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Nattawud Daoruang has been interviewed many times by reporters from around the world. Some came to the school and others interviewed him by e-mail and telephone. In the photograph to the left, he is being interviewed for television. It is for a Thai entertainment show. On the right, he is being interviewed by Kat Tosi from the Bangkok Post.


The following are some of the newspaper articles about Nattawud that we have found so far. Some we come across by accident so we are sure there are a lot more out there. If you see Nattawud in a newspaper, please let us know.


Farang Magazine

Nattuwud “Gor” Daoruang has been a novice monk, a drug addict, and, when he was 14, he pursued a young woman for months only to find out that she was a ladyboy. The Thai teenager relates all of these experiences in excellent English on his website, which is updated weekly. His memoirs are the definite highlight here and called “My Secret Diary.” (“Some secrets about me and know about me and my girlfriend. Please don’t tell my parents or teachers what you read.”) In a country where a popular saying is yah sao sai hai gaw gin (“Don’t pull out your intestines to feed the crows,” meaning, don’t air your dirty laundry in public), Gor’s brutal honesty is refreshing, and also goes to show that Thai teenagers are casting aside some traditions while they maintain other ones. After all, he did become a novice monk for a month after his grandfather died. And there are plenty of insights about Thai funeral rites, and photos of the family taking his grandfather’s ashes to scatter them in the Chao Phraya River. (“We are taught not to cry because it will make it harder for him to go to heaven because he will be worried.”) Gor’s little virtual home also contains heaps of information about Thai festivals, temples, his holidays in Sukothai, Kanchanaburi, and Ayuthaya, how Brahmin priests bless cars, and what it’s like to be a rice farmer. Image-wise, the website boasts more than 800 photos, including pics of the contents of his family’s fridge.


Macleans Magazine (Canada), January 14 2002

Cool Site of the week: The Internet offers just about anyone a voice on the world stage, deserved or not. One who does deserve it is Nattawud Daoruang, a teenager in Thailand who kicked his drug addiction. Nattawud, who goes by his nickname Gor, keeps a diary at www.thailandlife.com, a gritty chronicle of his ups and downs in words and pictures. The site, widely noted internationally, offers a telling glimpse of Gor's country, culture and battle to clean himself up.


Straits Times (Singapore), December 16 2001

Ex-drug addict shoots to fame with Net diary. Thousands log on daily to Thai teen's website which spares no details of his struggle to escape a drug addiction. Nattawud Daoruang has been praised as 'Thailand's youngest ambassador', described as 'legendary' and profiled as 'a global citizen' by the Thai media.

Not bad for a 16-year-old former drug addict whose father is a dockyard worker, mother a factory worker and who spends most of his free time on a computer.

The secret to Nattawud's growing fame is his amazing Internet diary that details his struggle to escape an addiction to 'crazy drugs' - ya baa as it is known on the street in Thailand.


Bangkok Post, December 2001

Internet Site of the Week. If you are a publisher or author who sells a guide to learning the Thai language, then you had better diversify quickly because you have some serious competition _ from 16-year-old schoolboy Nattawud Daoruang. On the other hand, if you are learning Thai or are interested in the language, then we have just the site for you. Here is an array of extremely helpful advice about how to speak Thai that uses MacroMedia's Flash so that you can click to hear exactly how a word is pronounced. Nattawud encourages people to learn the Thai alphabet and points out that phonetics or romanised Thai do not capture the tones. In addition, there are sections on how to read and write Thai. We bring you this site with a recommendation from reader Jane, who writes: "I am finding (this site) extremely useful in learning Thai as you can listen to a native speaker . . . Courses like this normally cost a lot of money and it is really great that this student runs the site 100% free. It is very innovative and I haven't seen anything like this before. I can't praise it enough." In fact, the learn Thai section is just one small part of the huge Thailandlife.com site that has over 300 pages and 1000 images and which is making the enterprising and energetic Nattawud a global citizen who has received endorsements for the site from around the world. Tony Waltham


