Tibor Krausz

Tibor Krausz

Tibor Krausz is a Bangkok-based journalist who has covered a wide variety of subjects from across Southeast Asia for The Christian Science Monitor, The Jerusalem Report, The Washington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald and many other publications.

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For crime writers, Bangkok’s red-light districts and sordid underbelly are gold – no wonder so many fictional detectives pound its streets and back alleys

Bangkok is a haven for expat crime writers, who find inspiration in the city’s exotic and sordid side when writing their colourful novels.

2 Feb 2021 - 7:24AM

Bangkok is a haven for expat crime writers, who find inspiration in the city’s exotic and sordid side when writing their colourful novels.

For crime writers, Bangkok’s red-light districts and sordid underbelly are gold – no wonder so many fictional detectives pound its streets and back alleys
When a beer in Bangkok was 50 US cents: low-cost, low-rise laid-back city of old has given way to a metropolis of high-rises and high prices

Expats who arrived in Bangkok in the 1960s and ’70s remember a much smaller city – one of rice paddies, wooden huts and Old Asia charm – now long gone as the Thai capital increasingly apes Singapore’s high-rises and high prices.

11 Jan 2021 - 5:18AM

Expats who arrived in Bangkok in the 1960s and ’70s remember a much smaller city – one of rice paddies, wooden huts and Old Asia charm – now long gone as the Thai capital increasingly apes Singapore’s high-rises and high prices.

When a beer in Bangkok was 50 US cents: low-cost, low-rise laid-back city of old has given way to a metropolis of high-rises and high prices
Thailand tours in style: buses painted with superheroes, cartoon characters and Buddhas help attract customers in competitive market

From Chinese and Buddhist mythical scenes to images of Doraemon and superheroes, privately owned tour buses in Thailand are decorated to stand out from the crowd.

18 Nov 2020 - 8:06AM

From Chinese and Buddhist mythical scenes to images of Doraemon and superheroes, privately owned tour buses in Thailand are decorated to stand out from the crowd.

Thailand tours in style: buses painted with superheroes, cartoon characters and Buddhas help attract customers in competitive market
Two worlds collide at a Bangkok shanty town hunkered in the shadow of glitzy malls, five-star hotels and condominiums

A stone’s throw from a royal palace and a short walk from upscale Siam Square, Baan Khrua in Bangkok is a maze of shacks and decrepit houses. Once a centre of the silk industry, it is plagued by poverty and drug abuse.

8 Oct 2020 - 6:34AM

A stone’s throw from a royal palace and a short walk from upscale Siam Square, Baan Khrua in Bangkok is a maze of shacks and decrepit houses. Once a centre of the silk industry, it is plagued by poverty and drug abuse.

Two worlds collide at a Bangkok shanty town hunkered in the shadow of glitzy malls, five-star hotels and condominiums
She was a lawyer, he was a model. Fashion was their passion. Now they make indigo-dyed Philip Huang hipster clothing in Thailand the traditional way

Philip Huang is a fashion label born of chance. An Asian-American model and his London-raised Thai lawyer wife came upon rural Thai weavers making indigo cloth the traditional way, and saw a new market for it.

15 Sep 2020 - 8:34PM

Philip Huang is a fashion label born of chance. An Asian-American model and his London-raised Thai lawyer wife came upon rural Thai weavers making indigo cloth the traditional way, and saw a new market for it.

She was a lawyer, he was a model. Fashion was their passion. Now they make indigo-dyed Philip Huang hipster clothing in Thailand the traditional way
Dubious Buddhist religious practices under fire from young Thai monk who’s become a social media star

Thai monk Phra Maha Paiwan Warawanno has become a social media hit for speaking out against the commercialisation of Buddhism and the rise of questionable religious practices that claim to bring people wealth and success.

4 Sep 2020 - 7:17AM

Thai monk Phra Maha Paiwan Warawanno has become a social media hit for speaking out against the commercialisation of Buddhism and the rise of questionable religious practices that claim to bring people wealth and success.

Dubious Buddhist religious practices under fire from young Thai monk who’s become a social media star
The biggest fight Thailand’s female Muay Thai boxers face is the one against sexism

Muay Thai enthusiast Nopparit Yoohanngoh’s 16 children all learned the martial art at his outdoor gym – including his daughters, who face an uphill fight in a sport rooted in tradition.

2 Aug 2020 - 12:48PM

Muay Thai enthusiast Nopparit Yoohanngoh’s 16 children all learned the martial art at his outdoor gym – including his daughters, who face an uphill fight in a sport rooted in tradition.

