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    Trials and tribulations of Bangkok taxis

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/03/2017

    » The cab driver pressed on the accelerator, driving fast and furiously until I felt enough was enough; I ordered him to pull over, gave him the fare and stepped out of the car. Picking up a local passenger like me from a shopping mall on Sukhumvit Road is not a way for him to make much money. I bet he drove straight back along the same road to pick up tourists.


    Unseen killers are wildlife's worst enemies

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/02/2018

    » Unquestionably, construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta is the man of the moment. His name is on everyone's lips, after he and three of his entourage were arrested and charged with poaching in Unesco's World Heritage Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary on Feb 4.


    Beyond the numbers

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/03/2017

    » Anyone who meets Frank Lutz, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Covestro AG, the Germany-based polymer producer, will find it hard not to notice his wristwatch. Anyone expecting to see an extravagant chronometer or bespoke timepiece favoured by corporate executives and jet-setters will have a major letdown.


    It's a load of rubbish, and it's sinking us

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/08/2016

    » Better late than never jumped immediately to mind when I read the authorities were about to return illegal containers carrying 196 tonnes of hazardous electronic garbage to Japan.


    Nation's biomass industry faces myriad challenges

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/11/2015

    » There is no question that clean energy has merits. Among many sources, biomass power plants are championed as the most appropriate choice for Thailand — a country with abundant farm waste such as rice husks, and organic waste from sugar mills and palm oil factories.


    Only the capital is full of water

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/10/2015

    » People might accuse me of being drunk when I say it is time to launch a serious water-saving campaign for the next year. This is understandable because storms have been hitting the city for the last two weeks and the Bangkok skyline has been in a deep sea of greyish blue. The city has had more than enough water -- rain water, to be precise and people calling for a campaign to save water may be viewed as loopy.


    Gorilla in the urban mist

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/10/2014

    » Bua Noi placidly chews fruits and sucks milk from a UHT carton given to her by a zookeeper. The 28-year-old ape — the only gorilla in Thailand — shoots a glance at visitors and bares her teeth, stands up as a way of greeting and pounds her chest. Her eyes are strikingly similar to a human's, yet they are still difficult to decipher. Does the gesture show her happiness or it is simply an act of repeated showmanship, one which she has been trained to display for over two decades? Does the primate ever dream of Africa, the original habitat of her species?


    Making money from others' misery

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/04/2014

    » Rubbish disposal in Thailand can be a very dirty business, metaphorically as well as literally speaking. The recent fire at a garbage dump in tambon Phraeksa, Samut Prakan province, smouldered for days, necessitating the temporary evacuation of people living in its immediate vicinity and blanketing large swathes of eastern Bangkok in haze. And this past Sunday, another blaze erupted at a dump site in Samut Prakan, this time in Bang Phli district.


    Travelling light

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 18/05/2012

    » I have been mesmerised by those "pack light" type of people who travel the world armed with just a small suitcase. As a journalist, my luggage has always been larger than others, packed with things I think I may want _ not exactly need _ and some extras or spares.


    Service charge reaches tipping point

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/03/2012

    » One of the world's forever-favourite words must be "Friday". For many, this evening and the ensuing weekend will be a time to dine, wine or even indulge oneself with a spa, massage or any of the other pampering services that Thailand is famous for. Let's say, whatever you end up doing, you have a good time. Good food or excellent service from hospitable, dedicated staff, for example. What are your habits when the tab arrives?

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