Newsbytes.com, June 2001

For the visually inclined, this online archive hosts a collection of fine digital images of Thailand. Taken by and uploaded by Thai photographer Nattawud Daoruang, hundreds of pictures of diverse Thai scenes come thumbnailed ten to a page. Clicking on each delivers a larger picture complete with description. The collection features fascinating architecture, ancient temples, Buddhist monks, sports, country life, and more. World Wide Web: www.thailandpictures.com


Guide of Bangkok, March 2001

ThailandGuidebook.com from a Thai student. I think the most amazing thing about this site, excluding the content, is the fact the Webmaster is only fifteen years old and has been building Web pages since he was twelve. ThailandGuidebook.com is one of eight sites that belong to him and he has received kudos from all around the world. There is a lot of content on this site. The navigation isn't the most convenient and it could take some time to get through most of the site, but it is definitely worth a visit if you're looking for a source of good information about the country.

The site is divided into six sections that include facts about Thailand, highlights of the country, useful facts for visitors, provinces, learning the language, and online shopping in Thailand. There is a huge archive of information on this site, from attractions in the city itself, like temples and the Skytrain, to information on the provinces. On the page of each province, a list of attractions and pictures is available with brief descriptions. Even the weather at the moment in the specified province is displayed.

There are very good pictures on this site, taken by the Web master himself, giving visitors a better grasp of what each location has to offer. I was in complete awe of the quality of the pictures and the beautiful way each landmark is captured.

For visitors to Thailand there is information on health issues, the weather, general customs and traditions, and even tipping and the television system.

There are also links leading to the Webmaster's other sites, covering topics from the life of a teenager in Thailand (http://www.thailandlife.com) to the phenomena of Harry Potter in the Kingdom (http://www.thaistudents.com/harrypotter). Also online is his diary, which is surprisingly explicit for a site that is as popular as his is. It just goes to prove that Thai teenagers are not as conservative and sheltered as people like to think they are.

The collection of sites associated to ThailandGuidebook.com will give you an in-depth look into the country, the capital city, and the life of one Thai boy who has come very far in the virtual world that is the internet.

 


Kat's Window on Thailand, Bangkok , March 2001

I met Nattawud Daoruang via email about three months ago (his friends call him Gor). This 15-year-old Thai student asked me to check out his website http://www.thailandlife.com. The more time I spent on his site, the more awestruck I became. Over 300 pages and 800 pictures give a comprehensive, honest, and professional overview of this teenager's life and culture. (Click here for more)

 


BangkokMouth.com, February 2001

I’d like to introduce you to a remarkable young man by the name of Nattawud Daoruang who is still a student at the Sriwittayapaknam school in Samut Prakarn. Barely old enough to start shaving, this amazing guy has produced a web-site which must have professional designers scratching their heads and wondering just how this young whippersnapper does it.

In his spare time, he plays chess, works on his incredible site, crashes motorcycles, works as an amateur photographer, and revels in the spotlight as possibly Thailand’s most famous internet teenager.

I implore you to take a look at a site which has already attracted about 3 million web-surfers, and take a peek inside the mind of a very special Thai teenager.

Among the site’s many treasures, Nat bares his soul by way of a very personal daily diary, which while not quite in the same literary league as that of Anne Frank, will guarantee to have you smiling at his interesting lifestyle. In true Adrian Mole fashion, he was recently dumped by his girlfriend, but with talents like Nat’s I’m sure they are queuing around the block to take her place. Nat got in touch with me to say how much he enjoyed bangkokmouth.com, especially the ‘are you becoming Thai’ section. He obviously has a good sense of humor as well as some amazing talents.

 


THAILAND web awards 2000, The Nation, 9th January 2001

http://www.thailandlife.com
Webmaster: Nattawud Daoruang

Concept: With the idea behind www.thailandlife.com being to showcase the Kingdom to people overseas, its 15-year-old webmaster uses his everyday life experiences to describe the life and culture of Thai people. Net users can learn about Thai people's daily routine, their religion, and holiday activities, for example. Every aspect of Thai life style and culture is presented through pictures, accompanied by descriptions based on a young boy's activities.

