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    Making the most of the land

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/12/2018

    » King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in October 2016 and left behind countless legacies for his people, including over 4,000 royal projects. To keep the royal principles and practices going -- especially the sufficiency-economy philosophy -- a group of more than 20 academics, led by Asst Prof Phichet Sowitthayasakun of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), is establishing the Institute of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (ISEP) to teach "the King's principles".


    A natural paradise of Japan

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/06/2016

    » Covering approximately 9,187km² and spanning 600km from north to south (from the mainland to Yoronijima Island), Kagoshima is the 10th-largest of all 47 prefectures in Japan. From west to east, there are numerous islands. The climate conditions vary from the snow-capped Isa City to the tropical-like Amami Island. Flora and fauna are abundant there.


    High on fun, low on carbon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 03/03/2016

    » About 60 Thai tourists enjoyed sea, sand and sun and participated in environmentally-friendly activities on the five islands of Trat during the recent three-day Low Carbon Holiday 2015. The success of the first official low-carbon tour in Thailand is proof the project is taking shape in Trat, about 300km from Bangkok.


    The green dream

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 18/06/2015

    » Located 315km southeast of Bangkok, the resort island of Koh Chang in Trat is a five-hour drive from the capital city and a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland. Technically, travelling to any destination increases carbon emissions. Koh Chang is a long-time popular tourist destination, meaning it has long been exploited as well.


    New discovery

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/01/2015

    » The Children's Discovery Museum in Chatuchak district, Bangkok, is worth visits by both children and grown-ups due to fun interactive learning and state-of-the-art presentation. This attraction was reopened on National Children's Day this month after four years. The museum was established under the Learning For Young Creative Minds concept, according to Bangkok's Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. It has three buildings covering over 7,000m² and outdoor and exhibition spaces covering 3,000m².


    More than teak

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/05/2014

    » Nestled in the compound of Wat Devaraj Kunchorn Voraviharn in Dusit district, the Golden Teak Museum stands tall and graceful upon 59 big teak pillars that date back almost 500 years.


    True meaning of Loy Krathong floats away

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/11/2013

    » Loy Krathong, one of my favourite festivals during childhood, just passed. On the full-moon day of the 12th lunar month, many Thais float their krathong down a river or even a pond to pay respects to the Lord Buddha and seek forgiveness from the goddess of water for any misdeeds against her. The word loy means "to float" while krathong is a lotus blossom-shaped vessel containing candles, incense sticks and flowers. What I love most about the festival is that it is the time for the reunion of family and friends. What I hate about it is that the purpose of the tradition has been distorted in some ways and some people go overboard and can put others in danger during the festival.


    A capital adventure

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/09/2012

    » River breeze and morning sunlight softly touched our skin while a large group of Thai tourists were cruising on the Irrawaddy River. We had left the old Myanmar capital of Mandalay and were bound for three other major cities. The trip centred on Thai art in Myanmar, along with other famous cultural attractions. The art is believed to have been the work of Siamese war prisoners brought to Myanmar after the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, and their descendants.


    Seven Thai beaches voted Top 10 Asian beaches

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/04/2012

    » The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that one of the world's largest tourism information websites,, named seven Thai beaches in the top 10 of the Traveller's Choice Awards 2012's Beach Destinations in Asia.

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