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  • TRAVEL

    Phuket's hidden pearl

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/05/2019

    » During one of last year's downhill mountain biking competitions, there was a new team participating. The group was made up of skilled riders I had never met before. They were from Phuket. I must admit I wasn't aware that the Pearl of the Andaman is home to an active community of downhillers. Where's their training ground?

  • TRAVEL

    Trip to Phetchaburi

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 02/05/2019

    » The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and the Phetchaburi Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are co-organising special train trips to the old city of Phetchaburi every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays throughout May.

  • TRAVEL

    Young and active

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/10/2016

    » This is an age when news and information (true as well as false, of course) is readily available. But despite the fact that your internet connection speed is not below average and you spend quite some time online each day, there are still certain decent things going on that you probably never knew about. Sometimes, the most likely reason you missed them is very simple: you're not young enough.

  • OPINION

    Admiring the night lights of Japan

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/07/2017

    » International tourists, Thais included, visit and revisit Japan for many reasons, from cherry blossoms and autumn leaves to food and fruits to the culture and courteousness of the people. As if that's not enough, the country has added one more: yakei.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Where to see the tulips

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 01/06/2018

    » Every year soon after the arrival of the rainy season, the deciduous forests of Pa Hin Ngam and Sai Thong national parks celebrate this refreshing time of year with not only a lush, lively greenery but also the pink bulbs of Siam tulips (Curcuma alismatifolia), which appear in abundance. The two parks of Chaiyaphum province invite nature lovers to enjoy this annual natural floral extravaganza from today until the end of August.

  • TRAVEL

    Like a bat out of hell

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 04/02/2016

    » Life is full of surprises. Luckily, in my case, they are mostly pleasant. During my recent visit to Phitsanulok, which was my first to Noen Maprang, the province's recently revealed hidden gem, I was amazed time and time again.

  • TRAVEL

    Racing from the ground up

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 01/10/2015

    » Rome wasn't built in a day. Likewise, it took time before Chai Nat, a quiet province in the Central Plains, could become a BMX racing hotspot: three weeks!

  • TRAVEL

    Thailand: Great destination for filming

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/03/2015

    » Three centuries before the birth of Christ, Alexander the Great of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia launched a successful military campaign to expand his power eastward, conquering Egypt, Babylonia, Persia and many more along the way as well as beyond. In Thailand's northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, at a site next to the Moon River, his name still prevails. There, you can also find Macedonian-style armour and weapons, actually an entire military camp, on display.

  • OPINION

    What Thai youths do not know

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 08/04/2019

    » It's no secret that a large number of new-generation Thais have poor attitudes toward their homeland. Scornful posts and non-constructive comments are rampant on the internet. The causes of their resentment are numerous: politics, traffic, laws, the economy, culture, social values, cost of living -- you name it.

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