Snowdon – December 25, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (December 11-17, 2010)

In this week’s This is Thailand, we ask: When can a massive defeat be considered a victory? And whose earnings should be performance-related? Find out the answers to these and other topical questions here…

Paul Snowdon – December 18, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (December 4-10, 2010)

The truth is out there. It’s just hard to find it in the middle of this enormous haystack of deception and lies. Help us look for it here…

Paul Snowdon – December 11, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (November 27 - December 3, 2010)

The recurring theme of last week’s news in Thailand was relationships and their many intricate stages of development. From innocent courtship to acrimonious divorce, Thailand has had it all over the last seven days. Where did the love go? Find out here…

Paul Snowdon – December 4, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (November 20-26, 2010)

There was both good news and bad news in Thailand last week. Can you guess which one tipped the balance? Find out here…

Paul Snowdon – November 27, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (November 13-19, 2010)

It was a week of integrity and truth in Thai politics. Read on to find out whose turn it was to trample all over these noble attributes last week...

Paul Snowdon – November 20, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (November 6-12, 2010)

To find out how much a sand bag costs and hear Bill Clinton’s latest jokes about Thailand, read our week in review here…

 Paul Snowdon – November 13, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (October 30 - November 5, 2010)

The test results came back last week, and it seems that we are suffering from a rare affliction – so rare in fact that it has been dubbed ‘Thailand Syndrome’. Find out what the symptoms are here…

 Paul Snowdon – November 6, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (October 23-29, 2010)

There was a brief outbreak of harmony in Thailand’s coalition government last week, but for once, politics took a back seat in Thailand. Find out what the big story was last week by reading here…

 Paul Snowdon – October 30, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (October 16-22, 2010)

While devastating floods affected 1.34 million people in 30 provinces across Thailand last week, it was the Democrat Party that found itself struggling to keep its head above the murky waters of a torrential political deluge. Find out if it sank or swam here…

 Paul Snowdon – October 23, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (October 9-15, 2010)

Bad people pay poor people to commit acts of terror. Committing acts of terror makes the poor people sad. The poor people ask the government for handouts. The government gives the poor people handouts but won’t pay them a decent wage. The lowly-paid people are easily recruited by bad people. Read more here…

 Paul Snowdon – October 16, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (October 2-8, 2010)

Who could possibly hold a grudge against Newin Chidchob, and why on earth are red shirt leaders being charged with terrorism? Read this week’s chapter of ‘The Bleeding Obvious 101’ for your weekly dose of enlightenment...

 Paul Snowdon – October 9, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (September 25 - October 1, 2010)

It has been a week of donuts and bombs in Thailand, but all is not as it appears. Is Thailand suffering from terrorism or a government conspiracy? Read here and then decide for yourself…

 Paul Snowdon – October 2, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (September 18-24, 2010)

In a week that ended with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announcing a new campaign aimed at teaching children in its schools to be less selfish and more considerate of others, there were ample examples of exactly why such a step is long overdue in Thailand. Find out what they were here…

 Paul Snowdon – September 25, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (September 11-17, 2010)

Newin Chidchob managed to single-handedly achieve national reconciliation for Thailand last week? Find out how he did it here…

 Paul Snowdon – September 18, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (September 4-10, 2010)

With Phuea Thai distancing itself from its red shirt supporters and Thaksin even denouncing the violence that many believe he instigated, could it be that this leopard is changing its spots? Find out here…

 Paul Snowdon – September 11, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (August 28 - September 3, 2010)

It is no coincidence that the expression, ‘As responsible as a Thai politician’ has never entered the vernacular. Find out where the fingers were pointing last week in our latest review of the news from Thailand. Read more here…

 Paul Snowdon – September 4, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (August 21 -27, 2010)

Join the links together and they form a chain with Thailand struggling to move forward on one end. But what is on the other end? Read our weekly review of the news from Thailand to find out...

 Paul Snowdon – August 28, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (August 14 -20, 2010)

The news in Thailand last week was dominated by the 2011 budget debate. With 2.07 trillion baht up for grabs, it’s a big pie. Read here to find out who’s got their sticky fingers in it.

