Look­ing Back As We Look For­ward

Thailand Tatler - - TO OUR READERS - —Napha­lai Areesorn Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

With this is­sue we em­bark on our 28th year. Whether we are talk­ing in hu­man or mag­a­zine terms, edg­ing closer to 30 rather than 20 means we are no longer young. You might say that we are ma­ture, ven­er­a­ble even, for the mag­a­zine world. In fact, Thai­land Tatler, was the very first hua nok or in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tions in the coun­try, and we are still go­ing strong.

That said, with the head­winds as­sail­ing the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try word­wide dur­ing the last few years, it is no mean feat that we are still around. Many of our friends have called it quits. So how have we been able to sur­vive? By in­no­vat­ing and adapt­ing to cope with the changes. Whether we like it or not the world to­day is no longer as it used to be, es­pe­cially in the fields of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia, and we need to move with the times.

But most of all, the rea­son we are still on the news­stands is be­cause of the sup­port of our read­ers and clients, for which we are eter­nally grate­ful. Many read­ers started out to­gether with us nearly 30 years ago and over the years we have laughed to­gether, cried to­gether and grown to­gether. Their chil­dren have since be­come our read­ers and we hope their chil­dren will too in time.

As usual our an­niver­sary is­sue is spe­cial, big­ger than our nor­mal edi­tions and filled with glitz and glam­our. Our cover lady is Bui Porn­tip Nakhirunk­anok, now known as Bui Si­mon. Thai­land’s sec­ond Miss Uni­verse talks about life 30 years af­ter the crown was placed on her head and how her An­gel Wings Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues its work to ed­u­cate un­der­priv­i­leged Thai stu­dents. Our an­nual Crimes of Fash­ion is back for those ea­gerly wait­ing to see who has been caught by the fash­ion po­lice. We also look at how things have changed on the high so­ci­ety front dur­ing the last three decades. This walk through the past brings back mem­o­ries of the things we used to do, the peo­ple who used to do them, and the places and things in trend back in the day.

We look for­ward to con­tinue be­ing your read of choice, whether dig­i­tal or print. Again, we thank you for be­ing with us all this time and hope to be around for many more years with your on­go­ing pa­tron­age.

el­e­vated heights This grand stair­case is part of a pala­tial home in Pat­taya. To find out more check out Zign ofthe Times. (See p 188)

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