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Mock Parliament Art Exhibit Questions ‘Return to Democracy’

BANGKOK — New art installations launched on Tuesday urge visitors to question whether a democracy has truly returned after five years of direct junta rule. 
Drawings of King Rama V and one of his queens Queen Saovabha, titled “Siamese King” and “Siamese Queen,” by Grigory de Vollan. de Vollan was a Frenchman under the Russian Tsar’s service who visited Siam between 1890 to 1894.

Durians, ‘Arrogant’ Englishmen: 19th Century Russian Explorer’s Journals About Siam

BANGKOK — The recently translated journal of a Russian explorer detailing his visits to Siam in the late 19th century bears surprising parallels with...
A still from ‘Soi Cowboy’ (2008).

Thai-Farang Romance in ‘Soi Cowboy’ Still Rings True: Producer

Pregnant with the lovechild of one of her customers, ex-Soi Cowboy prostitute Koi sits around watching daytime soaps. Her boyfriend, Tobias, an overweight Dane,...

New Travel Bookshop Brings the World to Bangkok’s Old Town

BANGKOK — The owner of a new travel bookshop in Old Town says he opened the store for himself, as much as to encourage other booklovers to explore the world.
Miss Grand Chiang Rai, Siriporn Waengeun, left. Miss Grand Nakhon Ratchasima, Kamolchanok Lonuch, right. Photo: Miss Grand Thailand / Facebook

Wild Boars and Fried Noodles: This Year’s Miss Grand Thailand Costumes

BANGKOK — Miss Grand Thailand’s extravagant costume contest returned to the stage Wednesday night, with one costume even commemorating the rescue of the Wild Boars football team.
Zoya Tsererina of the Ekaterinburg Opera troupe in “Turandot.” Photo: Olga Kerelyuk / Courtesy

Nessun Dorma! Operas, Ballets, and More Coming to Bangkok This September

BANGKOK — None shall sleep this September, when foreign opera, ballet, and orchestral troupes march into the kingdom for Bangkok’s 21st International Festival of Dance and Music.
Sifat Khurana, Chandan “Chad” Suriya-amrit, and Ratish Sachathamakul, winners of the “Friends Comedy Game Show” trivia night on June 27, 2019.

Thailand’s Ultimate ‘Friends’ Superfans Crowned at Trivia Night

BANGKOK — In the late 90s, Ratish Sachathamakul would go to his local Blockbuster and rent VHS tapes of the hit sitcom “Friends,” with each tape containing some five episodes.

Forget Boring Summit and Head to ASEAN Film Fest

BANGKOK — Though we couldn’t join world leaders at last week’s ASEAN Summit, us average Joes and Somchais can explore the region over the next two weeks through the annual Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival.  
Strawberry Fanta, monk offering basket, and sai sin showcased in “The Invisible Things” on June 13.

Exhibition Explores What It Means to Be ‘Very Thai’ and ‘Very German’

BANGKOK — If you’re Thai, it might be a graduation photo hanging in your living room. If you’re German, it might be an Aldi...
Suriyan Tantemsin with a Predator helmet. Right, a Joker Predator helmet by him.

‘Predator’ Meets Samurai, The Joker at Ratchaburi Helmet Shop

RATCHABURI — A former art teacher is enthralling customers worldwide with motorcycle helmets modeled after the famed galactic hunter race. Although Predator riders are known...

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