Thailand’s ruling general bets US$83 billion on taming the wild frontier with Myanmar

BANGKOK — For much of the past century, the Thai border town of Mae Sot stood on one of Asia’s wilder frontiers. On the opposite bank of the swirling, mud-brown Moei River in neighbouring Myanmar, Karen insurgents waged a seemingly endless independence war. Smugglers trafficked guns, opium, timber and gemstones. Then there was the two-way […]

New hand dealt for island casino

On the smoky second floor of the Grand Andaman resort, hundreds of people crowd around 44 gaming tables. They are betting on card games like Dragon Tiger, a straight forward affair where people place bets on whether the card in the Dragon or in the Tiger square turns up higher. While the patrons are mainly […]