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PlateCulture Unites Amateur Cooks With Foodies for Home-Style Meals

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Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag’s work is recognizable by strong, simple lines that create a continuity between the outdoors and indoors, such as the resorts Costa Lanta in Krabi and the Naka Phuket. He has recently attracted the admiration of Bangkok’s young, hipster set with the Jam Factory, an artsy outpost that opened its doors in

EXPAT LIFE

Student and Expat: What Do They Have in Common?

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The excitement of a new city, the terror of being alone, a built-in community and the ability to reinvent yourself. Most people will only experience life changes of this magnitude once—when they go away to college. Expats endure the thrill and horror of starting a new life each time they move. After three years in

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VIRAL

Get an Espresso and an Exorcism at Bangkok’s Premiere Witchcraft Cafe

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Bangkok has a wide array of spiritual services for sale. Want to pump up your rack with “natural breast enlargement” courtesy of a chest-slapping shamaness? Can do. Interested in dropping $2000 on an illegal doll that houses an aborted fetus who predicts lottery numbers? Bangkok has you covered. In a society that loves

HUMAN INTEREST+

A New Crowdfunding Platform Helps Human Trafficking Victims Come Home

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Mira* was 14 when she was lured away from her impoverished Indonesian hometown with promises of lucrative restaurant work in nearby Singapore. Instead, she was given false documents that identified her as 19 and spent two years serving wealthy Singaporeans—performing sex work in a hotel instead of the waitressing work she was promised.

SPOOKY STORIES

Thailand Is Full of Ghosts

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Belief in ghosts, spirits, and superstitions are rife in Thailand. Concern for keeping supernatural beings happy affects everything from personal practices to politics to the real estate market. Even the country’s current leader, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, boasts about his collection of magical amulets, whose power he purportedly relies on for his success. Most Thais will freely admit that they believe in phi (the Thai word for ghost)

DRUGS

I Dug Up Peyote in the Mexican Desert

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In the fall of 2012, I set off from my apartment in Mexico City and traveled nine hours through rough terrain to the Chihuahuan Desert to illegally dig up and take peyote. Growing up in Connecticut, I’d heard of the hallucinogen but not of anyone actually doing it. Back then, I wasn’t even sure what it was. Though like many teens I’d explored most other psychedelics before graduating high school, peyote was the only one that still held an element of wonder in my mind.

TRIPPY ART

Bangkok’s Swing-Dancing Scene Takes Off

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Archan Nair gets about ten messages a day from fans asking him what kinds of drugs he takes. Sometimes people even ask if they can buy acid or shrooms off him. He usually replies, “Sorry dude, I’m not into psychedelics.” Despite his cult following amongst fans of surreal art, New Delhi-based Nair has never taken the LSD, mushrooms or even the traditional Indian bhang lassi that people imagine him

EATING ROUGH

My Afternoon Eating Dandelions with a Punk ‘Wildman’ Forager

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I felt a little alarmed as I watched a guy wearing a pith helmet and a pickaxe pop a yellow dandelion into his mouth. I’m pretty sure my mom told me they were poisonous when I was a kid. A few minutes after swallowing, he showed no sign of vomiting plant matter or dying, so when he picked another from the ground and asked me to try it, I couldn’t help but accept. It didn’t taste bad—the texture reminded me of a Brussels sprout with a surprisingly mild flavor.

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TRAVEL
HOTEL REVIEW

Aleenta Resort & Spa offers green living, vegan treats, homemade scrubs, and the pinkest sunsets in Pranburi

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Pranburi isn’t a place you go if you want a party. Set a fair bit away from the not-exactly-jumping beach town of Hua Hin, this spot, beloved for its long stretches of beach and lovely pink sunsets, is mostly known as a couples getaway, with a stretch of luxurious resorts set along the beach. Aleenta

HOTEL REVIEW

Mövenpick Asara Hua Hin: Jungle pool villas make a great nature-filled respite from the city

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It’s a jungle out there — and that theme continues inside at Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa in Hua Hin. From the moment you enter the open-air lobby, overlooking wooden bridges darting through a lagoon, you start to feel the cares of Bangkok slipping away and feel much farther from the city than just a few hours.

