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  • TRAVEL

    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.

  • OPINION

    A time for giving

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/01/2019

    » 'Please don't post them," I told my wife as I saw her taking pictures of me and my sister on New Year's Eve. It was a family activity and I have no time for social media drama. People's attitudes differ. Some might be supportive, others can be nasty.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Kin salak luang the Phrae way

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 19/10/2018

    » Kin salak is a tradition communities in the northern provinces observe to make merit for deceased relatives. It doesn't take place every year, so when it happens it's a big thing for the locals. At the moment, the people of Phrae are excited about their own kin salak luang (luang meaning big), set to take place soon. Of course, all are welcome to witness the grand event.

  • OPINION

    Here's to a more beautiful Chiang Mai

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/10/2018

    » The other evening I had a meetup with friends. As some of us had never been to the izakaya where we planned to meet and thus had no idea where it is situated, the location of the Japanese pub/restaurant was then shared and everybody easily made their way to the meeting place. Yes, this is nothing new. Everybody does this nowadays. Exactly!

  • TRAVEL

    Tastes of Kuala Lumpur

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/07/2018

    » I love Thailand. The more I travel, the more I realise how lucky I am to have been born and raised in this country. But when it comes to durian, it's a different story.

  • TRAVEL

    A trip down history lane

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/12/2017

    » Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for 417 years. During those centuries a lot happened. Somehow, for many Thais, the first -- and often the only -- thing that pops up when we think of the old city is wars with the Burmese. So when my friend Tui, who is a history buff, convinced me to go do some biking in Ayutthaya Historical Park, I didn't expect it to be much fun. But he proved me wrong.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Let's all pray for a better 2018

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/12/2017

    » Revelry is not the only way to welcome the New Year. Instead of joining the noisy countdown gatherings, many people plan to mark the occasion in a solemn way, by praying.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Freewheeling females

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 23/06/2016

    » At any cycling event female bikers are always outnumbered by their male counterparts. But that is not likely to be the case in the upcoming "bike caravan" scheduled for the first Saturday of August.

  • TRAVEL

    Return to Prasae River

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 23/05/2019

    » It was early in the afternoon. The Sun was high in the sky, blasting down rays so scorching as if they were meant to kill. But in the winding narrow river along which our boat was leisurely cruising, the ambience was pleasant, thanks to the light yet refreshing breeze, and the thick greenery along both banks that provided comfortable shade.

  • TRAVEL

    Balancing act

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/05/2019

    » Ban Non Salao in Phu Khieo, Chaiyaphum province, is known for its unique tradition of hae nak hot (brutal ordination parade) in which each would-be novice has to stay seated on a severely rocking bamboo stretcher during the 3km-procession to Wat Ta Khaek, a local temple. This rodeo-style test is meant to prove one's determination to become a Buddhist monk. Those who make it to the temple without falling will get to undergo the ordination.

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