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  • LIFE

    Made in Thailand

    Guru, Published on 05/07/2019

    » To say that Thailand has been getting global recognition lately may be a bit of an understatement. After all, it's not a secret that it's a famous tourist destination with plenty of beautiful beaches and street food that's been topping lists for years now. Of course, these are only just a few things Thailand is well-known for but we don't really have the time to get into all of that (*cough* rigged election *cough*). However, people from the outside may have a narrow view of what Thailand and its culture really is, but fortunately, there are things that help put a spotlight on these things. The next instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise is filming right now in parts of Thailand, including Krabi where its governor stated that the film would be a "great advertisement for the nature, culture and history of the kingdom". Erm sure, that's what the Fast and Furious franchise is all about anyway. While the film will most likely be more about cars zoom-zooming and vroom-vrooming, there are a number of shows on TV that give a better focus on Thai culture. Here are a few.

  • THAILAND

    Journey to the top

    B Magazine, Duangkamol Panya, Published on 03/06/2018

    » On the surface, Chanon Santinatornkul may pass as a cliché teen idol molded with just the right degree of charisma and looks to fit in the showbiz world. But beneath the exterior lies an actor who is deeply passionate about acting. At only 22 years of age and having already experienced success in television and film, the star, whose role in Chalat Gaem Goeng (Bad Genius) propelled him to international stardom, is taking another step towards a career goal. Now that he's packing up and leaving Bangkok to film a TV series in China for a few months, Chanon's list of achievements seems only set to grow.

  • LIFE

    Music has a new voice

    Guru, Narada Sai-ngam, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Electronic duo X0809 (X-O-Eight-O-Nine) has pushed many boundaries in the Thai music scene in a way that we rarely see. Note Panayanggool, best known for being first runner-up in the seventh season of The Star and Anya "Yale" Muangkote first met at Chula due to a shared interest in music and sports, before eventually forming X0809. The dynamic duo produces their own music with unconventional style and visuals, having released English-language singles like the dark and hypnotic -30 and the more catchy HO. The colourful music video of the latter, the duo's latest single, has amassed over one million views on the band's Facebook page alone within one month. Their fresh sound has reached both Thai and international audiences and they have represented Thailand at various music festivals. We had a fun chat with the duo ahead of their upcoming EP, X. Check them out at fb.com/x0809.

  • THAILAND

    Fielding his future

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 22/01/2017

    » 'All I ever wanted was to play football and own a pair of good football boots," says Suvin, the seven-year-old football sensation, better known among the public as Nong Pee. "The fame and the attention I've got was never my goal."

  • LIFE

    When the fun stops

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 18/02/2016

    » Who is to blame when a child becomes addicted to video games? Some blame the child for a lack of discipline, while others blame the government for not regulating and controlling the influx of these games. Another knee-jerk response from most adults is to place the blame on the addictive violence displayed in games, the infamous Grand Theft Auto being an oft-referenced example.

  • TRAVEL

    Thailand's domestic tourism

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 14/01/2016

    » The Tourism Authority of Thailand aims to push domestic tourism revenue from 7.99 trillion baht to 8.7 trillion this year, up 8%.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Courting controversy

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/01/2016

    » When creativity crosses the line into insensitivity, there's usually a pattern of uproar, apology and cancellation. In the past many years, there's been a number of notorious cases of insensitive creativity in Thai commercials, series, films and visual representations that have made international headlines. The offensive issues often involve race, skin colour, ethnicity and historical interpretation. There are many more that never made the front page, for example the casual mockery of minorities and genders that is normalised by the audience, such as jokes on the accents of hilltribe people that often appear in movies and TV series.

  • LIFE

    Fun on a bun

    B Magazine, Published on 27/09/2015

    » A small group of young office employees in smart suits gathered in front of the Thaniya Building shortly before lunchtime. Despite a range of air-conditioned restaurants at that end of Silom Road, these yuppies were happy to queue under a hot sun while waiting for their meal.

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