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- Best things to do in Bangkok this weekend (Aug. 11 – Aug. 14)With the long weekend there’s plenty, plenty to do, after you tell your mother that you love her, of course. Thursday, Aug. 11 Sway Soft Reopening Thonglor’s Arena 10 nightlife hub came to an end in March when Sway closed its doors with a final hurrah. But the hip-hop venue is returning this week at…
With the long weekend there’s plenty, plenty to do, after you tell your mother that you love her, of course.
Thursday, Aug. 11
Thonglor’s Arena 10 nightlife hub came to an end in March when Sway closed its doors with a final hurrah. But the hip-hop venue is returning this week at a new location on the corner of Thonglor 10, with new designs from Paradigm Shift.
Aug. 11. Sway. Free entry
Thanks to the holiday, ladies’ night at Havana Social means they don’t have to wake up early the next day after downing THB200 cocktails.
6pm, Aug. 11. Havana Social. Book a table here.
Wear white and pink, sip cocktails, marvel at skyline views, and howl at the moon at Octave featuring music from special guest DJs.
5pm, Aug. 11. Octave at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. Tickets are THB700.
Everyone’s favorite vinyl listening bar is hosting a food pop-up from Stuart Nombluez (Vistro) and Boatcooks. Go for the food; stay for the tunes.
7pm, Aug. 11. Freaking Out the Neighborhood. Reservation here.
American DJ and producer Ghastly will tear up the decks at Onyx on RCA.
8pm, Aug. 11. Onyx, RCA. Tickets are THB650.
Friday, Aug. 12
Well, this was only a matter of time. Bangkok’s favorite party boat will hit the high water mark with DJ Octo, a weed market, and major stoner vibes.
7pm, Aug 12. Bangkok Island. Tickets are THB350, THB420 at the door.
SNL isn’t that old, but it’s fast becoming an institution, and Lips Manly is a big favorite. Pop up to the second floor at 7:30pm for tunes, booze, and food.
7:30pm, Aug. 12. Sarnies Bangkok. Free entry.
Skip the pub for some signature cacao drinks and Bocuse d’Or Thailand fare at 31 Degrees by Kad Kokoa for DJs and a chill way to end the week.
5pm, Aug. 12. 31 Degrees by Kad Kokoa. Free entry.
How did we ever survive without Jam? The new/old music and art venue is back and ready to party with a friendly Mother’s Day karaoke session.
8pm, Aug. 12. Jam. Free entry.
Listen to Kinky D spin, and for ladies, get buy-one-get-one drink and food promos at this Soi 11 pre-clubbing spot next to Sugar and Juicy.
Aug. 12. Lily Fu’s. Reservation here.
End Mother’s Day celebration as Kolour founder Coran takes over the DJ decks at Mustache.
9pm-late, Aug. 12. Mustache Bangkok. Free entry 9-10pm. Tickets are THB300
Saturday, Aug. 13
Join Coco and E Nick for a little more Monkey Business at Sing Sing, Phrom Phong’s favorite spot to dance and drink in style.
8pm-late, Aug. 13. Sing Sing Theater. Tickets are THB300.
The brunch spot in Siam brings the heat every Saturday with music and food, this week featuring DJ Pam Terada for soul and funk.
Noon-4pm, Aug. 13. Chim Chim. Free entry.
You can’t always get what you want, but you might just find Bangkok’s premier Rolling Stones cover band at the plush Smalls.
9pm, Aug. 13. Smalls. Tickets THB300.
Four bands — Aomsin, Rosalyn, Wicked Lights, and Kunst — will rock Speakerbox on Saturday night starting at 8pm.
8pm, Aug. 13. Speakerbox. Tickets THB450.
Check out DJ Kay and MC 808 as the Bangkok Invaders crew takes over Soi 11’s favorite clubbing spot. Reservation via Line (@sugarclub), Sugar Club
9pm-midnight, Aug. 13. Reservation via Line (@sugarclub).
Psytrance duo Vini Vici will be dishing out some of the genre’s most iconic tracks at Onyx RCA.
8pm, Aug. 13. Onyx, RCA. Tickets are THB1,000.
Sunday, Aug. 14
Soothe the hangover with a little Indian independence day boozy brunch at Haoma starting at 11:30am.
11:30am, Aug. 14. Haoma. THB1,499 per person (THB900 for bottomless drinks).
Part of the government’s monthly event initiative, August is all about science. Explore iNaturalist at Santiphap Park from 4-5pm and 7-8pm on Sunday.
4-5pm, 7-8pm, Aug. 14. Santiphap Park. Free entry.
Pop off of Saphan Taksin and head to Ailati for Italian food and a Thai jazz trio starting at 7:30pm.
7:30pm, Aug. 14. Ailati. Book here.11 August 2022Retail Therapy, Music & Showbiz, Lifestyle News, Lifestyle, City guides, Beauty & Wellness, Bangkok, Artshttps://coconuts.co/?p=1055449
- Here’s where to buy cannabis right now in Bangkok (Weed Map)Here's where to buy weed right now in Bangkok. (Updated)
Weed’s aplenty in Bangkok, but where can you get it? The moment cannabis was greenlighted aka decriminalized on June 9, a number of dispensaries immediately began selling marijuana ranging from Thai strains to imported insanity weed.