 Paul Snowdon – August 21, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (August 7-13, 2010)

It was a week of double double standards in Thailand with red kettles calling yellow pots black, and preachers practising what they preach against. Confused? You will be. Read this week’s This is Thailand to have it all explained.

 Paul Snowdon – August 14, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (July 31- August 6, 2010)

Open defiance of the law and false national pride continue to detract from Thailand’s real problems. This is Thailand: a week in review pulls no punches. Read here to find out who we are upsetting this week… 

 Paul Snowdon – August 7, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (July 24-30, 2010)

The Democrats held onto their seat in the Bangkok by-election. More explosions keep the State of Emergency in place in Bangkok. And Thaksin cracked a joke. Read here to find out what it was… 

Paul Snowdon – July 31, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (July 17-23, 2010)

The Thai military continued its long-established tradition last week. Unfortunately, it is a tradition of excessive spending on a variety of white elephants. Find out where our tax money is going this year in our This is Thailand week in review… 

Paul Snowdon – July 24, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (July 10-16, 2010)

The red shirts may have lost the recent Battle of Bangkok, but they have not yet lost their National Class War. While some of their grievances are finally being addressed, justice in Thailand sure works in mysterious ways. Find out why in our week in review…

Paul Snowdon – July 17, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (July 3-9, 2010)

Thai politicians have never been noted for their steadfast principles, but some leadership decisions caused a few raised eyebrows last week. Find out why in our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – July 10, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (June 26 - July 2, 2010)

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones because they might end up having to paper over the cracks. Welcome to the wonderful world of Thai politics. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – July 3, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (June 19-25, 2010)

You wouldn’t normally propose a candidate for a by-election in a city that he has just encouraged people to burn to the ground. But what’s normal got to do with it? This is Thailand. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – June 26, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (June 12-18, 2010)

Judging by the events of the last week, life in Thailand seems to be returning to normal. Displays of greed, police inaction, political amnesia and rampant corruption suggest that no lessons have been learned from the recent tragedies. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – June 19, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (June 5-11, 2010)

The violent conflict may have ended, but Thailand remains a country divided.  And while there is talk of reconciliation, the rift is proving difficult to bridge. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – June 12, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (May 29 - June 4, 2010)

The protests and rioting might be over, but Thailand’s problems are far from resolved. The action moved from the streets to government house this week, but instead of a civilised political debate, we were served up a debacle of political immaturity. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – June 5, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (May 22-28, 2010)

With the red shirt occupation of Bangkok finally at an end, life has been slowly returning to normal in the Thai capital. But is Thailand really ready to forgive and forget?  Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – May 29, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (May 15-21, 2010)

From the brink of civil war to the prospect of lasting peace, it has been a truly pivotal week in the history of Thailand.   Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – May 22, 2010

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The Truth Is Out There: You Decide

If you believe many of the international media, unarmed peasants are being shot while conducting a peaceful protest for democracy. Other media, however, paint a very different picture of armed thugs terrorising Bangkok. So just what is the truth behind the current political crisis in Thailand? Read both sides and then decide for yourself...

Paul Snowdon – May 18, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (May 8-14, 2010)

Seven days ago, it seemed only a matter of time before the political crisis in Thailand would be resolved. By the week’s end, we had become almost resigned to civil war. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – May 15, 2010

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Bridges not Fences: A Roadmap to Lasting Peace?

Thailand has long been a country divided, but the recent polarisation has left the nation teetering on the brink of civil war. While all the recent blame has been laid squarely at the feet of the red shirts, Bangkokians should also accept their share of the blame. Find out why here...

Paul Snowdon – May 9, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (May 1-7, 2010)

If you think Thai soap operas are overdramatic, try following Thai politics. A hospital, a roadmap and a whodunit. We’ve had it all during the last seven days in Thailand. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – May 8, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (April 24-30, 2010)

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.  Just when you think common sense will finally prevail, Thailand’s political circus gets swamped in a sea of bananas. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – May 1, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (April 17-23, 2010)

While the last seven days in Thailand have flitted between madness and tragedy, the week did at least end with a glimmer of hope.  Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – April 24, 2010

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This is Thailand: A Week in Review (April 10-16, 2010)

Former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson once said, “A week is a long time in politics”. Well the last seven days in Thailand have given us a lifetime’s worth of the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Read our week in review here...