Future plan: For Nattawud, the potential for developing his site is endless. It has already been turned into a weekly online magazine about Thai life, and he also has a monthly newsletter he sends out to an ever-growing mailing list. He said he planned to continually update the website over the next 10, 20, or even 30 years. "Keep coming back, as in the future you will be able to see my graduation from school, my first day at work, my marriage, the birth of my children, and their first day at school," he said.

Comment: "Back in 1997, when I started creating websites, not many people knew what I was doing. But now, there are thousands of websites and many people can use the Internet. It's an exciting time as things are changing so fast, with many new products and ideas to play with. However, I will have to work harder as I now have more competition."


Nattawud Daoruang - Already an Internet Success, Bamboo Shoots, Camboadia, August 2000

Nattawud Daoruang, a Thai child, has established many personal web sites to attract tourists from different corners of that world. Based on interviews with him via e-mail and some texts from his web sites, Bamboo Schoots magazine would like to give some information regarding the establishment and support used to develop these web sites. (Click here for more)


Samut Prakan boy, 14, puts his life on the Web, Bangkok Post, 5th July 2000.

At the age of 14, Nattawud Daoruang manages at least four web sites, one of which receives frequent hits from teenagers around the world. Thailandlife.com http://www.thailandlife.com has been reviewed and reported on by the media both here and abroad and Nattawud has full confidence that he would continue to develop the site to provide more information about his personal experiences and also to provide more stories and pictures from every province in Thailand. (Click here for more)


Students make early start in e-commerce, The Nation, 27th June 2000

Nattawud Daoruang, 14, has gained attention after launching his own website, www.thailandlife.com, which has received more than 130,000 hits since being launched a few months ago. Nattawud's passion for the Internet grew during his time at Srinai and now he has five homepages in all, including www.thaiscouting.com and Thailandmovies.com. (Click here for more)


Students on-line, Bangkok Post, Friday 23 June 2000

...Be sure to click the link to Nattawud Daoruang's "Thailand Life" webpage, which is included in the site. It is as complete an overview of the country and its culture _ presented with a very sharp eye in a personal style from a teenage perspective _ as you will find, and Nattawud has filled it with evocative photographs. Although Thai Students On-Line is aimed at young people, adults can learn a lot from it, and will find it hard to stop once they've begun clicking.


Internet Site of the Week, Bangkok Post, Database (7th June 2000)

Here's the fruit of the labour of one 14-year-old Thai student from Paknam who has been called "Thailand's youngest ambassador". The web site is called Thailand Life http://www.ThailandLife.com and you'll be impressed by its depth of information. Webmaster Nattawud Daoruang has already received a lot of media attention abroad and the site has had over 120,000 visitors. (Click here for more)

 


I was a Student of the Week in a magazine called "Student Weekly"

NATTAWUD Daoruang, a 14-year-old student at Satri Samut Prakan School, has been addicted to the Internet for four years. But this addiction agrees with him. The young student has turned into an impressive webmaster, with fans all over the world. To find out what all the fuss is about, log on to his site at <www.thaistudents.com/nattawud>. (Click here for more)


On ITV in Thailand (Click here for pictures)


Cruel Customs officials cheat students out of gifts
Nation Junior (August 1-15 1999) written by Phoowadon Duangmee

"Mean Thai Customs officials have refused to pass on gifts sent from Leonardo DiCaprio's mother to Samut Prakan students! What is more, when the students told the officials to send back the gifts, the stingy Customs men didn't. Now they're going to auction the gifts and make money out of the gifts themselves!" (Click here for more)


Leo and Learning - A Computer Age Tale in Thailand
Words by Ron Gluckman. Photography by David Paul Morris. Silk Road, May 1999.

"The eyes of the whole world seemed to focus upon Phuket earlier this year, when international heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio landed here to film The Beach, his first new movie since soaring to mega-stardom with Titanic." (Click here for more)