HOTEL NEWS

The Burger-Bringin’ Boat: This Phuket resort delivers room service by gondola

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Ah, room service. It’s an indulgent feeling, ordering food in your PJs and having it delivered to your room — even ordering a simple bowl of noodles or toast with eggs feels wonderfully indulgent. It never gets old. One resort on Phuket’s Karon Beach has turned this universal desire into a fun (albeit gimmicky) feature that guests love.

TRAVEL TIPS

Take Better Vacation Photos: A how-to with Asia street photographer Anthony Cheung

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Artsy, jealousy-inducing photos are a vacation goal for many, but some of your friends’ holiday snaps on Facebook and Instagram are probably boring enough to make you unfollow even your inner circle. As a fan of Anthony Cheung’s street photography for some time, I jumped at the chance to get a private lesson from the

UNUSUAL RETREATS

Tube Time: Malaysia’s Time Capsule Retreat offers guests tiny but cozy nights in a tube

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For travelers that love outdoorsy stays and unusual accommodations, from inflatable bubbles to nests in the sky, this guesthouse in rural Malaysia might just call out to you. The Time Capsule Retreat, near the town of Sungai Lembing in Pahang, lets people sleep in a section of oversized concrete piping with windows fitted onto each

CREEPY ATTRACTIONS

Mae Nak: Visiting the weird, wonderful shrine dedicated to Thailand’s most famous ghost

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Thai lore has it that Mae Nak was a pregnant young woman living along Phra Kanong Canal in central Bangkok with her husband during the mid 1800s. Her husband, Mak, was drafted into the military. Nak and her baby died during childbirth while he was gone. However, Mak returned to find them

MUST SEE PLACES

Riverside Retreat: Lhong 1919 is an artsy enclave that offers a slice of old China in Bangkok

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If life in the city ever starts to feel like a drag, then remember — there are plenty of quick and easy escape routes to the quiet life. In case you want to get away from the crush of Siam and Sukhumvit for the far side of the river, then try this arts enclave on

TRAVEL PHOTO ESSAY

Stop and Sniff: Bangkok’s blooming, fragrant, colorful 24-hour flower market (PHOTOS)

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Bangkok’s historic flower market operates indoors and out, around the clock. For generations of Thais, the market’s been running for as long as they can remember — but for how many years is disputed. Some say that an iteration of it has been

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VIRAL DRINKS

Bangkok’s Blue-Hued Brew: Colorful coffee at indigo-themed cafe Blue Whale Maharaj

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It’s easy to let the blues wash over you at Old Town’s Blue Whale Maharaj cafe. The three-story shophouse is decked out in ocean shades from top to toe. Visitors that trek across the city to try one of their indigo drinks — which have spent considerable time in social media limelight — report large crowds

QUESTIONABLE CUISINE

Is this Vacant Lot Restaurant ‘Bangkok’s Most Unique Dining Experience?

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Near the top of Soi 7, which has been dubbed “Soi Public Toilet,” there’s a vacant lot behind a scary corrugated tin wall. In front of it is a Pinterest party-style chalkboard sign proclaiming that, if you walk through a break in the wall, you can experience the “Vacant Lot Restaurant — Bangkok’s Most Uniqueh

HIGH END EATS

Was it worth it? We had lunch at Bangkok bucket list restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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Sure they exist in cities throughout the world, from Vegas to Tokyo to Paris, but L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the French haute cuisine signature chain of the recently deceased, Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon is still a “must visit” restaurant for many foodies (or would-be foodies). Hardly minimal, the Bangkok

VIRAL FOOD

We tried Homeburg, the viral burger spot that only makes four burgers daily and has a wait list of 1,000

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Taiki Tsubota has become a viral star — not just because of how his homemade burgers taste, but also due to the fact that he only makes four of them per day. This limited production is just one of the factors behind the sky-high levels of demand he’s dealing with.

