OPINION: Is it time to find a more environmental/health-friendly alternative to joss paper burning?

As I was scouring the streets around noon on Monday, looking for any street vendor that came to work on the “praying day” of Thailand’s Chinese New Year celebrations, I ended up banging my foot into someone’s burning bucket of joss paper and accidentally getting a big whiff of fresh smoke. There were at least ...

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Know Nothing, Say Nothing: What it’s truly like to get an abortion in Thailand

Know Nothing, Say Nothing: What it’s truly like to get an abortion in Thailand

When 29-year-old NGO worker Nisarat Jongwisan got pregnant in 2010, she knew nothing about her options. Her nerves were racing as she showed up at the clinic on Sukhumvit Soi 12....

Curves Ahead: One reality show’s mission to promote size diversity in Thailand

Curves Ahead: One reality show’s mission to promote size diversity in Thailand

The fact that a recent casting call for a new reality series had a weight stipulation is, sadly, nothing new for the Thai entertainment industry. The particulars, however, were....

Rapping in the Name Of: Rap Against Dictatorship co-founder talks influences, freedom of speech, and getting the PM’s attention

Rapping in the Name Of: Rap Against Dictatorship co-founder talks influences, freedom of speech, and getting the PM’s attention

In the past two weeks, the anti-junta track Prathet Ku Mee (What My F**king Country’s Got) by the hip hop collective Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD) has taken the world by storm,...

Thai filmmaker’s intimate portrait of girl pop sensation

Thai filmmaker’s intimate portrait of girl pop sensation

Thai filmmaker Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit wasn’t sure whether to believe it when he was offered unfettered, behind-the-scenes access into the normally closely guarded and...

Welcome to the Dark Side: How the whitening industry and media fuel colorism in Thailand

Welcome to the Dark Side: How the whitening industry and media fuel colorism in Thailand

OPINION — “But you aren’t white. How are you able to speak English so well?” That’s an actual question a new classmate asked me on my first day at a Thai school after...

Faces and Places: The People of Phra Kanong in Portraits and Words (PHOTOS)

Faces and Places: The People of Phra Kanong in Portraits and Words (PHOTOS)

There is much more to Phra Kanong than meets the eye.

Being Broken: Years of sexual abuse alleged at Agama yoga school on Koh Phangan

Being Broken: Years of sexual abuse alleged at Agama yoga school on Koh Phangan

At first glance, the TripAdvisor reviews for the Agama yoga school on Thailand’s Koh Phangan don’t look much different from those for countless other...

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with historic Asian Games medalist Chayanisa Chomchuendee

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with historic Asian Games medalist Chayanisa Chomchuendee

Netizens all over Thailand leaped with pride on Tuesday when Chayanisa Chomchuendee pole-vaulted her way to the country’s first ever silver medal in the discipline. That’s...

The Pianist for Elephants: Interview with British musician Paul Barton

The Pianist for Elephants: Interview with British musician Paul Barton

Near the Thailand-Myanmar border, British musician Paul Barton recently sat down to a piano surrounded by jungle and began playing a classic Bach piece for an audience of one...


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