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    Trip to Phetchaburi

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 02/05/2019

    » The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and the Phetchaburi Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are co-organising special train trips to the old city of Phetchaburi every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays throughout May.

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    Verdant pleasures

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 10/10/2019

    » Not so long ago, Kanchanaburi's Muang district, which is just a two-and-a-half hours' drive from Bangkok, was seen by many as a mundane destination. And the adjacent district of Tha Muang was nothing more than just another place to drive by. But thanks to the popping up of new photogenic attractions in an area that straddles these two neighbours, Kanchanaburi has regained its prominence on the tourist map.

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    Not what it seems

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 01/08/2019

    » As you can see on the map, Klong Yai district is a narrow strip of land that extends from the main part of Trat province. Flanked by the Gulf of Thailand on one side and the mountains of western Cambodia on the other, it doesn't look like a place where much has happened.

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    Timeless treasures

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/04/2019

    » Like every time I went to Si Sa Ket, I dropped by Khao Phra Wihan National Park again on my latest visit to the northeastern province. As always, the sunrise at Pha Mo E Daeng, the cliff that is one of the park's top attractions, was a refreshing sight. During the rest of the trip, however, I came to realise that Si Sa Ket has much more to offer than Khao Phra Wihan.

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    Good old days in Hua Hin

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/03/2019

    » Holidaymakers visiting the famous resort from April 26-28 are encouraged to dress in period costumes and attend the "Hua Hin Railway Station: Memory Of Love" event, which will take place at the city's century-old train station, one of the most beautiful in the Kingdom.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Hakodate's lingering legacy

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/12/2018

    » After seven hours on the plane and another three-and-a-half hours on the train, I finally found myself on a street of Hakodate, the southernmost city of Japan's northernmost prefecture.

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    A long-awaited opening

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/11/2018

    » The Green Line rail extension (Samrong-Samut Prakan) will be operational on Dec 6. That's next Thursday. The new section of the elevated railway, which connects with the east end of the Sukhumvit Line of the BTS marks the return of trains to Samut Prakan, also known as Pak Nam, which 125 years ago during the reign of King Rama V boasted Siam's first railway. The Pak Nam rail route connected the coastal city at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River with Hua Lamphong in Bangkok. It stopped operation in 1960, giving way to road transportation that became more popular.

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    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.

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