SECRET SPOTS

Sip the city’s best coffee in the secret artsy alley beloved by Siem Reap locals

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Siem Reap is so much more than Angkor Wat and Pub Street. It’s a vibrant, bustling city with charming colonial influences, tiny alleys filled with well-curated shops, restaurants that feel like secret treasures, and canals that wind through it all. It’s when you step

STREET FOOD

Bangkok sunset street food tour by tuk-tuk offers cuisine loved by locals (PHOTOS)

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There are few things that define Bangkok more than tuk-tuks and street food. Why not combine them and jump on a tour that combines both? We recently had a chance to try such a tour. Expique, a tour company that lets people “experience unique Bangkok” caters to travelers looking for something different. When we met

VIRAL FOOD

Guide to Cheese Tea: What it is, why you’ll love it, and how to drink it [VIDEO]

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“Cheese tea” sounds gross, but if you’re picturing a cup of lukewarm Lipton with a slice of American tossed on top — well, that’s not quite it. Most people outside of Asia are unconvinced of how tasty it can be. That is, until they try it. We’ll break it down — what goes into making it, how to enjoy

TRENDING DRINKS

Bespoke Boba and Bubbles: Thong Lor’s Drip Tea & Coffee offers lit cheese tea and torched cream coffee

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Thong Lor is crawling with cute cafes, Instagrammable bars, and date-worthy restaurants but we happened upon a spot offering drinks just a little different from the rest.

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TRENDING CAFE

Coffee and Coffins: Bangkok’s death-themed cafe brings awareness to the end of life

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Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe is serving up more than just lattes and smoothies. This new cafe in Bangkok, founded by Professor Veeranut Rojanaprapa, offers philosophy classes in one corner, desks where you can plan your funeral in another, and a casket that you can climb inside to get a discount on a cappuccino.

SECRET SPOTS

This secret cafe deep in Bangkok’s flower market will astound you (PHOTOS)

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Deep in Bangkok’s ancient flower market, secreted away above a working flower shop, is the most enchanting cafe we’ve ever seen. The hidden retreat requires visitors to walk through the florist, called Napasorn, and up a set of stairs at the back to enter Floral Cafe, a wonderful world where flowers hang everywhere and the

WEIRD TRAVEL

Sexual Heil-ing: Nonthaburi love hotel’s ‘Communism’ room features Hitler mural

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You thought you’d seen the last of the viral stories about Thai people’s weird and inexplicible love of Hitler? Nah. A recent internet search for love hotels (don’t ask) brought us straight to the website of Love Villa Hotel, a new-ish property in Nonthaburi that’s about an hour and a half drive from downtown Bangkok. Love hotels are rife in

WEIRD TRAVEL

Celling It: Pay to get locked up at Bangkok’s new prison-themed hotel

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While Thai prisons are nowhere anyone wants to end up, a new hotel in Bangkok features a jail theme and a cartoonish riff on life behind bars for its guests. Located just off Sukhumvit Road in the up-and-coming Udomsuk neighborhood, Sook Station is a hotel with a very unusual theme. For just THB1,080 (USD$30) per night, guests can pout behind a fake set of bars that act as the door to their room,

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DEATH ACCOUNTS

Farang Deaths is the grimmest website we can’t stop reading

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Farang Deaths catalogues the dark side of life in a sunny country. It’s a morbid curiosity filled with scorned lovers, empty bank accounts, suicide notes, desperation and many, many balconies.

RISQUE

Kindling: Seminal sexpat blogger Stickman Bangkok packs it in after two decades

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In a sad and surprising post, Stick, the blogger behind one of Bangkok’s oldest expat blogs, Stickman Bangkok, announced that he’s packing it in and calling it a day after

VIRAL FOOD

Tourist Crap: Taipei’s notorious Modern Toilet Restaurant has terrible hot pot, but great photo ops

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It’s unclear if anyone walking into a theme restaurant that takes its design inspiration from bathrooms expects a great meal. At the Modern Toilet Restaurant,

WTF NEWS

Soi Hongnam: Sukhumvit Soi 7 has become the city center’s de facto public toilet

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One rarely considered side street in Nana has become home to several pop-up bars each evening, drawing a mix of regulars, tourists, and working girls — and all without a bathroom in sight. Unless, of course, you count this DIY facility crafted out of a bucket, toilet seat, and shower curtain by some ingenious —

WTF NEWS

Fun for All: The team behind Soi Hongnam’s bucket toilet drops new funnel facility

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Usually, when you employ a funnel on a night of drinking, it’s to ingest beer quickly. However, the great minds of Sukhumvit Soi 7, also known as Soi Hongnam (Thai for Toilet Alley), pride themselves on thinking differently. If a funnel can help beer go in, can one also usher it out? Apparently, yes.

