IndoChina Correspondent in Bangkok, Thailand
Saksith Saiyasombut (ศักดิ์สิทธิ์ ไสยสมบัติ) is Channel NewsAsia’s Indochina Correspondent based at their Bangkok bureau, where he focuses on the latest political, social and economic developments in Thailand.
Saksith has previously worked for Channel NewsAsia as a stringer and covered major news events including the 2011 Thai flood crisis, the visits of US President Barack Obama to Bangkok and Yangon (Myanmar) in 2012 and the 2013 Bangkok Gubernatorial Elections.
He started his international journalistic career as a Thai political blogger in 2010. Thanks to social media platforms, he quickly built a reputation as well as a following for his insightful analysis and colorful commentary on the ”Siam Voices” blog at Asian Correspondent, for which he was a contributing writer until May 2016. During this time, Saksith has covered Thailand’s often tumultuous political scene including the 2011 Thai elections, the 2013-14 anti-government protests, the 2014 Thai military coup and its aftermath, the 2015 Erawan Shrine bomb attack, as well as human rights, media freedom and social issues.
He has also regularly appeared as an analyst and commentator on Thai politics on Al Jazeera English, BBC World Service, Radio Australia, ABC News 24, BBC World News, France 24 and other media outlets from around the world.
Saksith was born and raised in Bremen, Germany, where he briefly worked as a local newspaper reporter before attending the University of Hamburg to study Southeast Asian Studies. He’s fluent in English, Thai and German.