Cultural policing is bad for business

The owner of Thai dessert shop Madame Choops recently got herself in hot water with religious authorities when she made her A-lua  – a classic Thai dessert in various Buddha amulet shapes. When the photos of her sweets went viral online, a group of officials from the National Office of Buddhism rushed to her shop in […]

Changing status of elephants in Thailand A CAUSE FOR WORRY

ADIS ISRANGKURA In Thai culture, no animal can rival the significance the elephant enjoys. In centuries past they ferried merchandise across the country, transported people over rough terrain, harvested timber and earned fame and notoriety for their fierce exploits in war. Thais regarded elephants as sacred creatures. Capturing these beasts in the wild had to […]