Stolen bar mat lands tourist in Thai jail

An Australian woman arrested for stealing a bar mat from a Thai nightspot appealed today for government intervention to allow her to return home, saying the theft was a practical joke.

Make a splash in Thailand: Three different beach destinations on three very different budgets

To eight-year-old Lucy, Thailand's Songkran festival came as something of a dream. In the middle of the country's hottest season, her travelling world exploded into a waterfight.

British tourist was killed for his dinghy

Confusion surrounds Malcolm Robertson's killing by three Burmese men as his wife slept on their yacht in the Andaman Sea

Tired of the same old dive sites? It's time to seek out some more affordable, exotic locations

Scuba diving is an addictive sport, offering the chance to explore a realm that can be tranquil and electrifying in successive moments. Many divers head for popular destinations such as the Red Sea, but after a couple of trips, the popularity of these reefs takes the edge off the experience.

Seven missing after Thai tourist boat capsizes

Marine police said a dive boat has capsized off Thailand's south-west coast. Seven people, including six foreigners, are missing.

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Child sex arrests: Thai police to question Britons

Two Britons arrested in Thailand during a child abuse investigation will be quizzed today.

Keane plans return to dug-out

Former Sunderland manager says he 'enjoyed' role and wants to do it again

Reid rules out Sunderland return

Sunderland will draw up a shortlist of candidates to replace Roy Keane later this week - but former boss Peter Reid will not be on it.

Thai's in shock as king is laid low

Thailand's revered king has failed to deliver his traditional birthday speech, dashing hopes that the address would help resolve the political paralysis and unify a divided nation.

Protesters lift Thai airports siege

Victorious anti-government protesters lifted their siege of Bangkok's two airports today while the ousted government's leaders met to decide on a caretaker prime minister to lead Thailand.

Court ruling adds to confusion for stranded Britons

Thousands of British tourists stranded in Thailand faced chaos and confusion today as a court banned the country's ruling party.

Thai flights resume but thousands still stranded

Some Britons were able to return home from strife-torn Thailand today but thousands of tourists remained stranded.

Pro-government rally raises the heat in Thai power struggle

Declaring their love of democracy, supporters of the Prime Minister stage their own show of force as explosions rock the capital. Oliver Wright reports from Bangkok

British tourists moved from Bangkok airport

Hundreds of stranded British tourists were taken by coach to out-of-town hotels tonight after anti-government protests closed Bangkok airport.

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