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    Tastes of Kuala Lumpur

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/07/2018

    » I love Thailand. The more I travel, the more I realise how lucky I am to have been born and raised in this country. But when it comes to durian, it's a different story.

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    Hakodate's lingering legacy

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/12/2018

    » After seven hours on the plane and another three-and-a-half hours on the train, I finally found myself on a street of Hakodate, the southernmost city of Japan's northernmost prefecture.

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    A town built with teak

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/09/2018

    » A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. But sometimes even a thousand pictures cannot say enough. The photos you see on this page show some of the many beautiful houses in Phrae's old town. But, of course, there is more than meets the eye. Each house has its own story, some also played an important part in the history of the town, and even that of the Kingdom.

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    A slice of China in Isan

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 01/12/2016

    » Udon Thani, the most economically bustling city of the upper Northeast, is blessed with three public parks: Nong Prachak, Nong Bua and Nong Sim. Each of them was named after the lake that forms the core of the park; all of them are nice for cycling.

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    Ride through history

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 04/08/2016

    » Built over 150 years ago during the reign of King Rama IV, Charoen Krung was Bangkok's first Western-style road. Nicknamed New Road back then and many decades afterwards, Charoen Krung starts from the east side of Wat Pho next to the Grand Palace, initially running eastward before beginning to gradually shift south as it crosses the Rob Krung canal into the northern part of China Town.

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    Taiwan flies on

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 30/06/2016

    » Of all the countries and territories on the planet, only a few boast strong armies of devoted Thai fans; Taiwan is one of them.

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    Isan's arid bounty

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/04/2016

    » Yasothon and Amnat Charoen were separated from Ubon Ratchathani in 1972 and 1993, respectively. A couple of weeks ago, these three Isan provinces reunited.

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    The German legacy in Qingdao

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 17/03/2016

    » The wind was chilly and the mass of fog it brought inland from the adjacent sea obscured the entire sky and anything higher than the treetops. From the lookout point on a small hill where I was standing I could see through the white haze part of a town made up of Western-style buildings that were topped with red-tiled roofs, including one impressive mansion perched on the side of another mound nearby. When the sky is clear, I was told, it would also be possible to see the twin towers of a century-old Catholic church and many other pieces of historical architecture further away.

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    To the Mekong and beyond

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 19/11/2015

    » The mighty Mekong marks the border between Thailand's northeastern region and Laos. With the second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge providing a land link since 2006, the town of Mukdahan has served as a convenient gateway from Thailand to the Lao town of Savannakhet on the other side of the river.

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    Wake up Westerners! Make your voices heard

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/11/2015

    » The other day I received a forwarded clip via Line, of a silent film by Charlie Chaplin.

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