Paul Snowdon – April 17, 2010

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The Monthly Top 10: Tips for Songkran

The Songkran that we know today may have the purists shaking their heads in dismay, but it has certainly evolved into one of the most unique and fun festivals in the world. Find out our top 10 tips for a happy Songkran here...

Paul Snowdon – April 10, 2010

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April Fools

It was April Fool’s Day last week, although it somehow seemed to blend right into all the other days. In fact, there has been so much pantomime and farce of late that Naked Farang has decided to honour the biggest jokes and jokers in our April Fool awards. Find out who our contenders are and cast your votes here...

Paul Snowdon – April 3, 2010

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The Thailand Theses: Mai Pen Rai

If ever a phrase defined a nation, that phrase is mai pen rai. Wherever you go in Thailand – and whatever you do – you will hear these words almost as often as the traditional greeting sawaat dee. Mai pen rai - No problem. It doesn’t matter what you did, everything is mai pen rai in Thailand. But is it really such a good thing for the Thais to be so forgiving? Find out our conclusion here...

Paul Snowdon – March 27, 2010

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The Monthly Top 10: Favourite Thai Dishes

Deliberately ignoring politics this week, Naked Farang brings you the latest in our Top 10 series. This month, it’s Thai people’s favourite topic – food. And you’ll find more than a few surprises in our top 10 Thai dishes. Find out what they are here...

Paul Snowdon – March 20, 2010

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Stink Bombs

Thailand’s very own arms race has taken a shocking new twist this week. As the red shirt army gathers on the streets of Bangkok, it may not be hand grenades or pipe bombs that bring about the government’s downfall. Find out what the red’s secret weapon is here...

Paul Snowdon – March 13, 2010

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The Bomb Squad

If you thought our recent story on millions of baht worth of brand new bomb detectors being replaced by chopsticks was as ridiculous as it could get, then you just might want to think again. Find out why here...

Paul Snowdon – March 6, 2010

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The Thailand Theses: Evolution or Stagnation?

Until as recently as 1932, Thailand was still ruled by an absolute monarchy. Numerous constitutions, several coups and countless political parties later, we ask the question: Is Thailand’s political system evolving or stagnating? Find out our answer here..

Paul Snowdon – February 27, 2010

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It's Da Bomb, Yo

After 800 million baht ($23 million) of tax payers’ money had been spent on bomb detectors that don’t work, security forces in Thailand’s troubled Deep South have reverted to alternative and slightly less expensive bomb-detecting technology. Find out what they are using here...

Paul Snowdon – February 20, 2010

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The Monthly Top 10: Favourite Holiday Destinations

Friendly people, inexpensive living, great food, a charming culture and stunning natural beauty – Thailand is a tourist paradise. In this month’s Top 10, Naked Farang picks my personal favourite holiday destinations in the Land of Smiles. Find out what tops my list here...

Paul Snowdon – February 13, 2010

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High School: Thailand's Unique Drug Culture

Thailand may not be officially at war with drugs these days, but it is under invasion nevertheless. And getting high is not the only reason why the illicit trade is booming, it seems. Last week, 80 Bangkok primary school students were rushed to hospital showing various symptoms of drug intoxication. Find out why they took the drugs here...

Paul Snowdon – February 6, 2010

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The Thailand Theses: Against the Tide

Omnipresent and regularly condemned, often by the very people who profit from it, corruption is the first topic in a new Naked Farang series, the Thailand Theses. This month we pose the question: Is corruption in Thailand really a bad thing? Find out our answer here...

Paul Snowdon – January 30, 2010

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The Cinderella Sport: Muaythai Goes Elite

After years of living in the shadows of Thai people’s minds, muaythai in Thailand put on its glass slippers and finally got to go to the ball as the sport threw off its raggedy image at the January 16th Grand Opening of the Thailand vs Challenger Series in Bangkok’s Royal Paragon Hall. Find out more here...

Paul Snowdon – January 23, 2010

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The Monthly Top 10: Reasons for Living in Thailand

Why do you live in Thailand? It’s a familiar question and one that has many answers. So many, in fact, that it is the topic of the new monthly top 10 series. Find out what is my number 1 reason for living in Thailand here...

