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  • TRAVEL

    Phuket's hidden pearl

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/05/2019

    » During one of last year's downhill mountain biking competitions, there was a new team participating. The group was made up of skilled riders I had never met before. They were from Phuket. I must admit I wasn't aware that the Pearl of the Andaman is home to an active community of downhillers. Where's their training ground?

  • TRAVEL

    Young and active

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/10/2016

    » This is an age when news and information (true as well as false, of course) is readily available. But despite the fact that your internet connection speed is not below average and you spend quite some time online each day, there are still certain decent things going on that you probably never knew about. Sometimes, the most likely reason you missed them is very simple: you're not young enough.

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    A walk through history

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 31/10/2019

    » Across the Chao Phraya River from Chinatown are old neighbourhoods steeped in history. Over a hundred years ago, one of them was the home and playground of a goldsmith's daughter who decades later become the mother of two beloved monarchs. But the late Princess Srinagarindra was not the only historical figure who once called this area home.

  • TRAVEL

    Phetchaburi run

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/07/2019

    » Hat Chao Samran, one of the coastal areas of Phetchaburi province, is home to a peaceful beach and charming local communities. The area, which is about 20km southeast of Phetchaburi city, is not too large to explore on foot, and next month there will be an event that encourages visitors to do just that.

  • THAILAND

    Outing extraordinaire

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 25/04/2019

    » Less than 40km from the capital and packed with an assortment of attractions, Nakhon Pathom's districts of Nakhon Chai Si and Phutthamonthon (the latter neighbouring Bangkok's Thawi Watthana district) are a great destination for a day trip.

  • THAILAND

    The Pride of Phayao

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 28/03/2019

    » First-time visitors to the northern province of Phayao should be sure to check out the provincial town and, in particular, the famous namesake lake on which it stands. For repeat visitors, however, I suggest exploring the northeastern part of the province, which is made up of Chiang Kham, Phu Sang and Pong districts. Unless, you have plenty of time to spend , don't bother going back to the lake.

  • TRAVEL

    Bringing a forgotten community back to life

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 17/05/2018

    » Pathum Thani's Sam Khok district recently launched a new attraction: the Sam Khok Waterfront Market. Located in Bang Toey, a community on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river, the retro-style weekend market offers not only shopping opportunities but also a chance to learn about the area's history and the various cultures and traditional lifestyle of the local people.

  • TRAVEL

    Centripetal force

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/06/2017

    » Over the years, Chiang Rai has made several attempts to attract visitors to the northern province during the so-called green season. This year, a few members of the private sector are joining hands with the local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand to do just that, with the help of cycling.

  • TRAVEL

    Subterranean biking

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 23/02/2017

    » Kanchanaburi is a huge province, the third biggest after Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima. Although the provincial capital seems close to Bangkok, its western boundary extends all the way to the border with Myanmar. Despite the fact that I have been to Kanchanaburi so many times over the past 26 years as a journalist and have seen more of the province than many of its natives, I would not say I know Kanchanaburi inside out.

  • TRAVEL

    Saved by Rama IX

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/01/2017

    » Ban Pong Huai Lan is a little-known village in Chiang Mai's San Kamphaeng district. Thirty years ago when transportation was not as convenient as today, it was virtually unheard of by most Thais. But His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited the community several times.

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