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H.M. Queen Sirikit and Thai Silk

08/11/2015 02:09:45 AM

In honor of the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday on 12 August, I’d like to deal with the meaning of her continuous promotion of Thai silk and her royal wardrobe. H.M. Queen Sirikit has been very much interes ...

A Thai Folk Tale: The Clever Monkey

08/09/2015 03:03:15 AM

I’d like to present you a Thai folk tale called ‘The Clever Monkey’. I’ve come across this tale in the book ‘Folk Tales of Thailand’ (1976) by P.C. Roy Chaudhury. Thus, I’d like to retell this story with a

Luk Kreung and the Construction of Thainess

08/07/2015 02:52:39 AM

Cultural studies have explored the relationship between farang and Thai national identities or Thainess. These studies put forward that since the 1950s and the beginning of the 21st century, foreign influences have intensified to intimate levels ...

‘Lula’ Kanyarat Tiyapornchai: Thai Singer

08/05/2015 02:48:30 AM

Kanyarat Tiyapornchai, better known as Lula, is a popular Thai singer. Her genre is mainly bossa nova and pop. Hence, her music ranges from sweet ballads to sunny and cheerful pop songs. What is more, she also plays the ukulele to accompany ...

Sweet Monster Thailand Desserts

08/03/2015 02:41:41 AM

It’s sweet, it’s colourful and fun. Thus, I feel inspired to make a small post about Sweet Monster Thailand. They sell soft ice cream, popcorn, milkshakes and cake shakes in welcoming blue, green and white trucks or kiosks. Sweet Monst ...

Chanthaburi Old Town & Waterfront

08/01/2015 02:43:09 AM

Chanthaburi (จันทบุรี), nicknamed ‘Muang Chan’ (moon city), is about 245km south east of Bangkok. It is the capital of the same-named province in Eastern Thailand. The old name of Chanthaburi is Chanthaboon. Thus, the o ...

Pad Pak – Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables

07/30/2015 02:12:52 AM

Stir-fried mixed vegetables is an easy dish that is called Pad Pak (ผัดผักรวมมิตร) in Thai. It is probably the dish that I have most often  You can choose your favourite vegetables and add shrimps, tofu or another ...

Milin – Thai Fashion Designer

07/28/2015 02:06:49 AM

Milin was established in 2009 by the talented designer ‘Mimi’ Milin Yuvacharuskul. She studied fashion print design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. After finishing her studies, she did an internship at the New-York ...

Media Review: Very Thai – Everyday Popular Culture

07/26/2015 03:26:52 AM

Today’s media review is about Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture by Philip Cornwel-Smith (text & photographs) and John C. Goss (photographs) (ISBN: 978-6167339375). The 2nd edition of this book was published in 2013 by River Books ...

The Legend of King Naresuan (History & Movie)

07/24/2015 02:35:01 AM

The story of the Black Prince dates back to the historical Ayutthaya period. Prince Naresuan (in Thai: Ong Dam, องค์ดำ) was born 1555 in Phitsanlunok, Thailand. His brother Ekathotsarot was called the White Prince. In contrast ...

Saran Anning: Thai-Australian Singer

07/22/2015 04:28:20 AM

Saran Anning is a young Thai-Australian singer who had his first show with the popular Thai band Bodyslam in Khon Kaen. Saran’s musical style may be described as pop and rock. Personally he also likes funk and is addicted to heavy metal. ...

The Cult of Mae Nak

07/21/2015 02:02:42 AM

The story of Mae Nak is very popular and well-known in Thailand. Certainly, you remember the latest filming of this story: ‘Phi Mak Phra Khanong’ starring young actors Mario Maurer and Davika Hoorne. In fact, the gothic tale of Mae Nak ...

Fruit Shaped Mung Beans in Jelly – Wun Look Choop วุ้นลูกชุบ

07/19/2015 03:39:19 AM

I really cherish and love Khanom Look Choop which is fruit shaped mung beans. This dessert is so beautiful to look at. Wun Look Choop (วุ้นลูกชุบ) is fruit shaped mung beans in jelly. The jelly may have different flavours ...

