The Thai capital of Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world's most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday.
Thailand's three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces are plagued by a bloody insurgency, and the porous 650-kilometre (400 mile) border with Malaysia is also a crime hotbed, criss-crossed by human traffickers, drug mules and weapon smugglers.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha says he will consider continuing his role as the next prime minister if there are no other "good" options available.
One of the areas hit by blasts was Phang Nga province, a jumping off point for travellers heading to beaches such as Koh Samui. Bangnieng flea market in Phang Nga province was hit twice, first on Thursday evening then another explosion on Friday morning.
Thais began voting on Sunday (Aug 7) in a referendum on a new military-backed constitution that would pave the way for a general election in 2017 but require future governments to rule on the military's terms.
More than 50 million Thai voters will get to have their say on Sunday, on whether they will accept a new constitution drafted for them. This will be the first time the country is heading to the ballot box since the military seized power from a caretaker government in 2014.
The Royal Thai Police has also mobilised more than 200,000 police officers to provide security to 94,000 voting areas across the country on referendum day on Sunday.
Thailand's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday (Aug 3), as expected, saying current monetary policy still supports the country's economic recovery.
A medical staff member from Chulalongkorn Hospital told Channel NewsAsia on Saturday that the Singaporean suffered from internal bleeding, but her condition is not critical.
A Thai media outlet has identified the suspect as 26-year-old David James Roach, a Canadian, and he is currently being detained in Bangkok's Suan Plu Immigration Detention Centre.