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.
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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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
Thai duo’s hilariously quirky food review videos celebrate Bangkok’s rich food scene – and the internet loves them

Watching people eat food has never been so much fun. Lamsong and Hoy Salah are a bit like the Dumb and Dumber of food reviewers, rewriting the rules with their videos that have been watched millions of times.

10 Aug 2018 - 2:05PM

Watching people eat food has never been so much fun. Lamsong and Hoy Salah are a bit like the Dumb and Dumber of food reviewers, rewriting the rules with their videos that have been watched millions of times.

Thai duo’s hilariously quirky food review videos celebrate Bangkok’s rich food scene – and the internet loves them
The Red Bull story: how world’s top energy drink began in Thailand, but it took an Austrian to make it a global phenomenon

Synonymous the world over with high-octane extreme sports, Red Bull has its roots in quite different surroundings in rural Thailand, with some early customers even believing it contained natural aphrodisiacs from bull testicles.

28 Jul 2018 - 9:53PM

Synonymous the world over with high-octane extreme sports, Red Bull has its roots in quite different surroundings in rural Thailand, with some early customers even believing it contained natural aphrodisiacs from bull testicles.

The Red Bull story: how world’s top energy drink began in Thailand, but it took an Austrian to make it a global phenomenon
The secret life of Thailand’s ladyboys from Muslim majority southern provinces

Transgender women in Thailand are more accepted than in Malaysia or Indonesia, but those who live in the southern provinces feel obliged to hide their gender identities at home, only letting their hair down in places like Bangkok and Pattaya.

12 Jun 2018 - 9:46AM

Transgender women in Thailand are more accepted than in Malaysia or Indonesia, but those who live in the southern provinces feel obliged to hide their gender identities at home, only letting their hair down in places like Bangkok and Pattaya.

The secret life of Thailand’s ladyboys from Muslim majority southern provinces
Thai street artists send political messages against corruption and military rule with spray and stencils

A growing number of Thai street artists are turning political and getting their anti-corruption messages across with spray paint. Most keep their identity secret for fear of reprisals from the authorities. We speak to three artists

7 May 2018 - 1:01PM

A growing number of Thai street artists are turning political and getting their anti-corruption messages across with spray paint. Most keep their identity secret for fear of reprisals from the authorities. We speak to three artists

Thai street artists send political messages against corruption and military rule with spray and stencils
King cobras in Thailand: why some villagers worship the snake and others drink its blood

Thai villagers have a curious relationship with the large venomous snakes – some pray to them for good fortune, while others drink their blood for energy and protection against various ailments

8 Apr 2018 - 7:25PM

Thai villagers have a curious relationship with the large venomous snakes – some pray to them for good fortune, while others drink their blood for energy and protection against various ailments

King cobras in Thailand: why some villagers worship the snake and others drink its blood
Inside the Bangkok temple where dogs are given human funeral ceremonies to speed their rebirth

In the last of a three part series to mark the Year of the Dog, we look at Thailand’s bereaved pet owners who take their dearly departed dogs to Wat Krathum Suea Pla, a temple on the outskirts of Bangkok, where ceremonies and rituals are believed to speed the animals’ reincarnation and boost their karma

9 Mar 2018 - 8:17AM

In the last of a three part series to mark the Year of the Dog, we look at Thailand’s bereaved pet owners who take their dearly departed dogs to Wat Krathum Suea Pla, a temple on the outskirts of Bangkok, where ceremonies and rituals are believed to speed the animals’ reincarnation and boost their karma

Inside the Bangkok temple where dogs are given human funeral ceremonies to speed their rebirth
Free the Bears strengthens fight against bile trade with new Laos sanctuary for rescued moon bears

The sanctuary that will house up to 150 rescued bears is under construction in the hills outside Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, where the NGO saves bears from the pet trade and bear bile farms

24 Jul 2018 - 4:36PM

The sanctuary that will house up to 150 rescued bears is under construction in the hills outside Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, where the NGO saves bears from the pet trade and bear bile farms

Free the Bears strengthens fight against bile trade with new Laos sanctuary for rescued moon bears
Elephant tourism in Laos: how one ecotourism start-up provides the entertainment without the exploitation

At MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary & Tours, visitors can walk with elephants, feed and splash them – but they can’t ride these retired work animals, whose back-breaking days of hefting heavy logs and howdahs full of tourists are over

24 Jul 2018 - 4:43PM

At MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary & Tours, visitors can walk with elephants, feed and splash them – but they can’t ride these retired work animals, whose back-breaking days of hefting heavy logs and howdahs full of tourists are over

Elephant tourism in Laos: how one ecotourism start-up provides the entertainment without the exploitation
Batman suits and cowboy outfits: a prairie dog’s life in Thailand

Prairie dogs are often considered pests in their native North America; and cute pets in Bangkok, where they are dressed up in all manner of tiny costumes

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Prairie dogs are often considered pests in their native North America; and cute pets in Bangkok, where they are dressed up in all manner of tiny costumes

Batman suits and cowboy outfits: a prairie dog’s life in Thailand
Meerkats, raccoons, foxes, an owl: Bangkok’s animal cafes bring the zoo to you

It’s easy to forget the food when you’re sharing your table with exotic menageries that wouldn’t be allowed elsewhere – creatures you can hold, pet and take selfies with, to the concern of an animal welfare group

26 Jul 2016 - 1:48PM

It’s easy to forget the food when you’re sharing your table with exotic menageries that wouldn’t be allowed elsewhere – creatures you can hold, pet and take selfies with, to the concern of an animal welfare group

Meerkats, raccoons, foxes, an owl: Bangkok’s animal cafes bring the zoo to you
Myth busters: Thai scientists debunk sweating crystals, boiling oil and other superstitions

Two scientists are busy debunking myths and claims of miracles performed by monks in a bid to stop gullible Thais getting ripped off by unscrupulous holy men

4 Jul 2016 - 5:20PM

Two scientists are busy debunking myths and claims of miracles performed by monks in a bid to stop gullible Thais getting ripped off by unscrupulous holy men

Myth busters: Thai scientists debunk sweating crystals, boiling oil and other superstitions
Why Thais lavish treats on ‘angel dolls’, and what sparked a creepy craze

Ancient beliefs lie behind recent Thai trend of buying pricey ‘lucky’ toddler-sized dolls  and treating them to foie gras, Botox injections and airline travel, but it was a popular radio host who sparked the craze. Meet Tukta, Nong Aoy, Justin and Millionaire, and the women who dote on them 

1 Aug 2018 - 2:52PM

Ancient beliefs lie behind recent Thai trend of buying pricey ‘lucky’ toddler-sized dolls  and treating them to foie gras, Botox injections and airline travel, but it was a popular radio host who sparked the craze. Meet Tukta, Nong Aoy, Justin and Millionaire, and the women who dote on them 

Why Thais lavish treats on ‘angel dolls’, and what sparked a creepy craze
A life sentence: Cambodia's acid-attack victims face an agonising future

Gruesomely disfigured, shunned by society and often penniless, victims deal with the harsh realities caused by a malicious attack, writes Tibor Krausz.

16 Aug 2014 - 11:32PM

Gruesomely disfigured, shunned by society and often penniless, victims deal with the harsh realities caused by a malicious attack, writes Tibor Krausz.

A life sentence: Cambodia's acid-attack victims face an agonising future
True grit: from Hollywood to the horrors of a Phnom Penh rubbish dump

Haunted by images of destitute children scavenging through a Phnom Penh rubbish dump, Scott Neeson turned his back on a high-flying career in Hollywood to start a charity. Tibor Krausz finds out how the former movie mogul has transformed scores of lives.

27 Oct 2014 - 11:13AM

Haunted by images of destitute children scavenging through a Phnom Penh rubbish dump, Scott Neeson turned his back on a high-flying career in Hollywood to start a charity. Tibor Krausz finds out how the former movie mogul has transformed scores of lives.

True grit: from Hollywood to the horrors of a Phnom Penh rubbish dump
Thai cooks up fresh profession
Youngsters' story has happy ending
Rally to the claws
8 Jan 2011 - 12:00AM
Rally to the claws