independent writer Jennifer Gampell began a literary career in Thailand
in 1993 after failing abysmally at selling Balinese jewelry in Paris and
teaching English to recalcitrant Japanese schoolchildren in Bangkok. Why
Thailand? That's where she crashed a motorcycle and spent an epiphanous
month in the orthopedic ward of a small Chiang Rai hospital in early 1991.
A month immobilized in traction was nothing compared to 15 years chained
to a desk at the University of California, San Francisco. (Click
here to read her Asian Wall Street Journal article
about this life- and career-changing accident.)
Nowadays, she contributes
features and first-person rants on travel and contemporary culture in
Thailand and elsewhere in the region to The New York Times, Destinasian,
Far Eastern Economic Review and international inflight magazines
including Qantas and Discovery. She
also writes for the International Herald Tribune/New York Times
Globetrotters travel blog.
Click below to
read some of Jennifer's recent articles. Each link will open a new browser
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in Bangkok: The Boutique Option
Globespotters IHT blog, October 21, 2008
Small and very of the moment hotels are attracting attention in Bangkok.
DestinAsian, October 2008
Except for the street vendors in pseudo Thai hilltribe garb, you can almost
imagine yourself in Cairo instead of Bangkok's Soi Arab.
Chiang Mai [PDF]
DestinAsian, September 2008
What is it about Thailand's second-largest city that compels so many creative
Thais and foreigners to relocate there?
Shopping in Bangkok
Globespotters IHT blog, August 15, 2008
Gaysorn stands out for its manageable size and uncluttered elegance.
DestinAsian, August 2008
theater to pioneering choreography, Kuala Lumpur is finding its place
on the regional arts map.
Discovery, August 2008
The synergy between food and ambianvce in these long-running Bangkok restaurants
creates a unique experience.
Crossroads of Two Cultures
The New York Times, July 20, 2008
An oasis of Arab exoticism in the heart of a bawdy Bangkok neighborhood.
DestinAsian, May 2008
The latest Bangkok icon has a 24-meter dining table.
DestinAsian, February/March 2008
A Parisian Belle Epoque cafe debuts in Bangkok.
Endless Vacation, March/April 2008
Towering above Bangkok's busy streets, these malls sell ultra cool modern
products by local designers.
Endless Vacation, March/April 2008
Get more bang for your Bangkok buck: The best mall meals, innovative Thai
designs and fantastic outdoor markets
DestinAsian, December 2007/January 2008
Trailblazing art struggles to find its place in Vietnam's capital.
DestinAsian, October/November 2007
Ultra luxurious tourism comes to a sleepy Thai island.
Far Eastern Economic Review, May 2007
Ever since the 2006 military coup, Thai contemporary culture has been
from the Heart
Qantas, March 2007
George Town on Penang Island in Malaysia faces the future with its heart
and history intact.
The New York Times, January 14, 2007
In Dulwich Hill, Sydney, finding the world in a few blocks.
Indulge your creative bent and explore the arts, shopping and dining
of Chiang Mai.
Letter From Ubon
The New York Times, June 22, 2006
In Northeast Thailand, a cuisine based on bugs.
My Oh Mai
Thailand's second city continues to reinvent itself as a lifestyle destination.
An innovative concept store is the best thing about the humongous Siam
Paragon mega mall.
New School Thai
Bangkok becomes Asia's style capital.
Letter From Bangkok: 'Social Order' Takes the Night Out of Nightlife
The New York Times, March 1, 2006
Going out on the town in Bangkok is more of a hassle than checking in for an international flight.
The New York Times, January 1, 2006
As Singapore seeks its buzz, it's becoming a fun destination.
December 2005/January 2006
Gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is carving a new groove
of its own.
December 2005/January 2006
Bangkok's trendy see-and-be-seen set is no longer starved for quality
exposure and sustenance.
La Moda Milanese
I generally rate my own attire as idiosyncratically voguish, but after
just one hour in Milan I felt decidedly dowdy.
The Scarlet in Singapore
The New York Times, September 18, 2005
An intimate romantic getaway and place for hip young travelers to see
and be seen.
New Kid on the Beach
An Ibiza vibe on a Singapore island.
The Ruins, A New Night Scene
The New York Times, May 22, 2005
As memories of the area as a danger zone fade, Siem Reap is booming.
Singapore, Having Fun is Now O.K.
The New York Times, April 24, 2005
Having fun in the formerly staid city-state is now officially sanctioned.
His Art Home
Asian Wall Street Journal, March 4-6, 2005
Montien Boonma finally gets some recognition in Thailand.
Thompson: The Legacy Lives On
Orient Express, Spring 2005
A foundation created to support tradition embraces contemporariness..
Goes Thai Culture
Asian Wall Street Journal, January 14-16, 2005
Two odes to the unsung aspects of the 'Land of Smiles.'
Boys in Europe
Asian Wall Street Journal, October 15-17, 2004
The glamour 'girls' of Bangkok cross over cultural lines.
Asian Wall Street Journal, September 10-12, 2004
This north Bangkok spa has gone to the dogs.
Asian Wall Street Journal, July 16-18, 2004
An AIDS charity event brings fashion to the masses.
Orient Express, Summer, 2004
Chiang Mai in Thailand's northern hills is fast becoming Asia's capital
Loved the Nightlife
Asian Wall Street Journal, April 23-25, 2004
No more boogying on Thailand's disco highway.
Eva in Paradise
Scanorama, March 2004
The female half of Six Senses stops long enough to talk about the company
that's redefined "natural luxury."
Fresh Look at Thai Art
Asian Wall Street Journal, February 27-29, 2004
"Flavours" spices up the literature on contemporary Thai art
December 2003/January 2004
Chiang Mai finally enjoys
an eatery worthy of its increasingly design-conscious image.
The Globe and Mail, October 22, 2003
Thailand's second city is surpassing Bangkok as the shopping destination
of choice for interior-design cognoscenti.
Faith in Fashion
Wall Street Journal, September 19-21, 2003
A Thai abbot brings la moda Italiana to Bangkok.
The Simple Charms of Hua Hin
Ceremoniously located on the Gulf of Thailand, a quaint town fit for kings
has retained its laid-back allure.
Wall Street Journal, April 11-13, 2003
Thailand's best museum is an unopened hall.
Temple of Tattoos
The Globe and Mail, March 8, 2003
Never stand in the way of a bare-chested Thai man possessed by the
spirit of his body tattoo.
Review-Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
The Globe and Mail, February 22, 2003
An inspiring philosophical travel guide about living life as an adventure.
in the Thai Sky
The Globe and Mail, February 8, 2003
A mountainous northern Thai town exudes the charm of an Impressionist
Gala at the Scala
Asian Wall Street Journal, February 7-8, 2003
More smiles than substance at Bangkok's film festival.
Copyright © 2008 Jennifer Gampell