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  • TRAVEL

    Hues of Hokkaido

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 02/08/2012

    » Two years ago I visited Hokkaido for the first time. The northern island of Japan was virtually all white, covered with snow which attracted hordes of winter sports lovers from over the world. I was there again last week. This time it's summer, the season when Hokkaido's amazing array of colours is most vividly exposed.

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    Rain no damper for bikers in Rayong

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/09/2012

    » The city of Rayong on the eastern seaboard is often associated with industries and their environmental side effects. However, not everybody knows that Rayong boasts almost as many mountain bike trails as industrial estates. And the one I'm going to tell you about will definitely make you envy the bikers who live there!

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    Nakhon Si Thammarat is a place for all seasons

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/10/2012

    » Mention Nakhon Si Thammarat and the image of the province's most revered Phra Borommathat pagoda would pop up in the mind of many Thais. That, perhaps, is followed by the famous sat duen sip ceremony, the grand event in which locals gather to make merit for their deceased relatives; nang talung shadow puppets; manorah folk performance and many more.

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    Legend of the falls

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 28/02/2013

    » When it comes to mountain biking, getting there is not just half the fun; it's every bit a part of the excitement! And that proved true again last Sunday when I revisited Pha Sawan waterfalls in Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi.

  • OPINION

    Art is to conceal concealer

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/03/2013

    » It may be none of my business, but something has been disturbing me in recent years. Virtually everywhere I go these days, I see so many women, from salary earners to high school students, wearing make-up. However, I believe more than half of them have no need to cover their faces with cosmetics.

  • TRAVEL

    Welcome to the fold

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 16/01/2014

    » Since the anti-Yingluck (Thaksin) regime protesters began their "Bangkok Shutdown" operation on Monday, traffic in most of the capital has been free-flowing. For the past four days the first thing I do every morning is turn on the Google Maps app on my smartphone to check what it's like on the streets. Every day and at any time of day, the roads and expressways that usually appear in yellow or red on the map depending on the degree of congestion are now delightfully green. Traffic-wise it's as if Bangkok is still in the long holidays mood.

  • TRAVEL

    Udon’s got talent

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 08/05/2014

    » One of the most prosperous cities in the Northeast, Udon Thani is known as a commercial and entertainment hub in the upper Isan region. And that’s the picture of Udon (as it is called for short) that I had always had until my latest visit on a press trip organised by Nok Air to witness a bike race held last Saturday as part of the celebration of the city’s 121st anniversary.

  • TRAVEL

    Roads less travelled

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/04/2015

    » A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a biking event in Krabi organised by Nok Air. The day following the mass ride through the southern town I joined the airline's cycling team in a trip to Koh Lanta Yai, one of the province's largest islands. The Nok Air riders rode some 32km on the paved roads from Koh Lanta Yai's main pier at Sala Dan to the old town on the other side of the island. But I had another plan.

  • OPINION

    Surviving Bike for Mom in one piece

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 13/08/2015

    » Hundreds of thousands of people and their bicycles will be out on the streets throughout Thailand this Sunday as part of the Bike for Mom event. Many of them will be cyclists who ride regularly and know what they are doing. Others will be newbies who may know how to ride but are not aware that this is not enough to survive the long mass ride.

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    The German legacy in Qingdao

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 17/03/2016

    » The wind was chilly and the mass of fog it brought inland from the adjacent sea obscured the entire sky and anything higher than the treetops. From the lookout point on a small hill where I was standing I could see through the white haze part of a town made up of Western-style buildings that were topped with red-tiled roofs, including one impressive mansion perched on the side of another mound nearby. When the sky is clear, I was told, it would also be possible to see the twin towers of a century-old Catholic church and many other pieces of historical architecture further away.

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