One could mistake this place for a spiritual retreat, but in fact, hardly anyone comes here as a tourist. Most of the people who visit Thamkrabok are struggling with addiction and seeking treatment at the monastery’s famous detox clinic.
Comparisons were quickly made with the 2004 film "The Terminal," in which a man played by Tom Hanks finds himself stuck in a New York airport after his government collapses, rendering his papers useless.
The Thai-Cambodian border has long been a breeding ground for drug-resistant malaria. The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports on a new campaign to defeat the disease in that region and to keep it from spreading globally.
In Thailand, there were clashes today between government forces and protesters in Bangkok. The Thai government has vowed to use "every means necessary" to end the chaos. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Bangkok.
The World's Laura Lynch reports that scientists who conducted an AIDS vaccine trial in Thailand say the results showed the vaccine cut the risk of infection by as much as a third. At least some scientists see the results announced today as encouraging.
The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports on Thailand's efforts to repatriate Hmong refugees to Laos. The refugees fear they will be persecuted because of their history of helping the US during the Vietnam War.
Thailand's anti-government movement has been clashing violently with the police and soldiers. The unrest reflects a political dispute that goes back several years. The World's Matthew Bell reports on the political roots of the current chaos.
The 'Red Shirt' protesters in Bangkok, Thailand say they represent the poor. Many are from the country's poorer regions in rural northeast Thailand. Simon Montlake went there to learn what is fueling the deadly political tensions in the capital.
Leaders of the so-called 'red shirt' demonstrators said today they're ready to accept mediation from a group of Thai senators. Marco Werman talks to novelist John Burdett about the story behind the headlines from Thailand.