Welcome to the future: Bangkok’s robot restaurant

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 January 2014

If you’ve ever traveled to Bangkok and missed out on dining at the Hajime Robot Restaurant, kick yourself now! It may look like a regular restaurant, serving up sushi, kurobuta and BBQ buffet, but Hajime is the first restaurant in Thailand to use ‘genius robots’ to serve food. The Hajime robot was developed by Thai […]

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Photos capture Bangkok prison fights between inmates and free foreign fighters

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By Alexander Hotz in New Photography on Thursday 17 October 2013

Last week I visited Bangkok’s Klong Prem Prison for Coconuts Bangkok to see arguably the strangest fighting event in all of Asia, if not the world. Thai prisoners were pitted against free foreign fighters in both Muay Thai and traditional boxing bouts. Both sides were competing for a little cash, but the Thai prisoners were also fighting for their lives, literally.

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6 year old kids duke it out in Bangkok Muay Thai contest

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 11 October 2013

Elbows, knees, fists—almost anything is a go in the sport of Muay Thai where kids as young as six are in the ring. Documented by photographer Sandra Hoyn, this photo series titled Fighting Kids shows the full-contact sport in action like never before. Hoyn was able to spend four weeks accompanying the children at home, […]

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Celebrating the Thai-Europe Connection at the Bukruk Street Art Festival

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Art on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Bangkok is going street art and has rounded up some of the best street artists from Europe and Thailand to take part. The Bukruk Street Art Festival, which is on for the very first time, features artists such as Nicolas Barrome, Daan Botlek, Saddo, San, Kruela D´Enfer and Harito. 27 artists painting, spraying and illustrating […]

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Dine here in Bangkok and get a free vasectomy

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 January 2013

Grab a dinner and get a free vasectomy at the same place? In Bangkok, you can do just that. Dedicated to birth control, Cabbages and Condoms is founded by Thailand’s former Minster of Health Mechai Viravaidya, who also makes sure that post-meal condoms are handed out to restaurant patrons. Wow.

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Bangkok building looks flaky, but really isn’t

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 22 November 2012

Remember the floating cinema? Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s Ole Scheeren, the architect behind it, has also designed a number of other intriguing architectural structures.

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Pana Objects: Bangkok-based product design

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By Nucharin Wangphongsawasd in New Design on Wednesday 5 September 2012

Pana Objects is a group of young product designers based in Bangkok, Thailand. They are a group of friends who share a same love of wood with an aim to create great quality, functional and playful wooden products. Their products are full of character, lovable and give a warm feeling for the house they’re going to live in. They just launched their product into the market about six months ago.

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The fastest haircut in the world

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By Suzie Wong in Video on Wednesday 7 September 2011

4mx8m is the average dimension of a typical Shophouse in South East Asia. Peter Nitsch’s Hair Salon time-lapse gives us a unique insight into a day in the world of Madame Chusri Sripengsub. As Nitsch says about the video: ‘It isn‘t intended to be a perfect time-lapse. Instead, it tries to visually emulate the rough […]

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Bangkok Cable Ways iPad app

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By Suzie Wong in New Photography on Thursday 30 June 2011

In Bangkok Cable Ways, Thomas Kalak takes a photographic view of supposedly meaningless details in the urban context that only become valuable as the subject of an image by the fact that they are constantly in the urban panorama.

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SuperrZaaap!! store, Bangkok

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By Michelle Wilding in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 January 2011

Located in Bangkok’s fast-paced Siam Square, the SuperrZaaap!! Store is a trendy resource for humble street fashionistas. It stocks everything from its very own funky tee line to jeans, shades and accessories.

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Spirits: Creativities from Beyond exhibit in Bangkok

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By Michelle Wilding in New Events on Friday 3 December 2010

Thai natives are fascinated by Asian spiritual paradigms, so it’s only natural that they weave traditional beliefs into their art and daily culture. Bangkok’s Spirits: Creativities from Beyond exhibit in particular takes a look at ghosts, spirits and the afterlife in order to highlight the role which these notions play in the modern world.

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Bangkok’s Vertigo Bar

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By Nikki Savvides in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 March 2009

On the roof of Bangkok’s Banyan Tree Hotel is a dining experience like no other. The Vertigo Bar sits sixty one floors up, and serves delicious gourmet meals and cocktails. These are expensive by Thai standards, but cheap enough for shoestring travellers to indulge in now and then (a cocktail costs around AUD$12). I’ve spent […]

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Muse by Good Mixer

This Island Life Contributor

By This Island Life in New Fashion on Monday 5 January 2009

When I first stumbled upon local label, MUSE by Good Mixer, in Bangkok, I knew I’d found something special. In an industry plagued by copycat designers struggling to find their own identity, you’ve got to admire the ones who have carved an original signature style. By taking unlikely inspiration from American football and mixing it with Eastern influences, the latest collection by designer Chaichon Savantrat plays masculine sportswear against exotic evening wear. Teaming structured shoulder silhouettes with free flowing fabrics, Savantrat uses a palette of black, white and red to showcase intricate embroidery. And with pieces for both men and women, he’s got both teams covered.

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The Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok

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By Anna Sutton in Cool Travel on Monday 10 November 2008

The Atlanta has the kind of charm and character most tourists wouldn’t expect to find amidst the rambling chaos of modern Bangkok. In contrast with the debauchery of the nearby sex district, this secluded 1950s hotel harks back to more civilised times. As you sip your icy tropical libation at the check-in desk, the quiet grandeur of the art-deco-style foyer takes precedence over your fleeting obsession with passports and heatstroke. Before you know it, the porter is beckoning you to follow him as he carries the luggage to your laidback room.

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