Don Quijote to open new Bangkok store despite Covid-19 crisis


Don Quijote to open new Bangkok store despite Covid-19 crisis

Don Quijote (Donki) opened a new branch at The Market mall in Bangkok  despite the severe Covid-19 situation. Donki Thonglor Chairman Shimanuki Yosuke explained that the company had imported numerous products in advance for opening the Don Don Donki outlet before the Covid-19 outbreak. The new branch, which will also feature the Jonetsu Kakaku shop…

Thai Finance Ministry readies phase 3 of virus welfare


Thai Finance Ministry readies phase 3 of virus welfare

The Finance Ministry is preparing the third phase of the government’s Covid-19 relief package to support people, small-and-medium enterprises and financial institutions as the country grapples with the virus crisis. Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Monday the third-phase package will be larger than the first- and second-phase packages combined to cushion the fallout from…

The almighty baht set to fall further despite rate cuts, stimulus


The almighty baht set to fall further despite rate cuts, stimulus

It was only months ago that The Bank of Thailand considered drastic measures to rein in the rambunctious baht, whose massive gains in currency markets made it the darling of speculators. In December Kasikorn Bank released a report outlining reasons the baht “will remain strong into 2020.” The bank’s research arm forecast the baht would…

Bids planned for Red Line extension project in June


Bids planned for Red Line extension project in June

The State Railways of Thailand (SRT) is expected to call bids for the extension project of the suburban Red Line mass transit system in June, said acting governor Worawut Mala, adding that the work will be split into three contracts. The Bt21.6- billion project comprises the Rangsit-Thammasat University (Rangsit campus) section costing Bt5.97 billion; the…

Thailand Central Bank eases housing loan rules to help home buyers


Thailand Central Bank eases housing loan rules to help home buyers

Thailand’s central bank has further relaxed mortgage lending rules to help home buyers, a deputy governor said on Monday, after tighter rules were imposed last year to rein in bad debt. Under the changes, effective on Monday, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) will allow buyers of first homes worth less than 10 million baht ($329,489)…

Au Naturel! Anantara Elephant Resort Transparent Jungle Bubble Rooms


Au Naturel! Anantara Elephant Resort Transparent Jungle Bubble Rooms

The idea of being on safari just got a bit more interesting. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Thailand is giving guests 360° views of jungle, that is complete with elephants, and other wildlife, in their natural habitat. The accommodations are called Jungle Bubbles, and are climate controlled transparent dwellings. The Jungle Bubbles are fully…

44 transport mega projects in store this year


44 transport mega projects in store this year

The Ministry of Transport is proceeding with the 2020 megaprojects investment plan covering 44 projects, with work on 17 already commenced followng approveal by the Cabinet. The Minister of Transport, Saksayam Chidchob has provided an update on 2021 fiscal year budget planning, in which he has ordered agencies under his supervision to take the national…

This Chiang Mai coffee shop is set within its own private forest


This Chiang Mai coffee shop is set within its own private forest

Coffee comes with a view at Boonma Cafe, which is cocooned by private forest in Thailand’s Chiang Mai. Although trees surround it, the coffee shop is easy to find thanks to the enormous plastic curtains that encircle it to create a gentle but tangible boundary between the woods and the building. “Be feel free from…

Thailand Targets Tourism Revenue of 3.18 Trillion Baht in 2020


Thailand Targets Tourism Revenue of 3.18 Trillion Baht in 2020

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set a target of 3.18 trillion Baht in overall tourism revenue for 2020, a 4% year-on-year increase. The amount includes 2.02 trillion Baht from international tourists, up 3%, and 1.16 trillion Baht from domestic tourists, an increase of 5%. Last year, Thailand is estimated to have generated 3.06…