Kimberly Ann Voltemas – Thai-German Actress

07/17/2015 03:00:09 AM

Kimberly Ann Tiamsiri Voltemas, born in 1992, is a popular half-Thai actress and model. She has a Thai mother who is from Chiang Mai and a German father. She is the youngest of four siblings, her sister is called Jennifer and her brothers ...

Market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem – Remedies for Alzheimer Disease

07/15/2015 00:36:30 AM

This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is generally about traditional Thai herbs, remedies and massage. However, the theme and focus changes weekly this month. Last ...

The Thai Human Imagery Museum

07/14/2015 02:53:31 AM

The Thai Human Imagery Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์หุ่นขี้ผึ้งไทย) is the first museum of fibreglass models in Thailand. It is located in Nakhon Chaisi, Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand. In fact, it is ...

Pad See Ew – Noodles Stir-Fried With Soy Sauce (ผัดซีอิ๊ว)

07/12/2015 03:50:24 AM

Pad See Ew (ผัดซีอิ๊ว) is a very popular Chinese-influenced stir-fried noodle dish eaten in Thailand and Laos. The ingredients are thick rice noodles (Kuai-tiao Sen Yai), light and dark soy sauce, garlic, Chinese broc ...

ASAVA: Thai Fashion Designer

07/10/2015 03:10:04 AM

Don’t be fashionable. Just be (Polpat Asavaprapha) ASAVA was founded in 2008 by Polpat Asavaprapha. For ASAVA classical timelessness and sophistication are the key elements in fashion. Hence, this brand is not so much concerned with trends ...

8 Fun Facts About Thailand

07/08/2015 01:34:40 AM

Easy Thai Snack: Sesame Peanuts – Tua Krob Kaew

07/06/2015 02:01:00 AM

Today, I have a recipe for an easy Thai sweet snack (khanom): Crispy sesame peanuts which are called ‘Tua Krob Kaew’ (ถั่วกรอบแก้ว) in Thai. This snack is quick to make at home, only few ingredients are needed. ...

Meanings of the Term ‘Farang’ (ฝรั่ง)

07/05/2015 02:51:13 AM

We’ve all come across the word ‘farang‘ (ฝรั่ง) in some context or other. We all know that in Thai it describes a European person. However, what are the origins and the meanings of this term? It is an assured fact that

The Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan

07/03/2015 02:20:51 AM

The Erawan Museum is located on Sukhumvit Road in Samut Prakan province, south of Klong Samrong, Thailand. In fact, it is a museum and a temple combined created by Khun Lek Viriyapant (1914-2000) who is also the architect of the Ancient ...

Patrick Kronenberger: Thai-German Singer

07/01/2015 02:11:47 AM

Patrick Kronenberger is a Thai-German singer and songwriter. Born in November 1988 in Hanau, Germany to a Thai mother and a German father, he moved to Berlin in 2010 to dedicate his life to making music. He also plays the piano since his ...

Fruit Shaped Mung Beans – Khanom Look Choop ขนมลูกชุบ

06/29/2015 02:41:06 AM

Khanom Look Choop (ขนมลูกชุบ) is a very popular and amazing Thai dessert. It is fruit shaped mung beans which are painted with food colouring and then coated with jelly. This dessert may be compared to marzipan since the c ...

The Thai Tradition of Tattooing (Sak Yant)

06/28/2015 02:53:40 AM

The custom of tattooing has a long history in Thailand. Tattoos are generally divided into two categories, those for loving-kindness (metta) and those for invulnerability and empowerment. These tattoos are part of Thai magic (Sak Yant) and ...

Top 5 Thai Designers On ZALORA

06/26/2015 02:15:23 AM

Thai fashion designers are gaining popularity today. For instance, you can find collections created by Thailand’s most talented designers on ZALORA, a great Thai online retailer. I present to you my Top 5 Thai designers as seen on ZALORA. ...

