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April 21, 2012
To celebrate his mother Eleanor's 90 th birthday, Robert Murphy and his family traveled to Southeast Asia in December. In Thailand, the group visited the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, where Murphy's grandson, then-8-year-old Luca, met this baby elephant. "What I like best is the innocent childlike connection between the two," Murphy said. The Oxnard resident used a Nikon D40X. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 12, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A man who became a symbol of courage among local Vietnamese after being accused of plotting to bomb a Vietnamese embassy has been extradited to Thailand where the alleged plot unfolded, authorities said. Van Duc Vo, 46, garnered support for allegedly standing up to the Communist government of his native country after authorities charged that, in 2001, he and another man placed explosives outside the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand and threw a brown box over the wall.
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, . 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.
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."
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.
April 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
At least 93 people were killed today when police clashed with suspected Islamic militants in southern Thailand, officials said. The fighting erupted when militants launched attacks on police bases and checkpoints in several districts of Yala and Pattani provinces, said Yala Gov. Boonyasit Suwanarat. He told reporters that most of the dead were young men attempting to steal weapons from police and army bases. At least three policemen and one soldier were among those killed.
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