Drug-Resistant Malaria Is On The Verge Of Spreading Into India

In Southeast Asia, the malaria parasite has been steadily building resistance to the drug that's used to treat it. This scary news, but even worse: the resistance is on the verge of spreading into densely populated India. » 2/22/15 4:00pm 2/22/15 4:00pm

Attend A Rave At Bangkok's Outrageous Ghost-Themed Shopping Mall

Mansion 7 is a ghost-themed mall in Bangkok. It contains a haunted house called the Dark Mansion, which is supposedly haunted by the owner's daughter and all the black-magic beasties he unleashed trying to raise her from the dead. And it hosts insane-looking parties. We wanna go! » 2/11/15 3:20pm 2/11/15 3:20pm

Stop What You're Doing And Watch This Insane Fireworks Display

The 2014 Bamboo Rocket Festival in Thailand (one of many such traditional events held annually prior to the rainy season) yielded the absolutely jaw-dropping fireworks display below. No more words even necessary, really ... watch and prepare to have your face melted clean off by sheer force of awesome. » 12/26/14 11:40am 12/26/14 11:40am

Bangkok Won't Show Mockingjay After Protestors Use Katniss' Salute

The three-fingered salute used by Katniss and the other rebels in The Hunger Games have been adopted by pro-democracy activists in Thailand. And as a result, a movie chain in Bangkok has cancelled screenings of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. » 11/20/14 9:02pm 11/20/14 9:02pm

Government Robots Will Decide If Your Thai Food Is Authentic

Is the food at your neighborhood Thai place authentic? Thailand wants to know. The country is set to unveil two robots designed to evaluate whether traditional Thai dishes like pad thai, green curry, and massaman curry have been prepared according to government-standardized recipes. Yes, really. » 10/01/14 2:30pm 10/01/14 2:30pm

Thousands Of Koi Thrive In The Flooded Basement Of This Abandoned Mall

Bangkok's New World Mall was once a shopping center, but today it serves as a giant fish pond, its waterlogged lower level completely overtaken by koi. » 7/01/14 8:27am 7/01/14 8:27am

Thai Military Threatens To Arrest People For Doing Hunger Games Salute

The three-finger salute which Katniss Everdeen does in The Hunger Games has become a real-life symbol of resistance to the military coup in Thailand. To the point where the ruling junta has said it may arrest people for doing it, if they're in a large group and refuse to lower their arms. » 6/04/14 1:23pm 6/04/14 1:23pm

One Man's "Terrible" Cosplay Makes the Internet a Better Place

If we go by the typical standard metrics by which cosplay is judged, you might say this cosplay isn't very good. That it's bad. Or even terrible. But those standards don't matter. This is totally wonderful, incredibly creative, and utterly brilliant. » 3/12/14 9:41am 3/12/14 9:41am

Worst crossover ever: Hitler joins the JLA and the Avengers

Thai art students decided to create a mural with some epic superheroes... plus Adolf Hitler. Officials at Chulalongkorn University have apologized, but said the students didn't realize including Hitler would offend anybody. But what I really want to know is, what is that cool duckling saying? » 7/16/13 4:05pm 7/16/13 4:05pm

Amazing photos of death-defying birds' nest hunters in Thailand

Reader Louis Schulz recently sent me a link to an incredible set of photos by Eric Valli, a French photographer and former cabinetmaker whose work has taken him all over the world visiting, among other places, the vertiginous and mind-bending world of "honey hunters" in the Himalayas. » 10/25/12 9:20am 10/25/12 9:20am

Spend a lovely day with the kids at Thailand's Hell torture theme park

90 minutes outside of Bangkok sits the Wang Saen Suk Hell Park, one of several "hell gardens" that can be found throughout Thailand. At this tourist destination, you can pack a picnic and ramble around the charming sculpture garden, which depicts sinners being eviscerated wholesale in the Buddhist underworld. » 6/05/12 9:50am 6/05/12 9:50am

The Most Phallic Places On The Planet

All across the globe, there are monuments and tourist attractions that transform our otherwise boring reality into a gleefully tumescent fantasia. Here are the world's most otherworldly phallic vacation destinations. » 1/19/12 1:05pm 1/19/12 1:05pm

Faced with rising floodwaters, Thai citizens turn to homemade jet skis…

Since this summer, a particularly strong monsoon season has caused dangerous floodwaters to raise across Thailand. These waters have killed over 500 people and caused several billion dollars in property damage already. In cities like Bangkok, residents have adjusted to the rising waters by flood-proofing their… » 11/15/11 5:05pm 11/15/11 5:05pm

The least pleasant "fetus jumping down a lady's throat" scene ever…

In the 2007 Thai gross-out horror flick Sick Nurses, a vengeful ghost takes revenge on a gang of evil, organ-harvesting nurses who killed her. » 10/02/11 2:05pm 10/02/11 2:05pm

The clandestine art of Thai breast-slapping

Meet Khemmikka Na Songkhla, the world's foremost practitioner of the breast-slapping, a particularly vigorous alternative treatment that involves bosoms and a steady wrist. » 9/18/11 1:30pm 9/18/11 1:30pm

In Uncle Boonmee, a man's final family reunion brings Thai sasquatches…

In the Palme d'Or-winning supernatural drama Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives , director Apichatpong Weerasethakul chronicles his titular character's final days in the Thai countryside, where he's reunited with his dead wife and lost son, who's undergone an otherwordly transformation. » 3/05/11 11:45am 3/05/11 11:45am

You probably shouldn't put a busy farmers' market on train tracks

In Bangkok, the Maeklong Line runs through a produce market, and the vendors must scatter whenever once they hear the train's horn. The poor fruits and vegetables are less lucky. This cramped tableau brings to mind the shoulder-to-shoulder existence within the Kowloon Walled City. » 2/19/11 3:36pm 2/19/11 3:36pm

This windowless monolith is a bird nest factory

Swiftlet nests command a high price for the thick texture they give bird's nest soup. But how does one go about farming birds' nests? By building imposing concrete towers, of course. » 1/29/11 8:30am 1/29/11 8:30am

Alien slugs want to leap down your throat: It's Thailand's latest…

One-eyed alien blue slugs have a burning desire to invade people, via their throats. It sounds like a remake of Slither, but Thailand's Cool Gel Attacks is a slapstick comedy. Watch people's hilarious attempts to avoid throat-violation, in the trailer. » 11/08/10 6:40am 11/08/10 6:40am

Thai Beauty and the Beast movie is a craptacular rip-off of the Disney…

Thai animation studio GM Toons cranks out subpar CG facsimiles of your favorite childhood films with impunity. Their most egregious creation is their scene-by-scene remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which inexplicably replaces the Beast's head with Simba's. » 10/20/10 8:00am 10/20/10 8:00am