Going for the Girls?

Slouched in a black armchair at a rancorous Bangkok press briefing, John Mark Karr looks feeble and spineless. The 41-year-old American wears pleated belt-less khakis pulled up nearly to his rib cage and a tucked-in Aqua-blue golf shirt. Though reporters are shouting questions from a few feet away, he says little. He wants to talk…

Thaksin in the Dock

Who is running Thailand? Even Thais wonder. Billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra easily won April's boycotted election, tearfully stepped aside a few days later, and then returned as caretaker leader after King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave a speech that led the courts to scrap the election results. Now a new election is scheduled for October 15.…

Thai End Game?

Publisher, businessman and born-again democracy crusader Sondhi Limthongkul likes to think of himself as a martyr-in-waiting. The sworn enemy of embattled Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, Sondhi routinely tells his weekly talk show audience that he is willing to die in his effort to see his nemesis banished from politics; he claims men with assault rifles…

And Now For Something Completely Heavy

Zanotti 21/1 1st Floor, Saladaeng Colonnade Condominium Silom Road, Bangkok Tel: 02 636 0002, 02 636 0266 Residents of Bangkok can feed countless times a day on what is arguably Asia’s lightest, most flavorful, intriguing, spicy and satisfying cuisine. We know our good fortune: one wonders if one could ever leave this food behind? And…

Bangkok’s Very Cool Sushi

Koi 26 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok Tel: 02 663 4990/1 Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa is opening a branch of his chi chi chain of restaurants in Hong Kong later this year, but don’t expect Thais to jump on a plane. They already have Koi, It’s expensive, stunningly stylish - cool, California-Zen-like minimalism and a cozy,…

Jazz in a Crowded Place

Jazz and blues stall, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok. It would seem almost impossible for Bangkok's famously hot, messy, crowded Chatuchak Weekend Market to be anybody's idea of a place to find even a moment's relaxation. Inside you can buy a pet snake, an aphrodisiac potion, used Levi jeans, and almost anything else in an atomsphere…