Derided by her opponents as just the puppet of her brother, a populist former prime minister living in exile, Shinawatra is still on a mission to be taken seriously. But a year after her surprise election, still being there is already an accomplishment.
High waters in the countrys central plains used to protect the Thai people from their attackers. But today, the natural ally has become a scourge, killing more than 330, though poor leadership from new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may also be to blame.
Getting a massage at this womens prison in Northern Thailand has become a tourist attraction. One reporter undergoes the not-so-tender treatment always under the watchful eye of prison guards.
According to many experts, the capital of Thailand is in danger of being submerged by waters. The Thai government does not seem to realize the urgency of the situation.
Thai wine is gathering growing praise from world-renowned wine experts. Many tourists - including some who sign on as grape pickers - now include vineyards on their list of things to see in Thailand.
In recent years, authorities in Thailand have increasingly applied an antiquated lèse-majesté law to silence critics of authorities. On Friday, a dual U.S./Thai citizen became the latest person arrested for allegedly insulting the countrys ailing king.