A Tale Of Two Cities

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Pattaya’ Perfect DilemmaAndrew Drummond for The Nation, BangkokMarch 30th 1997Pattaya’s Perfect DilemmaHoteliers, tourist authority and city officials, a newspaper publisher, and local politicians last week invited foreign journalists based in Thailand down to the resort of Pattaya to promote the resort and air their complaints of unfair press reporting.The city regularly appears in foreign newspapers described as a ‘the sun, …

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Another Day Another Coup

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Evening Standard February 26 1991This is a story from the World Cities column in the Evening Standard in 1991.This has been included because it seems to say ‘the more things change the more they stay the same’When the tanks rolled in again in 2006 the people said it with flowers. The ousted Prime Minister Chatichai however was allowed to keep …

Letters From Death Row – By Kevin Barlow

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In January 2008 two Canadian tourists were shot dead by a Thai policeman in Pai a village predominantly populated by hill tribes in the northern Thai province of Mae Hong Son. The village, once a picturesque backwater for backpackers going on treks had more recently become one of northern Thailand’s top tourist destinations, with many high-end guesthouses. Nevertheless it was still …