Thai culture

10 essential Chiang Mai experiences

10 essential Chiang Mai experiences

After Thailand's tastiest bowl of khao soi? A mountain escape? Giant water fight? Thailand's "Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields" is the place to be
Photo feature: Bangkok’s blowtorch-wielding Buddha makers

Photo feature: Bangkok’s blowtorch-wielding Buddha makers

Inside a huge factory on the city's outskirts, men and women create giant Buddhist statues for businesses, temples and homes
Photo gallery: Thailand celebrates HM the King’s birthday

Photo gallery: Thailand celebrates HM the King’s birthday

Highlights of the weekend festivities that lit up the nation as the world's longest reigning monarch turns 82
Gallery: Ditch those steaks. The Bangkok Vegetarian Festival is underway

Gallery: Ditch those steaks. The Bangkok Vegetarian Festival is underway

For 10 days Bangkok is awash in yellow flags as Thais of Chinese origin go full vegan
Golden Mile Complex: The best tom yum and som tam in town

Golden Mile Complex: The best tom yum and som tam in town

Where to find Thailand in Singapore -- complete with great food, Singha and a rocking good time
Thailand's 18 Oscar picks: It's all about culture

Thailand's 18 Oscar picks: It's all about culture

As the nation sends its latest -- and critically panned -- submission to the Academy, a look back at past entries and the insights they offer
Necrological literature: Thailand's 'funeral books'

Necrological literature: Thailand's 'funeral books'

Books about the dead are popular momentos at Thai funerals, but they also offer historical insights and even classic Thai recipes
Party animals take note: This weekend will be booze-free in Bangkok

Party animals take note: This weekend will be booze-free in Bangkok

Bars will be closed from July 15-16 to mark the start of Buddhist Lent in Thailand
'Sacred Skin': An exploration of Thailand's sak yant tattoo culture

'Sacred Skin': An exploration of Thailand's sak yant tattoo culture

The author of a new book on Thailand's famed spirit tattoos discusses everything from women with superpowers to Culture Ministry crackdowns
Yucky or what? Thailand's 13 most totally and utterly repulsive dishes

Yucky or what? Thailand's 13 most totally and utterly repulsive dishes

Live shrimp, fermented oysters and red ants. Even Thais have trouble stomaching some of the country's most notorious delicacies
Cod Satrusayang: In defense of the wolf pack

Cod Satrusayang: In defense of the wolf pack

Sure, 'The Hangover Part II' is bad. But its mildly embarrassing depictions of the seamy side of Thailand are spot-on, says this Bangkok-based Thai writer
Chef McDang: Nobody wants to watch quality television in Thailand

Chef McDang: Nobody wants to watch quality television in Thailand

Another racy soap opera has hit headlines for corrupting the nation’s youth. TV host Chef McDang explains why such shows will continue to dominate the airways
Songkran scandal: Topless teen revelers spark outrage in Bangkok

Songkran scandal: Topless teen revelers spark outrage in Bangkok

Thailand’s Culture Ministry steps in after a video of young, wet females dancing topless near Silom Road goes viral
'Mindfulness and Murder': A monastic mystery grounded in streetwise realism

'Mindfulness and Murder': A monastic mystery grounded in streetwise realism

Slipping past the Culture Ministry's censor-heavy cutting room, a new Thai crime thriller shows the monkhood in a dimmer and more realistic light
Thailand’s Got Talent: 6 performances the world needs to see

Thailand’s Got Talent: 6 performances the world needs to see

Is that she really a he? Can a one-handed guitarist carry a tune? Step back Susan Boyle, these new stars are ready to rise
Richard S. Ehrlich: Superstition complicates Thai abortion debate

Richard S. Ehrlich: Superstition complicates Thai abortion debate

If Thailand wants to liberalize its abortion laws, it needs to consider the Buddhist principle of reincarnation and people's widespread belief in ghosts
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi: Chiang Mai’s poshest ode to Lanna living

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi: Chiang Mai’s poshest ode to Lanna living

Plant rice, hang with water buffalos and swim laps in your private pool at this so-contrived-it's-fantastic resort influenced by northern Thai culture