We’ve reported on a number of them, from Highland Cafe north of downtown in the Lat Phrao area, to The Dispensary near Sala Daeng. But with weed booming in BKK, the list keeps on growing and we’ve found more and more places selling bud around town.
Here are the locations we have verified that cannabis can be purchased. While this is definitely not a complete list, we will add additional locations to it as we continue to uncover more. Feel free to let us know about other venues out there, especially away from the downtown area, by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information is subject to change without notice.
All information is subject to change without notice.
A cafe created by a group of robot and cannabis lovers, located near Kasetsart University. Come here for great quality weed at a great price that you can smoke directly on the premises – there’s even a spot for customers who are too high to chill and sleep. Using homegrown buds, the dispensary sells a wide variety of strains, along with pre-rolled joints and edibles. There’s a bakery on site, churning out edibles in the form of cookies and brownies, tarts, coffee, matcha, and other treats. For something more unconventional, check out one of their original weed cocktails.
See RoLoft’s Facebook page
2308/17, Phahonyothin Rd., 0883408997. Open daily, 11am-11pm.
Nearest dispensary to airport with high-tech cured cannabis, raised by Finding Rainbow’s passionate master grower. The special equipment maintains constant curing temps and optimum humidity levels. The dispensary’s flowers are fragrant, colorful, and come in a variety of textures with a Gold strain medical grade cannabis cured for 6 months and a Platinum strain for 12 months. Come enjoy a side of jazz with your bud – the master grower once played jazz trumpet in Boston – and check out upcoming live music events. Cash on delivery available, every day until late. Pattaya Branch is coming soon!
1/F TPN Culinary Studio, 163/31,33, 35 Sanphawut Rd., 064-695-5645. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm.
One of Thailand’s first cannabis shops, Alchemi Botanics is a stone’s throw away from BTS Phra Khanong. The shop takes pride in its large selection of strains at a reasonable price point and its strict quality control measures. Founding team members have longtime cannabis industry experience from cultivation to processing with degrees in agriculture and cannabis related research. They’ll teach you everything from bud selection to terpene profiling and much more. Stop by or DM them for their latest strain offerings.
See Alchemi Botanics’ Instagram page
24/22, Soi Sukhumvit 69, 064-751-8661. Open daily, 11am-9pm.
Located at the Summer Hill shopping center in Phra Khanong, Weed Express sells bulls starting from B550 to imported strains that cost upward of B990.
Weed Express also offers bulk discounts in larger quantities from 3.5 grams to 1 ounce.
Summer Hill, 1106, Sukhumvit Rd., 080-405-6519. Open daily, 11am-9pm.
Longtime source of natural food and CBD products, now sells weed. Supplied by CBD marketplace Bloom,THC strains range from B550 to B700. A non-psychoactive CBD strain is available for B400. They also have a variety of CBD food and beverages.
See Organic Village’s website
392/27 & 28 1/F, Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-0932. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-8pm.
Play video games under a neon glow at this sci-fi, ‘80s-themed craft beer arcade. There are also kratom sodas, and yes, pre-rolled joints for smoking on the rooftop lounge. Joints run THB300-500; some strains available by gram.
1112/24 Soi Sukhumvit Plus, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei
Open daily, 5pm-midnight
Channel Weed Store
A blog for 10 years focused on all aspects of cannabis culture and now, a storefront serving the northern metro area near Rangsit University. It sells strains starting at B500 (Future Sharp) to B700 (OG Kush).
See Channel Weed Store’s Line account
Ek Thaksin 7 Road, 091-819-6281. Open Tues-Fri, 4:20-11pm; Sat-Sun, 1:20-11pm.
Weed Is Here
Google “Weed Is Here” and you’ll find an actual storefront in Pathum Thani province. Green Crack (Thai stick) is sold for just B90 per gram. For the high-end stuff, Mandarin Cookies and StayPuff strains are sold by the gram for B750.
See Weed is Here’s Facebook page
Nathong Charoen Market, Liep Khlong 2 Road, Pathum Thani, 082-098-8042. Open daily, 9am-12am.
An art bar has added cannabis to the mix. Goja sells strains by the gram like Blue Dream and Wedding Cake for B500-600 all the way up to Mimosa for B1,000/gram. They also sell Thai stick joints for B120.
See Goja’s Facebook page
5/2 Sukhumvit 71, Soi Pridi Banomyong 3, 086-774-7797. Open Wed-Mon, 12pm-late.
Recognizable for its Boeing 747 airframe, MD-82 started out as a cafe/restaurant offering CBD-based food and drinks sourced from the medical clinic next door. Now, they’re selling buds starting at B500 per gram. Interestingly, their cocktails are served in bongs.
See MD-82 Cafe’s Facebook page
324, On Nut Road, 065-598-2645. Open daily, 11am-9pm.
Fat Buds (Not to be confused with Fat Budz below)
Fat Buds is two houses down from Fatboy’s Motorbike Rentals Sukhumvit. The shop contains upward of 20 strains starting at B450 for Moby Dick and Dutch Kush and running up to B700 for high-end buds like Purple Punch and Candy Breath.
