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April 8, 2009 | Charles McDermid
A vehicle carrying Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was attacked by anti-government protesters Tuesday as turmoil intensified in Thailand days ahead of a key regional summit. A group of 50 protesters smashed the rear window and pummeled Abhisit's driver and bodyguards while the vehicle was stopped at a red light, according to local media reports and witnesses.
September 4, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Luxury passenger rail company  Eastern & Oriental Express offers a seven-day trip from Singapore to Bangkok with some off-the-radar stops and excursions in Malaysia and Thailand. Fables of the Hills starts at Singapore's train station and includes visits to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands (Malaysia), the island of Penang (Malaysia), the "monkey training college" in Surat Thani (Thailand), where monkeys learn how to pick coconuts, and the famed River Kwai bridge (Thailand)
November 29, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
It's no surprise that Spain, the United States and the British Isles are favorites among  golfers. But Asia , particularly Thailand, is a new contender. By year's end, more than 600,000 golfers will have visited the Thai kingdom in 2012, spending an estimated $2 billion on ground arrangements alone, according to industry statistics. The double-digit growth comes despite a worldwide recessionary drop-off in travel. Asia is benefiting because golfers have a never-say-die attitude, said Mark Siegel, the president of Golfasian , one of the largest golf tourism companies in the region.  "It's counterintuitive," he said.
December 16, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelzoo has picked its top destinations for hot deals in 2012, and only one U.S. city, Orlando, Fla., made the cut. "We anticipate higher airfare prices, jaw-dropping hotel deals and an oversupply of cruise cabins," senior editor Gabe Saglie said in a statement about what the company calls its Wow Deal Destinations of 2012. "Based on our extensive market research, we predict that Costa Rica, Japan, the Mediterranean, Orlando and Thailand will offer the most outstanding deals next year.
December 1, 2013 | By Simon Roughneen and Mark Magnier
BANGKOK, Thailand - Riot police fired tear gas Sunday at anti-government protesters armed with petrol bombs trying to force their way into the prime minister's complex and police headquarters, intensifying Thailand's political crisis and raising fears of extended instability in the Southeast Asian nation. For most of the last week, protests remained peaceful. But on Saturday, the seventh day of protests, clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters turned violent around Ramkhamhaeng University, with at least three people killed overnight and dozens injured, according to police.
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.
April 15, 2009 | Associated Press
Leaders of demonstrations that plunged the Thai capital into chaos called off their protests Tuesday after rioting that left two dead and more than 120 injured across Bangkok. The swift and unexpected resolution ended with a final crowd of 2,000 die-hard protesters dutifully lining up for waiting government buses to take them home. Thailand Deputy Police Commissioner Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said four of the protest leaders had surrendered and would be inter- rogated.
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."
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.
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.
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