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    The flora of Laos

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/09/2018

    » Located on the west side of the Mekong River opposite the Lao heritage town Luang Prabang is Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden. Opened around a year ago, the garden collects Lao plant species with the aim to conserve Laos' rich biodiversity and traditional ethnobotanical knowledge. It showcases a series of ethnobotanical gardens as well as clusters of ginger, orchids, ferns, bamboo and palms around the base of the Pha Tad Ke cliff overlooking the river.

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    A place of royal vessels

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 07/08/2014

    » This popular verse of an ancient Thai poem on the royal barge procession crosses our mind when we step into the National Museum of Royal Barges in Thon Buri and see a royal barge with the figurehead of a mythical swan. The Suphannahong Royal Barge is one of the eight stunning royal barges on display along with objects used in the procession.

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    Drunk on a shot of history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/11/2014

    » A visit to the House of Mekhong in Pathum Thani, a museum on the famous Thai distilled spirit, does not necessarily promote the consumption of alcohol. It is also a way to learn about local history and culture. There, visitors can learn about the history, stories and heritage of the first mass-produced Thai whiskey.

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    Feast for the senses

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/05/2014

    » Thon Buri is well-known for its historic old temples, scenic waterways, the diversity of its culture and the many culinary delicacies still made there. The Canal Protection Act of 1941 noted that Bangkok east of the Chao Phraya River, the area officially called Phra Nakhon, had a total of 64 canals while the portion of the metropolis lying on the west bank, Thon Buri, was served by 31 canals. However, in the interim, many of these have been filled in and built over or have become so silted up they are now too shallow to be navigable.

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    A town of temples

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/03/2014

    » It was a bright, sunny day in Nonthaburi. As we set off on a sight-seeing trip along the Chao Phraya, the prow of our chartered boat kicked up a refreshing spray of fine water droplets from the surface of the river. We had all been invited to take part in one of the annual boat excursions organised by Nakhon Nonthaburi Municipality and throughout the day we would we hopping on and off this vessel to visit historic and cultural attractions, including several temples featuring fine examples of art and architecture from the Ayutthaya and early Rattanakosin periods.

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    Fun weekend forays

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/04/2014

    » Motorists who whizz along the elevated section of Boromratchonnanee Road (Pin Klao-Nakhon Chaisi Road) on their way to the lower Central Region or the South are bypassing some real hidden gems in the streets below. Many of the red-shirt protesters who gathered on Utthayan Road in Phutthamonthon the other day probably didn’t realise they were so close to such fascinating destinations either. The major Buddhist centre at Phutthamonthon is reasonably well known, but there’s a trio of unique museums in this locality that deserve more patronage and at least five floating markets that offer hours of innocent pleasure.

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    New lease of life

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 30/01/2014

    » Entering the recently opened Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum, next to Siriraj Hospital, is like stepping back in time. Literally. For you are entering the high-ceilinged ticket hall of the Thon Buri (Bangkok Noi) railway station, a century-old space complete with oval-shaped period benches that was preserved intact after the last passengers disembarked here in October 2003.

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    Neglected treasures

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/01/2014

    » Wondrous objects, precious relics from the past, can sometimes lie unnoticed or unappreciated right under our very noses. People often travel far and wide to visit sites of cultural interest while overlooking treasures located in their own backyards. Many residents of older parts of Bangkok, for instance, are unaware that right in the midst of their own communities are beautiful examples of religious art from the Rattanakosin and earlier Ayutthaya period as well as splendid European architecture dating back to the late 19th century.

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    Chilling out in Castile

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/12/2013

    » With chilly winters predicted for many parts of the Northern Hemisphere this year, the Iberian Peninsula, long a favourite retreat for denizens of northern Europe, holds out the prospect of milder weather (daytime temperatures rarely dropping below zero Celsius) than other parts of the continent and more bright, sunny days.

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    Echoes of a Storied Past

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/09/2013

    » Kanchanaburi has long been a popular destination for day-trippers. Legions of tourists, both local and foreign, regularly make the short trip from Bangkok to visit scenic Sai Yok Waterfall and remnants of the infamous Death Railway like Hellfire Pass and the renamed "Bridge On The River Kwai". But astonishingly few visitors venture into the oldest section of this laid-back town which boasts some fine examples of architecture, well-preserved buildings dating from just before World War II right back to the mid-19th century.

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