Friday, July 11, 2008

Goverment Shake up over Temple issue

I just saw this email that has been floating around on the whole Cambodian World Heritage, temple issue. The fallout is quite drastic as Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama became the third top official in the ruling People Power Party (PPP) forced out of office in less than 48 hours. More..

This email show a large Thai kingdom of yesteryear, slowly eroded by kings who gave away pieces in order to remain and independent country.
In one of many frames you can see the area given away, and the king who was in power at the time. This one depicts loosing the Lao and Cambodian regions.

The last frame depicts the current loss of land, that has led to this latest step down by the Foreign Minister.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

How to avoid Google in Thai Language

Are you sick of Google showing you what they think you want to see just cause you are in Thailand? Here's a quick fix to get the non-regional results Google would give if it didn't try to guess where you are.

Instead of just doing your search at, enter this instead:

This little trick will get you seeing the results the rest of the world sees, and not results Google thinks you want to see cause you are in Thailand. You can also make is your start page.

Update: Take this example. Do a search for "water buffalo" at (link) and at (link). You'll notice totally different results. Keep this in mind when you query Google for a term. There is a difference between Thai results and no region results.


Thursday, July 03, 2008

How far has Thai retailing come in 20 years?

In just two decades, retailing in Thailand has evolved from a traditional model to the global model seen today.

The first 7-Eleven opened in 1989 in Bangkok's Patpong area, and the format proved a huge success. There are more than 4,400 locations in Thailand currently. The Japanese chain Family Mart came to Thailand in 1993. Tesco Lotus's Lotus Express also operates in this segment.

Take a trip thru the last 20 years of Thai retailing with this article.