Changing Thailand’s Image

His Majesty the King recently told the new members of Thailand’s interim government to rectify its tainted image. Natural disasters like the current floods and lack of action on behalf of the government hasn’t helped matters at all.

This got me thinking about how exactly the current governments actions are going away from what His Majesty the King asked them to do, namely repair the countries image in the eyes of the International community. My question to you is, what would you like this government do to improve the image of Thailand?

My current picks would be:

Update: Seems the Cabinet must read our blog, as this alcohol bill has just been rejected. There you have it, blogs do make a difference!

– Rethink this ban on alcohol for under 25’s. It is not inline with other countries and gives the impression that Thailand’s leaders are out of touch with today’s issues. Alcohol abuse is a problem that can be addressed by education and not by brute force thinking

– Understand that tourism is a massive earner for any country. Whilst thinking that smelly backpackers don’t give anything to the economy, think about what happens to the industries that support the backpackers.

– Sort out the problem of Thailand being a haven for paedophiles. It is not acceptable and these sick degenerates should be denied access. Work with foreign governments to work together to stop the abuse happening.

– The martial law still in place is doing more damage to Thailand’s image than any other problem. There is no need for it in a modern society and this should be rectified quickly.

– As much as Johnny foreigner likes Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy, they hardly do anything to concrete foreign image of Thailand. Not ever Thai woman is a street whore who loves to go Short Time Room with men.

4 Comments so far

  1. Korbua (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

    Totally agree with the ban on alcohol for those under 25! Seriously, that’s not solving the problem. I think people above 20 are responsible enough. And yes… education is the way out.

  2. 'Pong (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 6:13 am

    This is so typical of Thai bourgeois see the world–blame it on youngster! Instead of identify what the real problems are and solve them accordingly, as the core of Bhuddism says, they assume that it is all the teenagers’s false. Now they think the new workforce is causing alcohol problem. I really cannnot see the link to that at all. We might just have to let those ignorant Babyboomers fade away. The sooner, the better before they infect those narrow paradigms to this generation.

  3. Oakley (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    “Not every Thai woman is a street whore who loves to go Short Time Room with men.”

    A-frelling-men, Brother Daniel! …now watch, Gnarly Kitty will come in and say the same thing. Heehee.

    For a moment, I didn’t think interim Thai government understands the real power of 18-25 set. HUGE amount of money to be made especially when tourism is the key. Embrace American-style capitalism, friends. Ka-chink! ;-)

  4. Vince (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

    I’m sorry to tell you the truth but here in europe when somenone tell to his friands that he goes on a trip to Thailand, they don’t think about golfing, fishing, culture, trekking, shopping and so on no…
    They just have a smile because till now Thailand means, nice girls for little money or worse…
    Everything in Thailand is made to give you the feeling as everything is possible if you have money… and it is :-(

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