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Last year, Thammasat University caused a stir when it employed transgender lecturer Kath Khangpiboon, 28. The ensuing social media storm fired up opinion on whether it’s appropriate for transgender people to work in education. A graduate of Thammasat herself (with both a bachelor’s and master’s from the Faculty of Social Administration), Kath was drawn back to the university from a career as an NGO worker for organizations including the Thai Transgender Alliance. Here, she discusses Thailand’s attitude to sex and education.
Not far from one of Bangkok’s busiest nightlife districts is a shadowy boulevard frequented by swathes of what are colloquially referred to as “money boys.” Tee, 21, stands among them. For over a year, he has been offering his sexual services to a steady, late-night clientele. BK chats with him to gain an insight into this illegal means of livelihood.
Rod Fai Market 2
There are two brand new night markets in town. We went to see how they compare with Bangkok’s old favorites. Photos by Nemintorn Ketkeaw
With business struggling, somtam vendor Charoen “Tony” Phochaisee (center), 38, decided to doll up his stall with male and female pretties dressed to resemble Thai mythological beings Thevadha and Nang Fah. And it’s worked. The newly-opened Som Tum Tard Arb Sub at Chatuchak Market has caused a big stir thanks to its shirtless array of eye-candy waiters. BK met with him to talk business.
On-air love guru “DJ Aoy,” Napaporn Trivitwareegune, 43, is admired by millions for her ever-popular radio program on 106.5FM, Club Friday, on which fans call in to discuss their dramatic love-lives. Here she discusses why infidelity is like a drug, and dishes out some relationship advice for all of us.
The Giant

Drive out of town and you’ll find some of the North's most creative coffee shops.

Legendary gay hangout Fake Club is back, and with a bigger venue than ever. 

Jakkrit “Tom” Yompayorm, aka “Kru Tom Kum Thai”, 28, is a Thai language Twitter sensation, gathering over 90,000 followers after being crowned the Sunthorn Phu fan quiz winner from the famous knowledge-enhancing TV show, Fan Pan Tae. Since then, he’s been dishing out grammatical corrections for the common Thai language mistakes netizens make on social networks. BK met up with him to discuss Thai education and the value it places on the study of our language.