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  • TRAVEL

    The city streets less travelled

    Life, Published on 23/08/2018

    » Community-based tourism is seen as a key to developing the economy of less-travelled areas. It is tourism by local communities to enable visitors' learning in consideration of environmental, social and cultural sustainability. Recently, a total of 120 representatives of community-based tourism groups gathered at a seminar to learn and share opinions on tourism management that emphasises learning and value adding.

  • BUSINESS

    One cup at a time

    Asia focus, Published on 19/02/2018

    » For many, the city is the place for pursuing opportunities, but one woman has chosen to do the opposite. Jitchanok Tahwichai, 27, is part of a new trend powered by young people making their mark in the countryside and paving the way for sustainable community-based tourism.

  • TRAVEL

    A model community

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 17/08/2017

    » Somjit Bunraknang, 67, weaves a shrimp by using dry palm leaves. She sits inside a gazebo of her neighbour's house in Ban Ram Daeng in Singha Nakhon district in Songkhla. Despite her impaired right eye, she can skilfully fold the leaves to make fish, grasshoppers, birds, pencil containers and baskets.

  • NEWS

    Peak tourism in the pink

    Spectrum, Published on 29/01/2017

    » The country's biggest "Thai sakura" field and the pristine nature of a newly opened peak in the northeastern province of Loei demonstrate that when communities return forests and apply their know-how, the returns are bigger than expected.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Travel with meaning

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/09/2016

    » Somsak "Pai" Boonkam is the founder and CEO of Local Alike (http://fb.com/LocalAlike), although he does prefer the title social worker, as this describes what he does through his noted social enterprise more accurately. Through various trips and travel packages arranged by Local Alike, he has connected travellers with various local communities to create a unique travel experience based on the concept of community-based tourism. Pai tells us how people can give back while expanding their horizons through travel.

  • LEARNING

    Pattaya gets a facelift

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 29/08/2011

    » Sex for sale paradise is the image Pattaya wants to shed. 10-year master plan focuses on islands nearby, green tourism routes, beaches and public utilities.

  • TRAVEL

    Collaborating on happiness

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 11/12/2017

    » Soil has been piled up and from afar it looks like a red hill. Frangipani trees without leaves or flowers stand around the foothill as if guarding it from intruders. From the base where locals laid flowers, one can only see some big umbrellas -- the kind used in monk-ordination ceremonies -- at the hilltop.

  • TRAVEL

    Stepping back in time

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 25/01/2018

    » Buddhist chanting could be heard from afar. It was a sign I was at the right place for exploring Ban Phrabat Huai Tom, the thriving Buddhist community in Lamphun's Li district.

  • TRAVEL

    'Amazing Thailand' campaign launched

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 16/11/2017

    » The Tourism and Sports Ministry has launched the "Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018" campaign at the World Travel Market in London.

  • TRAVEL

    Keeping it crispy

    Life, Published on 14/06/2018

    » The fragrance of cooked rice filled the air. Sometimes it was mixed with the smell of burning wood. In front of me were two large round button woks, called krata bai bua in Thai, on two big charcoal stoves. Standing behind the cooking woks was Kamol Pruksa, 71, who was in charge of the cooking station.

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