The biggest fight Thailand’s female Muay Thai boxers face is the one against sexism
Bangkok sea goddess temple under threat of redevelopment, but locals say the ‘Queen of Heaven’ wants to stay put

The planned demolition of an exquisite old sea goddess temple in Bangkok by landowner Chulalongkorn University has outraged the local Chinese-Thai community, who have vowed to protect the structure.

7 Jul 2020 - 7:49AM

The planned demolition of an exquisite old sea goddess temple in Bangkok by landowner Chulalongkorn University has outraged the local Chinese-Thai community, who have vowed to protect the structure.

Bangkok sea goddess temple under threat of redevelopment, but locals say the ‘Queen of Heaven’ wants to stay put
Thai women fight sexual assault with their fists: self-defence classes in one of Asia’s most dangerous places for females

Many women have experienced sexual harassment in Thailand, where rape is also common. This has driven women to take self-defence classes to protect themselves against unwanted advances from men.

1 Jul 2020 - 12:12PM

Many women have experienced sexual harassment in Thailand, where rape is also common. This has driven women to take self-defence classes to protect themselves against unwanted advances from men.

Thai women fight sexual assault with their fists: self-defence classes in one of Asia’s most dangerous places for females
American Sniper’s Chris Kyle is his idol. He’s at a shooting range near Bangkok in camouflage and packing five military-style guns. ‘I like dressing up to get into the mood for shooting,’ he says

At a shooting range near Bangkok, two young Thai men, their camouflage uniforms fake, their guns and bullets real, pretend they’re storming a terrorist stronghold.

20 May 2020 - 3:58PM

At a shooting range near Bangkok, two young Thai men, their camouflage uniforms fake, their guns and bullets real, pretend they’re storming a terrorist stronghold.

American Sniper’s Chris Kyle is his idol. He’s at a shooting range near Bangkok in camouflage and packing five military-style guns. ‘I like dressing up to get into the mood for shooting,’ he says
‘He makes dead people look like they’re asleep’: Thai volunteer’s cosmetic treatments give deceased a better goodbye

Volunteer mortuary cosmetologist Pattipan Boonyee provides free cosmetic treatment services to poor bereaved families in Thailand and has an army of fans on social media thanks to his skill in making the dead look as lifelike as possible.

23 Apr 2020 - 9:40AM

Volunteer mortuary cosmetologist Pattipan Boonyee provides free cosmetic treatment services to poor bereaved families in Thailand and has an army of fans on social media thanks to his skill in making the dead look as lifelike as possible.

‘He makes dead people look like they’re asleep’: Thai volunteer’s cosmetic treatments give deceased a better goodbye
Bangkok mansion, city’s oldest private residence, still owned by family that built it 200 years ago, who say ‘Selling it would be like selling out’

The Hokkien-style house in the historic district of Talat Noi in Bangkok has been in the hands of the same Sino-Thai family since it was built in the early 19th century. Despite being offered US$64 million for it, they’d rather keep on living there.

24 Mar 2020 - 1:38PM

The Hokkien-style house in the historic district of Talat Noi in Bangkok has been in the hands of the same Sino-Thai family since it was built in the early 19th century. Despite being offered US$64 million for it, they’d rather keep on living there.

Bangkok mansion, city’s oldest private residence, still owned by family that built it 200 years ago, who say ‘Selling it would be like selling out’
Bangkok photos of old districts and architecture pay homage to ways of life fast disappearing

British photographer Ben Davies has lived in the Thai capital for three decades. His new photobook, Vanishing Bangkok, pays homage to some of his adopted city’s little-known and fast-disappearing neighbourhoods.

3 Mar 2020 - 6:20AM

British photographer Ben Davies has lived in the Thai capital for three decades. His new photobook, Vanishing Bangkok, pays homage to some of his adopted city’s little-known and fast-disappearing neighbourhoods.

Bangkok photos of old districts and architecture pay homage to ways of life fast disappearing
The children in Bangkok who live on the street – runaways from home and the dangers they face

Hundreds of children run away from home every year, fleeing abuse, violence or neglect. Some end up using and selling drugs or in prostitution. A non-profit in Bangkok works to safeguard them and find their families.

5 Feb 2020 - 7:47AM

Hundreds of children run away from home every year, fleeing abuse, violence or neglect. Some end up using and selling drugs or in prostitution. A non-profit in Bangkok works to safeguard them and find their families.

The children in Bangkok who live on the street – runaways from home and the dangers they face
Plastic recycling: temple in Thailand turns used bottles into monks’ robes, and hopes to turn followers into recyclers

By turning plastic trash into garments imbued with great spiritual value, monks at a temple in Thailand hope to spread the virtues of recycling and reuse. Donors give the temple used bottles to earn karmic credit for the next life.

