Helene Benno

A little piece of Thai island in Stockholm

Here comes the rain again. And so it does every night, right after the electricity goes and it gets pitch dark. The crickets continue their concert, the waves roll behind Star Hut and the ‘Tom Ka Gai’ is spicy.      This is an ordinary evening in Skånegatan in the southern part of Stockholm. Inside the restaurant called…

Thai sustainable tourism initiative discussed in Sweden

Thai authorities are taking the next step forward to ensure further awareness in environmental matters. Last week Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) advisor Khun Pradech Phayakvichien was in Stockholm to meet with representatives from SIDA, WWF, some of the biggest tour operators in Scandinavia and the head of the Swedish Global Compact.      The purpose for…

Koh Lanta’s inspiration

It was Christmas eve. The Swedish couple Camilla and Stefan Lebert and their daughter Thelma were sitting on the beach in Koh Lanta looking at the bright stars, feeling the warm waves on their feet.      “This is what life always should be like,” they said to each other and added immediately, “it’s impossible.”      But unlike…

Lars Gunnar Erlandson, Bangkok

If ever you have listened to the news on Swedish Broadcasting you have most definitely heard his voice. Lars Gunnar Erlandson, he has been a foreign correspondent for almost thirty years. He is one of the most renowned and knowledgeable foreign correspondents ever in Sweden and has reported about rebels, royalties and religious fundamentalists. Name…

Swedish Professor in Thai Food

Christer “Chris” Kridrakorn-Odbratt has his roots both in Bohuslan on the windy southwest side of Sweden and in the capitol, Stockholm. Since his father worked for Ericsson they moved around a lot and Chris was raised in Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, former Yugoslavia and other places. Still he never ever thought that he one day…

Restaurant owners on Koh Samui by chance

Petter Gustafsson and Johan Granholm should have been back home in Borlange in Sweden by now. Their plan was to go on a long vacation for six months,three months in New Zeeland and three months in Australia. But before that Johan wanted to show his best friend Petter his favourite place in Thailand:Koh Samui. Here…

Swedish Bakery in Laos

Pastry chef Sune Wissmar is most likely the only link between Soderkoping in Sweden and Vientiane in Laos. It was here, at Docks Hovkonditori in Soderkoping, that Sune started his journey towards a prosperous and popular cafe and bakery business on the other side of the globe.      On the way he has gone through countries…

Give to the poor instead…

Many expats in Thailand tend to talk about themselves and what they are doing in a vivid and selling way. That is not the case with Swedish vicar Ulf Claesson. He is a modest man. A humble person who thinks before he speaks. So it is not very surprising that he does not want any…