Photo Exhibition ‘The Anatomy’ by Amat Nimitpark

06/24/2015 04:32:35 AM

Today’s post is just a note to inform you about the photo exhibition ‘The Anatomy’ by Amat Nimitpark, the most renowned fashion photographer in Thailand. The Anatomy by Amat Nimitpark At Zen Megastore, this exhibition features more than ...

Thai-Norwegian Actress ‘Yaya’ Urassaya Sperbund

06/23/2015 02:37:50 AM

If you are into Thai popular culture, you certainly know the lovely Thai-Norwegian actress and model ‘Yaya’ Urassaya Sperbund. I have dealt with her shortly in my post about ‘Nadech & Yaya’ because they are the most favourite

Easy Thai Recipe: Stir-Fried Pumpkin With Egg

06/21/2015 03:12:18 AM

Today, I have an easy Thai dish for you. You will only need few ingredients for stir-fried pumpkin with egg (ฟักทองผัดไข่). If you like pumpkin, this is a fabulous recipe for you The main ingredients are as the title ...

Kosa Pan – A Siamese Diplomat in France

06/19/2015 02:52:27 AM

Among the first Siamese visitors to Europe was an embassy of three ambassadors sent by pro-foreign King Narai (r. 1656-88) to the court of Louis XIV. Among them was the diplomat Kosa Pan who was also a minister and the great grandfather of ...

Thai-German Actor: Mario Maurer

06/18/2015 03:17:10 AM

Mario Maurer was born 1988 in Bangkok to a Thai-Chinese mother and a German father. He is also known as Nuttavut Maurer and his nickname is ‘Oh’. He has an older brother called Marco with whom he performed some Electro-Hip Hop music. ...

New Market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (Plants, Flowers & Fish)

06/17/2015 02:28:07 AM

Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) is located next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City which is also known as Rattanakosin Island. There is a new market festival that features different ...

Thai & Lao Culture in ‘Sabaidee Luang Prabang’

06/15/2015 04:56:33 AM

Sabaidee Luang Prabang (Good morning, Luang Prabang, 2008, directed by Sakchai Deenan) is a romantic drama movie starring Thai movie star Ananda Everingham who is of Lao-Australian descent. The special feature of this film is that it deals ...

Media Review: Thai Ways by Denis Segaller

06/14/2015 03:17:50 AM

Today’s media review is about Thai Ways by Denis Segaller (ISBN: 9789749575734 ). This book was published in 2005 by Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The book is in English language, comprises 254 pages and is available as print ...

Thai Dessert – Water Chestnuts in Syrup (Tub Tim Krop)

06/12/2015 02:36:34 AM

Water chestnuts in syrup and coconut milk is a very famous, popular but also traditional Thai dessert. In Thai it is called Tub Tim Krop (ทับทิมกรอบ). In fact, ‘Tub Tim’ means pomegranate and hence, this dessert is ...

Baan Bat – Bangkok’s Monk Bowl Village

06/10/2015 03:04:56 AM

Baan Bat (‘Home of the Bat’) is a temple supply neighbourhood loacted near Wat Saket on Soi Baan Bat alley in Bangkok. In this community, craftsmen have created alms bowls for monks, which are called ‘bat’ (บาตร) in

The Siamese Fashionista

06/08/2015 03:28:42 AM

I’ve read in the Insider’s Guide to Bangkok that wearing traditional Thai dresses is on the rise again. They also mention the Siamese Fashionista group that wants to inspire Thai people to wear traditional dresses in everyday life. Hen ...

Singto Numchok – Thai Singer & Ukulele Player

06/07/2015 02:56:02 AM

Singto Numchok (Numchoke Tanud-rum) is a well-known singer and ukulele player who grew up in Buriram, Thailand. His musical style is similar to that of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Bruno Mars. Hence, he combines cool jazz sounds with beach ...

