Tan Tam Mei

Thailand Correspondent

Tan Tam Mei reports for The Straits Times from Bangkok, where she has been since June 2021. She spent her first month in Thailand devoid of most human contact as the city came under quasi-lockdown. She is slowly but surely re-learning how to interact with fellow humans, and enjoys visiting farms, museums and grocery aisles during her free time. Tam Mei hopes she can tell stories of Thailand that go beyond Singaporeans' perceptions of the kingdom as a shopping, food and massage haven.

She started her career at The New Paper where she covered the areas of crime, court and government policy, and counts the time she busted an illegal plastic surgery clinic operating out of a housing board flat among her highlights at the tabloid.

At The Straits Times she spent time at the Security and Defence desk, with interests in transnational crime, home affairs, and law and legal policy. She was also with the broadsheet's Enterprise and Manpower desks covering a range of topics like foreign and local employment, as well as human migration as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.