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  • OPINION

    Take Thainess with a grain of salt

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 19/01/2015

    » The main intersections of downtown Bangkok were once again closed to traffic and packed with crowds last week, but it had nothing to do with political protests. We were just being encouraged by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to "discover" our "Thainess" with an elaborate procession of decorated floats replete with dancers and literary tableaux. 

  • NEWS

    Rarely heard bell to ring for New Supreme Patriarch

    News, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 12/02/2017

    » This evening, at the end of a solemn investiture of the new Supreme Patriarch, bells will ring at temples all around the kingdom. This includes the bell at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, where the actual investiture will take place, presided over by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bhutan’s spiritual heart

    Muse, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 19/12/2015

    » Kyichu Lhakhang is considered the spiritual heart of the Kingdom of Bhutan and its people. It is one of the most visited temples in Bhutan. It’s an essential pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, considered to be one and the same in blessings and sacredness as the most holy temple, Jokhang of Lhasa.

  • OPINION

    Sweeping dust under the carpet

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 26/10/2015

    » There's been a lot of effort on the part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to "regulate" streetside vendors. Silom Road was a prime target area, followed by Saphan Lek and various other locations in the city. In some areas, not only were vendors using up pavement space to sell their wares, they had also erected semi-permanent structures with steel reinforcements.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Dinner at Tiffany’s

    Brunch, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 04/10/2015

    » No one has given such a legendary aura to Tiffany & Co as Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

  • OPINION

    It isn't all just entertainment

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 21/09/2015

    » It's a bit appalling when you wake up to watch the morning news and you find,  on what is arguably the country's most watched programme, this sort of content: An offer of five programme T-shirts, emblazoned with a cartoon version of the news anchor's face, to winners of the day's "Viewers' Top Picks".

  • OPINION

    The born again tourist

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 01/06/2015

    » I am beginning to see the merits of the travel agency. Not any particular travel agency, but the travel agency as a generic species.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Jewels in the crown

    Muse, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 31/01/2015

    » To mark its 50th anniversary last year, leading jeweller Beauty Gems not only created a special jewellery collection, but also published a book tracing its growth and presenting its masterpieces created over five decades.

  • TRAVEL

    Legends brought to life

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 15/01/2015

    » The ancient city of Bagan, located right in the centre of Myanmar, is one of the most visited sites in the country. Its 2,000 temples, dating as far back as 900 years, are a photographer’s dream, especially viewed during the magical moments of sunrise and sunset, framed by the Ayeyarwaddy River and the mountains in the background.

  • OPINION

    Armed and ready for 2015

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 15/12/2014

    » Do you believe in feng shui? 

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