Posts Tagged ‘economy’

A challenging month, a hectic schedule. However I’m glad to have this opportunity to unwind and travel to rejuvenate. It is always good to leave the urban madness, even for a while.

Pattaya is not a tropical paradise but it does offer somewhat a change of scenery. It’s no longer a bustling spot like about five years ago. Communities are still struggling from poor income and low livelihood opportunities. Hopefully things improve. Maybe after the election next year. Maybe they will be able to enjoy a prosperous year then.



Interesting and informative articles regarding Thailand:

  1. ‘Always a fight’ for Bangkok’s slum dwellers, says activist of 50 years
  2. Bank accounts for fishermen in Thailand can help end abuses, officials say
  3. Unfair Pay, Labor Abuse Persist in Thailand’s Fishing Industry, UN Says
  4. ‘Progress and persistent abuses’ in Thailand’s fishing industry, says U.N.
  5. Thai rubber farmers urged to cut down trees to drive up prices
  6. Thailand receives Fukushima’s first fish export since 2011 nuclear disaster
  7. Blind singers break through Bangkok’s sound barrier

The recent failure of both sides to reach agreement is not all that surprising upon careful examination. Japan’s diplomatic ambition to compete with China in maintaining its foothold in Thailand is at risk following a failed deal for the high-speed train project between the Japanese and Thai governments.

Source: Why the Derailing of the Japan-Thailand Train Deal Makes Sense

Down the alley 

Posted: January 22, 2017 in Thailand
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Away from the main road, a family takes a moment from work. Street vendors don’t appear to be doing well in the city. Not much for them to depend on with the poor economy and the increasing cost of living.