Surf’s Up: How this Khao Lak club rides waves to serve local community

Since last March, Khao Lak has been a ghost town — except for one sliver of beach.  Past the vacant resorts and rows of shuttered restaurants in Bang La On and Bang Niang, Pakarang Beach teems with surfers. From dawn until dusk, suntanned bodies glide on white water and green waves. A surf school rents ...

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Thais give up on their government and go abroad for vaccines – if they can

Thais give up on their government and go abroad for vaccines – if they can

They’ve cropped up in feeds. From subtle photos of plasters on bare shoulders to full social media flexes that include airline tickets, shopping hauls and vaccination cards...

Good Sex for All: How Bangkok is confronting Thailand’s greatest taboo

Good Sex for All: How Bangkok is confronting Thailand’s greatest taboo

Story by Angela Symons Despite its reputation as a free-wheeling never-never land, Bangkok doesn’t necessarily have a healthy relationship with sex. But that could be...

Thailand’s cinemas are reopening. But are audiences ready?

Thailand’s cinemas are reopening. But are audiences ready?

Top: A health worker sprays disinfectant inside a cinema of MVP chain. Whether major chains perched atop shopping malls, vintage standalone survivors or indie arthouses persisting...

Khlong Toei Rising: Anxiety and unity in Bangkok’s biggest slum

Khlong Toei Rising: Anxiety and unity in Bangkok’s biggest slum

It’s Friday afternoon and Ratchani Cheausuwan is tired. She’s been standing all day, selling selling snacks with her one usable arm. At the end of the other, her withered...

Tainted by ‘rape cult’ allegations, rebranded Agama back in business on Thai island

Tainted by ‘rape cult’ allegations, rebranded Agama back in business on Thai island

One year after a sex abuse scandal erupted on the idyllic Thai island of Phangan, the New Age center where dozens of women say they were raped is drawing students again under a...

Primitive Technology: YouTube pulls plug on kid vids after Coconuts exposé, we visit a shoot in Cambodia

Primitive Technology: YouTube pulls plug on kid vids after Coconuts exposé, we visit a shoot in Cambodia

PART 2 — On Friday, Coconuts published Part 1 of an exposé investigating a disturbing sub-genre of YouTube videos featuring little boys in Southeast Asia, devouring exotic...

Primitive Technology and the bizarre depths of YouTube in Southeast Asia

Primitive Technology and the bizarre depths of YouTube in Southeast Asia

How have these bizarre videos of half-naked boys in Southeast Asia voraciously devouring exotic animals while making monkey noises gotten hundreds of millions of views on...

Wheels of Change: Couple crafts DIY wheelchairs for Thais in need (Video)

Wheels of Change: Couple crafts DIY wheelchairs for Thais in need (Video)

Marketers by day, restaurant owners by night and change makers in what spare time they can find, one Bangkok couple is using their ingenuity to help the less fortunate. Apichai...

By a thread: Thai Muslim family keeps silk weaving heritage alive

By a thread: Thai Muslim family keeps silk weaving heritage alive

Over the click-clack of the teak loom, Niphon’s family laments the lack of apprentice weavers at his Bangkok silk shop, as modernity lures young Muslims away from a trade...


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