6 Jan 2020 - 7:33PM

By turning plastic trash into garments imbued with great spiritual value, monks at a temple in Thailand hope to spread the virtues of recycling and reuse. Donors give the temple used bottles to earn karmic credit for the next life.

Plastic recycling: temple in Thailand turns used bottles into monks’ robes, and hopes to turn followers into recyclers
Pilgrimage to Thai plane crash site for aunt killed 28 years ago: ‘I’m here for you. You’re no longer alone.’

Felix Wong’s young aunt was among 223 people who died in Thailand’s worst air disaster. The 25-year-old travelled 12,000km to the jungle where the flight from Hong Kong crashed, looking for clues to her final minutes.

10 Dec 2019 - 8:29PM

Felix Wong’s young aunt was among 223 people who died in Thailand’s worst air disaster. The 25-year-old travelled 12,000km to the jungle where the flight from Hong Kong crashed, looking for clues to her final minutes.

Pilgrimage to Thai plane crash site for aunt killed 28 years ago: ‘I’m here for you. You’re no longer alone.’
In superstitious Thailand, old empty houses become places to be feared – full of ghosts and demons

One house, on the outskirts of Bangkok, is thought to be home to child spirits or a female demon and has even affected nearby rental prices. Such buildings routinely stoke up fear in Thailand, where a dread of malevolent spirits runs deep.

25 Oct 2019 - 2:38PM

One house, on the outskirts of Bangkok, is thought to be home to child spirits or a female demon and has even affected nearby rental prices. Such buildings routinely stoke up fear in Thailand, where a dread of malevolent spirits runs deep.

In superstitious Thailand, old empty houses become places to be feared – full of ghosts and demons
Thai fashion designer makes animal embroidery cool and fosters LGBT acceptance – ‘most of our customers are gay’

An army of Bangkok housewives embroider the elaborate animal designs that adorn most of the items in Santichai Srisongkram’s Seasongcalm clothing line; Santichai believes his clothes have a shamanistic power to transform their wearers.

15 Sep 2019 - 8:08PM

An army of Bangkok housewives embroider the elaborate animal designs that adorn most of the items in Santichai Srisongkram’s Seasongcalm clothing line; Santichai believes his clothes have a shamanistic power to transform their wearers.

Thai fashion designer makes animal embroidery cool  and fosters LGBT acceptance – ‘most of our customers are gay’
School life in Thailand: abuse, torture, hazing, deadly gang wars are rife

Thai student gangs fight with handguns, machetes, knives and even home-made grenades, often in broad daylight. Degrading and sometimes violent hazing is another widespread problem in Thai schools.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:05AM

Thai student gangs fight with handguns, machetes, knives and even home-made grenades, often in broad daylight. Degrading and sometimes violent hazing is another widespread problem in Thai schools.

School life in Thailand: abuse, torture, hazing, deadly gang wars are rife
The Thai coffee growers who used to farm opium, cultivating beans where poppies once bloomed

Many of the hill tribes in northern Thailand that used to cultivate opium now grow coffee beans as demand for the drink soars in the country, with once poor villages being transformed as the crops bring relative prosperity.

8 Aug 2019 - 8:18PM

Many of the hill tribes in northern Thailand that used to cultivate opium now grow coffee beans as demand for the drink soars in the country, with once poor villages being transformed as the crops bring relative prosperity.

The Thai coffee growers who used to farm opium, cultivating beans where poppies once bloomed
Could serial child killer and cannibal Si Quey, bogeyman for Thai children, have been an innocent scapegoat?

Chinese migrant labourer Si Quey was executed in 1959 in Thailand for killing and eating children. He has been a bogeyman for Thai children for decades, but renewed interest in his case has cast some doubt on his guilt.

19 Jun 2019 - 11:22AM

Chinese migrant labourer Si Quey was executed in 1959 in Thailand for killing and eating children. He has been a bogeyman for Thai children for decades, but renewed interest in his case has cast some doubt on his guilt.

Could serial child killer and cannibal Si Quey, bogeyman for Thai children, have been an innocent scapegoat?
World’s biggest amulet market: why Thais wear so many good luck charms, and why some cost so much

US$1.25 billion worth of Buddhist charms are sold every year in Thailand – not surprising when seven in 10 Thais wear the amulets. Some have thousands. Like great art, their price depends on who created them and their rarity.

20 May 2019 - 8:15AM

US$1.25 billion worth of Buddhist charms are sold every year in Thailand – not surprising when seven in 10 Thais wear the amulets. Some have thousands. Like great art, their price depends on who created them and their rarity.

