A typical street restaurant in Bangkok, on the corner of the busy Yaowarat Road and Phadung Dao

Grub street: Bangkok still reigns supreme when it comes to street food

Every city in the world is now getting in on the street-food act, but Bangkok is still the best, says John Brunton in his own words and pictures.

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Man caught smuggling 600 deadly cobras into Thailand

Thai authorities have seized a pickup truck full of deadly cobras at a checkpoint in the country's central region. They believe the snakes came from Malaysia and were destined for a third country for use in traditional medicine or human consumption.

Up in the air: the rooftop pool

Room service: Feel at home in buzzy Bangkok

Oriental Residence,  Thailand  By Mark Stratton

Crowded house: the temples of Angkor can get busy

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Christmas in Cambodia

Pru splashes out to boost Thai share

Prudential has agreed to buy the insurance unit of Thailand's Thanachart Bank for £368m in its first Asian deal since the botched takeover of AIA in 2010.

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Police in Thailand find unexpected contraband in vehicle... 16 tiger cubs

Police in north-eastern Thailand who chased a pickup truck trying to avoid a highway checkpoint found unexpected contraband in the back of the vehicle: 16 tiger cubs.

Sylvia Kristel, who died of cancer aged 60 yesterday, as Emmanuelle in the 1974 film

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She transcended the vapid content to project an image of innocence

A view of the Bangkok skyline

Thailand government claims to have struck deal to host Bangkok Grand Prix in 2014

Thailand's government sports authority says it has struck an in-principle deal to host a Formula One race in Bangkok in 2014, with negotiations ongoing about the hosting fee, according to a report in The Nation newspaper.

Young poets hailed on National Poetry Day

Fifteen budding young poets have won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award today, on National Poetry Day.

Get me out of here: French Alps, Thailand, Central America

Now... The Neilson sale ends at midnight. Go to the website to book packages for the 2012/13 ski season. Offers include: a self-catering week at Les Olympiades in the French Alps, at Val Thorens. Fly from Gatwick to Grenoble on 5 Jan for £413pp. Neilson.co.uk

The penis size study: How do British men fare?

According to a new study, British men typically have bigger penises than their French counterparts, but are far short of Congo. Can you guess the average length?

A view of the Bangkok skyline

Thailand could host street race Bangkok Grand Prix

A grand prix in Thailand is on the cards from 2014 as an agreement is understood to have been reached in principle for a race to be run around the streets of Bangkok.

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