Paul Snowdon – January 16, 2010

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Thailand Vs the World: Defending National Pride

After 5 years of planning, the time has finally come to experience the exciting future of muaythai. Whether you are a fan of muaythai or not, this is one event not to be missed. Find out why here...

Paul Snowdon – January 9, 2010

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Melly Kissmat Krap: the ghost of Christmas future

After a decade of living in Buddhist Thailand, I finally put up Christmas decorations in my apartment this year. Find out why here...

Paul Snowdon – December 20, 2009

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Irish Coffee: speaking in pictures

Artists tend to be eccentric. At least the good ones do anyway. From Van Gogh chopping off his ear to Damien Hurst chopping a cow in half, they’re a strange bunch. And the bunch just got bigger. An exhibition of drawings by long-term Thai resident Andy Doyle features a surprising secret ingredient. Find out what it is here...

Paul Snowdon – December 10, 2009

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Love in the Ghetto: the story of expats in Thailand

A recently published international survey on the quality of life and level of integration of expats across the globe has rated Thailand as one of the best places for foreigners to live. However, the survey has also thrown up more than a few surprises about the foreigners who make a home for themselves in the land of smiles. Find out more here...

Paul Snowdon – December 4, 2009

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Elite Boxing: taking muaythai to the next level

For many Farangs, the image of Thai boxing, or muaythai, is one of tuk-tuk drivers gambling in run-down old stadiums. Others may have seen a staged fight in a tourist trap, but few have experienced the real deal. All that changed last Saturday night as Elite Boxing launched its vision for the future of muaythai at the company’s Grand Opening party. Find out more here...

Paul Snowdon – November 9, 2009

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Boxing Clever: the future of muaythai

Naked Farang has 5 pairs of ringside tickets for Elite Boxing’s exclusive grand opening party, and we are giving them away absolutely free! With 6 high-profile international muaythai fights, quality entertainment that includes a live performance by Thaitanium, and a host of VIP guest appearances, this exclusive party is not to be missed. Find out more here...

Paul Snowdon – October 24, 2009

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Service with a Smile

While Thailand’s once untouchable tourism industry continues to reel from one PR fiasco to another, there is one often overlooked national trait that – even more so than the famous Siam smile – could yet prove to be Thailand’s single most redeeming feature. Find out what it is here...

Paul Snowdon – September 20, 2009

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Sick As a Parrot's Dog

While all the major European football leagues are kicking off to the usual fanfare, something is rotten in the state of Thai football. Find out why here...

Paul Snowdon – August 30, 2009

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Pedestrians have long been considered the lowest form of life in car-obsessed Bangkok. Now they even risk being fined for using zebra crossings. Find out why here...

Paul Snowdon – August 9, 2009

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Neighbourhood Watch

Police chiefs in Bangkok have finally entered the modern era by incorporating modern technology into their fight against crime. But while this new initiative has led to a drastic reduction of criminal activity, some cops on the frontline have been less than enthusiastic. Find out why here...

Paul Snowdon – July 12, 2009

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Crime and Punishment

Just as donkeys are regarded as the embodiment of stupidity in the West, so the water buffalo is characterised in Thailand. The personifications of these two lumbering animals came face to face in Thailand this week in a lose-lose situation that would have left even the slow-witted animals hanging their heads in shame. Find out why here... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – May 22, 2009

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Pirate Politics

Mayhem and terror returned once more to the streets of Bangkok last week as angry mobs fought pitched battles with sticks, bottles and stones. Terrified tourists and locals fled and shots were fired as the battle intensified. But this time it wasn’t the brainwashed pawns of Thaksin’s red army running amok. This time it was the posturing and misdirection of international politics... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – May 12, 2009

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Building Brighter Futures

While most of us in Thailand are moaning about returning to work after the Songkran holidays, for ten underprivileged Thai children, it will be a very special time. Find out why here…Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – April 5, 2009

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Thirteen Elephants

Thailand may be a country steeped in superstitious and supernatural beliefs, but Friday the 13th, March was just another day in the Land of Smiles. Unlike Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and eating junk food, the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th is one Western concept that has failed to gain a foothold in Thailand. However, it was a day of significance for one group of Thais…Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – March 15, 2009