Woodcarving – A Famous Thai Art Form

06/05/2015 02:37:29 AM

Woodcarving can be regarded as a characteristic decorative Thai art form. It reflects the fertility and vitality of nature in technique and subject matter. Wood has been primarily used for furniture and religious objects, and thus not so much ...

Ann Thongprasom – The Popular Thai-Swedish Actress

06/03/2015 04:26:15 AM

Ann Thongprasom, born 1976 in Bangkok, is a well-known luk kreung actress in Thailand. She was born to a Thai mother and a Swedish father. Since her father died early, Ann grew up with her grandmother in Thailand. Her mother raised Ann ...

Tom Kha Gai – Thai Coconut Soup (ต้มข่าไก่)

06/02/2015 02:30:35 AM

Tom Kha Gai (ต้มข่าไก่) is commonly known as Thai coconut soup with chicken. It is a very popular Thai soup next to Tom Yum Gung which I have dealt with in a recent post. In comparison to Tom Yum however, Tom Kha is a milder ...

The Buddha Image in Thai Culture

06/01/2015 02:25:52 AM

Representations of the Buddha can be found throughout Thai temple compounds. The Buddha occurs either as statue or in mural paintings. Hence, they are idealized images of the Great Buddha who lived in the sixth century BC in northeast India. He ...

The Stories of Sri Thanonchai, the Clever Trickster

05/31/2015 04:49:36 AM

Sri Thanonchai (in Thai: ศรีธนนท์ชัย) is a clever trickster who occurs in Thai folktales and is popular until today. The first printed version of these stories was published around 1890. This figure is known throughout ...

Gene Kasidit – Diva, Fashionista & Agent Provocateur

05/29/2015 09:20:25 AM

Gene Kasidit can be best described as an agent provocateur and a gender bending persona. He is well-known in Thailand as a indie music icon. In the last years, he has also established himself as a fashionista and an electro pop diva, thus appearing ...

The Jim Thompson House in Bangkok

05/28/2015 02:55:49 AM

You have not only beautiful things, but what is rare you have arranged them with faultless taste (Somerset Maugham about Jim Thompson) When the British playwright and novelist Somerset Maugham visited the Jim Thompson House in 1959 on his final ...

Peter Corp Dyrendal – Thai-Danish Singer, Model & Actor

05/26/2015 02:58:15 AM

Peter Corp Dyrendal was born on 1.January 1976 in Ishøj, Denmark where he was raised. Being half-Thai, he often went to Thailand as a kid where he would stay with his aunt in Bangkok. He went there almost every year during vacations. When ...

The Old Customs House – Nostalgia in Bangkok

05/24/2015 03:08:00 AM

The old Customs House is a group of historic buildings located right at the banks of the Chao Phraya River at Soi Charoen Krung 36. It is also referred to as Sunlaka Sathan. In the past, this House was the gateway to Thailand because ships ...

Media Review: Vis-a-Vis Thailand Beaches & Islands (Strände & Inseln)

05/23/2015 06:32:18 AM

Today’s media review is about Vis-à-Vis Thailand Strände und Inselnby Andrew Forbes et al. (ISBN: 978-3-7342-0058-8). This travel guide was published by Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH, Munich. My review copy is the newest edition ( ...

‘Pearypie’ Amata Chittasenee – Thai Makeup Artist

05/22/2015 02:42:08 AM

Amata Chittasenee is a young Thai Makeup and Theatrical Artist. Born 1988 in Thailand, she was raised in Bangkok. Although I could not find confirmation, I guess (judging from her appearance) that she might be half-Thai or of mixed origin. ...

Pad Thai Noodle – A Popular Thai Dish

05/20/2015 02:33:22 AM

Pad Thai (ผัดไทย) might be called the most well-known and common Thai food. Everyone who has been in Thailand, has come across this delicious Thai meal. It is also called Guai Tiau Pad Thai, ‘Guai Tiau’ referring to the rice ...

