Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

Bangkok-based Vincent Vichit-Vadakan writes about travel, food and culture in English and in French

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Thai-Chinese family’s rise from shophouse to conglomerate is a slice of Bangkok history

The Chirathivat family, owners of Central Group, trace their roots from Hainan Island to Charoen Krung shophouse and beyond.

The Chirathivat family, owners of Central Group, trace their roots from Hainan Island to Charoen Krung shophouse and beyond.

17 Jan 2021 - 9:19PM
What coronavirus? Bangkok luxury hotels push new openings despite lack of foreign tourists

High-end hotels are gearing up for business in Thailand’s capital, with the operators bullish about their appeal even amid the pandemic.

High-end hotels are gearing up for business in Thailand’s capital, with the operators bullish about their appeal even amid the pandemic.

3 Jan 2021 - 4:33PM
Coronavirus: Thailand woos tourists back to Phuket with ‘Safe and Sealed’, but is it worth the risk?

Locals question whether it is worth risking an enviable record in containing Covid-19 for a few travellers that may have only a small impact on tourism’s bottom line.

Locals question whether it is worth risking an enviable record in containing Covid-19 for a few travellers that may have only a small impact on tourism’s bottom line.

1 Sep 2020 - 9:38PM
Thailand launches US$641 million scheme to boost domestic tourism in pandemic’s wake

With tourism accounting for 20 per cent of GDP last year, the ‘land of smiles’ is acutely feeling the lack of international arrivals. But Bangkok hopes subsidies for citizens will help.

With tourism accounting for 20 per cent of GDP last year, the ‘land of smiles’ is acutely feeling the lack of international arrivals. But Bangkok hopes subsidies for citizens will help.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:01PM
Meet the digital nomads stranded in Asia because of the coronavirus

Asia is a popular destination for people who earn a living by working from anywhere in the world. But many are now stuck following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Asia is a popular destination for people who earn a living by working from anywhere in the world. But many are now stuck following the Covid-19 outbreak.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:13AM
Bangkok’s coronavirus lockdown fuelled food-delivery wars. Will players survive?

Business boomed for the established firms while also creating irresistible incentives for new players – and the competition shows no sign of cooling.

Business boomed for the established firms while also creating irresistible incentives for new players – and the competition shows no sign of cooling.

30 Jun 2020 - 2:35PM
Hongkongers’ son brings American-style Chinese food to Bangkok

James Au never thought he would follow in his parents’ footsteps and open a restaurant. Then he noticed the lack of Chinese-American food in the Thai capital.

James Au never thought he would follow in his parents’ footsteps and open a restaurant. Then he noticed the lack of Chinese-American food in the Thai capital.

28 Jun 2020 - 11:36AM
Life after coronavirus: future of Thai tourism industry is in Chinese hands, and phones

Partnerships with digital firms and social media influencers are among the strategies Southeast Asia’s tourism giant is using to win back Chinese visitors post-Covid-19.

Partnerships with digital firms and social media influencers are among the strategies Southeast Asia’s tourism giant is using to win back Chinese visitors post-Covid-19.

25 May 2020 - 11:24AM