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  • LIFESTYLE

    New books worth reading

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 29/12/2016

    » From Dust To Dust: A Journalist's Memoir

  • OPINION

    It need not be the end of the road

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/06/2016

    » Route 3077, a small lane that cuts through the heart of Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, is one of my favourite drives. Several times my family brought me to this national park when I was very young.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Sustainability, taking flight

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/11/2015

    » At first glance, with its steel scaffolding the newly opened Schiphol-Noord bus station looks like any other unremarkable building. And in terms of European architectural design, the station locally known as Knooppunt Schiphol-Noord pales in comparison to flashier terminals such as the orange, whale jaw-shaped bus station at Hoofddrop's Spaarne Hospital in the Netherlands, or Poole Bus Station in the UK, with its giant mural.

  • TRAVEL

    Mesmerising mangrove, wondrous wildlife

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/12/2017

    » Since 2007, Langkawi and other islands nearby have earned "geopark" status from Unesco. Distinct from a world heritage site, a geopark is made up of sites and landscapes of international geological significance.

  • BUSINESS

    Hong Kong connects

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Two decades after its return to the "motherland", some people lament that Hong Kong is not the place it used to be. Political protest, symbolised by the "Umbrella Movement" of 2014, has tarnished the island's image of stability and Western-style open society. The tightening grip of Beijing has worn down the territory's mojo, to the dismay of the creative classes, artists and publishers who helped make Hong Kong a bastion of freedom of expression in Asia.

  • BUSINESS

    World on the move

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/06/2017

    » It is not an overstatement to say that the world is no longer a safe and peaceful place. News of terrorist attacks has become a sad fact of daily life, most recently in London and Paris again this month.

  • OPINION

    Tourism can be made sustainable

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/05/2017

    » On the surface, the Andaman sea off Phi Phi Island is calm and clear, its emerald green colour is ever attractive. Yet, the underwater situation with an extensive area of bleached coral reef make this popular world-class dive site a red-alert tourism spot.

  • OPINION

    Restoring our parks is a gigantic feat

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

    » Got any plans for the long holiday at the end of this week? After a tense referendum time, I think we all deserve a break before coming back and facing the consequences of the voting.

  • NEWS

    Sustainable tourism planned for Phi Phi

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/08/2016

    » July and August are supposed to be quiet months in the Andaman tourism calendar because of the monsoon. Yet recently at Maya Beach -- a renowned little sandy cove in Koh Phi Phi Lay -- the scene was lively with a swarm of visitors. European holidaymakers wandered around trying to find a vacant spot for sunbathing. Chinese tourists walked in groups, following flag-waving tour guides. Muslim women in black niqab waded into crystal-clear water along the shore.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A chance of less haze?

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/01/2016

    » Despite the cool weather, the period between late January to March is not a pleasant time for villagers in Lampang and the other northern provinces. It is the time that haze -- caused by the swathes of smoke from forest fires and the burning of agricultural waste -- blankets the region. The man-made smog has been an inevitable seasonal event. Every year, farmers need to clear agricultural leftovers on their farms before sowing new seeds in May. In the old days, haze was tolerable. But mono-cultivation, especially large scale corn plantation, has recently forced farmers to clear large plots of land quickly for re-harvesting.

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