Message from the founder: Michael Biedassek
As a half Thai, half German (and mixed in some Polish and Chinese) I have been exploring Bangkok and its surroundings for the past 20+ years with the goal to maximize my potential of becoming a bridge between my Asian and Western roots.
I’ve always held held a deep fascination for both, the complex urban dimensions of Bangkok and the rural world of my Thai family. At the beginning my explorations focused on places that are not on the radar of society, from the abandoned skyscrapers of the 1997 financial crisis to the informal settlements along rail tracks and beneath elevated highways to the forgotten villages deep in the fabric of the city.
These urban microcosms and my ability to speak Thai opened up a whole new world of information about the complexity, diversity and reality of urban life. It allowed me to form bonds with locals, community leaders and civil society to better understand the city, its challenges in particular to development, inequality and the destruction of Thailand’s unique local heritage. My personal experiences are the fuel to rebuild (post-pandemic) a team of passionate tour guides, documentarians, creators and innovators to shine light on Thailand’s communities, heritage and social causes.
My journey as a Bangkok explorer has shaped the way I see travel. Travel coupled with empathy and curiosity can make us see the world differently and shape it positively for others. We want to share our insights, create empathy and the fun for exploration and adventure that allows for careful observation and insight into Thailand’s fascinating past, its unmasked realities of the present and those who build a better future.