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  • OPINION

    Going traditional at Songkran

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/04/2018

    » Over two years ago, I wrote about my contentment with a new trend in which a number of Thais wear traditional costumes in everyday life. Today, I feel happier since so many Thai people opt for traditional outfits and the style is even recognised and promoted by the government. I must note this was ignited by the craze for the periodical TV series Bupphesanniwat (Love Destiny), which was about the time journey of an archaeologist to the reign of Ayutthaya's King Narai the Great over 300 years ago.

  • TRAVEL

    Songkran Blessings

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/04/2018

    » The Songkran festival commemorates the start of the traditional Thai New Year. Besides the water splashing, celebrations and family reunions, many Thai people perform rituals that show respect for and seek blessings from their ancestors, elders and Buddha images.

  • NEWS

    Flying high in the beautiful sky

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/04/2018

    » The recent "Thailand International Kite Festival 2018" not only attracted kite-flying enthusiasts to see giant fancy and stunt kites from 15 countries but also was a good opportunity for spectators to learn about traditional kites from all regions of Thailand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Preserving literary heritage

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/04/2018

    » At Wat Sung Men in Phrae province, monks and a dozen local villagers are busy scanning the temple's old manuscripts into a computer. The same activity, in fact, is happening at several temples in the North, including Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong in Chiang Mai as well as others in Lamphun and Nan. Initiated by a German professor, the novel efforts of digitising and conserving ancient manuscripts have caught on with enthusiasm among locals.

  • BUSINESS

    Dramatic love for heritage

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/03/2018

    » Ketsurang, a plump archaeologist, inadvertently travels back in time from the present day to the reign of the Ayutthaya Kingdom's King Narai the Great (1656-1688) over 300 years ago. Her soul resides in the body of a gorgeous yet mean woman, Karaket, whose soul left her body for hell due to her severe sins. While in the Ayutthaya Kingdom, she is mesmerised by the traditional way of life and the stunning beauty of palaces, temples, rivers, markets and forts. The novel-turned-TV series Bupphesanniwat (Love Destiny) is very popular nationwide and tens of thousands fans flock to Ayutthaya to visit the ancient sites.

  • LIFESTYLE

    For the love of kites

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/03/2018

    » Kite-flying enthusiasts should not miss the opportunity to see traditional and decorative kites from around the world when a popular festival returns to the resort town of Hua Hin from March 23-25.

  • TRAVEL

    Natural paradise

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/03/2018

    » Nakhon Nayok has long been a popular destination for day trippers due to its proximity to Bangkok. Waterfalls remain all-time favourite attractions among tourists. Yet, there have been some changes. The sight of many teenagers and low-quality tourists talking and singing loudly and heavily drinking is no longer common due to stricter regulations, including a ban on alcohol in the national parks like Khao Yai. Another change -- many more tourists opt for going to farms and reservoirs to enjoy stunning views, cycling amid nature and visiting temples to seek spiritual solace.

  • TRAVEL

    Kite fest

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 01/03/2018

    » From March 23-25, the "Thailand International Kite Festival" will be held at the Army Non Commissioned Officer School in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

  • TRAVEL

    Merit-making

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/02/2018

    » From Feb 16 to March 2, Khao Wong Phra Chan, Lop Buri province's highest mountain, will attract Buddhists and other visitors to climb to its peak and pay respects to a model of the Lord Buddha's footprint during the annual religious festival.

  • TRAVEL

    Blossoming Chiang Mai

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/02/2018

    » Chiang Mai, aka the "Rose of the North", has been popular among Thai and foreign tourists for decades due to the beauty of its nature, art, culture and temperate flowers. Throughout this month, the province is hosting the "Chiang Mai Blooms 2018", a series of floral festivals and activities to enhance local tourism related to flower planting and decoration. Chiang Mai's "The Annual Calendar of Flowers" falls every February.

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