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08 Dec 2013 : Everyone is familiar with certain tourist magnets _ including some areas of Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui and even Koh Chang _ which are plagued by zones of unregulated development that blot out their natural wonderWhen asked what makes them want to come to Thailand, many tourists will mention the nightlife and shopping, especially in Bangkok. But along with the famously good-natured natives, by far the biggest drawing card for the country is its natural beauty, particularly in coastal areas. This is both a blessing and a curse. The millions of foreigners flocking to the seemingly endless stretches of gorgeous coastline and forested islands with white-sand beaches bring a huge amount of money into the country and directly create many thousands of jobs. However, many of these jobs are low-paying and a big chunk of the profits are leaving the country. According to a 2007 report prepared by the Environmental Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University and the Bumi Kita Foundation titled ''Sustainable Tourism Management in Thailand'', 80% of the profits are made by foreign tour-operators, hotel owners and suppliers of imported goods for tourists.
PostbagPostbag: Power to the people
08 Dec 2013 : For the past 50 years, Thailand has been tinkering with constitutions and electoral systems in an attempt to produce good governments. Each attempt has failed, but once again another round of charter re-engineering is being proposed.
22 Nov 2013 : Have you ever noticed that most Thai museums are pretty quiet and almost lifeless? A handful of visitors briefly roam the place and then leave quietly.
GURU EDITOR'S NOTE
22 Nov 2013 : The "whistle", from the ancient Latin word meaning "to emulate a shrill noise comparable to Satan's fart", has emerged as the latest icon of activism. Protesters have resorted to "whistle-blowing" smear campaigns to loudly and annoyingly voice their disapproval towards members of parliament.
22 Nov 2013 : What record-breaking campaign is the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) attempting to achieve?
21 Nov 2013 : It is reported there is a new English slang term being used by people in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. The phrase is "Don’t Thai to me". It means don’t lie to me or cheat me.
21 Nov 2013 : The Constitution Court's judgement on Wednesday, which ruled that the government's draft charter amendment is unconstitutional but fell short of consigning the Pheu Thai Party to dissolution, was a great relief for a country currently mired in one of its worst-ever political crises.
21 Nov 2013 : The sectarian violence in the western part of Myanmar in Rakhine state in 2012 escalated between Muslims and Buddhists in the central part of the country in 2013.
21 Nov 2013 : Re: ''All politicians lie'' (PostBag, Nov 19).
21 Nov 2013 : While it remains unclear what exactly the "immediate vicinity" of the Preah Vihear temple is _ as cited by the International Court of Justice in its Nov 11 ruling _ Thailand has to come to terms with the verdict and whatever result follows.
21 Nov 2013 : It has taken quite a while for City Hall to realise the danger of floating lanterns and how they put the city at risk of public disaster.
21 Nov 2013 : Two of my dearest friends to this day are directly involved in the rally on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Needless to say they are Democrats.