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  • NEWS

    Making money from our resources

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Since the military government came to power, new economic policies have been rolled out and economic catchphrases coined.

  • OPINION

    Regime push for 'Thainess' turns sinister

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/01/2018

    » "Thainess", or <i>Thai Niyom</i>, has become the moniker attached to the latest fad of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government. First, the premier floated the idea of "Thai-style democracy", on Children's Day.

  • OPINION

    Yingluck gone but populism sticks around

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/08/2017

    » Ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra has gone -- some might say -- with the wind. And the way she fled the country was so sly, like a Hollywood film noir where the femme fatale coolly sashays out of the scene having outwitted everyone.

  • LIFESTYLE

    To squat or not?

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Like religion and politics, toilet etiquette is a touchy subject. The latest proof is the debate on the future of traditional squat toilets in Thailand after a new law on the manufacturing standard of toilet seats came into effect on April 23. The law has provoked discussion and even fear that the state will ban the use of squat toilets, archaic but cheap household facilities that are still used in rural areas, as well as many houses and buildings.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Banana split

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 17/08/2016

    » High on the list of fruits Thais cannot live without is kluai namwa, or cultivated banana, a tropical strand only grown in South and Southeast Asia. The cultivated banana has long been an affordable, ubiquitous food staple for Thais, the same way apples are for Westerners.

  • NEWS

    Thai youth leaders get to quiz Obama

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/09/2016

    » LUANG PRABANG - Two Thais will join some 200 youth leaders from Southeast Asia today in attending US President Barack Obama's town hall meeting in the historic town of Luang Prabang where they will have the chance to engage in a discussion with the president.

  • OPINION

    It need not be the end of the road

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/06/2016

    » Route 3077, a small lane that cuts through the heart of Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, is one of my favourite drives. Several times my family brought me to this national park when I was very young.

  • OPINION

    Tigers, greed: The modern Thai temple

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/06/2016

    » Among the most notorious of the influential monks, it's Luang Ta Chan, otherwise known as Phra Archan Phusit Khantitharo, the abbot of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, who amazes me the most.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A place among the dead

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/07/2016

    » Cemeteries are a sanctuary for the dead and the mourners. But the Bangkok Protestant Cemetery on Charoen Krung 72/5, known as Soi Susan Farang, has been known as a tourist attraction, due to the beautiful architecture of the memorial sites and splendidly carved gravestones. The cemetery, besides being one of the oldest burial grounds that remain unaffected by the urban development of the city, has a cultural value as a testament of foreign cultures present in Thailand from the mid-19th century until the present day.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Into the forest

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/10/2015

    » It is hard to believe Sahwing Indharangsri when he says his village and the forest around it was once inhabited by wild animals.

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