A beach on the island of Koh Phangan off the coast of Koh Samui

Why are so many Westerners homeless in Thailand?

The idyllic beaches have long attracted Brits but a growing number find themselves living rough, with drink problems and expired visas. Stephen Finch and Jamie Merrill report

A Thai Airways passenger plane takes off over a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Airways blacks out logo after skidding off runway: How to turn an accident into a PR disaster

Decision to protect the brand of the airline has done precisely the opposite

Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya skips court in death by dangerous driving case

An arrest warrant is being sought for an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune after he failed to appear for his indictment in the hit-and-run death of a policeman, a prosecutor said.

Thailand jails Iranians over bomb plot

Men protest their innocence after conviction for taking part in botched plan allegedly aimed at Israeli diplomats in Bangkok

Jesse Lingard

Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard told to believe in himself

The winger has impressed on pre-season tour

Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra of Manchester United visits Manley Beach as part of their pre-season tour

Manchester United profile rises in Australia thanks to pre-season tour

The club are currently on tour down under

Branislav Ivanovic reacts after being bitten by Luis Suarez

Transfer news: Branislav Ivanovic open to Chelsea signing Luis Suarez - despite being bitten by the Liverpool striker

The Blues have been linked with a move for the unsettled Uruguay striker

Wayne Rooney pictured checking in at Manchester Airport on Wednesday

Manchester United manager David Moyes says no chances will be taken over Wayne Rooney after striker is sent home with a hamstring injury

England striker returned to Manchester just 16 hours after arriving in Bangkok for United's pre-season tour of Asia

Wayne Rooney pictured checking in at Manchester Airport on Wednesday

Wayne Rooney 'gutted' after being sent home from Manchester United's pre-season tour

The striker picked up a hamstring injury shortly after arriving in Thailand

Simon Calder: Sleep(er) your way around the world

The man who pays his way

The BA link-up with Bangkok Airways will give BA customers access to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai

BA links up with Bangkok Airways for access to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai

British Airways passengers will be able to fly to popular Thailand hotspots thanks to a new airline link-up.

A tyre burns as Thai soldiers clash with anti-government protesters at Bangkok's financial district May 14, 2010. The Thai army fired rubber bullets into Lumphini Park in central Bangkok on Friday after gunshots were heard near an encampment that anti-government protesters have occupied the past five weeks, Thailand television said.

Italian photojournalist was killed by high-velocity bullet used by Thailand army

An inquest said it was unknown who fired the bullet and stopped short of outright blaming the military

British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death

Lindsay Sandiford: British grandmother facing death sentence in Bali has appeal refused

William Hague argued that the death penalty is 'unwarranted'

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