Atiya Achakulwisut

Columnist for the Bangkok Post

Atiya Achakulwisut is a columnist for the Bangkok Post.

Atiya Achakulwisut
3 May 2022

Soft power goal 'tough nut' to crack

The government's plan to harness "soft power" to propel Thailand into becoming a leading country of the world may sound impressive.

3 May 2022 29
Soft power goal 'tough nut' to crack
26 Apr 2022

Sex scandal casts a shadow over Jurin

'Taking more responsibility than necessary can amount to an act of irresponsibility."

26 Apr 2022 31
Sex scandal casts a shadow over Jurin
19 Apr 2022

'Soft power' is not built upon sweet music

The buzz over #khaonieomamuang and #MILLILiveatCoachella seems to have an ironic twist with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha jumping on the bandwagon and claiming he was the one who nudged Thailand to develop its "soft power" to attract the world's attention.

19 Apr 2022 25
12 Apr 2022

Mum's murder reveals dark side of family values

What do people do when they are 14, or 16?

12 Apr 2022 4
5 Apr 2022

Stranger things happening in our strange land

Strange things are happening in Thailand. Who would believe we would be experiencing a bout of cold and rain in April? But here we are, wrapping ourselves up in thick clothes at the height of summer just a week before Songkran.

5 Apr 2022 16
29 Mar 2022

The Apec forum won't save PM's election hopes

'Whatever we do is seen by people as stupid." It will be ironic, if this statement, uttered in desperation and resentment probably in equal parts, goes down in history as the famous last words of former coup maker and prime minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

29 Mar 2022 28
22 Mar 2022

Paethongtan's big test with new Pheu Thai role

Will Thaksin Shinawatra's youngest daughter Paethongtan make history as the third Shinawatra to become prime minister of Thailand? The question must be on the public's mind as Ms Paethongtan took centre stage at a Pheu Thai party meeting in Udon Thani last Sunday.

22 Mar 2022 44
15 Mar 2022

Tangmo probe circus deepens public distrust

In the circus that is the investigation into the cause of death of actress Nida "Tangmo" Patcharaveerapong, one thing that people can detect is the crumbling of virtually every profession and social construct relevant to the case.

15 Mar 2022 27
8 Mar 2022

City governor poll offers us a glimmer of hope

Following a long delay, the cabinet is expected to set the date for the Bangkok governor election for May 29, according to news reports. To say that it's long-awaited is an understatement.

8 Mar 2022 15
1 Mar 2022

Ultra-royalist pro-Putin stance a worrying sign

It is shocking enough to see hundreds of far-right ultra-royalists come out in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

1 Mar 2022 82