Dara Rasami – A ‘Foreign’ Princess at The Siamese Royal Court

05/19/2015 02:46:13 AM

Dara Rasami (in Thai: ดารารัศมี, also spelled ‘Rasmi’), born in 1873, was a Princess of Chiang Mai and a descendent from the Chet Ton Dynasty. Her parents were King Inthawichayanon and Queen Thipkraisorn Rajadevi of C ...

Media Review: Thawan Duchanee: Modern Buddhist Artist

05/17/2015 03:13:07 AM

Today’s media review is about Thawan Duchanee: Modern Buddhist Artist by Russell Marcus (ISBN: 9786162150562). This book was published in 2013 by Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The book is in English language, comprises 168 pa ...

Phutthamonthon -‘Buddha’s Sphere’ in Nakhon Pathom Province

05/15/2015 04:42:12 AM

The Phutthamonthon (in Thai: พุทธมณฑล) is also referred to as Buddha Monthon. This name is derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Buddha Mandala’ which means ‘Buddha’s Sphere’. This Buddha image is accordingly

Ananda Everingham on Personality and ‘Hi So’ (High Society)

05/14/2015 03:39:00 AM

Ananda Everingham can be considered an outstanding Thai movie star, even though he is not Thai but of Australian-Lao descent. In addition, Ananda also seems to be a contradictory personality. You may already know all of this if you’re a ...

Michael Corp Dyrendal – Thai-Danish Entrepreneur & Model

05/12/2015 02:59:07 AM

Michael Corp Dyrendal was born on 21.December 1977 to a Thai mother and a Danish father. He is the younger brother of the well-known half-Thai singer, actor and model Peter Corp Dyrendal. Michael grew up in Denmark. After graduating from High ...

Thai Railway Nostalgia – At Hua Lamphong Station

05/11/2015 04:34:14 AM

Recently I’ve been talking to my grand cousin born and raised in Thailand who makes some awesome street photography of scenes in Bangkok and the surrounding area. He told me something about railway nostalgia in Thailand underlining that ...

Thai Green Curry- Gaeng Khiao Waan- แกงเขียวหวาน

05/10/2015 04:18:57 AM

I’ve lately presented a lot of Thai curries: Yellow Curry, Phaneang, Massaman and Red Curry but still Thai Green Curry is missing

Mythical Creatures in Thai Culture

05/08/2015 02:53:51 AM

If you’ve been to Thailand, you’ve probably come across some representations of mythical creatures in Thai temples. These beings are said to be living in the Himaphan Forest on the mythical Mount Meru which is considered the centre of ...

The Concept of ‘Siwalai’ in Late 19th Century Siam

05/06/2015 02:22:53 AM

You’ve probably come across the term ‘siwalai‘ (ศิวาลัย) in some way or other. Just think of the ‘siwalai‘ dress that we’ve dealt with in the context of traditional Thai dresses or the Siwalai garden

Thai-French Singer – Chin Chinawut Indracusin

05/04/2015 03:31:38 AM

When I started becoming interested in Thai pop music about three to four years ago, Chinawut-Stéphane Indracusin, who is also known as ‘Chin‘, was the first prominent singer that I came across. Chin, born in 1989, is Thai-French. Thus, ...

Media Review: Vis-a-Vis Thailand (12th ed. Dorling Kindersley)

05/03/2015 02:52:40 AM

Today’s media review is about Vis a Vis Reiseführer Thailand by Colectif (ISBN: 978-3-8310-19847). This travel guide was published by Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH, Munich. My review copy is the 12th and newest edition (2012/2013). ...

Thai Pumpkin Custard – Sankaya Dessert

05/01/2015 04:02:33 AM

Thai pumpkin custard (Sankaya, สังขยา) is a popular Thai dessert which is often sold in fresh-food markets and as street food. To prepare this dessert, we stuff a whole pumpkin or kabocha (Asian winter squash) with a sweet coconut ...

