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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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
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