Clattering tuk-tuks (#LMAO). Cliffdiving (#YOLO). Jungle trekking (#wanderlust). Plus exotic streetfood (#nomnom), tanning on a dream beach (#lifeisabeach) - and not to forget: the obligatory fullmoon party (#fullerthanthemoon). So we know Thailand from the newsfeed of some random backpackers.
But if you drill the surface now, you'll find a pulsating Porsche scene in Thailand, far away from the exhausted Instagram motifs, whose devotion to the Zuffenhausen brand is at least as great as the luxury tax in this country.
Sihabutr Xoomsai, who is only called Tenn by his friends, is one of those Porsche-mad. And as the initiator of »Das Treffen«, the largest Porsche community event in Southeast Asia, he is also their link.
But to what extent does the scene differ from the one we know from Europe or America? The best way to find out is on the street. Curves maker and photographer Stefan Bogner has therefore set out with Tenn and his buddies to the north of Thailand. There, where some of the most exciting curves are to be found, and where the road is compacted into an endless tunnel by an overlying roof of treetops. #roadtrip.
What should you take with you on such a road trip through Thailand?
T - shirts, sunscreen, camera.
Thailand is considered the country of smiles. Less than the land of air-cooled engines. Or is it?
I myself was amazed and never thought there would be such a large Porsche community in Thailand. »Das Treffen 3«(The Meeting 3) in Bangkok showed exactly that.
The enthusiasm for the Porsche brand unites entire continents. Are there any differences compared to the American-European community?
The Europeans are somewhat »old school« on the way, in the USA on the other hand much is very »styled«. In comparison, the Porsche Community in Thailand is much more relaxed. The motto: »easy and laid back« - but not in a superficial sense, but combined with a certain depth. From Porsche Design sleds to rare collector's items, you can find everything in private mini museums in Bangkok. Unbelievable. The Asian Porsche Community has its very own, cool »style«, plus this culture, which is simply unique.
What particularly excited you on your »The Meeting« tour?
The sum of things. You are immediately welcome and integrated. The trip through Thailand's north with Tenn´s friends was one of the coolest experiences ever. Maybe also because as a European you don't necessarily planning to have a road trip through Thailand. All in all: great flow, great guys, great food, great weather. After 10 days I had 14,000 pictures in the box - one better than the other.
So can we look forward to a »Curves - Thailand« issue? ;-)