See Fat Buds’ website here
13/3, Sukhumvit 65, 080-391-6417. Open daily, 10am-8pm.
Never Not High
Never Not High sells a plethora of indica-dominant strains grown on a farm in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima. Depending on THC level, prices range from B600 by the gram to B950.
Pre-rolled joints are sold for roughly B200-300.
23/1, Mahannop Road, 094-559-2905. Open daily, 2-10pm.
Marketed as a premium medical cannabis dispensary where every strain is “lab-tested and certified,” strains sold such as Tom Yum start at B700 per gram. The shop also sells lighters, rolling papers, and bongs and plans to open a smoking lounge.
See W Labs’ Facebook page
566/19, Soi Sukhumvit 71. Open Thurs-Sun, 11am-7pm.
Fat Budz (Not to be confused with Fat Buds above)
Fat Budz sells chunky strains by the gram from B500 for Platinum Kush Breath to B850 for Extreme Cheese and Gary Payton. The small dispensary is located on the second floor of the Terminal Building in Soi Sukhumvit 24.
See Fat Budz’ Instagram page
2/17-19, Soi Sukhumvit 24, 2F Terminal Building, 080-005-5752. Open daily, 11am-9pm.
Thonglor Hemp Club
Calling themselves the first cannabis dispensary on Thonglor, Thonglor Hemp Club, or THC, sells six strains by the gram ranging from B650 for Dosidos and Kerosene Krash to B800 for Truffle Cake.
65/3, Soi Thong Lo 20, 062-663-4128. Open daily, 11am-10pm.
A vintage Nordic furniture store and cafe opened a shop stocked with a handful of strains with prices that range from B600 to 800. Owner Por tells us that all buds are organic and grown indoors.
4, Rama IX Soi 48, (Opposite The Nine Bangkok). Open daily, 11am-9pm.
A hangout spot for F&B, art, and board games, now selling six strains grown on organic soil from Germany. The cheapest are indica-dominant hybrids like Banana Daddy at B550 per gram. Discounts are available for purchases of 3.5 grams.
See Tortuga’s Facebook page
262, Soi Chulalongkorn 11, 098-305-7057. Open daily, 10am-2am.
Operated by Thailand’s premier legalization advocacy group, Highland Cafe offers a handful of strains starting at B450 a gram all the way up to B700. Order 3.5 grams of any of the cafe’s strains starting at B1,400.
See Highland’s Instagram page
12/7, Lat Phrao Road, 087-330-8506. Open daily, 4:20pm-12am.
Founded by child actor-turned-weed cultivator Soranut “Beer” Masayavanich, a one-stop weed shop. Minimum orders for imported bud are 3 grams to 3.5 grams, starting at B1,750. Gear ranging from bongs, rolling papers, pipes, and grinders are available.
See Sukhumweed’s website
Soi Sukhumvit 42, Rama IV Rd., 063-928-1888. Open daily, 2-9pm.
Selling buds grown from farms across the country, The Dispensary features multiple weed strains. Prices at the temporary shop, founded by a man who got into cannabis to ease his dying father’s pain, range from B400-800.
See The Dispensary by Taratera’s Facebook page
1/4, Sala Daeng 1 Alley, 063-979-8686. Open Tues-Sun, 11am-7pm.
Opened by Kitty Chopaka, formerly of Highland, bud sold ranging from B555 to B888. Note: weed only sold 10am to 4:20pm, Monday-Thursday, and 4:20pm to 10pm Friday-Sunday. Rolling papers, storage jars, and gigantic wooden bongs also available.
See Chopaka’s website
423/425, Sukhumvit Rd., 099-145-9679. Open daily, 10am-10pm.
Medical Cannabis Shop
Socialite and provocateur Leena Jungjunja has been selling THC-loaded products since 2019. The second floor is marketed as a medical clinic for patients struggling with pain. She sells a variety of CBD products, THC sprays, and weed from B500 per gram.
2/F, Indra Square, 0816304622. Open daily, 10am-10pm (Clinic open daily, 10am-6pm).
Leaf Cannabis Cafe
One of the first places selling CBD-based products, the menu now includes bud starting at B600 per gram (B800 if ordered online). Apart from weed, a CBD menu has brownies, donuts, cookies, popcorn, jellies, as well as CBD and THC oils.
See Leaf Cannabis Cafe’s Facebook page
470, Soi Suan Phlu, Sathorn, 02-007-6699. Open daily, 9am-7pm.
Long the go-to place for smoking gear, weed strains at prices ranging from B400-800 now sold here. Massive inventory of cleaning brushes, grinders, rolling paper and bongs upon bongs – made from glass to more unorthodox designs like R2D2s, dicks, etc.
See Bong Party’s website
5/6, Wang Ngam Alley, Nong Bon, 089-130-8808. Open daily, 1-9pm.
N’ Louis’ Happy Buds
A weed truck on Khaosan Road? The tourist hotspot can now easily buy some weed at the parked green-colored truck parked located at Beer Buddy. The truck opens irregularly, at 7pm to midnight.
