A hundred Thai elephants take part in battle reenactment | AFP

A hundred elephants take part in the Surin elephant round-up where mahouts, the elephant handlers, show their skills in battle re-enactments and playing football. Elephants have to endure a traumatic and painful training in order to be tamed.

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Family of Myanmar man facing death over Brit murders beg for clemency | AFP

The family of one of the two Myanmar man on death row in Thailand for the murder of two British tourists is pleading for clemency from the Thai king over the killings, in a case tainted by claims of irregularities.

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Thai king strips consort of royal titles for disloyalty

Thailand’s king has stripped his royal consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty. (Oct. 22)

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Shunned by Chinese, Thai tourism hotspot braces for rare slump | AFP

Hotels in Thailand’s most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and stronger baht.

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Mouthwatering? Thai island hosts cheek-piercing veg festival | AFP

Sticking samurai swords, umbrellas and even boats through their cheeks, devotees of Thailand’s vegetarian festival go all out during an annual event that is both gleeful and gory. Held on the tourist island of Phuket, the nine-day Taoist “Nine Emperor Gods” festival is in full swing after kicking off at the end of September.

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Thai cave rescue saga set for premiere

“The Cave,” the first of several projects about the rescue of the Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave, is set to premiere at the Busan Film Festival in South Korea. (Sept. 30)

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Plant-based meals tests meat-heavy Southeast Asian cuisine | AFP

Spicy minced meat with basil, ‘pad kra phao’ is a staple of Thai cuisine but chef Songpol swears by his plant-based ‘pork’ version, as investors hope rising concerns about health and the environment create an opening for alternative protein in meat-heavy cuisines in Southeast Asia.

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Dozens of tigers dead after confiscation from Thai temple | AFP

More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from a controversial Thai temple have died, park officials said Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to in-breeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction.

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Weightlifting doping scandal hits medal-winning Thai team | AFP

Thai weightlifter Sarat Sumpradit carries the hopes of Thai weightlifting on his shoulders after nine teammates, including two Olympic champions, tested positive for steroids late last year.

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‘We are the last targets’: Thai dissident band in Laos fear death | AFP

From their exile in Laos, the four members of the Thai activist band ‘Faiyen’ believe they are on hit-list, like eight fellow dissidents who have already disappeared.

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Thai farmers on the cash trail with snail slime | AFP

Once feared by Thai rice farmers, giant snails are now being pampered for their precious slime, which is prized by the cosmetics industry, particularly in South Korea and the United States.

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Cindy Bishop: Thailand ‘may not be ready for proper #MeToo’

Thai actress and activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop discusses her viral video that tied into the #MeToo movement, while Taiwanese screenwriter and actress Wu Ke-xi talks about being inspired by the movement for her movie, “Nina Wu.” (July 17)

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Thai cave boys attend alms-giving ceremony | AFP

The ‘Wild Boars’ football team, who became trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for 18 days a year ago, attend an alms-giving ceremony for Buddhist monks. IMAGES

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Thai campaigners urge ASEAN leaders to halt garbage import | AFP

Campaigners call on Southeast Asian leaders to ban trash imports from more developed countries at a protest in Bangkok where demonstrators dump a pile of plastic garbage in front of a government building.

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Thai cave boys plays for coach’s newly-minted football team | AFP

One year after the cave rescue saga that griped the world, young footballers are back on the pitch playing for the coach’s newly-minted football academy — one of the many new opportunities the cave survivors has snatched, spanning from books, movie to Netflix deals.

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Thai King praises ‘unity’ in speech on final coronation day

Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praises a show of “unity” at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divided country since a coup in 2014.

Pomp and tradition marks rehearsal for Thai King’s coronation

Military men in colourful hats carry a gilded palanquin through Bangkok’s old quarter in a dress rehearsal for the royal procession of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation — a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle marked by pomp and ancient tradition. The royal coronation of the 66-year-old monarch will run from May 4-6 and is considered the most important event of the year in Thailand.