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  • LIFE

    Snapping up the bad guys

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/07/2017

    » In deep jungle, a forest ranger in his black uniform slowly climbed up a tree. With trained, quick hands, he strapped a camouflage case to a high branch that could oversee an area underneath it at a wide angle. Inside the case was a camera trap that can monitor the movement of animals, and especially humans who may enter the forest illegally.

  • LIFE

    The message of the medium

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/08/2019

    » When the chipmunks Chip and Dale sailed into the bustling floating market in the recent viral Disney short Our Floating Dreams, both the world and local people were fascinated by the images of Thai culture. Busy canals and pineapple fried rice brought about onscreen exoticism watched by millions around the world.

  • THAILAND

    Carrying the weight of uncertainty

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Under the purple and orange hue of dawn, our bus arrived at the base of Phu Kradueng National Park in Loei province. We had our tents, sleeping bags and backpacks as we got ready to trek one of the most gruelling uphill climbs in the country — a steep slope of 5.5km to the top of this popular mountain destination, which takes anywhere from four to eight hours.

  • LIFE

    Klongsan Fest celebrates everything halal

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 31/01/2019

    » This weekend, head to the Suwannaphum Mosque community in Klongsan to get to know this old Muslim neighbourhood and taste some amazing halal food.

  • TRAVEL

    A zeal for New Zealand

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/06/2018

    » The sky was gorgeous. That was the first thing I noticed about New Zealand after we left Auckland airport. Just the right shade of blue. The right amount of sunlight and cloud. Underneath the vast blue expanse, rolling green hills stretched as far as the eye could see. We were on our way to Rotorua, a city 230km southeast of Auckland, and luckily we were able to appreciate all the surrounding nature that led us to it. Plenty of sleep onboard Thai Airways' Royal Silk Class meant we landed feeling refreshed, ready to explore all the sights and adventures Rotorua has to offer.

  • LIFE

    Unshackling gentle giants

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/05/2018

    » After trading our sneakers for knee-length boots, we trotted down to the riverbank where a boat was waiting for us. It was a short crossing to the other side of Nam Khan River to meet the elephants that happily approached us for bananas and sugar cane. They had no chains around their ankles. The mahouts stood nearby, keeping watch with no hooks in their hands. Later, they guided the gentle giants to walk along with the humans trailing nearby on muddy ground. The atmosphere was very friendly and calm, with a picturesque landscape of jungle, river and sky surrounding us.

  • LIFE

    Preserving history

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/02/2018

    » Wearing a long-sleeve shirt and wide-brim hat, both hands clutching various digging tools, several men stooped down on the dry red dirt. With their feet planted firmly and under the supervision of archaeologists, they began digging in order to uncover the history of their homeland.

  • LIFE

    Coaxing turtle conservation out of its shell

    Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 01/06/2017

    » Everybody loves sea turtles. Whether they're found flapping away in aquarium tanks or lucky divers encounter them by chance in the vastness of the ocean, they are objects of affection for people of all ages.

  • LIFE

    Shelf improvement

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/04/2017

    » Having created a buzz and been the centre of interest among the capital's bookworms for quite some time, Bangkok City Library, the yellow three-storey building located at the Kok Wua intersection on Ratchadamnoen Road, is now opening its doors to the public.

  • LIFE

    Doing it for the children

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/01/2017

    » To oblige Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's Children's Day slogan "Thai children strive to study for national stability", we have listed educational places for children to visit this Saturday. Each institution is providing free entrance for children, a special treat for this annual national day for kids.

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