See N’ Louis’ Happy Buds’ Facebook page
181, Khaosan Rd. Open daily, 7pm-12am.
The name is a play on Spanish word sensimilla – seedless female buds. While its stock of strains is being finalized, prices will range from B500-600 for mid-range herb, B800-1000 for top-shelf product, and over B1,000 for rare and exotic strains.
Tortilla Torquemada, 41/1, Sukhumvit Rd., 065-237-3307. Open Tues-Sun, 12-9pm.
The shop launched with 10 mostly indica-dominant hybrid strains such as Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue. Prices start at B420 per gram and come in amounts ranging from 1-5 grams. Pre-rolled joints sold for an additional B100.
Manfarang Restaurant, 12/3, Soi Sukhumvit 22, 095-495-1820. Open daily, 10am-12am.
No Man’s Land
A hidden rooftop bar and cafe selling four weed strains with prices from B450 per gram and pre-rolled joints for B350. They also have cannabis-based snacks, a gaming corner with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and a pillow area for chilling.
See No Man’s Land’s Instagram page
1375, Charoen Krung Rd., 063-223-2282. Open Wed-Mon, 11am-11pm.
A stretch of Soi Sukhumvit 33/1 known as a small Japanese hub has added a dispensary to its many ramen restaurants, bars, and massage parlors.
Buddha’s Kush Street aims to blaze up a Japanese clientele with the help of its three friendly owners.
A plethora of strains sold by gram are available, both homegrown and imported. Thai strains include indica Planet of Grape (THB400) and sativa strains Mimosa (THB400), and White Runtz (THB520).
U.S. imports were either grown in a Colorado greenhouse or indoors in California. All Colorado strains such as G13 and Biscotti are THB700. The California imports run up to THB750 for Gary Payton and THB800 for Grapes N Cream. Bulk discounts available.
595/22 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Open daily, 10am-1am
I Have Cannabis
Skater couple Mint and Krit have handed a handful of strains to their stock of designer skateboard decks sold at Tidteen Skate Shop. Their cheapest, Northern Lights, is THB200/gram while Endgame is THB850/gram.
1/1 Soi Inthamara 57, Din Daeng, Din Daeng, 086-355-5772. Open daily, noon-1am
Weedhub sells strains priced by the gram from THB500 (OG Cheese) to THB950 (Guava Runtz) at its location inside the UnionSpace building.
30 Soi Sukhumvit 61, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, 064-639-0850. Opens daily, 10am-7pm
Green Heaven Dispensary
Lat Phrao’s Green Heaven Dispensary sells a handful of potent strains starting at THB550. Their joints come in two forms – Thai brick for THB50 and a lowbud and trimleaf blend for THB120.
1/1 Mayfair Place Soi Lat Phrao 128, Phlapphla, Wang Thonglang, 085-503-5040. Opens daily, 10:30am-8:30pm
Weedview sells an abundance of strains ranging from Lava Cake and Sundae Driver for THB500/gram to Cherry Pie and Birthday Cake for THB700/gram. They also sell equipment too, including grinders and a signature gravity bong for THB7,560. The store also hosts weekly live music events.
193/5 Charan Sanit Wong Road, Bangkun-Sri, Bangkok Noi, 096-750-8855. Open daily, 11am-2am
Coughing Apes Bangna
A small weed shop at cafe-restaurant Kitchen Corner, Coughing Apes will get you wheezing with three types of strains. A “tropical” shelf selection ranging from THB150 to 450, a Thai shelf that runs THB500 to 600, and a top shelf that runs upward of THB800.
The shop also sells rolling papers and grinders and includes a smoking area.
416/9 Soi Sukhumvit 103/2, Bang Na, 096-539-8898. Open Wed-Sun, 9am-6pm
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- Paint your next pad see ew and win 80K baht, BangkokWhat stains the wide, ropy rice noodles of pad see ew? Is it the exigencies of the pan, the fated vicissitudes of marination in the sauces of soy, oyster, and fish? Does the classic Thai dish whisper of post-truth ennui? While answers to these questions may be unknowable, one objective truth is certain: Someone’s getting…
What stains the wide, ropy rice noodles of pad see ew? Is it the exigencies of the pan, the fated vicissitudes of marination in the sauces of soy, oyster, and fish? Does the classic Thai dish whisper of post-truth ennui?
While answers to these questions may be unknowable, one objective truth is certain: Someone’s getting THB80,000 (US$2,300) two months from now for their painting of stir-fried noodles – and a show at Bangkok’s TARS Gallery.
“What makes a good pad see ew painting? It’s a good question,” gallery founder Pierre Bechon said this morning. “It could be the realism, or it can be the creativity around the reproduction of this dish. I think we’re not going to expect too much right now. We want to get out of the representational aspect. We want to be surprised. I know some people will compete with very different approaches to painting.”
Submissions are now open for anyone who deems themself an artist to enter the gallery’s contest for the best painting of the familiar dish. While the winner gets the crispy cash, a number of finalists will also be featured at a two-week exhibition, Bechon said.
So, why pad see ew? Love, apparently.