Thai-Belgian Actress & Model: Mai Davika Hoorne

04/30/2015 01:47:40 AM

Davika Hoorne is a young half-Thai actress and model popular in Thailand. Born 1992 to a Thai mother and a Belgian father in Thailand, her nickname is ‘Mai’. Thus, she is often referred to as ‘Mai Davika’. She was discovere

Thawan Duchanee’s Buddhist Art Works

04/28/2015 01:53:14 AM

By painting the world with its different forms and images, I became a part of God! (Thawan Duchanee)   Maybe you remember my article about Thawan Duchanee’s Black House Museum that is called ‘Baan Dam’ in Thai. Apart from creating

Media Review: David Usher ‘Let the Elephants Run’ & the Creativity Process

04/26/2015 04:18:11 AM

This might seem to be an off-topic post. However, I’d like to talk to you about the creativity process according to David Usher and review his new book ‘Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything’ published

Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Desnitskaya – The Russian Princess of Siam

04/24/2015 03:34:05 AM

Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Desnitskaya was born 1886 in Lutsk, Ukraine. The story of her marriage to the Siamese Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath has intrigued many people over different generations, since a marriage between a Russian lady and a ...

Nielloware Art in Thailand

04/22/2015 06:14:04 AM

Nielloware art and jewellery have been very popular in Thailand. In my opinion, it is one of the most elaborate and beautiful Thai art handicrafts. However, the niello technique does not seen to have originated in Thailand. It is said that ...

The ‘Khao Chae’ Royal Thai Summer Dish (ข้าวแช่)

04/21/2015 02:06:06 AM

The ‘Khao Chae’ (ข้าวแช่) dish was originally a Mon recipe that had been adapted as a royal Thai dish in the palace. It goes back to the times of King Rama II (r. 1809 to 1824). The Thai version of this meal has more side ...

Media Review: Top 10 Bangkok by Ron Emmons & Alex Robinson

04/19/2015 03:35:04 AM

Today’s media review is about Top 10 Bangkok by Ron Emmons (texts) & Alex Robinson (photographs) (ISBN: 978-3-7342-0510-1). This guidebook was published by Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH, Munich. My review copy is the 3rd and newest  ...

Thainess, ‘Luk kreung’ & The Siam Renaissance

04/17/2015 02:59:20 AM

The Siam Renaissance (Thawiphop, dir. Surapong Pinijkhar, 2004) is a movie about a young Thai woman named Manee/Maneechan (Florence Vanida Faivre). She is from the early 21st century and educated in France but with the help of a mirror she ...

Thai Style Banana, Pineapple & Coconut Smoothie

04/16/2015 02:49:53 AM

Today I’d like to share with you a nice and easy recipe how to make a Thai style banana, pineapple & coconut Smoothie. Summertime is coming soon and this is a perfectly refreshing and tropical drink for the season. What is more, banana, ...

Buddhism in Thai Movies: The Holy Man Trilogy

04/14/2015 03:24:12 AM

Buddhism is a prominent subject in Thai movies and hence such films are also referred to as belonging to the ‘monk genre’. In such movies, Buddhist monks are the protagonists and it is important to note that they also frequently occur ...

Thai Hip Hop Band ‘Buddha Bless': Music with a Message

04/13/2015 03:32:42 AM

As you may know from my recent post about Joey Boy, the King of Thai Rapper, I’m really obsessed with Thai Hip Hop music Hence, I’d like to present you my favourite band in this genre: it’s Buddha Bless! The band has three members

The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, Bangkok

04/12/2015 03:15:40 AM

The Reclining Buddha is a very popular tourist magnet and also an important object of piety. It is located at Wat Pho which is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon District in Bangkok. Thus, this place is also referred to as ‘Temple of the ...

