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  • TRAVEL

    The heart of our city

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/10/2015

    » The east bank of the Chao Phraya River where the history of Bangkok began is called Koh Rattanakosin because it is land surrounded by water and looks like an island. Its west side is adjacent to the river and the east end is the Khlong Khumuang Doem Canal. King Rama I, the first monarch of the Chakri Dynasty, established Bangkok on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River in 1782 as the new capital.

  • LIFE

    Heavenly rides

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/08/2017

    » Like a journey through clouds towards heaven, marvellous royal chariots and vehicles will be moving smoothly and gracefully around the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang in a stunning procession for the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26. Amid great sorrow and mourning, everyone will be mesmerised by the grandeur of the royal ceremonies befitting the great king.

  • THAILAND

    Rock of ages

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 14/02/2019

    » The name Ang Sila (rock pond) has long rung a bell for almost every Thai household for its high-quality granite mortars. Nowadays, this tambon in Chon Buri has fewer rocks for the production of this kind of kitchen tool. Nonetheless, the community is still an interesting attraction with old temples, markets, fishing villages and the beach.

  • LIFE

    A caravan of friendship

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/08/2018

    » Travelling in a four-wheel-drive on a 2,700km route from Myanmar's old capital of Yangon through Thailand via the Dawei-Kanchanaburi border sounds tough for many. Yet, it was considered a small adventure for some 80 Myanmar and Thai people who recently took part in the "Myanmar Tourism Marketing-Tourism Authority of Thailand Heritage Trail Tourism Cross-Border Rally" because most of them love challenges.

  • LIFE

    Royal beneficence in Nong Ung

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/07/2018

    » Eighteen years ago, thousands of local villagers living in the seasonally flooded lower part of tambon Kho Nua in Muang district, Yasothon, learned that their lives would change for the better after His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, then the crown prince, visited them. His royal initiatives to dredge Nong Ung, a dry 430 rai swamp, improve soil quality in the community, and revitalise a damaged forest led to the villagers' better livelihood.

  • LIFE

    A sporting chance

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/02/2018

    » Several teenagers were playing table tennis and badminton, their eyes fixed on movements, their brains whirling, their hands skilfully moving as they played forehand and backhand drives. Most of them are young people who were once juvenile delinquents but now they are trying to turn their lives around. Some of the support they receive is from sports training and empowerment projects initiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha.

  • TRAVEL

    Thai-Chinese Heritage

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 07/12/2017

    » Bangkok's Khlong San district on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River opposite Chinatown -- Talat Noi and Yaowarat -- was a place of little interest to many Bangkokians, but not anymore due to the emergence of Lhong 1919, a Sino-Thai historical art centre.

  • LIFE

    A new Lanna gem

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/07/2017

    » The Chiang Mai National Museum has a new face after four years of renovation. Reopened on June 14, it brings exhibitions to life using state-of-the-art technology and presentations, and hopes to attract younger visitors.

  • TRAVEL

    In the pink city

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/01/2017

    » Swirling across cracky hills like a ribbon is a two-lane road leading to Amber Fort, a palace built in Hindu and Rajput styles. Tourists line up to ride beautifully-adorned elephants to the top where the palace stands tall and graceful. This sight is common, yet colourful and tempting to all visitors. So are the must-sees in Jaipur like the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jai Mahal, Jaigarh Fort and Govind Devji Temple.

  • LIFE

    A place to treasure

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 04/08/2016

    » Nestled behind trees on a 1,700m² plot of land near the congested Charoen Krung Road is the Bangkok Folk's Museum. Donated by biologist Assoc Prof Waraporn Suravadi to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in 2003, this museum features three houses in a lush tropical garden with a pond.

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