Dolls that delight or disturb

February 2, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 February 2016: Driving to a Buddhist temple on the northern fringes of Bangkok, beauty salon owner Natsuda Jantaptim is running through her youngest daughter’s likes and dislikes.

“We sleep in the same bed together, she has her own pillow and blankets,” she told AFP, her daughter sitting quietly in the front passenger seat.

“We didn’t switch the air-con on two nights ago because she was cold. In the morning, she likes to drink strawberry milk,” she added. Read more

Airlines told to downgrade dolls

February 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 1 February 2016: Thailand’s civil aviation authorities have told domestic airlines to abide by the rules and ensure the so-called  “child angel” dolls are stored in overhead bins or under seats during take-off and landing.

It was a response to a craze among wealthy Thais who buy airline tickets for “sacred dolls” and demand they be seated throughout the flight.

A leaked memo, issued by THAI Smile, last week, informed cabin staff that the dolls could be seated throughout the flight with seat belt fastened for take off and land. Read more

Dolls: Fly Thai Smile

January 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Don Ross, Thailand, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 29 January 2016: Seats that should be sold to genuine passengers travelling with Thai Smile are being sold to the owner’s of life-like dolls who insist on taking them on flights.

Thai Smile crew serve snacks to the dolls and insist they fasten their seat belts on take-off and landing.

Known in Thai as “luuk thep” (child angels), the pricey dolls, which can cost up to USD600, were first popularised by celebrities who claimed dressing up and feeding the dolls had brought them professional success. Read more