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  • OPINION

    Sacred Figures Thai Mediums Should Channel Next

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 08/06/2018

    » Unless you've been living under a rock (or just back from a meditation retreat), you can't really avoid news or posts regarding khon song jao (mediums) on your news feed. These people claim to be able to channel Hindu deities, past Thai kings (uh-oh, 112), characters from classic Thai literature and Doraemon.

  • OPINION

    Thailand-Only Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2017

    » If you've pored over newspapers (in a desperate hope to find a story to base your editor's note) as much as I have, you can't help but notice the types of stories that make the front page or your Facebook newsfeed again and again. Here are nine Thailand-only headlines I've noticed from various news outlets on numerous occasions, along with my observations on them. Strictly for your entertainment.

  • OPINION

    Mini Khon Thai Test

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/08/2016

    » Army chief Gen Theerachai Nakvanich recently urged people to look out for anything suspicious in their communities in the wake of the recent bomb attacks, while adding new Thai characteristics to everybody's knowledge. He said, "Thai people don't wear hats or glasses in the mall. Carrying a backpack is also suspicious too."

  • OPINION

    Real-life Cases of Irony

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 03/02/2017

    » Irony: a situation that transpires in contrary to what you would expect, with an amusing effect. If you're a news junkie, you'll probably notice many news stories in Thailand that jump right off our front page because of their ironies.

  • OPINION

    Risky Roads

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 09/12/2016

    » Recently, the Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center announced a campaign to ban children from riding motorcycles in order to save the lives of the youth of today. Mind you, it's illegal for anyone younger than 15 years old to ride a motorcycle in the first place, but we're talking Thailand -- The Land of Mai Pen Rai and Spotty Law Enforcement -- after all.

  • OPINION

    20 Signs You’ve Been in Bangkok Too Long

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 09/09/2016

    » Like a lover you see everyday, all the excitement, initial spark and zazazoo that used to come with living here may not cause you to do the double-takes any more. Wanna know how much you’ve assimilated yourself into Bangkok’s quirkier sides? Let’s see how many of the following situations describe you.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Marital masterpieces

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/02/2016

    » At the risk of sounding overly romantic (and slightly creepy), one of our hobbies at Guru includes keeping track of outside-the-box wedding ideas from across the country.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Ghostly good times

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/10/2015

    » To give you a spooky good time this Halloween, we present a detailed look into Mae Nak, a crossword puzzle to help you find out how much of a ghost guru you are, and seven ways to see ghosts. Happy Halloween, everyone!

  • NEWS

    GAME ON

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/06/2014

    » Some of you may be reading this with panda eyes caused by watching the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Jun 12-Jul 13).

  • TECH

    My digital dowry

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 31/01/2014

    » Living in Thailand, there comes a time when you need to figure out very specific questions.

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