David Luekens

Travel journalist & creator of Thai Island Times

Thailand

Based in Thailand since 2011, I'm a writer, photographer and keen Thailand watcher, especially in the areas of tourism and environmental issues. I'm currently seeking freelance commissions in travel, news and commercial writing while working on Thai Island Times, an e-newsletter sharing the beauty, distinctive identities and challenges of Thai islands and coastal areas.
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Portfolio
Substack
Kaeng Krachan: Jungle curry in a rainstorm

Look away from your device right now, if you can, and picture a trip you've taken. Any trip, be it to a Thai island or elsewhere in Asia or anywhere at all, at any time in your life. Don't sort through your travel memories like a file cabinet, trying to pick one out.

CNN
Isaan road trip: Searching for normalcy in Thailand's northeast

Despite delivering an intensely flavorful cuisine to go with serene Mekong valley scenery and a strong list of natural and historical attractions, Thailand's northeast Isaan region drew only a small fraction of the numbers of foreign tourists who flocked to other Thai destinations before the pandemic.

Travelfish
Thailand's islands: The definitive guide

Covering 109 islands in Thailand clustered into six zones, this is the definitive guide for the traveller looking to find the right Thai island for them

Leafly
09/19/2019
In Thailand, opinion on cannabis is changing. How far will it go?

David Luekens September 18, 2019 Modern Asia's first medical cannabis clinic blends into a concrete hospital complex in Prachinburi, a languid town 100 km east of Bangkok. Dotted with fish farms and shaded by tamarind trees, the muddy Bang Pakong River flows by out front. Somewhere out back, cannabis is growing.

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific
09/01/21
Enter the Phuket Sandbox

Thailand's ambitious "Phuket Sandbox" programme aims to reboot international tourism without quarantine.

CNN
Thailand hopes to have bullet trains running by 2023

After years of discussion, it's finally happening. Bullet trains are coming to Thailand. But with one project under construction, another approved and others being considered, many in the country are debating whether high-speed rail (HSR) will be the right fit.

Substack
Krabi: Running a solo marathon during a tropical depression

Waves slap the seawall as I jog the footpath that curves alongside Noppharat Thara Beach. Raindrops and the pine-like needles of son trees fall overhead. Few other people are out along the seafront on this stormy afternoon in June 2018, but I do see napping dogs and dozens of snails slithering over the damp ground.

Substack
Ko Mook: The island that turned me into an island lover

Right around dusk, the longtail ferry shoved off as the azure blue and indigo of the sky reflected on the Andaman Sea's teal surface. It was one of the most calming scenes I'd ever been a part of - and we hadn't even reached the island yet.

Travelfish
Helping the Karen of Burma

A look at Drum Publications, a Kanchanaburi-based charity working hard to keep Karen culture alive.