New Year Road Death Toll 2016-2017 Highest on Record

New Year Road Death Toll 2016-2017 Highest on Record

478 people were killed and 4,128 injured in a total of 3,919 road accidents during the so-called “seven dangerous days” of the New Year holiday period from December 29, 2016, to January 4, 2017.
In comparison with the same period last year, the number of deaths increased by 25.8%, the number of people injured by 17.8%, and the number of accidents by 16%.
This makes the 2017 New Year road toll the highest in the 10 years that records have been kept. Last year, for example, there were “only” 380 deaths and 3,505 injuries from 3,379 accidents during the :seven dangerous days”.

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Thailand Third Most Unequal Country in the World

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It’s plain to see that wealth isn’t exactly evenly distributed in Thailand. Most Thais are poor, relatively speaking. There’s a growing yet still small middle class. And only a few Thais are really loaded. The latter group is however so filthy rich that the country’s wealthiest 1% own a staggering 58% of the nation’s total wealth.

According to Credit Suisse’s recently published Global Wealth Report 2016, this makes Thailand the third most unequal country in the world in terms of wealth distribution among its citizens – almost on par with #2 India where the richest 1% own 58.4% of household wealth.
According to the survey, wealth distribution is only more unequal in Russia – the unchallenged #1 in the list – where almost three quarters of the country’s riches, or 74.5%, are held by just 1% of the population.
No, Thailand, this is a bronze medal not to be proud of.

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Thai Women’s Breast Size Ranked #101 out of 108 Countries

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It’s a well-known fact that Thai men (pardon, Khun Somchai) aren’t particularly well endowed but actually have the second shortest penises in the world.
Now Thai women (nah, not ladyboys or “pretties” with their silicone breast implants) aren’t exactly famous for being busty either but most would describe their breast size as nom lek – “small milk”.
This self-perception has now been backed up by scientific research recently published in The Journal of Female Health Sciences. In fact, Thai women were found to have some of the smallest breasts in the world and ranked only #101 out of a total of 108 countries represented in the study.

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Thailand’s Richest Get Even Richer in 2016 – Forbes List

While more than half of Thailand’s 50 richest billionaires saw their fortunes shrink in 2016, the clans at the very top of the list all managed to increase their wealth in the past 12 months. As in 2015, the four Chearavanont brothers, who control agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), again took the top spot… Continue Reading

Thailand Welcomes Record 9 Million Tourist Arrivals in Q1

With three million arrivals in January and almost 3.1 million visitors in February, Thailand recorded an all-time high in tourist arrival numbers at the beginning of this year. Never had more foreign tourists visited Thailand in just two months. While we noted that tourists from European key source markets such as the United Kingdom or… Continue Reading

Songkran Road Toll 2016 Sets New Record – 442 Killed in 7 Days

It’s the same macabre procedure as every year: Songkran, the traditional Thai new year and the longest public holiday period, hasn’t even officially begun and the media have already started to count the number of daily road deaths and people injured in traffic accidents over the so-called “seven dangerous days” of Songkran. Any other time… Continue Reading

Tourist Arrivals Hit Record High in 2016-16 Peak Season: Stats

Once upon a time not so long ago, high season in Pattaya would last as long as five or six months each year, from November through March or even April. But that was then. In recent years, it appears, the peak season has gradually been getting shorter and shorter, with the biggest influx of visitors… Continue Reading

Thailand Records 29.88 Million Tourist Arrivals in 2015 (Complete Stats)

According to data compiled by the Thai Immigration Bureau and now released by the Department of Tourism, a total of 29.88 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in 2015. This wasn’t just a substantial 20,44% increase from the 24.8 million tourist arrivals the kingdom had seen in 2014 but also marks a new all-time record. While… Continue Reading

As Corrupt As Ever – Thailand Retains Ranking in Corruption Index

If people were asked to compile a list of Thailand’s most pressing issues “corruption” would likely take the top spot as the kingdom’s biggest and most persistent problem. And while it’s debatable whether or not corruption is really the root cause of all evil it’s certainly deeply ingrained in Thai culture and an issue that… Continue Reading

Thailand Targets 32 Million “Quality Tourists” in 2016

Official figures have not been made available yet, but according to Thailand’s tourism and sports minister, an estimated 29.88 million foreign tourists, including more than eight million Chinese travelers and 60-70% repeat visitors, visited the kingdom in 2015. That’s an approx. 20% increase in arrival numbers from 2014 and just less than half a percent… Continue Reading

Pattaya Police “Satisfied” with New Year Road Safety Stats

The seven dangerous days of the New Year holiday period haven’t even officially come to an end but road deaths and accidents will be counted until the very last minute of Monday, January 4. The nationwide stats don’t look promising either, with as many people killed in road crashes after only six days as lives… Continue Reading

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