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  • LIFESTYLE

    Fun in the North

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/09/2018

    » Not everybody thinks the rainy month of September is the best time to visit the northern provinces. But if you go to Phrae or Chiang Rai this weekend, you will enjoy events you won't find in the high season.

  • NEWS

    Fast & precarious

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 06/09/2018

    » My heart was filled with excitement as the door of the gondola lift closed and the cable car was slowly leaving the station, taking me, my friend Kent and our downhill bikes up the slope to the trailheads 1,780m above sea level. We had planned this trip for more than half-a-year, and it's happening. A few minutes from now, we would be riding the famous trails of Fujimi, in one of Japan's largest bike parks.

  • TRAVEL

    Appreciating Kantang's past glory

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 30/08/2018

    » Of the six provinces along the Kingdom's southern peninsula, only Trang can be reached via railway. The Andaman rail tracks run past Trang city and end in Kantang, which is connected to the Andaman Sea 15km or so away by the Trang River. After its establishment in 1893, Kantang acted as a major socio-economic hub in the area and was an important port for goods from the West.

  • OPINION

    Know thy visitors

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/08/2018

    » Almost three decades ago when I was a university student, I occasionally had to travel to Don Mueang airport for a part-time job. Back then, it was Bangkok's only airport, and, with the tollway not yet in existence, was considered very far from the city centre. There, my task was to ask departing tourists to fill in questionnaires for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which wanted to know what they liked or disliked, as well as their spending behaviour, during their visits.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Cave exhibition shows paragon of Thainess

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 22/08/2018

    » On June 23, when the 12 boys of Chiang Rai's Wild Boars Football Academy and their young coach parked their bicycles and embarked on another excursion into Tham Luang, a cave within a rideable distance from their usual training ground, they didn't know that there would be heavy rain while they were inside. They didn't know that they would be trapped by flood waters. They had no idea either about the unprecedented phenomenon that would happen next.

  • NEWS

    Same same but deliciously different

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 16/08/2018

    » When was the last time you visited Pai?” I asked myself while on a van headed to the small town that sits about halfway between the east end of Road 1095 in Chiang Mai’s Mae Taeng district and its west end in the town of Mae Hong Son. With 1,864 curves along its length of 200km, 1095 is notorious asone of the country’s twistiest roads. A rest stop like Pai is a godsend. Over the years, Pai itself has evolved into a popular destination for international and Thai travellers alike. The countryside setting and the mix of ethnic and international cultures make up the charm of this laid-back town surrounded by mountains.

  • TRAVEL

    A picture perfect trip

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/08/2018

    » It has been quite a while since the last time I visited Sai Thong. Recently, as I noticed that certain photographs have been used in the Bangkok Post too often, I knew it's time to return to this national park of Chaiyaphum province once again.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Smart and organic

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 01/08/2018

    » Two events on alternative agriculture are taking place this weekend in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

  • TRAVEL

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    How to enjoy the majesty of Phu Soi Dao

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/07/2018

    » Unless you have shut yourself from all news, you must be aware that it's wise to avoid visiting certain caves or venturing off the Andaman coast during the monsoon season. However, at several destinations in Thailand, this is the period when the beauty of nature reaches its peak, thus in some ways the best time to be there. Phu Soi Dao is one such place.

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