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  Asia Times - Terrorists regroup in southern Thailand
Southern Thailand could have been for some time the "weak underbelly" of Southeast Asia's fight against terrorism, thanks to its tranquil and remote nature, and its purported distance from the mainstream of regional Muslim activities.
As a result, the open pursuit of Muslim terrorists in southern Thailand by the Buddhist government in Bangkok is difficult, both in terms of domestic Thai politics and Thai-Malaysian relations, as the June arrest of three suspected Thai Muslim JI members made plain.
Southern Thailand was once known for its beautiful beaches and tolerance of a swinging Western lifestyle at such famous places as Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Samui, all well-known gems in Thailand's booming tourist trade.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Southeast_Asia/EH19Ae05.html   (914 words)

  
 Southern Thailand Motorbike Tours, Phuket, Thailand.
Thailand has everything to ensure the holiday adventure of a life- time.
Southern Thailand Motorbike Tours has put together a tour on which we hope to show you as many of the different sides as possible and allow you to experience the culture and hospitality that Thailand is famous for.
Thailand’s road system is just made for a great motorcycle adventure It’s quiet long sweeping roads are perfect for motorcycles and away from the towns the traffic is minimal.
www.southernthailandmotorbiketours.com   (283 words)

  
 thailand southern online travel and business information
Southern Thailand is a destination to have a good time.
Nightlife in southern Thailand is somehow unique and always good for a surprise and laughter as with this guy at a nightclub show in Phuket, southern Thailand.
Southern Thailand islands also known as the “Paradise” Islands are among the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
www.thailandsouthern.com   (2105 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | More unrest in southern Thailand
Thailand's new premier, Surayud Chulanont, is travelling to Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday for talks with his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Badawi.
Thailand's new military rulers, who took over the country in a coup last month, said they wanted to hold talks with the insurgents - a policy change from the previous regime, which repeatedly refused negotiations.
The southern provinces are predominantly Muslim, with a separate language and culture to much of the rest of Thailand.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/6058646.stm   (310 words)

  
 The Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand - Council on Foreign Relations
Thailand annexed the independent sultanate of Pattani in 1902, making the area the southernmost tip of the country.
Although the southern insurgency may not have been the central reason for the coup, it was an important factor.
Malaysia plays a historical role in the southern separatist movement, not just because its proximity has allowed insurgent leaders to slip across the border, but because the majority of Thai Muslims are ethnically Malay and some groups have argued that joining Malaysia would be preferable to remaining a part of Thailand.
www.cfr.org /publication/12531/muslim_insurgency_in_southern_thailand.html   (1984 words)

  
 An Introduction to Thailand
Thailand's alluring and congested capital city of Bangkok is located along the banks of the Chao Phraya, near the river's outlet into the Bight of Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand.
The southern region of Thailand, which stretches for hundreds of miles along the Malay peninsula, abounds with stunning beaches and scores of tropical islands.
Buddhism is the dominant religion in Thailand, although a variety of tribal religions continue to be practiced.
www.geographia.com /thailand   (1018 words)

  
 Asia Times Online :: Southeast Asia news and business from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam
The flight of 131 ethnic-Malay Thais from the conflict zones of southern Thailand into neighboring Kelantan state in Malaysia in August led to a war of words between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Thailand insisted that all of them be repatriated but Malaysia maintained that it would do so only after a rights guarantee.
Malaysia's role in the southern Thailand conflict is not new.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Southeast_Asia/HB08Ae01.html   (1111 words)

  
 Thailand southern provinces
Nakhon Si Thammarat is a southern Thai coastal province situated on the edge of the Gulf of Thailand.
It is bordering Phetchaburi to the north, Chumporn to the south, Gulf of Thailand to the east, and The Union of Myanmar to the west.
Satun is a province in the South of Thailand that borders Malaysia.
www.trekthailand.net /p4   (1416 words)

  
 Thailand Sea Kayaking with original local phuket seakayak tour operator - seacanoe
Sea Canoe (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is an eco-friendly company.
We have operated the most highly awarded sea-kayaking business in southern Thailand for over 14 years and were the first company to create this kind of service for tourists.
We have recently found a new area to explore in southern Thailand, where caves and "hongs" have been reported.
www.seacanoethailand.com   (894 words)

  
 Thailand Hotels & Tours - Travel & Tourism Information
Thailand, to the uninitiated, can be a pleasantly overwhelming experience.
Travel through time in Thailand and discover the marvels of the Siam kingdom's northern part with this 5 days tour which will take you from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai...
Southern Thailand covers a total of 14 provinces, all located on a peninsula that borders both the gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea.
www.visit-mekong.com /thailand/index.htm   (473 words)

