Letting the world know

New travel TV show scours the country for regional pockets of creativity

With no script and hosts that look like freewheeling tourists, Let the World Know is a recently launched travel TV show that takes its audience to various parts of the country to discover lesser-known origins of art and culture. It also portrays the fun experiences of a group of friends as they travel around the region. We sit down with the show's three hosts to find out exactly what they want to "Let the World Know".

From left: Anuruk "Bew" Cholmunee, Natda "Sign" Chawawanid and Anuchit "Pump" Kumnoi

ABOUT THE TRAVELLERS

Three recent grads from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang enjoy their reunion on the road to share unseen arts and travel experiences around the Kingdom from a young and fresh perspective.

Anuruk "Bew" Cholmunee is the familiar face behind "Housewife with a Moustache". The 22-year-old strikes his mean poses for his webpage (facebook.com/maebanmeenuad) and his fierce fashion editorials have earned him currently more than 100,000 fans.

Having recently released illustration book Prod Riek Pom Wa Kiw Tum (Please Call Me Kiw Tum), Anuchit "Pump" Kumnoi is the man behind facebook.com/kiwtum. His collection of lighthearted and inspiring illustrations under the comical pseudonym Kiw Tum (literally meaning "low eyebrows"), has garnered nearly 400,000 likes.

Although not a Facebook celebrity, former stylist Natda "Sign" Chawawanid is a bubbly travel companion who joins the band of art enthusiasts making each excursion an enjoyable and offbeat voyage.

THE SHOW

Under the concept "we will travel to wherever there's art", Let the World Know is hosted by three young creatively minded travellers - Bew, Pump and Sign. In each episode, the trio road trip to various parts of Thailand in an attempt to learn about a place's art and culture. At the same time, they instill a love of art, spread Thai art and culture, support artists and promote Thailand as a creative tourist destination.

Maeban Mee Nuad off his fashion spread

Having to go on live without either a script or any in-depth knowledge about the destinations, they aren't the typical fact-spouting hosts of other shows. "I get stressed because of the lack of preparation," says Bew. "It's all real. We say whatever we feel in each moment."

"I like this show because we know only general information about each destination before arriving," says Sign. "We go there as real tourists who are interested in art, not as expert guides. For example, in each episode, one of us acts as the leader, but that particular person doesn't have to know more than the others. We just go there and if there's something we're curious about, we ask the locals to explain it to us," says Sign. "With no script at all, everything we say is really what we see and feel," adds Pump.

"They are very nice to us," says Bew of the production crew. "The team is so big, with two vans altogether. We have all worked in production before but not on this scale. We get along with the team quite well, and although shooting each episode took about two days and is super exhausting, we had so much fun."

"The staff take such good care of us to the point that we almost

Sign andthe real face of Kiw Tum

feel uncomfortable," says Pump. "And we never imagined that the team would be this big with cameras covering us from all different angles. We even have bottles of water with our names on them."

"On the show, not only do I get to talk to and learn from real

artists," says Bew, "I also get to really try my hand at it." As for Sign, she thinks the hosts fit the show perfectly. "Although we aren't professional artists, art is the main thing we all are really interested in, regardless of what kind," she says.

"On these trips, we learn about regional and local creativity as opposed to the art we learned about in school that is applied for communication purposes," says Pump. "Now I can get my hands dirty, literally on real things such as clay moulding that is not as easy as it seems."

"I'm sure we can make traditional art and culture interesting for a young audience," says Sign. "When visiting places that are likely to be boring to some audience such as temples, we approach it in a young and fun way simply because we go there as a group of friends."

AIRING DETAILS

Watch Let the World Know on TGN (True Vision Channel 179) on Sat from 2:35-

3:10pm, or on YouTube (youtube.com/lettheworldknowtv). For more info, check out

facebook.com/lettheworldknowtvprogram.

About the author

Writer: Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya & Kaona Pongpipat