Bangkok’s local news and reviews website Coconuts Bangkok has launched a re-developed and re-designed version to the delight of many local readers.
The new version of the site, dubbed Coconuts 2.0, features a user review function where anyone can create a profile, write a review of a local Bangkok business, and give it a rating out of five coconuts. Business owners can also create Coconuts profiles for their bar, restaurant, salon, etc. to be reviewed by users, and submit events to be included in the events section.
Coconuts Bangkok will continue to run the type of hyperlocal Bangkok editorial content that readers have come to enjoy – a mixture of original reporting, translated stories from the Thai press, and aggregated content from other news outlets (always cited) – in addition to the new user reviews section.
Some of the most popular Coconuts stories since its inception have included:
- The first story on tweeting motorcycle taxi driver Dejchat Puangket and a follow-up interview with the now world-famous Bangkok resident, who has since been profiled by the BBC
- Coverage of Lady Gaga’s upcoming show in Bangkok and her hardcore fanbase
- A story on Songkran breast gropers being publicly shamed on Khao San Road
- Editorial reviews and listings of Bangkok’s vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene in our Drinking & Dining section
Coconuts Bangkok is big on social media and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. We are also increasingly looking to harness user-generated editorial content, so feel free to contact us with any tips or media.
Byron Perry started Coconuts Bangkok in September 2011. He previously worked as a writer and editor at Property Report South East Asia in Thailand, The Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, Variety in Los Angeles, and San Francisco magazine in, you guessed it, San Francisco.
Coconuts Media Ltd., the company behind Coconuts Bangkok, has plans to launch Coconuts local news and reviews websites in other cities in Southeast Asia.