Bechon said the idea came from curator Adulaya Hoontrakul, who was asked by a friend if she knew an artist who painted food because the dish played a key role in the beginning of a relationship that ended in marriage.
Art may be subjective, but a contest must have criteria. Asked what would comprise a winning painting, Bechon started with “composition.”
A commercial photographer will be one of the judges, and “she will look at the composition, in terms of balance.”
Like, how the noodles are arranged across the canvas? “It has to be appealing,” he said, laughing.
“I think we will feel it, when we see the results,” he added. “Which will be the best one.”
Are they prepared for people to tape soggy rice noodles to the wall? “It will happen for sure,” he responded. “We asked for it.”
To help nudge people in the right conceptual direction, TARS included in its announcement an image of Van Gogh’s Still Life with Basket of Apples.
What’s next? A meditation on khao soi? Charred mu-gata landscapes?
Bechon is unsure, but said it may be the first of such contests, depending on how it goes.
The contest is open any artist regardless of nationality. Submissions must be actual paintings – so save your NFTs for someone who cares. The final work must be 1 meter by 1 meter. Entry is free.
Submissions can be made online and must be sent by Oct. 10. Find all the deets on the submission form.
For fun and because tomorrow is a holiday, we asked Big Ai to paint pad see ew. Here’s what it came up with:11 August 2022Lifestyle, Bangkok, Artshttps://coconuts.co/?p=1058979
- St. Andrews ‘complying’ with order to vacate land: Watthana DistrictAn international school is complying with instructions to demolish a corner of its campus encroaching on public land, a district official said this morning, though it remained unclear whether the land would be returned to public use. A public works official at the Watthana District Office said St. Andrews International School acted in accordance with…
An international school is complying with instructions to demolish a corner of its campus encroaching on public land, a district official said this morning, though it remained unclear whether the land would be returned to public use.
A public works official at the Watthana District Office said St. Andrews International School acted in accordance with an order issued late last year by dispatching workers to demolish a building and remove a lawn that was built illegally.
“The school is currently in the process of demolishing its facilities, complying with the order that was asked,” said the official who only identified himself as Jirayut.
Asked if the school would return it to public use – neighbors say the land in question was once used as a path and seasonal fishing pond – Jirayut declined to answer, saying that it was an ongoing process, and that the school had not violated the terms of its agreement.
Both the district and school have refused to disclose the terms of that agreement, saying it is the responsibility of the other party. The district director and its newly elected representative have repeatedly refused to discuss the matter. A St. Andrews representative has said the school “possesses” the land and does not consider it open to public use.
The school began taking action in July, months after the district said in a letter earlier this year that it initiated legal action against the school for not complying with its original 2021 order to return the land to its natural state.
In recent weeks, the school demolished a four-story building and lawn built atop what was once a seasonal flood catchment. That strip of land has been a point of contention with some of its neighbors on Soi Pridi Banomyong 20, who say the illegal development of the land caused their properties to flood and cut them off from a public right of way.
Mayta Lerttamrab, a longtime resident who has become an ardent – and strident – critic of the school, said he does not think the school has satisfied the order because other encroaching facilities remain intact and the land is not back to its original state.
He points to a former waterway that has not been restored and a football pitch he says was built entirely on the encroaching land.
The school has said it relied on old aerial photography that did not show the waterway to obtain permission to build. Watthana District Director Suchira Silanon told Thai-language media earlier this year that the school never obtained permission to develop the land.
In late June, Mayta and other neighbors petitioned Bangkok Gov. Chadchart Sittipunt to intervene, but as of today, his office has yet to respond.
Classes resume Monday at the school.
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- Women, fight! Historic bouts KO ban at Thailand’s oldest Muay Thai stadium (Photos)After wrapping her thumbs and wrists in cloth, the 19-year-old with cornrows slid her tightened fists into black and red gloves. She stood up and, within moments, fired a few punches before quickly shifting into a guarded stance to block incoming blows. The teen fighter is Kullanat Yoohanngoh, aka Aida Looksaikongdin, who just shattered nearly…
After wrapping her thumbs and wrists in cloth, the 19-year-old with cornrows slid her tightened fists into black and red gloves. She stood up and, within moments, fired a few punches before quickly shifting into a guarded stance to block incoming blows.
The teen fighter is Kullanat Yoohanngoh, aka Aida Looksaikongdin, who just shattered nearly a century of tradition by becoming the first Thai woman to step into the ring at Thai boxing’s most historic institution – Rajadamnern Stadium. On Friday, the world’s first Muay Thai stadium saw change more significant if less obvious than its snazzy makeover when it ended a 77-year prohibition on women boxers.
“This fight means so much to me,” she said with a grin about 10 minutes before making history. “It shows the world that I don’t have to be a man to box Muay Thai at this stadium. Anyone can, regardless of their gender.”
Prior to Friday, women were not allowed to enter or even touch the ring.
As a part of its Rajadamnern World Series, the venue on Friday hosted six bouts by male boxers, but the highlight of the night came at the end when the female athletes battled.