  
 Thailand Voice: Promoting the Best Blogs in Thailand - Troubles in Southern Thailand
Second, around the same time, over 200 Buddhist villagers left their homes in Yala and fled to a temple (they are being labeled as "refugees" by both the Thai and Malaysian press).
Third, the closure of 1,000 schools in the 3 southern border provinces at two teachers were killed in one week, including one being burned alive.
The three events are symbolic victories for the terrorists as they demonstrate to the Buddhist minority that the central government is unable to provide security for them in the 3 southern border provinces.
www.thailandvoice.com /content/view/467/37   (232 words)

  
 South Thailand Information - Southern Thailand
The south and the Islands are the southern region of Thailand.  It includes many from Thailand the majority of the famous resources in both seaboard oriented toward the west of the Sea of Andaman, and in Gulf oriented toward southern the east of the coast of Thailand.
Southern Thailand is connected with Bangkok, the economic center of Thailand, by railroad track as well as highway.  Also various regional airports are located in the largest towns.  The main axis of the transportation of southern every Thailand is the Hat Yai, that evolved from a small village to the present city inside few decades. 
The highway of Phetkasem is the most long road of Thailand, and Bangkok by the Isthmus flees of Kra and then in the western coast of the peninsula.  Of Trang that crosses it to the oriental coast al Hat Yai, and then end in the border malaisa. 
www.souththailand.com   (193 words)

  
 Thailand Destinations - Thailand Travel Information
Southern Thailand is probably the most diverse region in the kingdom.
Bordering Malaysia, the south is home to most of Thailand’s Muslims and Islamic influence has helped mold the region into probably the most unique in the kingdom.
A visit to the south also allows visitors to try the southern interpretation of Thai cuisine — a bold, spicy cuisine featuring fresh seafood that is very different from that available elsewhere in the kingdom.
www.discoverythailand.com /des_south.asp   (254 words)

  
 Southern Thailand Trip
We cannot accept on the Southern trip anyone who does not love the sea, does not know how to swim fairly well or is not an avid snorkeler.
It is one of the highlights of the year for the students there and we are definitely made to feel welcome as we enjoy the demonstration.
In addition to our Southern Trip Photos, there are three sets of photos online from the January/February 2003 trip to Southern Thailand.
www.thaifoodandtravel.com /travel/so.html   (888 words)

  
 Asia Sentinel - Peace Talks in Southern Thailand
Thailand’s junta-appointed premier General Surayud Chulanont visited his Malaysian counterpart, Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi, Wednesday, at a time when prospects for peace in Thailand’s blood-soaked south haven’t looked as good for years.
Islam is believed to have spread to what is now southern Thailand as it arrived in the rest of the Malay Archipelago at the end of the 13th century.
This proposal, which has reportedly been endorsed by separatist leaders, calls for militants to drop their demands for independence in exchange for amnesty, economic development, more government funds and the use of the Malay language – the first language for about 90 percent of the population in the region – in schools.
asiasentinel.com /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=226&Itemid=31   (3161 words)

  
 UNICEF - Thailand - Schools under attack in southern Thailand
YALA, Thailand, 16 August 2005 — Students returning to Ban School outside this provincial capital after a long summer break were looking forward to their first day back.
Instead they were shocked to find that their school had been reduced to a heap of charred ruins by an arson attack.
Police say that the overall frequency of violence in the southern provinces is on the rise, as approximately 200 people were killed and another 600 people injured as a result of violent incidents during the first six months of 2005.
www.unicef.org /infobycountry/Thailand_28007.html   (481 words)

  
 Thailand Travel Information | Lonely Planet Destination Guide
The Kingdom of Thailand draws more visitors than any other country in southeast Asia with its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms.
Violence perpetuated by Muslim insurgents in the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla continues to make the area bordering Malaysia unsafe.
Thailand's border with Myanmar (Burma) contains a volatile mixture of landmines, bandits, smugglers and rebels, and is prone to occasional low-level military stoushes.
www.lonelyplanet.com /worldguide/destinations/asia/thailand   (667 words)

  
 People's Daily Online -- Thailand vows to settle conflict in southern Thailand peacefully
Thailand vows to settle conflict in southern Thailand peacefully
Wirajuda cited that Thailand had been participating in the peace process in Indonesian province of Aceh during the cessation of hostility between the Aceh rebel and the government troops.
Thailand also along with other ASEAN member countries had been taking part in the Aceh Monitoring Mission before the peace accord achieved in Helsinki, Finland in August 2005.
english.people.com.cn /200610/22/eng20061022_314087.html   (350 words)

