Five Thai island retreats

Enjoy the luxury of quiet beaches, unspoilt atolls and fine hotels, says Eleanor Whitehead

Bombs injure scores in Thailand

A car bomb blast at a fruit market and another explosion minutes later at a nearby teashop wounded 73 people in Muslim southern Thailand today, police said.

Fieldwork, By Mischa Berlinski

Lush in its landscapes, dense in its ideas, always startlingly nimble and witty, this Thailand-set first novel performs some strange upcountry magic of its own. Somehow, it transforms the anguish of expat anthropologists into a cracking adventure. Stripped to its bones, this could be an updated Somerset Maugham yarn. Lonely, devoted resear-cher Martiya, from a mixed Asian and European background, spends her life studying the remote (and fictitious) Dyalo people. But she tangles with the charismatic clan of US missionaries who compete for their souls. We know from the off that tragedy has struck in the hills beyond Chiang Mai – but how, and why? As east and west kiss and clash, and farang intruders swing "to the pendulum-edges of their souls", Berlinksi never stints on the ethnographic back-story – a risk in clumsier hands, but an enrichment in such zestful company

Thai PM must quit, court rules

Thailand's Constitutional Court has ruled that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej violated the constitution by hosting television cooking shows and must resign from office.

Thai protests spread to disrupt rail and air links

Anti-government protests forced Phuket airport to close and disrupted rail services in Thailand on Friday, piling pressure on Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's seven-month old government.

The Investigation: A systems failure – or did pilots panic?

Investigators examining the causes of the Spanair Flight JK5022 crash will be keen to inspect the plane's black box recorder, which will reveal the exact chain of events that ended with the MD-82 hurtling into a field and catching fire at Madrid's Barajas airport.

Grand Theft Auto IV is pulled from Thai shops after killing of taxi driver

One of Thailand's top video games distributors is pulling Grand Theft Auto IV off the shelves after a teenager allegedly robbed and stabbed to death a Bangkok taxi driver in an apparent attempt to recreate a scene from the controversial video game.

Peter Reid tempted by Thailand job

Peter Reid has confirmed his interest in taking over as coach of Thailand but insists he has not yet signed a contract.

54 migrants die in truck

Thai police said 54 migrant workers from Burma, most of them women, suffocated to death in the back of a seafood truck in southern Thailand while being smuggled to the popular resort island of Phuket.

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