Aida’s match was the first, and she fought Iranian fighter Zahra Shokouhi. The pair set foot into the ring to loud cheers from the audience. Aida stepped out of the ring hailed as “the first Thai woman to win at Rajadamnern” in Thai-language media.
“I feel so proud and honored,” Aida said. “I’ve been at this stadium so many times to see men fight. But I never imagined that I would be boxing myself here today.”
Aida’s disbelief was shared by peers such as Ranee Klinratree, who fights as The Star Sitcho.
“I’ve heard that Rajadamnern was so strict no women could go in and fight. That is changing today, and I still can’t believe it,” said the 23-year-old from the beachside city of Pattaya.
The ring that had been off-limits to women now welcomes fighters from around the world. So far, those have included Milagros Andrea Lopez, a 26-year-old Argentinian, who battled The Star Sitcho on Friday.
Only six years after she took up Muay Thai back home, Lopez said she “felt a calling” and followed it to Thailand.
“I can’t believe it. I just arrived at the stadium and I feel so excited, like it’s a dream,” Lopez said through a translator.
Unlike other boxing arenas that allow women to fight, Rajadamnern Stadium has never hosted a women’s match since it opened in 1945.
For decades, conservative belief – deeply rooted in patriarchal norms – said the boxing venue was “sacred” and thus should not be “contaminated” by women who menstruate, a persistent taboo and superstition that to this day is considered a sign of their “impurity” in parts of Asia.
But now’s the time to call out gender bias and discrimination against women, says the stadium’s new management team.
“It’s 2022, and the world has changed a lot,” said Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, CEO of Global Sports Ventures. “There are female boxers out there who are as competent as the male fighters. It’s time to adapt and allow women to enter the ring.”
And it’s about time, said a Canadian woman with decades of experience in the industry who has trained young female fighters at the northeastern gym she runs with her husband.
“Seeing them compete at the mecca of Muay Thai and get paid adequately is satisfying and creates a rippling effect in the community,” Frances Watthanaya said. “The young girls at my gym who get to watch them now can aspire to compete at Rajadamnern Stadium.
Still, Frances said more needs to be done to support and create a pipeline of women fighters at the local level.
“The young girls in the country still struggle to book fights and lack adequate equipment and attire required for training,” she said. “Despite this, they continue to fight. Their grit and determination are mind-blowing.”
Gender parity is just one of the changes at Rajadamnern Stadium, a run-down and sweat-stained facility past its prime that clung to a vintage appeal.
Earlier this year, Global Sports Ventures announced that it would “revolutionize” the stadium for a new generation and global fans by updating it for the times. Some of the upgrades included a renovated exterior, modern branding, ringside cocktails, a new sound system, and the kind of dazzling lighting tech you’d expect at an MMA show.
The musicians who careen through traditional music during each fight have been supplemented by a ringside DJ spinning trap, techno, house, and more during breaks.
“We moved on with some adaptations, but at the same time we kept the core spirit of Rajadamnern: Muay Thai,” Thainchai said.
Rajadamnern allowed female bouts less than a year after another prestigious stadium. This past November, Lumpini Boxing Stadium hosted a women’s mini flyweight championship – the first time female fighters entered the ring since it opened at another location in 1956.
Same rules, same rounds, same prize
The Rajadamnern World Series carries a THB1 million (US$28,000) purse for champions of each weight class.
The 112-pound women’s category counted eight fighters – four Thais and four foreigners – vying for the belt and cash prize.
Unlike traditional Muay Thai matches of five rounds, the tournament encompasses three rounds scored on a 10-point system. The ring is also reduced to 6×6 meters. The new ruleset applies to both male and female fighters.
“It’s a good baby step for women to be able to fight under the same rules, same rounds, and same prize,” Aida said. “I’m not asking for any favors. I just want the same rights [as the men].”
Growing up in a family of boxers – her dad and 16 siblings all fight – Aida started training when she was seven. Not only did she struggle with finding a girl of the same age to spar with, Aida often met insults and disrespect.
“People say we’re weaker, and we can’t fight like the men. That’s not true,” she said. “We have the same patience, discipline, and ability that they do. And I believe that we can make the fights just as fun and enjoyable.”
Since she first heard that she would be fighting at Rajadamnern, Aida said she rescheduled her training to start at 5am with 10-kilometer runs. The routine continued in the evening with training from 4pm until 6pm. She said she’s has kept it up every day since.
On Friday night, Aida triumphed over Shokouhi, scoring 29-28 from the three judges.
Asked about her future, she said that she would like to go global and challenge opponents around the world. She also dreams of women’s Muay Thai growing as popular as the men’s.
“This tournament is so important to me and my family, because it shows female boxers that they can dare dream big, just like I do,” Aida said.
The Rajadamnern World Series will take place every Friday through September.10 August 2022Photo essays, Features, Bangkokhttps://coconuts.co/?p=1058857
- Legalizing weed hasn’t increased smoking: AnutinThe public health official who’s lashed his legitimacy to Thailand’s embrace of legal weed said on its two-month anniversary that he doesn’t believe it has created a new generation of smokers. Responding to fresh attacks on his signature policy initiative, Anutin Charnvirakul today again stressed cannabis’ medical benefits and asserted without evidence that it had…
The public health official who’s lashed his legitimacy to Thailand’s embrace of legal weed said on its two-month anniversary that he doesn’t believe it has created a new generation of smokers.
