April 9, 1989 |
On a noisy street corner in central Bangkok, Jarassri Jaideang kneels to place lotus buds before the image of a Hindu god she says found her a job. Every day, hundreds of Thais pray for money, love and health at the Erawan Shrine, one of the most revered sites of worship in this Buddhist nation. Hundreds more give thanks after having their prayers answered. 'Shrine Saved My Life' "You can say the shrine saved my life," said Jarassri, 28, who came to Bangkok from the far northern town of Chiang Rai 10 months ago in search of work.
July 23, 1986 |
London fog, Los Angeles smog, Bangkok floods--some images a city can't shake. Here, it's rising water, as certain as the monsoon rains. This year's first flood came in May, a freak early storm. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, buckets even in a city that annually averages more than 58 inches.
May 12, 1985 |
Murray Head, who "sings" the Top Five single "One Night in Bangkok," isn't black--although some people think he is. "Me, sounding black?," said Head, in mock horror. In conversation, Head--droll, witty and often slashingly sarcastic--sounds like a Shakespearean actor. "It's not that I mind the comparison, but it's so bizarre for anyone to think I sound black. I'm English. I sound so proper and formal. Are these people deaf or what?"
September 8, 2008 |
For those unfamiliar with the Pang brothers' audacious 1999 "Bangkok Dangerous," the new version starring Nicolas Cage will seem like any other fast-food bullet ballet. Viewers who recall that original burst of adrenaline, however, will be left with hunger pangs. The two movies share a title, directors, character names -- and little else. Even the city in this edition feels less like the seamy, gritty, you-are-there Bangkok of the first film than some scrubbed, polished, Vegas notion of the Thai capital.
September 4, 2008 |
Nicolas CAGE didn't wind up in Bangkok by accident. As the Oscar-winning actor explains it, there were reasons both personal and professional that compelled him to change gears after the mega-dollar success of the family-friendly action-adventure "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" and travel across the globe in pursuit of a new career iteration. Not least was the impulse to shake up his image by appearing in a foreign-made film. "On my path of film acting, I've been trying to think more and more internationally, trying to have a global mind," Cage said.
May 20, 1985 |
Top 40 radio fans, accustomed to the blunt sexuality of pop goddess Madonna, have recently made a hit out of a song about chess. Yes, chess, that ancient board game usually played according to rigid rules in shattering quiet by intellectual adults. "One Night in Bangkok," a disco rap song about a chess tournament in the Thai city, has been called the unlikeliest Top 10 candidate in recent history, but last Monday the single climbed to No. 3, its peak, on Billboard's record chart. It's now at No.
September 5, 2008 |
Both political parties have staged star-spangled, attack-filled conventions, ensuring a lively start to the fall election season. Pro football kicks off with a full schedule of games from Thursday through Monday, including rivalry match-ups that promise plenty of smash-mouth action. But the fall movie season starts today in more subdued style, with a sole major release hitting the nation's multiplexes: Lionsgate's "Bangkok Dangerous," starring Nicolas Cage and his Hollywood hair.
January 21, 2014 |
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Thailand, warning visitors about demonstrations sparked, in part, by elections next month. "The situation is unpredictable and ongoing demonstration activity, primarily in the greater Bangkok area and occasionally elsewhere in Thailand, is expected to continue," the alert on the State Department's website says. “U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large gatherings. Some protest sites are ... near tourist attractions and popular shopping malls, which at times have closed or shortened hours unexpectedly.” Thailand on Tuesday declared a state of emergency . The demonstrations have become increasingly violent in recent days.
January 28, 1996 |
Sitting forlornly on the paving stones of the jail courtyard, the young Chinese insists his arrest for illegal immigration was all a mistake. The plea is echoed by 40 other Chinese men sitting around him, haggard from a night in jail after being rounded up at a seedy hotel in a Chinese section of Bangkok. Police tell a different story: That the men, all of them from Chaozhou in southern China's Guangdong province, entered Thailand illegally. "I have relatives here! I have a visa!"
May 20, 2010 |
Recent images of Thai army snipers shooting at anti-government protesters in front of a Louis Vuitton outlet during Bangkok street battles have shocked a world accustomed to postcard scenes of sandy beaches and splashing elephants. Yet even as the spotlight glares harshly on Thailand, analysts say neighboring nations suffer conditions similar to those that have fueled the political crisis in downtown Bangkok, although they've generally managed to keep them in better check and prevent them from becoming as combustible.