15 years ago, our founder Michael Biedassek set out to explore the urban dimensions of Bangkok that were not on the radar of society. From the abandoned skyscrapers of the 1997 economic crisis, the informal settlements along rail tracks and beneath elevated highways to the forgotten historic communities deep in the fabric of the city.
These microcosms opened up a whole new world of information about the complexity, dynamics and resilience of Bangkok’s urban life and the condition of Thailand’s vernacular heritage. Through his exploration he formed many bonds with locals and community leaders and has gathered a team of likeminded urban explorers, anthropologists and documentarians to show people a different side to the city.
As a quarter Thai, German, Chinese and Polish Michael also goes beyond Bangkok to trace the migration of his Chinese ancestors in the greater Bangkok region. We believe that stories and exploration can make us see the world differently and shape it positively for others. We want to allow for slow travel and careful observation to celebrate the diversity of Thailand’s local heritage and support its guardians.