Temples tamed by trees

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 28 February 2014

Trees can be treacherous. In Cambodia, the Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat is overrun by tree roots that overtake the structures and break through their walls.

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Born Ready: short doco series on Muay Thai fighters in Philadelphia

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By Contributions in News on Thursday 25 July 2013

Child fighters in sport of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) are commonplace in the martial art’s country of origin, and the subject of much attention. However, Born Ready introduces viewers to a group of young champions training together at a gym in Philadelphia. All four, between the ages of 12 and 17, have already secured national […]

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The White Temple: a contemporary Buddhist temple in Thailand

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By Patch Sinclair in Architecture on Sunday 23 June 2013

Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) is a contemporary Buddhist temple situated in Chang Rai, Thailand. It is the vision of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who has dedicated the rest of his life to completing the sculpturally intricate, mirror embedded sanctuary. He believes the project will take 70 years to complete and he is in the process of passing his aspirations onto his 60 or so helpers.

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Funny Thai bank robbery ad

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 15 January 2013

This Thai television commercial is at least six years old, but it’s still pretty darn good now that I’m watching this in 2013. Excellent cast and deft direction too. I don’t know how the creative agency thought about connecting the product to a bank heist in the first place at all. Thais are just really […]

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Photos of Thais in Chiang Mai’s oldest market

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 10 January 2013

A recent rampage at the local art museum brought me face-to-face with Dow Wasiksiri’s work. Born in Thailand, but raised overseas, Wasiksiri aims to ‘photograph the Thai way of life with a quizzical eye’. This includes capturing street portraits of people who hang out at Chiang Mai’s Kard Luang Market against hand-held photo backdrops. All that colour!

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Southeast Asia’s non-PC toilet signs

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 November 2012

Even though I’ve lived in Southeast Asia for nearly four years, the local battles with translations into English still regularly draw a guilty laugh. My collection of massively non-PC toilet signs for the disabled is a work in progress. One day I hope to own a gallery.

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Pictures of commuters surprised by shouting

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 8 November 2012

Thai photographer Benz Thanachart has devised a rather unusual strategy to shoot great candid pictures: shout random phrases like ‘fried egg’ and ‘Tokyo tower’ to throw unsuspecting subjects off. Titled Smartphone, the project started when he returned to Thailand after spending a year in New York and noticed how commuters were using their mobile devices to cut off from contact with their surroundings. The looks he captures on his camera are quite priceless.

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Elephant Massage on Bang Tao Beach, Thailand

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 October 2012

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a baby elephant work out all your knots and pains, you can now be massaged by one at Thailand’s Bang Tao Beach. The master masseuses, Lucky and Lilly, are 3 and 4 year old beasts with a very beautiful nature. Having actually met the babies in real life, I […]

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Illustrations by Thai artist Tarin Yuangtrakul

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By Saad Moosajee in New Illustration on Thursday 24 May 2012

The work Thailand-based artist Tarin Yuangtrakul shows a level of skill and maturity far beyond the artist’s age of 19. Yuangtrakul’s illustrative work is an impressive combination of several mediums and boasts an unbelievable amount of detail.

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Incredible street art by Brooklyn-based Sheryo

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By Meghan Geliza in New Art on Tuesday 24 April 2012

I met this awesome lady in Thailand, during the Little Lotus Project. Sheryo is a wicked street artist originally from Singapore but now Brooklyn-based. She has traveled the world doing art bombings everywhere she lands: from Korea, to Cambodia, Indonesia, to LA and New York. Her works are gnarly, hilarious and incredible.

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Floating Cinema by Beijing architect Ole Scheeren

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 31 March 2012

Why settle for poolside movies when you can watch films in a floating cinema in the middle of the ocean? Specially created for the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival in Thailand, the floating Archipelago Cinema took its construction cue from techniques used by fishermen for floating lobster farms. Just don’t get motion sickness […]

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Monja Gentschow’s Deck of Cards

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By Daniel Schwarz in New Design on Sunday 6 November 2011

During a travel around Thailand and lots of card playing, Berlin-based designer Monja Gentschow decided to give the usual playing cards a new coat and designed the most beautiful deck ever.

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Thai food guaranteed not to cause pregnancy

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By Cody A. Seekins in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 August 2011

When I lived in Bangkok, Thailand, this restaurant was one of the more unique eating establishments I found. In addition to offering delicious authentic Thai cuisine, Cabbages & Condoms is a public awareness campaign presented in a light and humorous way. As they say: ‘Our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy’.

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The worst TV ad ever?

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Saturday 28 August 2010

I’ve watched this advert a few times and it still leaves me shell-shocked, despite having lived in Thailand for a while now and acknowledged that there is an undercurrent of xenophobia. And even racism. But this tops anything I’ve seen or heard, and it still made it onto national TV.

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Koh Samui’s The Library

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By Andy in New Design on Sunday 30 March 2008

A minimalist design hotel parked on Thailand’s Koh Samui island, The Library stole my attention as I wandered down Chewang Beach at sunset.

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