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Brighter Butts, Darker Futures

Walk into any high-end department store in Bangkok and find an immense display of cosmetic brands from Avon to Yves Saint Laurent. Whatever their primary purpose, they all share one prominent feature – making parts of your body whiter.

Thai Law: On Property Rights and Saving Your Marriage Before it Begins

Understanding how prenuptial agreements can be used to give both spouses granular control of how they want things shared is ...
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When Farangs Go Native

What may start as an endearing and commendable effort – learning some language, meeting some social expectations – can become annoying to the very natives whose approval is sought. Behind one’s back, the whispers begin: You’ve gone native.

The Price of a Woman, Thailand Edition

“All women are whores, except my mother … but then again, she is a woman too,” goes an apocryphal quote alternately attributed to Napoleon...

Finding New Year’s Hope in Juntaland

What’s there to be hopeful, New Year or not? Isn’t the battle, if not the war, lost?

What’s With Men and Their Watches?

Decades of fashion have produced little else for a man to project his style, riches or taste in such personal terms as the watch.
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Voranai: Tears of the Junta

Anyone who has ever lived through times of violence and civil strife should appreciate the benefits of having peace in the streets. But at what price?

Ship Shape: Frenchman Refits Rice Barge Into Floating Stage

On a hot Monday afternoon inside a giant warehouse in the northern outskirts of Bangkok, workers were hammering metal beams onto the top deck of what looked like a steampunk Noah's Arc.

Yingluck’s Gone But the Masks Follow

Once you put on a mask, like those of classical Thai khon dramas, they can become difficult to remove. You then may end up having...

Thai Official Who Stole Hotel Paintings Freed by Japanese

BANGKOK — Japanese authorities on Friday freed a Thai bureaucrat who was arrested for stealing three paintings from a hotel he was staying in Kyoto, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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