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    Travel guides go digital

    Database, Sasiwimon Boonruang, Published on 27/01/2010

    » Travelling to Ayutthaya is now more convenient thanks to the facility to calculate costs, time and energy consumption prior to the trip.

  • LEARNING

    Unithai, CUEL make English their business

    Learningpost, Srinuan Bunharn, Published on 23/02/2010

    » Because of its natural beauty and relaxed ambience, Sichang island - located about 12km off the western coast of Si Racha district, Chon Buri province - attracts hordes of tourists eager to explore the remains of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn's summer palace, which was vacated in 1893 during a conflict with the French over the control of Laos. The palace was named Chudadhuj, after HM King Chulalongkorn's son, Prince Chudadhuj Dharadilok, who was born on the now-bustling island.

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    Nature is the best teacher

    Mylife, Supawadee Inthawong, Published on 25/02/2010

    » There are several ways to instill a love of nature in the younger generation. One of the more successful methods, with clear and fast results, is to live and learn within nature itself.

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    A Gem of a story

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 04/04/2010

    » The recent decision to close down Sanam Luang for renovations has sent me on a trip down memory lane, reminding me of a day when I went there deliberately to get ripped off. Sanam Luang is the last remaining large tract of land in central Bangkok that hasn't been cemented over to make way for shophouses selling car parts or cheap cloth which, upon coming into contact with an errant cigarette, quickly introduces you to the perils of self-immolation.

  • LEARNING

    A gem of a story: Part II

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 11/04/2010

    » This is part two of an exciting story which started last week on this very page. Normally I have no time for readers who miss a week of this column, but if for some unfathomable reason you did, here is a brief synopsis:

  • LEARNING

    Hooray for... Hancock park

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 25/04/2010

    » You know, back when I was living in Bangkok I was a pretty modest kind of guy. I know that sounds like I've been living here in Los Angeles for an eternity, as opposed to 14 nights, but I can tell you I've changed.

  • TECH

    Tweet and peep

    Database, Published on 28/04/2010

    » Your TOT announced plans to set up a 3G network to provide service to tourists; luckily for some TOT executives, the planned network will cost 20 billion baht, shared among a consortium of Ericsson, Nokia, Siemens and, well, you should be ashamed of having such a suspicious mind; the tourist-only network would cover Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket if TOT gets permission, and the controlling company would be the No 5 yuppiephone network SuthepNet, aka Thai Mobile.

  • LEARNING

    Native tongue twisters

    Andrew Biggs, Published on 02/05/2010

    » All around my Los Angeles neighbourhood are hand-written signs tacked onto lofty palm trees: ``ACCENT ELIMINATION''. The two words are followed by a local telephone number, which to my surprise doesn't begin with 555. Accent Elimination _ how intriguing.

  • TECH

    Spamming and jamming

    Database, Published on 12/05/2010

    » The Senate began work on the frequency allocation bill, an innocent sounding name for a proposed law that will change the face and regulation of Thai telecoms; by 92-2 with one abstention, senators passed first reading and set up a 35-member committee to scrutinise the bill; if passed, the bill will finally set up a National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), with authority to regulate every facet of wireless communications from community radio to (wait for it) an auction for 3G licences; the House of Representatives passed the bill with little debate on March 29.

  • TECH

    GPS opens up a world of smart phone socialising possibilities

    Database, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 02/06/2010

    » The rise of GPS-enabled smart phones with social networking integration are changing today's lifestyles not only in how we communicate with one another but also in making our lives easier and more enjoyable, in what is being termed the ''mobile social media era''.

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