Good Life Gurus: Tichakorn Plengpanich, travel photographer
Bangkok is a city teeming with talented people and charming characters who have made their way to really stand out. There is no doubt that they really are living their best lives and doing it in a lot of style. In our Gurus of the good life series, we explore and ask the city’s millennial taste makers and cultural umpires to reveal what the good life means to them, and give us a little insight into how they experience it.
If someone told us that we could become travel photographers for National Geographic, capture cinematic adventures in our own travel show, found a beauty brand, start a juice company, and running a plant-based community, our immediate response would be, “how is that even humanly possible?“
Everyone: meet the superhuman who is Thichakorn Plengpanich.
The young travel journalist with a film background is the kind of person who seems to do it all at the same time, and always shows up to an effortlessly cool, radiant, and relaxed interview. The designer has worked with some of the greats in the travel industry, making a name for herself not just as a Nat Geo explorer, but as a charming ethical lifestyle influencer with a joy of living.
Here we chat with socialite, creative and bubbly Thichakorn ‘Bom’ Plengpanich about what the good life means to her, from being a full-time con artist to cooking Moroccan dishes at home. Read on for a more in-depth look at this good life guru’s ‘hedonistic way of thinking’ and why everyone needs to sing loud in the bathroom at least once a day.
Please give us some background on you and what you are doing.
Oh, where do we start? My friends call me a con artist because I do a little bit of everything. I am trained in travel journalism and had my own travel shows. This is what people identify with the most, but I also do events like festivals and markets. 2020 has been crazy and I have changed the course of my life a bit. I finally launched my own skin care brand, which I always wanted to do. I also run what would be the first herbal community mall in Bangkok. Our goal is to open at the end of the year.
Can you tell us a bit about your travel photography? how did you get into there?
I have always loved photography. I used to spend hours developing my own photos in the darkroom growing up. I would say I started writing at the same time Instagram started to become a thing, so I started to feature my columns as a photographer and a writer.
What is the history of La Graine BeautÃ©? Who are your clients ? What do they like?
Seed is something very close to my heart. I have suffered from severe psoriasis from a young age and am obsessed with skin care and most importantly finding what is right for my skin.
When I met my Moroccan partner, I discovered the world of natural care and what his family uses on a daily basis. I started to explore more about the use of argan oil and realized the huge difference between real argan oil and what is on the market.
The great thing about this magic oil is that it can be used from head to toe and offers something for everyone. Thus, our clients vary from teenagers to men to women over 60 years old.
What role do you think beauty and travel play in a âgood lifeâ?
A standard ! Everything is linked for me. To do my job well, I had to feel good about myself. It is a direct reflection of my skin. I believe that the inner and outer self is definitely linked.
My main struggle when living in a backpack was having to store all of my skincare in a small bag. Much later in my traveling career, I learned to mix and match what I have in my bag and to use local ingredients. For me, having great skin reflects a healthy body and mindset, and with autoimmune diseases like psoriasis, taking care of yourself from the inside out is the only way to beat it. Often times people do not realize this struggle.
When I feel good about myself, it’s living a good life for me.
What does the good life mean to you? How do you live the good life?
Honestly, I’ve always had a pretty hedonistic way of thinking. Experiences and happiness always came first for me. Over the past 10 years I have visited over 60 countries and as awesome as it is, I got tired of it. This freedom that I thought was happiness became the desire to sleep in my own bed and have a clean toilet.
So to answer this question, the good life is a life where you decide how you want to live it. The freedom to choose exactly how you want it to be.
What are your 5 essential vouchers for life?
- Argan Oil
- A good pen and a notebook
- My spices
- My Kindle
- A camera
What is your personal care ritual?
On a good day, I would do all of the following:
-Drink 3 liters of water
-Rub my face, my body and hide my hair
-Sing very loud in the bathroom
-Kitchen all day
-Light a candle
-Turn off my phone and read
What are you doing to be more sustainable or eco-responsible (at work or in private)?
This is something that really concerns me.
I eat plant-based 85% of the time (on days I can’t, I try to make at least one meal a day), say no to plastic bags, reuse packaging, compost, buy local and use ethically-sourced products.
What are you doing to stay in shape?
I have struggled with the idea of ââbeing in shape all my life, having to look a certain appearance or weigh a number to feel like I belong. I find that real health is when you feel good about yourself.
Everyone is different and our bodies react to thoughts differently, but I find intermittent fasting and skipping the best for me.
I also try to exercise at least 3 times a week. I like to walk, yes, even on the trails of Bangkok.
Where do you go forâ¦ the best breakfast in Bangkok?
The Banana Warrior . She has the best cocoa and, of course, banana bread. Its menu nourishes my soul.
Where are you going forâ¦ the best date night in Bangkok?
Cooking Moroccan dishes at home, long discussions, then finish with a night swim.
Where do you go forâ¦ the best drinks in Bangkok?
Mod Kaew Wine Bar. They have the best selection of natural wines and plant-based burgers in town.
Where are you going forâ¦ the best place to shop in Bangkok?
Where are you going forâ¦ the best Bangkok getaway?
The beach! Nature! No more beach! I like Koh Tao and Lipe the most.
Finally, a tip for living well in Bangkok:
Eat well, find your crowd that will lift you up, and do what always makes you feel good.