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    Undisturbed by time

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/06/2019

    » I had been to Kyoto a couple of times before. However, I had always thought of it as a city, as the former imperial capital of Japan. I didn't realise that Kyoto as a prefecture has much more to offer than the famous bamboo grove and those popular shrines and temples. Along the northern coast of the prefecture, referred to by some as "Kyoto By The Sea" nestled interesting places not much known among non-Japanese travellers. The fishing village of Ine, with its unique and well-preserved architecture, interested me most. It was the major purpose of my latest visit to the Land of the Rising Sun.

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    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.

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    On top of the world

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 10/01/2019

    » I was feeling high. And it wasn't just because I was 1,731m above sea level. It was also because the air was so fresh and the view so mesmerising. Surrounding me was an endless sea of mountains, the bell-shaped peak of Doi Pui Luang upon which I stood rising above them all.

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    Hakodate's lingering legacy

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/12/2018

    » After seven hours on the plane and another three-and-a-half hours on the train, I finally found myself on a street of Hakodate, the southernmost city of Japan's northernmost prefecture.

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    Past glory revived

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 18/10/2018

    » While millions of tourists flock to Tha Tian and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) each year, a lot of Bangkok residents tend to avoid the area due to traffic jams and lack of parking space. If it has been quite a while since you've been to this old quarter, it's time to set a date for a revisit and witness the charming results of its recent makeover. If you don't think you can fall in love with this history-rich part of the city, come again and test your heart.

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    Enjoy the ride, but watch out for the king cobras

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/06/2018

    » Ban Chom Bueng Thai Literary Botanical Garden of Ratchaburi may not be a familiar name. But if you like mountain biking, this is one place you should visit.

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    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.

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    Blazing new trails in Wang Nam Khieo

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 16/06/2016

    » Often when you get phone call from a friend who doesn't regularly keep in touch, it's either because he wants to invite you to his wedding or is in some kind of financial crisis and needs to borrow money. But recently when my mobile rang and the incoming call showed the name of Oat, a fellow mountain biker who runs a resort and golf course in Prachin Buri, I knew right away it must be something exciting.

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    Racing through farmland in Saraburi

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/05/2016

    » Two weeks ago, I wrote in this column about a hotel and resort in the Hua Hin-Cha-am zone that boasts mountain bike trails open to both guests and non-guests free of charge. Today, let's visit another property, which also offers such playground for mountain bikers. This one is in Kaeng Khoi, Saraburi.

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    Braving the bull run

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 02/06/2016

    » Rural Highway 3052 runs along much of the northern edge of Khao Yai National Park serving as a shortcut between Thanarat (3077) Road to the west and Highway 304 in Wang Nam Khieo to the east. Over the past few years, this area has become a popular holiday destination, especially among well-to-do city slickers. However, not many of those tourists are aware that at the back of the many luxury resorts along the south side of the rural highway there's something which separates them from the protected forest that is home to numerous wildlife.

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