Thai IMF loan

THE THAI government is set to approve its fifth quarterly agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

Travel: Sun, sea, sushi and mash

Fi Glover gets off her gently bronzed behind for a spot of forced entertainment in Phuket.

Travel: Passport - Loyd Grossman: Oh for the old days in Russia, when there was no good food around

"I'M AWFULLY fond of Thailand," says Loyd Grossman in his inimitable Bostonian drawl. In fact, his passport shows a total of six stamps in as many years for this part of Asia . "We love it so much, we go there every year, and usually stay at the Amanpuri on Phuket - it's supposed to be one of the best two or three hotels in the world.

Skydiver feared drowned

A British skydiver feared drowned in Thailand after a freak wind blew him out to sea is a veteran with more than 700 jumps behind him, his parachute club said last night.

GLOBAL MYTHS NO 3; Another story from the travellers' grapevine

A COUPLE OF years ago, a young couple arrived for a short break in the Thailand holiday resort of Phuket. With them was their highly strung five-year-old daughter. The couple hoped that the trip would help their daughter's erratic mood swings, and perhaps help her at school back home, where she was having trouble settling in.

Golf: `Year of the Tiger' begins early in Phuket

Tiger Woods, for three days an also-ran in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand, pulled off a spectacular victory yesterday to underline why he is the world's No 1 golfer.

Thai political ills make king sick

One country, two governments: that is the position Thailand appears to find itself in after a night of intense political negotiation aimed at choosing a successor to the Prime Minister, Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.

Competitions: Plug the gap with a year long walkabout

Win a gap year trip to Australia - and pounds 2,000.

Thailand takes 'last chance' to reform financial markets

Thailand's prime minister unveiled a long-awaited package of reforms last night to revive the country's flagging fortunes. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh waited until the financial markets closed before making the announcement that many have called his "last chance". However, Mr Chavalit offered few concrete measures to ease the concerns of investors who have lost billions of dollars in Thailand's worst recession for decades.

Foreigners escape as Cambodia door closes

An Australian military attache yesterday led 41 more foreigners from Cambodia to safety in Thailand as the door closed on further escapes. The group joined about 60 foreigners taken out on Sunday by Colonel David Mead.

Thailand's dream team steps down

Thailand's deepening economic crisis claimed its first political victims yesterday, as two key government ministers stepped down.

Thai return after drugs ordeal

A British grandmother who claims Thai police viciously beat her and swindled her family out of more than pounds 5,000, after she was seized on trumped-up drugs charges, is set to return to the scene of her holiday nightmare as a guest of the Thailand authorities.

Phuket Days: When being 'highso' is a question of one's vintage

Phuket - I have been hoping to become a little more "highso" for some time. Not everybody qualifies, but I think I have eased open the door by sitting beside the Andaman Sea on the Thai island of Phuket sipping a 1945 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Singapore executes Briton for murder

John Martin Scripps, 35, today became the first Westerner to hang for murder in Singapore. Scripps, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, was found guilty last November of killing Gerard Lowe, a South African who he befriended on arrival at the island state's airport.

Britain's Colin McRae dominated the opening 10 stages of his first Thai land Rally

Britain's Colin McRae dominated the opening 10 stages of his first Thailand Rally, finishing the first day 46 seconds clear of Subaru team- mate, Kenneth Eriksson, in first place. The world champion was in a confident mood after setting six fastest stage times during the first leg of this opening round of the Asia-Pacific Championship.
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