It is with a mixture of pride, nostalgia, and sadness that we announce that Coconuts will cease publishing on December 31, 2023.
From our humble founding in Bangkok in 2011, we grew the Coconuts audience to millions of unique visitors per month, with dozens of journalists covering eight cities at our peak. We also won numerous journalism and entertainment awards, and our stories were frequently cited by the biggest media companies in the world.
But these editorial and audience achievements have not converted into commercial success for the publication. Like many other independent news publishers, we have found financial sustainability to be incredibly elusive despite our best efforts.
Though we’ll stop publishing new stories at Coconuts.co, our archives will remain up for all to read for (we hope) eternity. And in this way, Coconuts will live on.
Coconuts Media will also continue to operate as a business, with BK Magazine, Soimilk, and our Grove brand studio going strong.
We want to give a profuse and heartfelt thank you to our readers. Our core mission was always to inform and entertain you, and we hope that we’ve succeeded in that regard for the last 12 years.
I also personally want to thank all of the staff – past and present – who have put so much time, effort, drive, creativity, and intelligence into making Coconuts great. I am truly grateful for your service and I wish you the best in your careers.
We hope that one day we might re-launch Coconuts and begin publishing again.
But for now, we must say goodbye, so long, and farewell.
Byron Perry is the Founder and Chairman of Coconuts Media.