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  • 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.

  • THAILAND

    Overlooked treasures

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 31/01/2019

    » If you make a northward journey to Phrae via Highway 101, just before you reach the provincial capital, you'll pass Sung Men. As you rush along the highway that cuts through the small town, you'll find Wat Sung Men right on the roadside.

  • LIFE

    Revisiting Khon Kaen with my best friend

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 24/01/2019

    » Cycling wasn't in the plan when I went to Khon Kaen recently on one of my "update trips" to see how places have changed. But late that morning, after having spent an hour or so strolling under the scorching sun, I came across something refreshingly delightful: a bicycle rental shop. A godsend!

  • THAILAND

    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.

  • LIFE

    A hidden gem in Bangkok's heart

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 03/01/2019

    » Notorious for murky water, Klong Saen Saeb is obviously not the most beautiful canal in Bangkok. But a visit to a short section of this historical waterway may make you see it in a very different light.

  • LIFE

    There's riding in those hills

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 13/12/2018

    » Cyclists in Bangkok and Samut Prakan are lucky to have such nice places to enjoy their favourite sport, those famous bicycle lanes around Suvarnabhumi airport. But wouldn't it be even better if there were another purpose-built training ground that is not so flat? How about a bikes-only road on hilly terrain?

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    Appreciating Kantang's past glory

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 30/08/2018

    » Of the six provinces along the Kingdom's southern peninsula, only Trang can be reached via railway. The Andaman rail tracks run past Trang city and end in Kantang, which is connected to the Andaman Sea 15km or so away by the Trang River. After its establishment in 1893, Kantang acted as a major socio-economic hub in the area and was an important port for goods from the West.

  • TRAVEL

    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.

  • LIFE

    Siem Reap without Angkor Wat

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 31/05/2018

    » When you're in Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat, could there be a reason not to visit the place that is the national symbol of Cambodia? During a recent work trip to the city, I happened to have a few.

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