The approval by the World Heritage Convention secretariat of Cambodia’s management plan for the Preah Vihear temple, a magnificent ancient structure from the 11th-12th century, located just on the demarcation line between Thailand and Cambodia, prompted Thailand to withdraw from the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The temple is on Cambodian territory but some of its access and a 4.6 km² parcel of land surrounding the temple’s compound are effectively located in Thailand. Since October 2008, regular clashes occurred between Cambodian and Thai military troops.
Thai culture ministry said that foreign visitors should not be able to get Buddhist tattoos which disrespect religion. Thailand is mostly Buddhist, and Buddha statues and images are considered sacred objects of worship. The minister is concerned that tourists don't care about religion and are not aware that these tattoos can be offensive.
Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij announced that Thailand is willing to review regulations in the tourism sector to give more access to foreign investors and professionals in a move to attract more visitors.
Tourists in Bangkok are being warned not to buy food for street elephants or risk a 10,000 baht (310 dollars) fine in the latest clampdown on begging by owners of the animals.
The Thai authorities have repeatedly attempted to stamp out the problem of elephant handlers, known as mahouts, walking the creatures in the capital and selling bananas and sugar cane for people to feed them.