Identity, freedom and family – in Bangkok, Amazon Sun, of the House of Amazon, teaches voguing, letting people express themselves through powerful dance movements.
Voguing, the dance movement that started in the LGBTQ community in New York in the 1980s, is still going strong. For Bangkok-based performance artist Sun (Phitthaya Phaefuang), voguing is about being able to express the freedom of being yourself, of LGBTQ and of gender fluidity.
The dancer, who took voguing classes in New York, Taiwan and Japan, was the first to bring voguing as a ballroom culture to Bangkok. He performs under the name Amazon Sun, part of the dance group House of Amazon – the tradition of “houses” is a leftover from voguing’s early ball culture days, when the houses were alternative families, and it serves the same purpose today. Just as in the movement’s infancy, voguing in Thailand is about belonging. “A lot of these LGBTQ kids get kicked out by their biological parents and family. Voguers, we create our own family, which we call a house. It’s a space for people to show their true identity,” Sun explains.
For Sun, voguing is a way of life. “People go to church, or Buddhists go to temples – voguing for me is like that, it’s like meditation,” he says. The movement is growing in popularity in Asia; there’s a voguing scene in Korea, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. At Sun’s classes in Bangkok he teaches all kinds of people, but mainly non-dancers, and he firmly believes that voguing allows you to show humanity and the different identities we have in this world. “I will teach you how to vogue but you have to be the one to ask yourself, why do I vogue?”
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.