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  • THAILAND

    Royal ritual melts hearts of a nation

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 06/05/2019

    » His Majesty the King, in full regalia, sat on the royal palanquin Budtan Thong as he was carried for a customary procession around the Grand Palace to pay homage at several historically significant temples as a part of the King's coronation ceremony.

  • LIFE

    It's play time!

    Life, Published on 08/05/2018

    » After the enthusiastic reception of the first edition in 2016, the Bangkok International Children's Theatre Festival (BICT Fest) is back, from May 19-27. In this edition there will be nine productions from seven countries: Germany, Japan, Belgium, Scotland, Indonesia and Thailand, with a special French Highlights programme. The menu is diverse, open and colourful, and includes a new circus, contemporary dance, puppetry and mime acts, and is fit for viewers aged two to adulthood. The venues are the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, M Theatre and Chulalongkorn University.

  • THAILAND

    Digital TV flight may leave 5,000 adrift

    Business, Komsan Tortermvasana, Published on 10/05/2019

    » Close to 5,000 people could be affected by six digital TV channels shutting down after the government's decision to let the channels exit the business without any financial penalties.

  • LIFE

    Suphanburi Soul

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 30/04/2019

    » It's been a while since Bangkok-based Zudrangma Records has released any new compilations. Last week, the label put out two compilations that will be of great interest to fans of Thai (Central Plains) traditional music and molam from Isan.

  • TRAVEL

    Once in a lifetime

    B Magazine, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 07/04/2019

    » The sky in Mae Hong Son was grey with haze, blanketing the province day and night. The smell from forest fires and the open-air burning of farm waste hurt the nose. The polluted air hurt the eyes. But the ongoing air crisis couldn't ruin the celebratory spirit of Ban Pha Bong community as it hosted Poi Sang Long, the annual mass novice ordination ceremony of the Tai Yai ethnic group.

  • THAILAND

    Keeping the faith: No stopping Nana clan

    News, Published on 17/02/2018

    » Ever wondered why there's a BTS Skytrain station called Nana? What about Sukhumvit Soi 4 going by the same moniker? Meanwhile, foreign tourists like to be shocked by Nana Plaza, one of the most famous red-light districts in Bangkok that adopts the same family's name.

  • WORLD

    Heart of hospitality

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 06/11/2017

    » Heartwarming service with Thai hospitality and Japanese quality is the goal of Kokotel, which seeks to offer the cosiness of a traditional Japanese inn while promoting friends-and-family togetherness -- even on one of the busiest streets in Bangkok.

  • LIFE

    J-pop gone rogue

    B Magazine, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 07/04/2019

    » Anyone who's been to Japan (or spent a decent amount of time on the internet) would have probably come across T-shirts with puzzling or badly translated English. Perusing CHAI's pastel-hued website gives you a similar experience except that everything actually makes sense -- "We Are New Exciting Onna (female) Band From Japan! NEO KAWAII ! COMPLEX IS ART!," its meta description announces. A click and a quick scroll down also give you an overview on the group's "NEO KAWAII" ethos, which essentially goes against any notions of the classic kawaii ("You don't need to have big eyes or have skinny legs to be KAWAII! There should be many more types of KAWAII, and everyone is KAWAII in her own way … Our insecurities make us who we are. The insecurities become art. KAWAII is a never-ending journey!").

  • ADVANCED NEWS

    Appeal to Thaksin

    Published on 05/04/2011

    » Family members of jailed TPN coordinator Veera Somkwamkid and his secretary Ratree Pipatanapaiboon have sought the help of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra to secure their release from prison in Cambodia.

  • LIFE

    A surprise behind the door

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/03/2018

    » The house sits deep in the woods, near a cemetery staked with tombstones. The family consists of a father, reeling in debt, and his four children, the eldest 22 and the youngest six. The mother is ill, ashen-faced, bedridden, and she'll jingle the brass bell in her hand to summon help. That jingling bell, and the apparition of a woman in a white gown in the mother's gloomy bedroom, will signal the cue of many jump-scares in the tale that unfolds.

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