Responding to fresh attacks on his signature policy initiative, Anutin Charnvirakul today again stressed cannabis’ medical benefits and asserted without evidence that it had not led to higher rates of smoking.
“As of today, cannabis has been legal for two months. The numbers show that legalization doesn’t lead to an increase in smokers. In contrast, it has made possible for a large number of people to have access to the medicinal uses of cannabis on their own.”
Anutin’s comments, in which he repeated that legislation was on the way to introduce regulations that would end the current free-for-all, came after members of the opposition Pheu Thai Party held a panel discussion where they slammed legalization as “heading in the wrong direction.”
Deputy party leader Sutin Klangsaeng said the current cannabis anarchy would get so bad that the public would be demanding it would be banned anew within six months.
“This time, marijuana will circulate among homes, creating a path to great sins, and eventually society will demand that cannabis be classified as a drug,” Sutin said at the panel discussion at ThinkLab in Bangkok.
Indeed, Anutin’s enemies have been sharpening their knives as anxiety has grown since weed’s legalization June 9, drawing sharp rebukes from the medical community which he oversees as minister of public health and member of the increasingly unpopular ruling coalition.
Since June 9, dispensaries have proliferated, as have sidewalk sellers and a fleet of weed trucks roving the streets.
The rapid expansion of readily available ganja has flown in the face of Anutin’s frequent pronouncements that it was being decriminalized only for medical benefit.
“Today, that society for the most part is knowledgeable, understanding and ready to consume cannabis the right way,” he said this morning. “As time passes on there will be more people who will understand it over time, not less.”
In fact, a Weed Wild West was created June 9 when it was delisted as a controlled drug, as the necessary bill to impose regulations was not even brought up in parliament until June 8.
Social conservatives have decried legalization, stoking fears of young people abusing the drug, and complaining the government has effectively promoted recreational use. Last month, hundreds of doctors and medical professionals signed a petition urging the government to end the legal vacuum which has enabled recreational use.
Anutin is definitely promoting weed, as evinced by two large cannabis plants sitting outside his office.
After people took note yesterday of the plants and others at a ministry garden and balcony – said to be gifts from another agency – Anutin said they were there to promote weed – for medical use only, of course!10 August 2022News, Health, Bangkokhttps://coconuts.co/?p=1058891
- Crave more cave? In case movies and series not enough, a billion-baht virtual cave attraction is coming to Chiang Rai.From the Does Anyone Really Need This Department comes word that someone plans to spend THB1 billion (US$28 million) on some kind of immersive cave rescue tourist attraction. Creative agency Index Creative Village announced that it will build a virtual “world-class tourist attraction” where visitors can relive that one time the Wild Boars football team…
From the Does Anyone Really Need This Department comes word that someone plans to spend THB1 billion (US$28 million) on some kind of immersive cave rescue tourist attraction.
Creative agency Index Creative Village announced that it will build a virtual “world-class tourist attraction” where visitors can relive that one time the Wild Boars football team had to be rescued from the Luang cave in 2018.
Given the galaxy marketing brain name of “The Caventure,” the simulation will open outside the actual cave in northern Chiang Rai province and allow visitors to re-enact all 17 harrowing days of their ordeal.
In case you had doubts, it says the attraction will be “suitable for people of all genders, ages, and lifestyles” and help boost Chiang Rai tourism.
It was unclear whether work has begun on the project; Index Creative Village said it hopes to finish it next year.
Many projects have sought to cash in on the event which had much of the world on the edge of their seats.
The Ron Howard-directed Thirteen Lives came out Friday on Amazon Prime, the same day 2019’s The Cave was released after a three-year pandemic delay in North America by Lionsgate as Cave Rescue.
That movie’s original release in 2019 came with a virtual reality companion that probably cost somewhat less than a billion baht. The Cave VR Experience strapped viewers into a stretcher as Wild Boars Coach Ek to be pulled, hand by rescuer hand, from the eponymous cavern.
Up next is Netflix’s take on the incident, Thai Cave Rescue, which premieres Sept. 22.
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Extraction Effort Begins: Thailand sending team of ‘all-star’ divers to help trapped boys, coach9 August 2022Lifestyle News, Lifestyle, Bangkokhttps://coconuts.co/?p=1058830
- 4am closing time would spur tourist spending not Thai drinking: officialLater closing times in tourist-heavy areas would boost revenue, not our collective alcoholism, Thailand’s top tourism official said this morning. The 4am closing time proposed for designated areas is meant to help improve the economy rather than encourage drinking, Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn of the tourism authority said as it and another proposal to extend tourist…
Later closing times in tourist-heavy areas would boost revenue, not our collective alcoholism, Thailand’s top tourism official said this morning.
The 4am closing time proposed for designated areas is meant to help improve the economy rather than encourage drinking, Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn of the tourism authority said as it and another proposal to extend tourist visas head to the pandemic task force for approval.
