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    Concert honours traditional music

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/05/2017

    » Khon Kaen, regarded by many as the home of molam folksongs, invites all lovers of the traditional musical to the first-ever Morlam Carnival taking place this weekend in the heart of the northeastern city.


    A dam fine ride

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 13/04/2017

    » Most dams and the reservoirs they created are meant to serve several purposes, from irrigation and fishing to hydroelectric-power-generation and more. However, there's one activity that dam builders probably never thought of when they designed their projects: biking.


    Koh Lan's best-kept secret revealed

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/09/2018

    » Millions of people from around the world have visited Koh Lan, the popular island just 8km off the shore of Pattaya. However, very few of them -- I guarantee -- got to enjoy such stunning scenery like what you are seeing in some of the photos shown here.


    Return to Ko Lanta Yai

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 19/04/2018

    » Three years ago I wrote in this column about a biking route in the northern part of Ko Lanta Yai, the elongated island of Krabi province that lends its name to Mu Ko Lanta National Park. That was the only one of my visits to Ko Lanta Yai when I failed to make it to Laem Tanot, the beautiful cape at the southern tip where the park's headquarters and the island's iconic lighthouse are located.


    New track offers more thrills than spills

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 24/11/2016

    » Hua Hin's Khao Hin Lek Fai is currently a mountain biking hot spot. Last week, the hill played host to round three of the Thailand Enduro Series. Next month it will be the venue of the final race of the Thailand Gravity Series. But this district of Prachuap Khiri Khan has more to offer than downhill tracks. There's also a new cross-country trail that is worth checking out.


    Ride through Thai history

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 14/04/2016

    » Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, is the time Thais living and working in all parts of the country return to their hometowns to reunite with their families. This year, the festival reminds me of a special place where family members not only can spend quality time together but also learn more about the country's history as well as its diverse cultural heritage. More than that, it's one of the best places to enjoy a leisurely bike ride.


    A single-track town

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/03/2014

    » While cars and motorcycles have long been the preferred means of private transportation in most parts of the country, Nan is one of the few places where people still use bicycles to get around in everyday life. Whenever you get to visit this charming northern town, keep in mind that when in Nan, do as the Nan folks do.


    High on the hill, away from it all

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 06/02/2014

    » No matter what your political opinion is, politics is likely to add stress to your daily life in this country. But you don't have to go to the other side of the globe to get away from it all. All you need is a bike and friends who are willing to share their secret playgrounds.


    Westward, ho!

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/11/2013

    » Despite the fact that armed conflict between Myanmar's government and the New Mon State Party ended 18 years ago and that Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also know as the Golden Rock, has long been a popular place of pilgrimage, it is only recently that the tourism-industry limelight has begun to shine on the lower section of Mon State which hugs the eastern side of the Bay of Martaban.


    Dividing the straddle

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 23/05/2013

    » A couple of weeks ago I wrote about an all-mountain trail from the highlands of Phu Hin Rong Kla down the mountain to Ban Huai Nam Khao south of the national park. But that wasn't the only trail I rode during the trip with the filming crew of the Sua Nong Toh TV programme. The following day, we did another route. This time it was in the northern part of the park that straddles Phitsanulok and Loei provinces.

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