Yes, Khaosan now has pine trees. Because that makes sense. (Photos)

Yet another City Hall makeover of a famed Bangkok locale has failed to wow those who preferred things the way they were. The same people who drained the color and life from Saphan Lek, Khlong Thom, Pak Khlong Talad and even the Sanam Luang are back with “improvements” to the backpacker mecca around Khaosan Road ...

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Hit the road with Thai bud in region’s 1st official weed tour

Hit the road with Thai bud in region’s 1st official weed tour

Already 2021 is budding with possibility. Up first is a government-backed tour to promote just how awesome marijuana is (for medical use) announced today by Tourism and Sports...

Thai student leader tapped as one of 2020’s 100 most-inspiring women

Thai student leader tapped as one of 2020’s 100 most-inspiring women

A 22-year-old student who’s become an instrumental voice in confronting the monarchy’s role in Thailand was among three Thai women recognized today as inspiring and...

Tubtim shrine gets reprieve as Chula blinks on demolition threat

Tubtim shrine gets reprieve as Chula blinks on demolition threat

Whether thanks to the power of a goddess or student activism, a historic Chinese-Thai shrine located downtown survived another date with the wrecking ball today.  Penprapa...

Demolition looms as Chulalongkorn walls off endangered Tubtim shrine

Demolition looms as Chulalongkorn walls off endangered Tubtim shrine

There was no forecast when the winds of change came blowing for the caretakers of an endangered downtown shrine. The century-old Tubtim goddess shrine was surrounded with cranes...

Khaosan Road gets a makeover, eyes August reopening

Khaosan Road gets a makeover, eyes August reopening

Months of respite recovering from henna stains and nitrous oxide vapors may come to an end after July for Khaosan Road.  The popular shopping and drinking spot that draws...

Chula still set on demolishing historic shrine – once it evicts caretakers

Chula still set on demolishing historic shrine – once it evicts caretakers

Update June 19: A Chulalongkorn University spokeswoman who was cited in this story threatened legal action under the Computer Crime Act against Coconuts if her name was not...

‘Garden bridge’ across Bangkok’s Chao Phraya opens soon

‘Garden bridge’ across Bangkok’s Chao Phraya opens soon

A rail bridge abandoned almost 30 years will get a new lease on life as an elevated garden overlooking the Chao Phraya River when it opens to the public later this month. Under...

Life goes on at Bangkok’s largest fresh market despite shutdown (Video)

Life goes on at Bangkok’s largest fresh market despite shutdown (Video)

Bangkok is in the sixth week of a virtual shutdown that has stripped the capital of the very things which define it, for better or worse. Gone is its nauseating traffic, and empty...

Jolted by electric bills, stay-at-home Thailand wants rate cuts

Jolted by electric bills, stay-at-home Thailand wants rate cuts

In the hottest month of the year at a time many are home all day, utility  customers are getting a shock from their power bills. Complaints have flooded social media, sending...


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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.