“Extending the closing hours of entertainment venues is because people from some countries start having dinner around 9pm or 10pm, and around midnight onward, they would like to continue,” he said. “If there is a longer spending period, then there will be more money entering the economy. This is not advocating for increased alcohol consumption.”
The plan would allow entertainment venues to stay open two more hours in locales that serve large numbers of tourists such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket, Hua Hin, Samui, and Chiang Mai. Even then, it would only apply to specific areas such as, for Bangkok, Khaosan Road.
The idea will be considered next month by the COVID-19 task force, which retains broad authority under the eternal emergency decree imposed by the government in March 2020.
It comes as the country reels from mass, nightlife-related violence that broke out in the northeast with a massive gun battle between gangs from opposing nightclubs, not to mention a nightclub fire that killed 15 southeast of the capital.
Yuthasak said that, prior to the pandemic, areas such as Pattaya’s Walking Street had stayed open until 4am. If the proposal is approved, it would come into effect in October.
Before then, the ministry will meet with the task force on Aug. 19 to discuss extending tourist visas from 30 days to 45 days. It also wants visas on arrival tripled in duration to 45 days from the current 15 days.
After two years of strict public health controls on travel and entertainment that left tourism-reliant economies in tatters, Thailand has moved swiftly to regain its appeal as a top global destination. The rate of infection remains relatively low – about 2,000 recorded daily cases since June – and arrivals surged 68% from roughly 520,000 in June to nearly 770,000 in July, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.9 August 2022News, Bangkokhttps://coconuts.co/?p=1058807
- Police name two more suspects in Ubon gang gunfightPolice were awaiting court warrants today for two more suspects in a firefight that erupted between rival gangs in a parking lot in northeastern Thailand, leaving three dead. Provincial police announced they were seeking one warrant for Nikorn Thongpan, 31, for attempted murder and possession of an unicensed firearm in Wednesday night’s gang battle that…
Police were awaiting court warrants today for two more suspects in a firefight that erupted between rival gangs in a parking lot in northeastern Thailand, leaving three dead.
Provincial police announced they were seeking one warrant for Nikorn Thongpan, 31, for attempted murder and possession of an unicensed firearm in Wednesday night’s gang battle that broke out after an attempt to settle a beef turned violent in Ubon Ratchathani province. The other warrant names Worawit Rodpai, a 41-year-old security guard at a nearby hip-hop club who was a member of the other faction.
More than 150 bullets were fired from at least seven 9mm handguns and a 12-gauge shotgun, according to evidence recovered from the scene. Heavy, rapid gunfire could be heard in footage purportedly taken from the parking lot by a Big C store where the gangs had met in a failed bid to resolve a dispute.
Witnesses said Nikorn emerged with his gang from the nearby Phaya Yo nightclub and fired an AK-47 assault rifle at a man named Phiwat, whose gang had come from the nearby Ekkamai 487 hip-hop club. Phiwat turned himself in Thursday.
Three people were taken to hospitals and pronounced dead following the gun battle which witnesses said lasted for at least seven minutes. Four suspects have been apprehended: another Ekkamai 487 guard named Phiwat Namsiri, Apolrat Phankwang, as well as Somchai Srihin, and Thammanat Kruawong.9 August 2022News, Bangkokhttps://coconuts.co/?p=1058799
- Bangkok board lords Preduce open Phra Khanong skatepark (Photos)The bad news is that Thai skateboarding OGs Preduce have closed their long-running store at Siam Square. The good news? It was to make way for a new shop and sprawling skatepark in Phra Khanong. A grand opening bash is planned later this month for Baan Preduce, where skaters can pull off ollies and shove-its…
The bad news is that Thai skateboarding OGs Preduce have closed their long-running store at Siam Square. The good news? It was to make way for a new shop and sprawling skatepark in Phra Khanong.
A grand opening bash is planned later this month for Baan Preduce, where skaters can pull off ollies and shove-its in a large indoor-outdoor skatepark. There’s even a cafe and bar called Teens of Preduce that was a collabo with hip Chinatown hangout Teens of Thailand.
Construction on the massive skatepark began a year ago and is the realization of the skate brand’s biggest pipe dream.
“Opening a skatepark had always been a dream for us, from the very beginning,” Preduce cofounder and cinematographer Janchai Montrelerdrasme told Coconuts. “After 20 years, we decided it was time to relocate and upgrade our brand with a full-blown skatepark and storage area all in one place.”
The skate park includes bowls, pyramids, China banks, hubbas, Euro gaps, handrails, double stair sets.
“While I wouldn’t say our skatepark is the biggest, we make up for the variety of ramps and rails on offer,” Janchai said.
Indeed, the past couple of years saw a skating boom across Thailand, with several new skate and skate-surf locations opening around town.
Baan Preduce’s Aug. 20 opening will feature music, food and drinks, and tricks by the Preduce team and other local brands and skaters.
Preduce Skateboards opened in 2002 as the first Thai skateboarding brand selling its own gear. Its Siam Square store operated for 16 years.
Baan Preduce is located a few minutes from BTS Phra Khanong on Farmwattana Road, just off Rama IV Road near the Kluai Nam Thai intersection.
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