Thailand

The Rise of Sex Tourism in Thailand

Michael Verdirame

the category of sex tourism has resulted in major economic gains for countries like Thailand that have become known for its availability.  According to their website, the World Tourism Organization defines sex tourism as “trips organized from within the tourism sector, or from outside this sector but using its structures and networks, with the primary purpose of effecting a commercial sexual relationship by the tourist with residents at the destination.”  Stated more plainly, sex tourism is travel for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with the people of a particular place. 

Tsunami Survivor Pays It Forward a Decade Later through ‘A Global Friendship’

Annie Castellani

This model became the basis for A Global Friendship (AGF), the Brooklyn-based nonprofit she founded in 2007. AGF strives to alleviate poverty by building small businesses in communities in need. And it focuses specifically on women’s empowerment as a way to fight poverty. “The women that I came across made beautiful products, and stateside we love to consume. So to me it was a simple formula to offer the opportunity to women who had none and keep women employed in a sustainable way,” Firgeleski says.

The Political Crisis That Will Determine Thailand’s Future

Andrew Lam

Ever since the military coup of 2006 that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand had been sailing in uncharted waters. Though a divisive figure in Thai politics, Thaksin was democratically elected in 2001. He won re-election by a landslide with the highest voter turnout in Thai history, in 2005. A populist and a multibillionaire, he’d done more for the rural population than all his predecessors combined, introducing effective policies to alleviate rural poverty by half in only four years, and, equally enticing, implementing universal health care. 

Mango Tree: How The Thai Restaurant Plans to Take Over the World

Paul Ehrlich

“There's a big boom in Thai food globally, and we aim to be at the vanguard of that boom,” says Pitaya Phanphenonsophon, CEO of Bangkok-based Mango Tree, already considered the world’s biggest Thai restaurant brand. What Pitaya started in 1994 has grown into 70 locations in 16 countries worldwide, with expectations to double its existing annual turnover to reach US$100million within two years as it sets it sights on expanding to 100 restaurants by 2015 with further expansion throughout Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, but also China, Australia and, in the United States

Exploring the Culinary Scene in Bangkok

Paul Ehrlich

Lan Na – meaning  ‘many rice fields’ – is the name of an ancient kingdom in northern Thailand. And this unique restaurant is modeled on a northern nobleman’s longhouse and decorated with stunning antiques, including several large, rare, wooden Buddhas.  Start with crispy golden-fried squid rings with garlic and zesty Thai spices; or minced duck mixed with an array of herbs. 

A Dangerous Culinary Trend in Thailand

Andrew Lam

In Asia, there's an ongoing irony that deepens as the natural world dwindles to the size of a parking lot. Wild animals, once revered and assigned all kinds of spiritual meaning, are increasingly ending up as the main entree. But nowhere is the irony as deep as it is in Thailand, where the regal elephant is now being served up alongside the tiger: on a fanciful diner's plate.

Floods Show Bangkok Ill-Prepared for Climate Impacts

Marwaan Macan-Markar

From New America Media and Inter Press Service: Bangkok's 8 million people are paying the price of ignoring warnings over many years concerning the city's climate vulnerability and the incapacity of its soggy foundations to handle flooding. [Since late October] large swathes of the Thai capital, built on a flat marshy delta with some sections below sea level, have been submerged by floodwaters.

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