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Old Jan 25, 15, 11:04 pm
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Hm. I've never noticed the one at Asoke, and I only noticed the ones on Luang Suan in the last few months. They are placed at the beginning and end of the block, and in one or two more spots along the way.

I know snatching, especially via motorbike, is not an uncommon problem elsewhere in the region (HCM and Manila come to mind), but I've never heard of any significant occurrences here. But, then again, reporting of anything that reflects badly on Thailand is rare… just curious if there was something specific that prompted those signs.

I can somewhat see it around the highly trafficked and touristed areas, but Luang Suan is not exactly the type of neighborhood I'd expect it, especially to such a degree as to warrant 6-8 of these signs along a ~2km one-way stretch with no cross traffic!
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Old Jan 25, 15, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by aBroadAbroad View Post

I know snatching, especially via motorbike, is not an uncommon problem elsewhere in the region (HCM and Manila come to mind), but I've never heard of any significant occurrences here.
Seemingly at epidemic proportions around Phnom Penh these days.
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Old Jan 26, 15, 12:34 am
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Hm. I've never noticed the one at Asoke, and I only noticed the ones on Luang Suan in the last few months. They are placed at the beginning and end of the block, and in one or two more spots along the way.
I understand about not noticing. On December 8th, my wife and I walked from Centerpoint on Luang Suan down to Ploenchit and back, and neither of us saw/noticed the signs there.
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This reminded me of these signs that I've only ever seen on Luang Suan…


What's up with those?
They had this kind of sign along Rama 4 road at Silom for a long time. I remember seeing them when HSBC Thailand still had retail banking ops in Thailand so it was several years ago.
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Originally Posted by aBroadAbroad View Post
Hm. I've never noticed the one at Asoke, and I only noticed the ones on Luang Suan in the last few months. They are placed at the beginning and end of the block, and in one or two more spots along the way.

I know snatching, especially via motorbike, is not an uncommon problem elsewhere in the region (HCM and Manila come to mind), but I've never heard of any significant occurrences here. But, then again, reporting of anything that reflects badly on Thailand is rare… just curious if there was something specific that prompted those signs.

I can somewhat see it around the highly trafficked and touristed areas, but Luang Suan is not exactly the type of neighborhood I'd expect it, especially to such a degree as to warrant 6-8 of these signs along a ~2km one-way stretch with no cross traffic!
I've seen the bag snatching signs on a couple of the small sois in the tourist area of Chiang Mai also.
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Japan to build a railroad through Kanchanaburi

Anyone else find something odd here?

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...west-rail-link

The irony was only cursorily mentioned:

A railway from Thailand to Myanmar through Kanchanaburi has only been tried once before, but the project was halted in August, 1945.
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Old Jan 27, 15, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by aBroadAbroad View Post
Hm. I've never noticed the one at Asoke, and I only noticed the ones on Luang Suan in the last few months. They are placed at the beginning and end of the block, and in one or two more spots along the way.

I know snatching, especially via motorbike, is not an uncommon problem elsewhere in the region (HCM and Manila come to mind), but I've never heard of any significant occurrences here. But, then again, reporting of anything that reflects badly on Thailand is rare… just curious if there was something specific that prompted those signs.

I can somewhat see it around the highly trafficked and touristed areas, but Luang Suan is not exactly the type of neighborhood I'd expect it, especially to such a degree as to warrant 6-8 of these signs along a ~2km one-way stretch with no cross traffic!
Lang Suan is primarily an ex-pat community with a whole of people who just got transferred here and often don't pay a lot of attention to their surroundings. Particularly those attached to various embassies. Plus, they tend to complain loudly to authorities if they get snatched. "Why didn't you warn us". Hence extra warnings. I agree with your sentiment in that it's not a big problem there. I've been living on LS for close to 10 years and never seen it happen and only heard about it rarely.

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Anyone else find something odd here?

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...west-rail-link

The irony was only cursorily mentioned:
And for Japan to be involved??? Do you they'll complete it this time?

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The .... hit the fan when a visiting American official Daniel Russel spoke in tough terms concerning the unfairness in the Thailand's current political situation, particularly judicial standards, curbs on freedom, and martial law. The General says that the US hears one-sided stories and does not understand the Thai political lifestyle! http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/poli...tical-fairness

The NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/wo...rtial-law.html
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A railway from Thailand to Myanmar through Kanchanaburi has only been tried once before, but the project was halted in August, 1945.
Now that must be the epitome of understatement.

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Now that must be the epitome of understatement.
Since I originally posted the link they've changed the headline from Japan to build a railroad through Kanchanaburi to:
Tokyo to help with east-west rail link
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2 small bombs in BKK shopping area

Police are describing the bombs as "homemade". No one seriously hurt. Bombs were on the BTS level just in front of the entrance to Siam Center. No one has taken credit. But given the CCTVs in the area you'd have to think they'll catch them.

Happened about 8:00 PM last night.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...bombs-homemade
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Why??

This is scary... Why would someone do this? Political tensions over the impeachment, or the politics down south starting to bubble up to the city?

Maybe it was just targeting the transformers in some type of robbery attempt. Hope they lock those Maserati's up when they're in the showroom.
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...given the CCTVs in the area you'd have to think they'll catch them...
You're assuming the cameras are operational, not just for appearances, and that images are actually being recorded. All of which is frequently not the case, especially here. Almost guaranteed, though, they will "catch" somebody.

In any event, it appears to have been a very amateurish attempt. Probably a one-off, not tied to any particular agenda. Thankfully it was relatively minor.
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You're assuming the cameras are operational, not just for appearances, and that images are actually being recorded. All of which is frequently not the case, especially here. Almost guaranteed, though, they will "catch" somebody.

In any event, it appears to have been a very amateurish attempt. Probably a one-off, not tied to any particular agenda. Thankfully it was relatively minor.
My gut is telling me that it could very well be someone sending a message to a vendor rather than a political statement. Or a prank. As you say, amateurish.
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I walked past this exact spot at Siam Paragon just a few hours before the bombs went off.

Last month I was in Paris very close to the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Hope I'm not bringing bad luck to these places...
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