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Talking in Tongues: English is the New French

Is your life dull and lacking a certain je ne c’est quoi? Do you long to win friends and influence people? Are you yearning to climb the social ladder and become a hit with the opposite sex? Try new, improved English! English is cool. English is hot. Goddammit. English is SEXY!!!…Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – March 1, 2009

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The Cyber Vigilantes: Censorship Pt 3 (The Internet)

The Internet, that bastion of free speech that places centuries of accumulated knowledge at our fingertips and brings the secrets of the universe into our homes, is under threat in Thailand. At any given moment, millions of people across the globe are surfing the information superhighway to countless different places in search of countless different treasures, but not all of these streets are paved with gold. Enter Thailand’s cyber vigilantes…Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – February 23, 2009

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Hide and Seek with Nanny: Censorship Pt 2 (Arts & Entertainment)

Mention Thailand to a group of Westerners, and more than a few will conjure up images of naked girls performing questionable deeds with ping pong balls. Yet this is male farang ghetto Thailand and hardly an accurate reflection on the country as a whole. The truth is that censorship in Thailand is a ravenous, if somewhat paradoxical, beast. But is it we farangs who have confused it?... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – February 16, 2009

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The Eye of the Paper Tiger: Censorship Pt 1 (The Media)

The freedom of the press and the media in general is a noble cause for which many have fought, been imprisoned and even died. Nobody can deny that a truly democratic nation has nothing to fear from news media freedom. But is there a line, and who draws it? ... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – February 9, 2009

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Disaster Zone: In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Thailand has been through so much lately that you would have been forgiven for thinking we’d seen it all and weathered the storm. But just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, a new danger has reared its ugly head. There is a silent killer stalking this fair land and he has seven victims to his name already. The governor of Tak in the country’s hilly north has gone so far as to declare 9 districts in his province as official danger zones. The Interior Ministry has gone one step further and listed 41 provinces as emergency areas. So just what exactly has forced such drastic measures... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – January 14, 2009

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Come On In: The Water's Great

If you believe the “experts”, Thailand’s well-established tourism industry is in for a pretty lean year in 2009. Political instability, the temporary closure of Thailand’s airports, a global credit crunch, a weak British pound and stricter visa rules have all been quoted as reasons for the pessimistic forecast. However, Thailand’s bountiful attractions may well see her ride through this latest maelstrom relatively unscathed... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – January 4, 2009

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Winging It: What's the difference between a pigeon and a train?

In these times of political and financial crises, finding a light-hearted story to report on in Thailand has been about as easy as finding a red shirt at a PAD rally. Nevertheless, Naked Farang’s intrepid reporters have delved beyond the doom and gloom to discover the answer to that age old question: What is the difference between a pigeon and a Thai express train?... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – December 14, 2008

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Let's Do the Time Warp Again: The Pride and the Prejudice

Where some see simple, traditional values, others find bigotry and political incorrectness. What to one person may be charming innocence, is immature naïveté to another. There’s a fine line between pride and prejudice. Thailand truly is a paradox to many farangs for the simple reason that the Old Worldly charm we find so enchanting, also reminds us of our own darker past. Einstein was wrong; time travel is possible. Allow me to explain... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – October 30, 2008

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When Comedy Met Tragedy (Part 2: Send in the Clowns)

Politics is a subject that Naked Farang usually steers well clear of for the simple reason that it is mostly boring and frequently depressing. However, as the current political situation in Thailand continues to serve up pure farce, the latest developments are, quite simply, too absurd to ignore. We have, therefore, chosen to follow up our previous editorial and continue the theme of ridiculing the ridiculous. If Thai politics is a circus, it’s time to send in the clowns... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – September 28, 2008

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When Comedy Met Tragedy

Standing on the outside looking in often affords the observer a more perceptive view of a situation than if he were caught up in its midst. Such is the case with Thai politics. As a disenfranchised alien with a sense of detached irony, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry as I look on at what to me is clearly ludicrous in my adopted and beloved homeland. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – September 7, 2008

