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Thai animal welfare activist urges gradual phase-out of elephant rides

A growing number of European travel agencies have decided to exclude elephant rides from their package tour itineraries based on reports of widespread animal abuse. But one of Thailand’s leading campaigners for elephant welfare argued that such move could do more harm than good to thousands of domesticated elephants already in the tourism industry. Ms.…

Bangkok’s new bus fleet saga: why Scania, Volvo opt out

The deadline for the submission of tenders to supply Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) with a new fleet of 3,183 buses, was finally scheduled for January 2015. Conspicuously absent from the race to secure the orders worth about THB28.9 billion to deliver natural gas-fueled public transport vehicles were two major Swedish bus manufacturers, Scania and…

A taste for Danish ultra-luxury home entertainment

Dynamic duo relaunch Denmark’s iconic audiovisual electronics brand, Bang & Olufsen, in Thailand A penchant for mixing business with pleasure brought Danish businessmen Kenneth Hovmoller and Peter Waagensen to a Scandinavian golf tournament in Thailand three years ago. Back then, Hovmoller, at the peak of his luxury car importing business to Thailand and other Southeast…

Bangkok’s bus fleet procurement: why Scania, Volvo opt out

The deadline for the submission of tenders to supply Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) with a new fleet of 3,183 buses, was finally scheduled for January 2015. Conspicuously absent from the race to secure the orders worth about THB28.9 billion to deliver natural gas-fueled public transport vehicles will be two major Swedish bus manufacturers, Scania…

Meet New Norwegian Ambassador Kjetil Paulsen

One of the first outings that Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand Kjetil Paulsen went on was a visit to Klong Toey slum community, Thailand’s single biggest shanty town right in the middle of Bangkok. There, a Norwegian non-governmental organization helps maintain a daycare center and kindergarten for children from underprivileged families. As someone from one of…

Bangkok city schools tap into Finnish educational knowhow

Education experts from Finland, one of the world’s educational powerhouses, showed up in force at Educa 2014, Thailand’s premier international education forum, attended by some 50,000 members of the teaching profession and education administrators, on October 15-17 in Bangkok. Conference-goers were informed that Thailand had already tapped into Finland’s educational knowhow and learning solutions. Two…

Danish Ambassador cautiously optimistic on post-coup Thailand

With the overthrow of democratically-elected civilian government by the military in May this year, Thailand has entered another difficult phase in its political, economic and social development, according to Danish Ambassador to Thailand Mikael H. Winther. But the envoy pointed out that given the country’s resilience and its ability to bounce back from past setbacks,…

Nordics a tiny minority among 16,000 foreign inmates in Thai prisons

There are a small number of citizens of Nordic countries among some 16,000 foreign inmates in Thai prisons, according to Thailand’s Department of Corrections. As of August 2014, nine Swedes, four Danes, three Icelanders, three Norwegians and two Finns were being incarcerated pending trials or serving their sentences, said Manuch Sroypetch of Foreign Affairs sub-bureau,…

Thailand mulls Saab ‘Remote Tower’ air traffic control

Senior Thai government officials have visited Sweden to observe Saab ‘Remote Tower’ air traffic control system as part of assessment before deciding whether the technology would be suitable for Thailand, according to a senior Saab official. Mike Wakefield, Regional Business Development Director Asia-Pacific at Saab AB, said the system was designed with airports with relatively…

Danish chef joins rank of Thai cuisine innovators

The road to Thai cuisine Chefdom for 39-year-old Morten Boejstrup Nielsen was not strewn with rose petals. Having completed training at a Copenhagen culinary school, Nielsen, originally from Nordjylland, went through the usual daily grind, earning hard-won progress in his career. Then he began dabbling with Thai cuisine, or, to be more precise – a…