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Royal Maneuvers

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Bangkok’s Best Crabs

The first time I tried to visit the Rut & Lek Seafood Restaurant, I failed. I went to the correct street intersection, but it was 4 pm. At that time of day there isn’t even a hint of a restaurant. If memory serves, there is a locksmith on that co...
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Stop the Press

Related Coverage: Thaksin in the Dock  The last time Thai publisher Sondhi Limthongkul was forced to close one of his prestige English-language publications,...
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Going for the Girls?

Slouched in a black armchair at a rancorous Bangkok press briefing, John Mark Karr looks feeble and spineless. The 41-year-old American wears pleated belt-less khakis pulled up nearly to his rib cage and a tu...
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Thaksin in the Dock

Who is running Thailand? Even Thais wonder. Billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra easily won April's boycotted election, tearfully stepped aside a few days later, and then returned as caretaker leader after King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave a speech...
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Thai End Game?

Publisher, businessman and born-again democracy crusader Sondhi Limthongkul likes to think of himself as a martyr-in-waiting. The sworn enemy of embattled Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, Sondhi routinely te...
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And Now For Something Completely Heavy

Zanotti 21/1 1st Floor, Saladaeng Colonnade Condominium Silom Road, Bangkok Tel: 02 636 0002, 02 636 0266 Residents of Bangkok can feed countless times a day on what is arguably Asia’s lightest...
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Bangkok’s Very Cool Sushi

Koi 26 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok Tel: 02 663 4990/1 Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa is opening a branch of his chi chi chain of restaurants in Hong Kong later this year, but don’t expect Thais to jump on a plane. They already have Koi, It’s ex...
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Jazz in a Crowded Place

Jazz and blues stall, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok. It would seem almost impossible for Bangkok's famously hot, messy, crowded Chatuchak Weekend Market to be anybody's idea of a place to find ...