‘Songkran’ – The Thai New Year Festival

04/10/2015 04:39:39 AM

‘Songkran’ is the Thai New Year Festival which takes place from 13. to 15. April each year. Thus, it is a very important event in the Buddhist calendar since it marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The term ‘Songkr

Krissada ‘Noi’ Sukosol Clapp: Thai-American Singer, Actor & Hotelier

04/08/2015 09:22:49 AM

‘Thai celebrities known for making a mark in both the music and hospitality industries’ (Financial Times about the Sukosol family) Krissada Sukosol Clapp, born in 1970, is also known as ‘Noi Pru’ or Krissada Terence. He is the y

The ‘Joe Louis’ Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre

04/07/2015 02:32:10 AM

The Joe Louis Puppet Theatre was founded in 1985 by the famous Thai puppeteer Sakorn Yang-keawsot (1922-2007). His nickname was ‘Joe Louis’ and he was acknowledged as National Artist for performing arts in 1996. Hence, he falls into t ...

Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam: Writer & Motor Racing Enthusiast

04/05/2015 04:12:10 AM

Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (จุลจักรพงษ์), born in March 1908, was a half-Thai member of the Siamese Royal Family and the House of Chakrabongse. He was the grandson of King Rama V of Siam and the only son of Prince ...

Why are ‘Luk kreung’ successful in Thai Media? Half-Asian Advantages…?

04/03/2015 08:00:49 AM

“The signs of beauty are the signs of health” (R. Elisabeth Cornwell, psychologist) The topic I want to address today concerns the increasing success and dominance of ‘luk kreung’, half-Thai people, in Thai entertainment indu

Thai Fashion Designer: Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana

04/02/2015 08:24:31 AM

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, born in 1987, is a young and accomplished fashion designer in Thailand and very much appreciated for her fabulous look. Not only is she of royal descent, being the daughter of Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn ...

Tom Yum with Beef

04/01/2015 08:12:32 AM

Maybe you remember that I’ve recently done a recipe on Tom Yum Gung (ต้มยำกุ้ง) which is a refreshing spicy Thai soup with lemongrass and shrimps. However, there is also the variant to prepare Tom Yum with beef and marr ...

Thai Ghost & Horror Movies and ‘Phi Mak Phra Khanong’

03/31/2015 03:32:41 AM

As you might remember from my recent article about Father Red & Uncle Boonmee or A Thai Ghost Story, belief in ghosts and spirits is very popular, enduring and present in Thailand. This belief in the supernatural is also a part of Thai everyday ...

Nadech and Yaya: Ideal of The Perfect Couple

03/29/2015 07:36:13 AM

When I first saw Nadech Kugimiya (Barry) and Urassaya Sperbund (Yaya) in a clip to the Rising Sun Series (Roy Fun Tawan Deard), a series with a Japanese setting, I thought to myself that they are just to good to be true. Both seem so sweet ...

Traditional Thai Beauty Secrets

03/28/2015 08:46:23 AM

Thai women have often been admired for their flawless and unique beauty. They have been envied for their long silky hair, radiant glowy skin and perfect nails. The secret to Thai women’s beauty probably lies in their genes. However, there ...

Thai Movie Star: Ananda Everingham

03/27/2015 06:09:01 AM

Today, Ananda Everingham can be regarded as the foremost Thai movie star although he has no Thai origins. Born 1982 in Thailand, Ananda is in fact of Australian-Laotian descent and has Australian nationality. His father is the Australian ...

Father Red & Uncle Boonmee or A Thai Ghost Story

03/26/2015 05:18:19 AM

A Thai Ghost Story The little narration I’m going to tell you now is based on a ghost story that my Dad used to tell me. It’s about his encounter with a ghost called Father Red (Phô: Daeng, Thai: พ่อ แดง). In the 1950s ...

‘Luk kreung’ and Concepts of Mixed Race in Thailand

03/25/2015 04:16:37 AM

Recently I’ve written a post about Thai beauty ideals and the desire for ‘fair skin’ pointing out that in Thailand, Western beauty concepts prevail even though the country has never been colonized by a European nation. In this cont

The Great Buddha of Wat Muang, Thailand

03/24/2015 04:18:20 AM

If you come to the province of Ang Thong in Thailand, you will behold an amazing and awe-inspiring sight. It’s the Great Buddha Statue of Thailand which is located in the Wat Muang Monastry in Ang Thong province. This temple is situated ...

