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November 6, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The coming of age of horror cinema in Thailand might seem like an odd subject for the Princess of Thailand to address. But it was Halloween night, after all, and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya had good reason to single out the Southeast Asian nation's growing reputation as a hub for slasher, horror and monster films. The princess was leading a delegation of Thai officials, including the country's deputy prime minister and minister of commerce, in their first Los Angeles "road show" to promote the country's resources, talent and desirability as a film location.
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WORLD
April 10, 2010 | By Patrick Winn and Mark Magnier
Reporting from Bangkok, Thailand, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Anti-government demonstrators and Thai troops battled in the streets of Bangkok on Saturday in a conflagration of grenades, gasoline bombs and rubber bullets, leaving 18 people dead and more than 650 wounded. Five soldiers and 13 civilians, including a Japanese journalist, were killed, the Associated Press reported. As protests that have dragged on for a month sharply escalated, hundreds of the demonstrators also forced their way into government offices in two northern cities, raising the stakes for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his military-backed government.
TRAVEL
May 5, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO CHIANG MAI, THAILAND From LAX, Thai Airways, Korean, Singapore and Cathay Pacific offer connecting service (change of plane) to Chiang Mai. Restricted round-trip airfare begins at $923, including taxes and fees. Chai Lai Orchid, 202 Moo 9, T Mae Win, Mae Wang, Thailand; 011-66-906-702-693, http://www.chailaiorchid.com . The standard and deluxe rooms, $80 and $94 a night, respectively, have air conditioning, mini-bars and outdoor seating. Lanna rooms, for larger groups, are $80 a night, and Thai-style eco-huts with grass roofs are $60 a night.
NEWS
March 12, 1985 | From Reuters
Chinese President Li Xiannian arrived Monday for a five-day visit that is seen by Thai officials as a show of support for Thailand in its conflict with Vietnam.
NEWS
June 16, 2013
You can fly to the Thai resort of Phuket on Singapore Airlines , departing from LAX , for $1,099 round trip, including all taxes and fees. The trip must occur between Aug. 18 and Nov. 15. The maximum stay is one month, and the ticket must be purchased by June 25. The fare is subject to availability. Info: Singapore Airlines , (800) 742-3333 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
WORLD
May 20, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Recent images of Thai army snipers shooting at anti-government protesters in front of a Louis Vuitton outlet during Bangkok street battles have shocked a world accustomed to postcard scenes of sandy beaches and splashing elephants. Yet even as the spotlight glares harshly on Thailand, analysts say neighboring nations suffer conditions similar to those that have fueled the political crisis in downtown Bangkok, although they've generally managed to keep them in better check and prevent them from becoming as combustible.
OPINION
March 21, 2010 | By Stanley A. Weiss
Sixty years ago this week, King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrived back in Thailand. The 22-year-old had lived abroad most of his life. Named king four years earlier on his brother's death, he was coming home for his coronation. The royal navy was drawn up for review. A jet squadron soared overhead. Half a million people lined the streets in celebration. As one biographer writes, "To astrologers, the heavens proved the great event: three days before Bhumibol arrived, hail fell on Bangkok for the first time since 1933."
TRAVEL
January 3, 2010 | By Beverly Beyette
In the maze of dive shops, souvenir stores and cafes tucked behind Tonsai beach on Phi Phi Don island, shopkeeper Mab Pat waited for paying customers. "People come," she said, "but they don't buy." On one wall was a T-shirt emblazoned: "2001 Bomb Alert. 2002 SARS. 2003 Bird Flu. 2004 Tsunami. 2005 Earthquake. What next?" What next, it turned out, was civil unrest and a worldwide recession, the latest blow to the resorts of southern Thailand. No small matters, but not as devastating as the events of Dec. 26, 2004.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. sponsors a tour of Thailand that's heavy on wildlife viewing in out-of-the-way national parks and animal sanctuaries. L.A. Zoo director John Lewis takes visitors on foot, by Jeep, long-tail boat and even kayak to see elephants , Malayan sun bears, leopards, tigers , Javan mongoose, gibbons, langurs and other indigenous animals. Trip highlights include visits to Kaeng Krachan National Park, a lightly touristed area that's home to many animals and birds; Pa La-U, a tiered waterfall where elephants hang out; Klong Seant Wildlife Sanctuary and Doi Inthanon Cloud Forest, each known for being home to numerous species of birds and orchids; and a camp where guests may feed and interact with elephants.
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