World’s biggest amulet market: why Thais wear so many good luck charms, and why some cost so much
Digging up the dead: the Thai ceremony to pamper neglected human remains – helping their spirits to ‘move on’

Thais exhume the bones of the nameless dead, who have no one else to care for them, at a graveyard in the beach town of Pattaya. They perform a ceremony on the remains to aid the deceased in their spiritual rebirths.

22 Apr 2019 - 12:46PM

Thais exhume the bones of the nameless dead, who have no one else to care for them, at a graveyard in the beach town of Pattaya. They perform a ceremony on the remains to aid the deceased in their spiritual rebirths.

Digging up the dead: the Thai ceremony to pamper neglected human remains – helping their spirits to ‘move on’
Meet Thailand’s fearless scorpion hunters who feed demand from villagers and selfie-loving tourists

Tourists like taking selfies eating scorpions at street food stalls in Bangkok, but they’re nowhere near as brave as the northern Thai hunters and breeders who harvest the large, black venomous arachnids.

18 Mar 2019 - 6:14AM

Tourists like taking selfies eating scorpions at street food stalls in Bangkok, but they’re nowhere near as brave as the northern Thai hunters and breeders who harvest the large, black venomous arachnids.

Meet Thailand’s fearless scorpion hunters who feed demand from villagers and selfie-loving tourists
The Bangkok firefighter catching snakes that invade homes in the Thai capital

Firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo is called out as many as 10 times a day to deal with snakes that have slithered into homes in the Thai capital. Today he is joined by a snake enthusiast shooting an episode for his popular YouTube channel.

28 Jan 2019 - 8:42PM

Firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo is called out as many as 10 times a day to deal with snakes that have slithered into homes in the Thai capital. Today he is joined by a snake enthusiast shooting an episode for his popular YouTube channel.

The Bangkok firefighter catching snakes that invade homes in the Thai capital
Miserable Christmas in Thailand for Pakistani Christian asylum seekers living in the shadows

Four-year-old Shazee was born in Bangkok to parents who fled persecution in Pakistan for singing Christmas songs. They live in one room padlocked from the outside, in constant fear of detention. So do thousands of others.

17 Dec 2018 - 10:19AM

Four-year-old Shazee was born in Bangkok to parents who fled persecution in Pakistan for singing Christmas songs. They live in one room padlocked from the outside, in constant fear of detention. So do thousands of others.

Miserable Christmas in Thailand for Pakistani Christian asylum seekers living in the shadows
Lottery fever at Thai temples as public worship tree trunks and scour them for lucky numbers

Thais believe a benevolent spirit lives in every tree, and make offerings in the hope the shapes of winning lottery numbers will appear on sacred ta-khian tree boles; 20 million Thais regularly play the national lottery.

26 Nov 2018 - 7:19PM

Thais believe a benevolent spirit lives in every tree, and make offerings in the hope the shapes of winning lottery numbers will appear on sacred ta-khian tree boles; 20 million Thais regularly play the national lottery.

Lottery fever at Thai temples as public worship tree trunks and scour them for lucky numbers
Muay Thai child fighters put their health on the line for gamblers and hope of a better life

Critics say encouraging children to fight in the ring is a form of child abuse and that it can cause long-term brain damage, but thousands of young boxers in Thailand get into the sport to win prize money for their poor families.

16 Oct 2018 - 8:30AM

Critics say encouraging children to fight in the ring is a form of child abuse and that it can cause long-term brain damage, but thousands of young boxers in Thailand get into the sport to win prize money for their poor families.

Muay Thai child fighters put their health on the line for gamblers and hope of a better life
You can look like a vampire: skin whitening horror stories from the streets of Bangkok

Lured by the promise of pearl-white complexions in ads on social media, young women in Thailand fall for cheap creams said to have herbal ingredients but full of toxic mercury, which cause acne, blotches and spidery red veins.

27 Aug 2018 - 8:50AM

Lured by the promise of pearl-white complexions in ads on social media, young women in Thailand fall for cheap creams said to have herbal ingredients but full of toxic mercury, which cause acne, blotches and spidery red veins.

You can look like a vampire: skin whitening horror stories from the streets of Bangkok
Wilderness survival: five of the Asian YouTube stars getting millions of hits

Whether it’s teaching about catching a fish, building a house out of mud or hunting and eating exotic wildlife, primitive living videos are attracting millions of hits on YouTube.

13 Aug 2018 - 7:41PM

Whether it’s teaching about catching a fish, building a house out of mud or hunting and eating exotic wildlife, primitive living videos are attracting millions of hits on YouTube.

Wilderness survival: five of the Asian YouTube stars getting millions of hits