David Usher: Thai-Canadian Singer and Creative Artist

03/23/2015 04:04:17 AM

The perfect time to get creative is now David Usher By chance I’ve come across the Thai-Canadian artist David Usher and from what I’ve heard, read and seen of him so far, I can only say that he is a stunning and extraordinary artist The ...

Thai Yellow Curry -Gaeng Garee- แกงกะหรี่

03/22/2015 04:48:18 AM

Today, I’d like to present you a recipe for Thai Yellow Curry which is called ‘Gaeng Garee’ (แกงกะหรี่) in Thai. It is a common and very popular Thai curry. Outside Thailand, this curry is often referred to as th

The Khon – A Thai Dance Drama

03/21/2015 07:35:42 AM

The Khon is a traditional Thai dance drama which includes part masked dance and part play. Originally the Khon (in Thai:โขน) was only performed at the royal court. Traditionally, similar to Shakespearian dramas,  the roles were played ...

Thai Beauty Ideals and Desire for ‘Fair Skin’

03/20/2015 09:13:42 AM

Thailand is an interesting case to study as far as beauty ideals are concerned. This is because Thailand, similar to Japan, has never been formally colonized by a European nation. However, the tendency can be observed that in particular Thai ...

Joey Boy – King of Thai Rapper

03/19/2015 04:56:51 AM

Well, people often can’t imagine that I’m really into Thai Rap and Hip Hop music. They are astonished when I say that I like Joey Boy, the King of Thai Rapper. His real name is Apisit Opasaimlikit, born in 1975 to a Thai-Chinese fami ...

Jam Wunsen – Thai Glass Noodle Salad ยำวุ้นเส้น

03/18/2015 05:50:30 AM

Recently, I’ve prepared Jam Wunsen which is a Thai glass noodle salad. Glass noodles are also known as cellophane noodles because they are transparent and made from starch, most often from mung bean starch. In Thai language, glass noodles ...

What does ‘Discover Thainess’ mean?

03/17/2015 05:14:11 AM

Discover Thainess I’ve recently come across TAT’s (Tourism Authority of Thailand) activity ‘DiscoverThainess’ which is a contest that invites non-Thai people to engage in five different categories of activities related to R

The Thai Ramakien-Thailand’s Folklore

03/16/2015 11:57:11 AM

The Thai Ramakien The Thai Ramakien is the National Epic of Thailand. Literally translated it means “the Glory of Rama”. Thus, the Ramakien (in Thai: รามเกียรติ์) may be considered as depicting Thailand’s fo

Thai Pad Prik King – Red Curry & Long Beans Stir-fry ผัดพริกขิงกุ้ง

03/15/2015 04:39:39 AM

Today I have a recipe for you on how to make stir-fried red curry with long-beans. In Thai this dish is called Thai Pad Prik King (ผัดพริกขิง). It’s also sometimes written as ‘Phat Phrik Khing’. The special fea

Traditional Thai Make Up

03/13/2015 05:58:08 AM

Today I’d like to focus on the topic of ‘Traditional Thai Make Up’. However, I must say right at the start that I could not really figure it out whether there is actually a kind of ‘official’ make up look that is conside

Thai Singer ‘Palmy’ Eve Pancharoen

03/12/2015 03:29:34 AM

by by Palmy is the artist name of the Thai-Belgian pop singer Eve Pancharoen born in 1981. I first heard of Palmy when I was in Thailand two years ago. That was when my cousin gave me a DVD of a Palmy concert. I was really impressed by Pal ...

Visiting the Golden Mount (Wat Saket) in Bangkok

03/11/2015 04:49:34 AM

by by One of the sights that I wanted to see and visit when travelling to Bangkok two years ago, was the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong, in Thai: ภูเขาทอง)). The official Thai name for the Golden Mount is Wat Saket Ratcha Wora ...