Planet Plastic: Thai citizens suffer from plastic addiction and poor waste management (VIDEO)

The smell smacks you in the face like a cartoon rake from a solid 200-meters away. Usually, you smell it from further out than that, depending on the direction of the wind. The “great” 19,200-square-meter Koh Lan landfill, located near the center of one of Thailand’s most beautiful tourist islands, is home to over 50,000 ...

Interviews

Winners of Thai trans pageant open up about HIV activism and overcoming childhood abuse (PHOTOS)

Winners of Thai trans pageant open up about HIV activism and overcoming childhood abuse (PHOTOS)

African-American contestant Jazell Barbie Royale and Chinese native Yaya Shi quickly gained international media attention when they were respectively crowned the winner and second...

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....

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...

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...


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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.