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A children playing virtual reality flight simulator at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum.

Get Into 64 Museums Nationwide for 299 Baht (and No ‘Farang Price’)

BANGKOK — If you’re sick of strolling aimlessly through malls, why not enrich your weekends at museums about the capital’s old quarter, or the country’s little-known aviation marvels with an all-access, 299-baht pass.

A Guide for X’Mas 2019 Celebration in Bangkok (That Doesn’t Involve Malls)

We gave it a try and compiled the following guide for X’mas normies who prefer the “old ways.”
A still of Sommai Molbaek from “Heartbound.” Image: Magic Hour Films

‘It’s Not All Sabai Sabai,’ Matchmaker of Thai Women and Danish Men Says

Filmed over a decade by a group of anthropologists, "Heartbound" follows Korat native Sommai, the first Thai wife in the Danish district of Thy, and the Isaan women she matches up with the local men.

Gov’t Gifts Thai-Designed Holy Vestment to Pope Francis

BANGKOK — Four papal outfits made by a Thai designer were delivered to Pope Francis by the Thai government as a gift to mark his visit to the kingdom on Thursday.

Go to ‘Genius Bar’ for the Broth, Stay for the Basil Fried Rice

Having heard about the latest health trend to arrive in Bangkok, I schlepped over to a Thonglor mall to see what “broth bars” are really all about – but ended up wowed over by their healthy version of Thai street food.
Zookeepers wearing penguin and panda costume celebrate Loy Krathong festival at Chiang Mai Zoo’s snow dome on Nov. 8, 2019.

Thai-Cambodian Friendship, Fake Snow Lighten Up 2019 Loy Krathong

BANGKOK — Biodegradable krathongs of lottery tickets, Loy Krathong among ice and snow in a zoo, and even floating krathongs at the Thai-Cambodian border crossing show that this year’s floating lantern holiday comes in many forms around the kingdom.
Promotional models pose for photos at a government event promoting Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok on Oct. 30, 2018.

Why Thai Muslims Don’t Celebrate Loy Krathong (But Christians Do)

To the country’s second largest religious group, the river festival is empty of meaning, and to pay homage to it through gaiety is profane.

Going Once, Going Twice… Our Reporter Tries Antique Auction for Newbies

BANGKOK — I learned several things in my first ever participation in an auction.
“VRwandlung” Photo: Goethe-Institut Prague

Turn Into Kafka’s Giant Bug as Biennale Returns to Bangkok, Chiang Mai

BANGKOK — Franz Kafka’s seminal work “The Metamorphosis” is famous for its theme of animalism, alienation, and absurdity – where a man turns into...
Chatvichai Promadhattavedi, left, secretary of the BACC foundation, receiving petition letter from Chayan Chaiyaporn, right, campaign leader at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center on Oct. 9, 2019.

Art Enthusiasts Demand Answers Behind BACC Director Sacking

BANGKOK — Fans of the city’s largest downtown art center submitted a petition Wednesday demanding a clear explanation behind the recent expulsion of the gallery’s director.

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