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    Royal beneficence in Nong Ung

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/07/2018

    » Eighteen years ago, thousands of local villagers living in the seasonally flooded lower part of tambon Kho Nua in Muang district, Yasothon, learned that their lives would change for the better after His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, then the crown prince, visited them. His royal initiatives to dredge Nong Ung, a dry 430 rai swamp, improve soil quality in the community, and revitalise a damaged forest led to the villagers' better livelihood.

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    A new look at old Hong Kong

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 17/08/2017

    » As many more Thais opt to travel to South Korea and Japan due to the K-pop craze and Japan's visa exemption policies, Hong Kong, an all-time shopping and food paradise, is trying to regain its popularity by highlighting its heritage, delicacies, art and culture in the old district of Central.

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    Do not feed the monkeys

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/09/2016

    » Since my childhood, I have loved all kinds of animals except snakes, rats and cockroaches. I have had several dogs and a cat as pets. I was bitten once by a temple cat, once by my own cat and several times by my dogs because I accidentally frightened them. However, the weirdest experience was being bitten by a monkey on Khao Wang, or Phra Nakhon Khiri, a mountain palace museum in Phetchaburi, over a year ago. When I was a teenager, I was once surrounded by monkeys who tried to steal my handbag at Phra Kan Shrine in Lop Buri.

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    Nurturing the grassroots

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/06/2014

    » Sprawling housing estates and the suburban campuses of several reputable universities are what Pathum Thani is best known for; plus the fact that it’s a convenient gateway to the towns and fertile farmland of the Central Plains. Even though it’s been open for more than a decade, surprisingly few people are aware that the province which borders Bangkok to the north is also the location of a vast museum set up in tribute to His Majesty the King and his lifelong mission to improve the lot of his many subjects who still scratch a living from the land.

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    Portal to the past

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/06/2013

    » To city folk, who prize it as place to buy fabric, garments and other goods at bargain prices, its name is now synonymous with what tourists call Chinatown, but Sampheng was once the bustling heart of this capital of ours, an important port and trading hub with a cosmopolitan tolerance for all faiths which, in addition to temples and shrines for Buddhists of different schools, also accommodated places of worship for Muslims.

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