Thai ‘high society’ flourishing in unequal Kingdom

Polo, branded the ’Sport of Kings’, is undergoing an unlikely renewal in Thailand, one of the world’s most unequal countries, as it goes to the polls on March 24 with the widening wealth gap in sharp focus.

American crowned queen in Thai transgender pageant

American contestant Jazell Barbie Royale is crowned “Miss International Queen” in Thailand at a beauty pageant for transgender women, becoming the first person of colour to win the competition since it started in 2004.

Thai artist challenges the political status quo

Taking a swipe at the country’s chaotic politics, satire is peppering Thai art galleries and social media, with elections just weeks away. One man who has thrown himself headlong into the fray is graffiti artist Headache Stencil — dubbed “Thailand’s Banksy”.

Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Thousands of travellers were stranded in Bangkok on Thursday when Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India.

Tourists stranded as Thai Airways cancels flights over Pakistan

Thousands of holidaymakers are stranded in Bangkok after Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad suddenly closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India. IMAGES of people at Suvarnabhumi airport

US, Asian military forces hold annual ‘Cobra Gold’ exercise

The US and Thailand hold the annual joint ‘Cobra Gold’, the largest US-led military exercises in Asia involving gruelling drills in the Thai jungle, war games, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise. This year’s 11-day exercise is the 38th edition which sees 4500 U.S. personnel participate directly in the exercise.

Thai with dementia returns home after 640 kms detour in China

A 59-year-old Thai woman with dementia who vanished from her home nine months ago and apparently walked 640 kilometres (400 miles) into China is reunited with her daughter in Thailand.

Refugee footballer makes triumphant return to Australia

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi makes a triumphant return to Australia, ending a harrowing two months in Thai detention, as his supporters call for an investigation into why he was arrested in the first place.

Thai princess to run for PM against junta chief

A Thai princess will stand as a candidate for prime minister in upcoming elections for a party run by the divisive Shinawatra political clan, a stunning twist that pits a royal directly against the chief of the ruling junta who had hoped to maintained his grip on politics.

Footballer Hakeem al Araibi arrives at Thailand court

Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini refugee footballer and Australian resident arrives at court in Bangkok, Thailand. He was detained by Thai immigration authorities in late November on an extradition request from Bahrain after arriving in Bangkok for a vacation with his wife. IMAGES