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, collecting 28 million views in just two weeks and drawing a public response from junta leader and current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The single’s ...

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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...

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.

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...

The Expat Files: Behind the crime scenes with best-selling author John Burdett

The Expat Files: Behind the crime scenes with best-selling author John Burdett

In Coconuts’ “The Expat Files,” writer Jim Algie picks the brains of the most famous — and infamous — foreigners in Thailand. Before publishing the bestseller Bangkok...

Let’s Talk About Sex: Meet the woman behind the movement to legalize sex toys in Thailand

Let’s Talk About Sex: Meet the woman behind the movement to legalize sex toys in Thailand

You can drink on the streets, buy antibiotics without a prescription, and purchase a woman’s “companionship” with dispiriting ease, but in Thailand, you...

Shoot to Swill: Smalls owner David Jacobson’s journey from celeb photographer to bar pioneer

Shoot to Swill: Smalls owner David Jacobson’s journey from celeb photographer to bar pioneer

In Coconuts’ “The Expat Files,” writer Jim Algie picks the brains of the most famous — and infamous — foreigners in Thailand. Considering all the celebs that bar owner...

Interview: Thai parody queen finds fame by recreating celebrity looks with food

Interview: Thai parody queen finds fame by recreating celebrity looks with food

From Rihanna’s red carpet look to Wonder Woman’s heroic ensemble, a 22-year-old Thai cosplayer is still finding humor in signature couture and costumes she recreates with...

From tattoos to toilet seats, ‘misused’ Buddha images make some blood boil

From tattoos to toilet seats, ‘misused’ Buddha images make some blood boil

A few years ago, I sublet an apartment from an American in Bangkok who decked out her place with typical Asian kitsch: elephant footstools, folding screens, lacquer teacups, and...


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From the hottest young Thai fashion designer to thoughts from nudists spread throughout the city, our interviews offer an uncensored dialog with some of the most unique people in Bangkok and beyond. We pride ourselves on finding the people and asking the questions that other publications wouldn’t dare. Because we know that you need to know what happened when a woman in Bangkok tried a happy ending massage.