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The Spirit of King Canute

One of the great things about history is that it gives us the chance to learn from our mistakes. The great fire of London, the rise and fall of Hitler, the failure of communism in Europe, and David Beckham’s sending off in the 1998 World Cup have all played their part in shaping the modern world. Unfortunately, the lesson of King Canute, it seems, is unknown to Thais... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – August 23, 2008

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FAT Members Get Monkey Head

Following Thailand’s dismal return of only one point in their qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup, local coach Chanvit Phalajivin has been replaced by old monkey head himself, Peter Reid. The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) appears to be turning back the clock in a bid to move forward... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – July 19, 2008

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Packed Lunch

Until recently it was only the likes of tight-trousered godfather of soul, James Brown, and latex-short-wearing former English sprinter, Linford Christie, whose “lunchboxes” merited media attention. Well all that has changed... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – June 26, 2008

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Straw Dolls

Logic and reason have once more lost out to fallacy and gossip in the heavily superstitious Isaan region of North-Eastern Thailand. Rumours of a rampaging phee (ghost) have gripped villagers with fear and caused them to come up with a uniquely Isaan form of psychic defence... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – May 16, 2008

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No Such Thing As A Free Love

A Thai woman is seeking help after her attempts to buy a love potion on the Internet failed. Who she is seeking help from or exactly what kind of help she is seeking is not immediately clear, but she would undoubtedly benefit from a check up from the neck up... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – May 11, 2008

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Singing the Blues

Some matches are made in heaven, while others need to be worked at. Then there are the ones that defy all logic like the fat old farang with the young Thai nymph. Could it be that Thaksin Shinawatra is playing a billionaire’s sick joke? Or is he taking his twisted revenge... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – May 8, 2008

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Road to Hell

Songkran, that uniquely Thai festival combining sedate traditions with modern hedonism, is a time of joy for all who experience it. Yet it is also a time of mourning for many... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – April 20, 2008

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Rock 'n' Roll Aint Noise Pollution

A recent news item in Thailand reminded me of how differently Western and Eastern cultures perceive noise. While Westerners take the concept of noise pollution very seriously, it is a notion that has yet to gain a foothold in Asia’s... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – March 12, 2008

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Hell's Angels

Whenever my wife is watching a lakorn (Thai soap opera) and I deign to make a comment on the absurdity of the “plot”, she sighs in contempt at my stupidity, rolls her eyes toward the lakorn gods... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – February 2, 2008

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Bulletproof

The Thai armed forces have a long and proud tradition of being at the cutting edge of creative military innovation, from the battle elephants of ancient Sukhothai to the white elephants of... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – January 8, 2008

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This Charming Man

The different ways in which we each interpret certain events and situations can be influenced by many factors, from family upbringing to level of education, and from... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – December 21, 2007

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A Monk's Tale

Orange-robed and shaven-headed monks making their early morning alms rounds, families visiting temples to make merit, shrines outside almost every building; Thailand certainly appears to be a country built on well-established religious faith... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – November 24, 2007

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Taking The Piss

The traditional sight of rural Thai men staggering around in piss-stained clothes and mumbling profanities may be under threat. Lao Khao producers in Sa Eiab district of Phrae in the north... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – October 14, 2007

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Who Ate all the Rice?

Despite Thai food being famed the world over as a healthy balance of grains, vegetables and seafood, it’s proving just a little too popular with some locals it seems. The WHO recently reported... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – October 10, 2007

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Thai Terrorist Hits London

Reports have reached Thailand of a major terrorism scare in the heart of London recently, with Thailand heavily implicated. No, this was not the politicking of an erstwhile prime minister, but could... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – October 7, 2007

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Malled to Death

Lumpini Night Bazaar is living on borrowed time. Although the leases expired in April, 2007, only a handful of stallholders have stopped trading and moved out some 6 months later. The big-wheel tourist ride may... Read More >>

Paul Snowdon – September 23, 2007

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Ronnie’s Rant: A Bitter Man

In an effort to counter rising alcohol consumption in Thailand, especially amongst the young, the powers that be have taken drastic steps. However, in a typically Thai approach, they haven’t sought to educate... Read More >>

Ronnie Ranter – March, 2007

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