From belly of whale, a fortune in vomit lands on Thai fisherman

As the old proverb goes, one whale’s vomit is another man’s gold.  Narit Suwansang was out walking by the sea last week along the Thai gulf where the Laem Talumphuk isthmus stabs into the sea like a demonic thumbnail.  It was there that he noticed a massive, yellowish chunk of stone-like material, along with several ...

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Thai Airways to bomb Thailand with prayers on New Year’s Day

Thai Airways to bomb Thailand with prayers on New Year’s Day

Update Dec. 21: Canceled! Thai Airways on Monday called off the New Year’s flight in light of the new COVID-19 outbreak that has infected more than 800 nationwide. Those of...

Wing and a Prayer: Thai Airways sells flights over 99 ‘sacred sites’

Wing and a Prayer: Thai Airways sells flights over 99 ‘sacred sites’

While airlines around the world are flying to nowhere, Thai Airways is plotting a course to heaven. Teased as an “auspicious flight in the sky over 99 sacred venues,” the...

‘Intoxicated’ woman surprised to find she’s still visible after scaling Bangkok jail

‘Intoxicated’ woman surprised to find she’s still visible after scaling Bangkok jail

A female inmate’s desperate and acrobatic escape from an overcrowded Bangkok cell had the public chuckling over her Spider-Man-level agility after she scaled a wall and pulled...

It looked like a taxi from the outside. Inside was a sacred forest.

It looked like a taxi from the outside. Inside was a sacred forest.

A cab driver was fined THB1,000 today for tricking his ride out with a canopy of sacred wood vines he believed would confer blessings as he moved passengers around Bangkok. Driver...

Priorities much? Thai school only wants masks in ‘polite’ colors

Priorities much? Thai school only wants masks in ‘polite’ colors

Education officials tiptoed back with their hands in the air from one school’s radioactive instructions that female students only wear face masks in “polite colors.” Amnat...

Decibel meter used to punish students not screaming Thai national anthem

Decibel meter used to punish students not screaming Thai national anthem

After coming under fire in recent days, a school in Pathum Thani this morning agreed to stop using a decibel meter to punish students not screaming the national anthem loud...

Congrats Thailand! Our porn-watching fortitude is No. 1

Congrats Thailand! Our porn-watching fortitude is No. 1

Congratulations, Thailand, on not only breaking into the elite club of the world’s heaviest Pornhub viewers, but proving, hands down (and up), that you have a higher stamina for...

Bangs banned at Thai girls school for sake of ‘tidiness’

Bangs banned at Thai girls school for sake of ‘tidiness’

An all-female school made a critical academic decision to prohibit students from wearing their hair in bangs, sparking outrage to ripple this week across the Thainet. The ban...

Thai man pulls enormous, moving tapeworm out of his behind (Video)

Thai man pulls enormous, moving tapeworm out of his behind (Video)

Imagine this: After you finish going No. 2, you feel as if there’s something remaining that you can’t quite get out. Upon further investigation, you end up dragging a long,...


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Coconuts Bangkok Weird

Some people’s eccentric way of thinking will always be a mystery, and sometimes it’s just as easy to blame the famous Thai ghosts. From a witch hunt in the upcountry to a cute doll cult, we attempt to explain eccentric Thainess here. Sometimes, it’s the locals worshipping old trees that they believe can predict lottery numbers. Other times, it’s foreigners who have had too much to drink and are doing the things they would never do back home. Of course, before they know it, they end up in a police press conference, forced to do a wai. We’ll cover that story too.