September 24, 1989 |
To figure out what's going on with Thailand's economy these days, merely look at Siam Cement Co. Officials of the company, Thailand's largest construction outfit, thought they'd struck gold in 1988 when sales rose 25 percent and profits swelled by 75 percent. But they hit platinum this year, with sales and profits expected to rise 40 percent to 60 percent further. "If purchasing power increases, it goes for building new homes and businesses," said Thirasakdi Nathikanchanalab, finance manager of Siam Cement.
October 14, 2011 |
AYUTTHAYA, Thailand - The lucky ones traverse this flood-submerged Thai city in navy boats and motorized canoes. The rest float on whatever they can find - inner tubes, swan-shaped pedal boats, huge chunks of muddied white plastic foam. With large sections of Ayutthaya buried under a sea of one-story high water, rescue workers and volunteers are still crisscrossing town to pluck stranded residents from the ruins. Others are staying to protect what's left. One boy donned a snorkeling mask to inspect his house, its corrugated roof faintly visible below the murky brown waves.
October 26, 1989 |
Dolly Newport, the director of the Coatesville Library, puts her hands in her pockets and looks around the room. There is so much to do - cleaning up after last week's break-in attempt, planning for children's book week - and so little time to get it done. In about two weeks, she will be halfway around the world. On Nov. 13, Newport will travel to Payap University in northern Thailand, where for two months she will help index the 150-year-old archives of the Church of Christ.
February 10, 1997 |
Tiger Woods began his trip to Thailand with a bout of heat exhaustion and food poisoning. By the end, things were working out quite nicely. There was a royal decoration and a blowout victory yesterday in the Asia Honda Classic in Bangna. Woods won the tournament by 10 strokes, and received an embrace from his Thai-born mother on the 18th green while a crowd of 3,000 chanted his name. Woods closed with a 4-under-par 68 for a total of 20-under 268. He earned $48,000 for the victory plus a $480,000 appearance fee. Woods was presented with the royal decoration - for helping promote Thailand's image - by Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh at a reception last night.
August 30, 1987 |
I would like to take a trip to Thailand and Burma in October, but have been unable to find a travel agent who can plan an itinerary for me. I particularly want to include Chiang Mai, which I understand is very special. Can you lead me to some informed sources? Information is available from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, 5 World Trade Center, Suite 2449, New York, N.Y. 10048; 212-432-0433. Burma has no tourism office in the United States, but you can get a few brochures and some basic information from the Consulate General of Burma, 10 E. 77th St., New York, N.Y. 10021; 212-535-1310.
December 29, 2008 |
CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Thailand banned logging from forests in 1989, a blessing and curse for its working elephants (and for their masters, known as mahouts). They were sold for logging in neighboring Myanmar or ended up in circuses, sideshows, zoos and camps giving rides to tourists. Many were abandoned, and some starved to death. For years, Sangduen Chailert, known as Lek, had felt in her heart that she had to save the Asian elephants of her childhood in northern Thailand.
October 17, 2011 |
BANGKOK, Thailand - Barriers protecting Bangkok from Thailand's worst floods in half a century held firm Sunday as the government said some water drenching provinces just north of the capital had begun to recede. That fueled hopes that Bangkok, a city of nine million, could escape unharmed. But outside the capital, thousands of people remain displaced and hungry residents struggle to survive in half-submerged towns. On Sunday, the military rescued terrified civilians from the rooftops of flooded buildings in the city of Ayutthaya, one of the country's hardest-hit.
March 22, 2013 |
Chemical maker FMC Corp., of Philadelphia, said it broke ground on a $100-million manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand. The facility will produce microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), a food and pharmaceutical additive, for the growing Asian market, FMC said. The company has existing MCC facilities in Newark, Del., and Cork, Ireland. FMC had 2012 sales of about $3.7 billion.
October 25, 1987 |
Is it Thailand or Siam? It's Thailand, of course. Has been for almost a half-century. All the maps and atlases call this country Thailand now. But does Siam still exist here, if only intangibly? Do the old ways linger, living with the new, tradition with trend, or has Siam vanished - gobbled up by progress and westernization? And what are the differences, anyway? Thailand is a fact; Siam is a mood. Thailand is a geopolitical certainty; Siam is an image in the traveler's mind, perhaps evoking scenes from The King and I. Thailand is an agrarian nation of 198,000 square miles and about 50 million people, between Laos and Burma; Siam is . . . well, you may not know exactly what Siam is, but you'll know it when you see it. Here in Thailand, can you still go in search of Siam?
May 20, 2012 |
BANGKOK - Buddhist monks led prayers as tens of thousands gathered Saturday in Bangkok to mark the second anniversary of deadly clashes between soldiers and "Red Shirt" protesters. The scene Saturday was a sharp contrast with two years earlier, when Thailand was at war with itself and troops moved in to crush a nine-week antigovernment protest that left more than 90 people dead and 2,000 injured. It was the country's worst political violence in decades. Many speakers addressed the crowd Saturday to demand justice.