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    Going bananas over Chinese investment

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/04/2016

    » Kluai hom -- or the Cavendish banana -- found itself in the spotlight recently on social media and in local news. The issue involves Chinese investors renting land in Chiang Rai to grow kluai hom. Local villagers complained about water because the farm sucked up a large volume of it, leaving so little for local farmers. Fears about the use of chemical fertilisers also arose. Another problem is that the practice might be against the law, which reserves the occupation of farmer for Thais. The public is alarmed because Chinese-backed kluai hom farming in Laos has already proved a disaster. Toxic pesticides are dumped into the river, while environmental management is below par.


    To squat or not?

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Like religion and politics, toilet etiquette is a touchy subject. The latest proof is the debate on the future of traditional squat toilets in Thailand after a new law on the manufacturing standard of toilet seats came into effect on April 23. The law has provoked discussion and even fear that the state will ban the use of squat toilets, archaic but cheap household facilities that are still used in rural areas, as well as many houses and buildings.


    An endangered craft

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/05/2015

    » Ban Khlong Rua, a Muslim village in Krabi province, might be just another small fishing village on the Andaman Sea. But for southerners living along this side of the coast, the name represents the hub of Andaman fishing boatbuilding.


    Roiling on the river

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/10/2016

    » Yossapon Somboon is staring out at the Chao Phraya. He's standing at Phra Sumen Fort on Phra Athit Road, with its green park that offers one of the best spots to look at the river. There is a giant cork tree. There are slopes and well designed terraces where visitors come in the evening to rest, picnic or just look at the water. Nearby is the ancient fort, a traditional community -- a tranquil scene, a pocket of peace in the bustling capital.



    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/09/2016

    » Once deserted and useful only to drain Bangkok's floods, Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is now abuzz with people. During rush hour, passengers queue up to board free boats running from Thewet pier to Hua Lamphong. In the morning or after work, boats get crowded and passengers sit all the way to the back.


    Beat the bleach

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/07/2016

    » Inside the glass bottle, zooxanthellae is a yellow-brown algae kept in a climate-controlled room at the marine science laboratory at Chulalongkorn University.


    Bash the trash

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/06/2016

    » Garbage, or garbage management, is a problem, that much is clear. It's estimated that last year, 27 million tonnes of rubbish was produced across the country, yet only 19% was collected and disposed properly, and that left the country strewn with trash.


    The quest for a sustainable Songkran

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/04/2016

    » Water splashing never came with guilt, until recently. This is Songkran, and water is the currency that we once spent as if there were no tomorrow.


    Out with the old, it seems

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/12/2015

    » Over the past year, several neighbourhoods in Bangkok's old city have undergone big changes. Saphan Lek, Tha Phra Chan, Tha Tian, Khlong Thom and Woeng Nakhon Kasem, for instance, have made headlines since these old-school quarters have been cleared and upgraded, with the removal of street vendors and the moving in of developers. We can expect a more visible facelift next year. 


    Using man to save nature

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/10/2015

    » It is hard to imagine that Suan Pa Ket Nom Klao -- 75 rai of forest in Bang Krachao -- is so close and accessible from the centre of Bangkok. Just a few minutes ferry ride from the pier at Klong Toey, visitors find themselves in leafy orchards and among a web of small canals. 

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