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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

Page 3 Profile: King Bhumibol Adulyadej, The grand old King of Thailand

The only monarch older than Queen Elizabeth II?

Couple murdered at resort

A British man and his Thai wife have been robbed and beaten to death at a resort in southern Thailand.

Blast set off amid tensions in flooded Bangkok

Police say disgruntled residents have set off a loud blast near a flood dike on Bangkok's border, apparently to highlight frustrations over their continued misery.

Floods continue to batter Thai capital

Advancing pools of filthy water threatened the Thai capital's underground system today and surrounded the emergency headquarters set up to deal with flooding that has claimed more than 500 lives nationwide.

Bangkok curfew extended as city cleans up

The Prime Minister has extended a night-time curfew in the capital and said he will consider early elections only after the violence that has wracked the nation for the past two months is completely over.

Bangkok Days, By Lawrence Osborne

Lawrence Osborne is in "headlong flight". Bangkok, he discovers, is the perfect asylum for one such as himself: broke, with no career and no prospects. What he does have is an "inquisitive loitering", useful since the "streets are cul-de-sacs so there is no point in having a direction".

The prisoner-of-war who refused to forget

Memories led veteran back to Thailand, reports Ethan Casey in Bangkok

Thailand's new temptations

Western materialism has invaded a devout Buddhist nation. Tim McGirk reports on the murder of a tourist in search of spirituality

Money talks as Thais vote in the 'cash dispenser'

The people of Thailand have chosen Banharn Sipla-archa, the man they call Khun ATM, or Mr Cash Dispenser, as their next Prime Minister.

Travel: Chaos fringed by calm: Bangkok bustles, but the jungle still sleeps. Simon Calder visits Thailand

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