For years, the number of tourists visiting Thailand has been climbing steadily. In 2017, some 10 million visitors from China alone are expected in the country. Locals are complaining about the environmental impact.
Beijing's attempt to punish Taiwan by throttling tourism from the mainland hasn't made much impact. Taiwan set a new tourism record last year by successfully courting visitors from the rest of Asia.
The Thai cabinet has extended its free tourist visa programme to 21 countries until the end of August to boost tourist arrivals. The stimulus measure came after waning tourist arrivals, especially from China.
In a bid to attract more Chinese tourists into the country, Cambodia is accepting payments in yuan. But many Cambodians oppose the measure, saying the government should promote the use of its own currency instead.
A Thai military court has put on trial two foreigners accused of bombing a Hindu shrine in Bangkok in 2015 that killed 20 people and injured more than 120. It was one of the deadliest attacks in the country in decades.
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