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The Pikun Thong Royal Development Study Center, Narathiwat, 1985

The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej dedicated much of his life to helping improve the lives of farmers across Thailand’s impoverished regions. Travel to the country’s south and you will uncover some of his greatest agricultural achievements. 

Doi Angkhang

Thanks to King Bhumibol's agricultural projects, Doi Angkhang is so much more than a beautiful mountain destination.

The royal cremation ceremonies for HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be held this Oct 25-29 and the Fine Arts Department is working against time to complete the royal crematorium. A tribute of the highest honor as well as a showcase of the supremacy of Thai artistry in the Rama 9 era, it will be the tallest crematorium since King Rama 5 (Chulalongkorn)’s funeral in 1911 and feature more than 600 individual sculptures. Here, BK talks with two of its key designers, Korkiat Thongphut, 49, art technician and Theerachat Weerayuttanon, 41, an architect from the Office of Architecture, Fine Arts Department, about the colossal undertaking.

Baan Huay Sarn Yaw: Post Disaster School

M.L. Varudh Varavarn's project won a Highly Commended Award at last year's World Architecture Festival.

Thida Plitpholkarnpim, 45, founded the Documentary Club in 2014 through the crowdsourcing platform Taejai.com, and since has grown it into a 130,000-strong community of independent film enthusiasts. Now, the club is set to take over two new homes in Bangkok’s upcoming creative spaces of Chang Chui and Warehouse 30, where they plan to host regular screenings. Here, Thida discusses problems with documentary distribution in Thailand, and how they will survive in the era of movie streaming.  
Left to right: Andrew Martin, Saki Hoshino, Napol Jantraget

One of the rising forces in Bangkok dining, 80/20’s culinary team of Napol Jantraget, 33, Saki Hoshino, 30, and Andrew Martin, 31 (see Top Tables’ Best Young Chef), have forged a whole new genre of Thai food utilizing local ingredients. Here, they invite us into their small but larger-than-life kitchen. 

Designed by the Bangkok-based king of exotic luxury resorts, Bill Bensley. 

Sathorn Unique Tower

Sathorn Unique, the 47-story unfinished building on Charoenkrung Road dubbed “Ghost Tower” since its abandonment during the Tom Yam Kung economic crisis of 1997, has long been a drawcard for adventurous travelers. Twenty years later, Pansit Torsuwan, 46, the low-profile owner of the building, has finally come out to put a stop to trespassing on the property. With Museum Siam just unveiling an exhibition dedicated to the financial crisis, Pansit defends the tower from accusations it’s a monument to the country’s failure.