Khlong Toei residents to be pushed on eviction options

Faced with growing resistance to plans to evict tens of thousands from Bangkok’s Khlong Toei community, the Port Authority has hired a university to ask residents which of three options they will take. The Port Authority, which owns the riverside land generations of indigent Thais have called home, said it contracted Mahidol University to conduct ...

Urban development

‘Khlong Toei slum must be erased,’ official says

‘Khlong Toei slum must be erased,’ official says

Construction of government housing for nearly 100,000 people facing eviction was ordered accelerated this week to “erase” Bangkok’s Khlong Toei community, where most...

New Thai Parliament’s divine layout gives gamers deja vu

New Thai Parliament’s divine layout gives gamers deja vu

Amid buzz over whether the prime minister might resign and the aftermath of last week’s bomb and arson attacks, Thailand soft-opened its long-delayed new parliament building to...

‘Weatherproof’ Bangkok skywalk defeated by … weather

‘Weatherproof’ Bangkok skywalk defeated by … weather

Claims that the longest elevated walkway in the capital would protect commuters from both rain and sun were fully discredited this week when it flooded during heavy rainfall. ...

Bangkok to remake blighted canal into bucolic, prostitute-free British countryside (Interactive)

Bangkok to remake blighted canal into bucolic, prostitute-free British countryside (Interactive)

An old-quarter canal teeming with street prostitutes will be remade in the likeness of pastoral British countryside at the wish of the junta leader and prime minister-select....

Splendid Decay: Renovation of Bangkok’s Old Customs House back on track (Photos)

Splendid Decay: Renovation of Bangkok’s Old Customs House back on track (Photos)

A long-neglected, crumbling landmark along the mighty Chao Phraya River may finally be getting some attention. Plans to remake Bangkok’s Old Customs House, a stunning vestige of...

Bangkok’s future in the wrong hands, residents complain at hearing (Photos)

Bangkok’s future in the wrong hands, residents complain at hearing (Photos)

One by one, they stepped up to the mic and put the city planners on blast. Not enough concern about global warming. Not enough student housing; too many malls. Corporations...

Something Borrowed, Something New: Electric scooters zip into Bangkok

Something Borrowed, Something New: Electric scooters zip into Bangkok

You might have seen them zipping up, down and around Thonglor. People whisking by silently, clenching orange metal handlebars. I wanted to track these small-wheeled wonders to...

Bangkok totally delighted by makeover of Sukhumvit’s best sidewalk

Bangkok totally delighted by makeover of Sukhumvit’s best sidewalk

What had been one of Bangkok’s smoothest stretches of sidewalk – a true delight to weary feet – has been remade to meet the exacting standards of City Hall. Since last week,...

Hidden downtown park wins award for Chulalongkorn

Hidden downtown park wins award for Chulalongkorn

A green space in more than name, Chulalongkorn University’s Centenary Park won international recognition for being an “invaluable addition to the ecological landscape,” the...


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Coconuts Bangkok Urban development

No matter how much we lament, urban development in Bangkok marches on. Whether it’s the opening of a new station of the skytrain or the loss of another one of our favorite bars so that it can be knocked down to make room for another high-rise, you can’t stop progress, as the questionable saying goes. For the answers to your queries about development in the city, check out these stories.