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Can the Thai economy ever be Southeast Asia's front-runner again?

As Indonesia and Vietnam grow, the country's appeal may be fading fast

Bangkok's shopping malls are bustling again after the end of the mourning period for King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

The bright lights have returned to Bangkok's streets, and many Thais are starting to smile again.

The country emerged from 12 months of mourning for the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October, and it looks like consumers are starting to spend.

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