Stories

  • Behind a Wrought Iron Fence and Palm Fronds, this Bangkok Library Remains a Relevant Link Between the Past and Present

    Behind a Wrought Iron Fence and Palm Fronds, this Bangkok Library Remains a Relevant Link Between the Past and Present

    I love visiting libraries. Call me bookish but one thing I have observed is and that walkers also tend to be readers — a connection possibly intertwined with the fact that much of literature is about journeys. Although today many libraries exist in an altered state of existence from their original brief — now more… Read more

  • How One British Ex-Pat Revealed Bangkok to One Thai Man

    How One British Ex-Pat Revealed Bangkok to One Thai Man

    “Bangkok is not an easy city to understand.” Those are the first words that preface a book written by Kenneth Barrett, a journalist who has been on assignment in over 60 countries but who has chosen Thailand as his home. One rain drenched afternoon in 2014, in a bookshop on Sukhumvit Road, I came across… Read more

  • Built in Tribute to a Historic Vessel of Trade, this Temple Lies Within Sight of Bangkok’s Modern Skytrain

    Built in Tribute to a Historic Vessel of Trade, this Temple Lies Within Sight of Bangkok’s Modern Skytrain

    On any given day, hundreds of thousand of commuters (myself included) might glide high above the congested traffic of Taksin Bridge, most will be blithely unaware that they are passing by a unique religious structure, obscured by glittering spires — one that pays tribute to commerce, transportation, and the immigration of one of Thailand’s most… Read more

  • Change has Never Been the Star Attraction at this Coffee Shop

    Change has Never Been the Star Attraction at this Coffee Shop

    Coffee houses have long served as a conduit for conversation, providing space for communal gatherings and in some cases the fermenting of ideas that have shaped the world. For the past 95 years, caffeine has fuelled the daily discourse at this Yaowarat institution, where politics and nostalgia stubbornly resist any signs of gentrification. The locals… Read more

  • Thailand’s First Modern Department Store, Trapped in Time

    Thailand’s First Modern Department Store, Trapped in Time

    News of Central Group establishing a presence in one of Europe’s most timeless capitals triggers memories as well as a revisit to Bangkok’s unique and nearly forgotten retail relic. Read more

  • Prosperous City Road

    Prosperous City Road

    On March 16th, 1864 a new road was inaugurated in Bangkok, symbolically and literally paving the way for Thailand’s progress towards modernity. At the starting point of this historic road remains a little noticed remnant of one of the oldest modes of transportation. Read more