  
 Thailand Regions: Southern Region
Krabi has some of the most attractive scenery in southern Thailand: stunning limestone cliffs fronting on fine white beaches, coupled with fascinating islands in the Andaman Sea.
The largest southern province, Surat Thani is steeped in history as part of the Srivijaya empire with ancient Chaiya a key city.
Thailand's third largest island, Samui is fabled for its long, clean beaches (most especially Chaweng) lined with high quality resorts, numerous restaurants and entertainment spots.
www.thailand-guide.org /thailand/south-thailand.htm   (1569 words)

  
 eXile - Issue #223 - War Nerd - Southern Thailand: the Long Grind - By Gary Brecher
Not only did JI manage to hit Bali a second time, but the war in Southern Thailand is heating up enough to deserve a column.
Southern Thailand is one of those places where ethnic plates are squeezing like the San Andreas Fault.
They had to spend some of those armies defending Thailand against their traditional enemies, the Burmese, but the rest were used to push the Thai empire outward, into the northern mountains and south down the Malay Peninsula.
www.exile.ru /2005-October-07/southern_thailand_the_long_grind.html   (2363 words)

  
 Thailand Explorer & Southern Beaches Kayaking
If you are not joining the group for the southern beach extension, your journey ends in Chiang Mai this morning with a transfer to the airport.
Southern extension portion only: 2 nights resort hotel; 2 nights beach camping / bungalows; 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners; bi-lingual guides; 1 and 2-person kayaks; motorized support boat; airport transfers.
International airfare to/from Thailand; internal flights in Thailand (except on Day 5); 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner; cost of passport; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guides.
www.rei.com /adventures/trips/asia/thai.jsp   (2523 words)

  
 Travel Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan hotel, resort and travel gui
The southern region of Thailand is climatically split in two -- the south east and the south west.
Phuket has long been Thailand's most popular island, with over a third of all tourists to Thailand finding themselves here at some stage during their trip.
This adventure vacation is an excellent introduction to diverse Thailand; travel to the remote forest clad mountains of Northern Thailand to the reef-fringed tropical islands of Southern Thailand, from hill-tribe villages lost in the mountains to the vibrant capital, Bangkok.
www.travelfish.org /region/thailand/southern_thailand   (1129 words)

  
 Thai, Malaysian Leaders Seek Peace in Southern Thailand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Thailand's prime minister has met with Malaysian leaders and pledged to peacefully end an insurgency in Thailand's southern provinces.
Mahathir has been quoted as saying that community leaders in southern Thailand think the stage has been set for talks between insurgent leaders and Thai authorities.
Muslims account for a majority of the population in the three most southern provinces, although Thailand's overall population is overwhelmingly Buddhist.
voanews.com /english/2006-10-18-voa11.cfm   (493 words)

  
 Ethnologue report for Thailand
Kingdom of Thailand, Muang Thai or Prathet Thai.
Kanchanaburi dialect is northern, Ratchaburi-Phetchaburi dialect is southern.
[mlf] 3,000 to 4,000 in Thailand (1982 SIL).
www.ethnologue.com /show_country.asp?name=Thailand   (1998 words)

  
 FACT SHEET - SITUATION IN SOUTHERN THAILAND
Three bombs went off in Songkhla province in Southern Thailand, 950 kilometres south of Bangkok, at 20.30 hrs on 3 April 2005.
TAT head office has delegated responsibility to the TAT Regional Office in Southern Thailand (Hat Yai) to provide regular updates of the situation and to ensure convenience for international visitors there especially to those who wish to change flight schedules or travel plans.
Juthamas Siriwan is chairing a meeting with the private sector on 4 April 2005 at 15.00 hrs to assess the situation and seek ways to reduce the impact on tourism, especially on the Malaysian market which is Thailand’s main source of visitor arrivals for the southern region especially Hat Yai.
www.tatnews.org /ccc/2483.asp   (422 words)

  
 Politics: Thailand's Other Conflict --- Asia Pacific Media Service
Rather, they fight to preserve a different southern culture, where the local population speaks Malay instead of Thai, and have not forgotten that they once had an independent sultanate, which was annexed by Siam in 1832 and not fully integrated with the rest of the country until the early 1900s.
The current possibility of a new government taking over in Thailand as a result of the popular street protests against Thaksin has raised hopes among the local population for a fresh look at the problems in the South, which would be more akin to the NRC's approach than that of Thaksin.
The most trusted political figure among southerners seems to be former prime minister and current Privy Council chairman Prem Tinsulanonda, a Buddhist but a native of the nearby southern province of Songkhla.
www.asiapacificms.com /articles/southern_thailand_conflict   (968 words)

  
 The Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles
By the tenth century, they were in southern Thailand in substantial numbers, mixing with the Mon-Khmer and Negritos of the land.
More than half of the Southern Tai are firm believers in Theravada (orthodox) Buddhism, which was introduced into Thailand in 329 B.C. Tai Buddhists devoutly follow the principles of Buddha (the "enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining "merit" in their present lives.
For the Southern Tai, Buddhism and Islam are both combined with folk animism, a practice in which they seek help through the worship of supernatural spirits and objects.
www.global12project.com /2004/profiles/p_code3/386.html   (785 words)

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