LIFESTYLE
THEME CAFE

Under the Sea: Bangkok’s new Mermaid Cafe lets visitors frolic like fishes (PHOTOS)

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COCONUTS HOT SPOTS — Bangkok’s new Mermaid Castle Cafe is nestled into a slim, four-story building in hip shopping destination Siam Square, and it’s the place where all your underwater dreams can come true. The first three floors are dedicated to shopping. Swimsuits, mermaid pajamas, phone cases, makeup,

GENDER EQUALITY

Sorry Ladies: Bangkok bar hosts night where men drink for free (PHOTOS)

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It’s been a long time coming in the global fight for drinking equality but W Hotel’s Woobar has made a stride forward on behalf of the guys: men’s night. That’s right. Free booze. For dudes. While women around the world have been getting lit for free at ladies’ nights for decades, dudes have had to

VIRAL ROMANCE

A Wonderfruit romance: Cute couple get married at festival where they met (PHOTOS)

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Couple have wedding in unique, magical setting

ART AS LIFE

Controversial cartoonist Joan Cornellà’s second Bangkok show ‘Happy Endings’ opens Thursday (INTERVIEW)

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After the great public reception he got at his first Bangkok show in March of last year, darkly funny Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornellà

DATING
HUMOR

The 13 girls you’ll date in Bangkok

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Whether you’ve just moved here or have already dated all 13 types, find out more about the ladies you’ll meet in Bangkok.

HUMOR

The 14 guys you’ll date in Bangkok

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From English teachers to average Thai guys to the one you had to “import,” finding love in Bangkok can be a bit tricky for the ladies.

ROMANCE WOES

Dating Despair: Why finding love is hard in Bangkok for Thai men

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Dating Despair is a four-part series about why dating in Bangkok, well … sucks. This story is a collection of anecdotes from Thai men who live in the capital. From girls who want them to bleach their most intimate zones

ROMANCE WOES

Dating Despair: Why finding love in Bangkok is hard for foreign women

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Dating Despair is a four-part series about why dating in Bangkok, well … sucks. This story is a collection of anecdotes from foreign women who live in the capital. From recycling men to culture clashes with local boyfriends to guys that forgot to mention their wives and kids, navigating love for foreign women in this

ROMANCE WOES

Dating Despair: Why finding love in Bangkok is hard for foreign men

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Dating Despair is a four-part series about why dating in Bangkok, well … sucks. This story is a collection of anecdotes from foreign men who live in the capital. Blah, blah, blah, yes, we’ve seen every lad article, bro blog, sexpat soliloquy, and beyond singing the praises of dating in Thailand for foreign men. Want

VIRAL LOVE

Hype, swipe and gripe: Sparking some love with Tinder in Bangkok

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For the past year, one topic has seemed on the tip of every tongue and swiping finger – Tinder. Tindering is casual and can happen anywhere and at any time. I’ve had a friend meet a guy in the middle of Songkran water-fighting on Silom Road, and another randomly announce

LGBT+
STORY TIME

Teacher allegedly fired for being transgender, hopes to share message of love and acceptance

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A Filipino transgender teacher in Bangkok was recently fired from her job, allegedly because of her gender, which the Thai school claimed to not realize when they hired her.

IN THEIR WORLD

Grace Baey’s portraits of Yangon’s trans population are intimate without being intrusive (PHOTOS)

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Some photographers are able to capture the most delicate moments deftly. With her project Living Choices, Singapore-based shooter Grace Baey showed her ability to do just that. Baey spent one month in Yangon taking pictures of the city’s trans population for the photo series — and despite the short time frame and limited window for gaining

CULTURE
EXPAT LIFE

Racism, anger and why dual pricing makes sense to Thai people

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If you’ve been living in Thailand for a while, you’ve probably been overcharged for something. You might have screamed at a vendor when it happened, but here’s what you should have done.

EXPAT LIFE

The five stages of culture shock for foreigners in Thailand

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A Thai lecturer on intercultural communications broke down the five stages of culture shock in Thailand for foreigners.

EXPAT LIFE

Five common miscommunications between foreigners and Thais

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Thais and foreigners communicate really differently. Even if they’re speaking the same language, there’s still lots of room for awkward miscommunication at work and at play.