Sirinya Wattanasukchai


Sirinya Wattanasukchai is a columnist for the Bangkok Post.

Sirinya Wattanasukchai

Could quarantine facilities be slacking?

Almost the same time the tourism authorities welcomed the first batch of long-stay tourists from China last week, local media reported a new infection, a Thai-French woman, who completed the mandatory alternative state quarantine (ASQ) and somehow, after she left, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Could quarantine facilities be slacking?
21 Oct 2020

Govt gets it all wrong in closing down train lines

Should I, or should I not, take the train today?" might be the question du jour for city commuters right now. Apart from checking if a train is running or delayed, commuters find it helps to remain flexible in case authorities suddenly order the train services to temporarily shut. Such has been the response to the pro-democracy rallies that have erupted daily since the Oct 15 crackdown, when riot police used water cannon to disperse crowds.

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16 Oct 2020

Too many lives being lost at train crossings

It was Sunday morning and a group of Buddhists from Samut Prakan were on their way to make merit at a temple in Chachoengsao. Yet the trip ended in a tragedy as their vehicle crashed into a freight train. Altogether, 19 were killed and a few dozen injured.

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8 Oct 2020

Between floods and dust, we never get a break

Last week, when Bangkok commuters were stuck in the usual nightmare of paralysed traffic, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang was already warning us to get prepared for the impending annual PM2.5 pollution. He recommended everyone download the AirBkk app to check air quality in the city to ready ourselves before leaving home.

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1 Oct 2020

Car-free day? Do as we say, not as we do

A few days before World Car-Free Day (WCFD) which fell last Tuesday, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang tried to encourage city commuters to either carpool or leave their private cars at home and take public transportation.

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23 Sep 2020

Can one little plaque do that much 'damage'?

Less than 24 hours after the anti-dictatorship activists installed a plaque symbolising democracy at Sanam Luang before wrapping up the rally, state agencies managed to remove it, explaining that the brass item "damages" the historical site. Wow! Such swift action by state agencies is rare.

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10 Sep 2020

More of city soul   falls victim to 'gentrification'

At the same time when thousands of shoppers and netizens lamented the closure of 28-year-old Isetan Department Store, Bangkok lost one of its oldest food shops in Bang Rak district, known for its authentic khao mok gai (Thai chicken biryani) and oxtail soup.

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2 Sep 2020

30-baht health scheme needs a tonic

When I heard Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul say he would make it possible for members of the Universal Health Care (UC) scheme, better known as the "30 baht scheme", to get treatment anywhere, I was optimistic.

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30-baht health scheme needs a tonic
26 Aug 2020

Better ways to spend B22.5bn than on two subs

As I saw my Bangkok-bound train approaching Yala train station last week, I hoped the ride would be a perfect end to my nostalgic trip to the southern province, my second in recent years. In the latest visit I was glad the time-capsuled town showed signs of change, with new chic cafes, restaurants and hotels opening.

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12 Aug 2020

The need to acknowledge the modern family

What usually comes to mind when you think of family? A social unit comprised of father, mother and child -- or children -- perhaps?

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