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    Into the light

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/04/2019

    » Transgender drag queen Angele Anang lowered to the floor as she was pushed around and thrown away by a group of masked men. Her wig was removed. Nude, she crawled to her father, who was sitting nearby. He put a white flowing dress on her, crying as he did so. Angele, then bald and in white, went back to fight the masked men, over whom she proudly triumphed.

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    Bigger and better

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Spectacular sets. A big line-up of the country's hottest artists. The cool evening air of Khao Yai. Omelette rice. Cows.

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    For queens and country

    Brunch, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/02/2018

    » Grab your wigs and get yourself properly tucked. Drag Race Thailand has descended upon us, and is taking Bangkok by a storm.

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    A right to know?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/09/2017

    » In Bangkok, a form recently surfaced at a hotel in Nana, and it has gone viral. It tells guests to be aware that "the person" -- an allusion to a prostitute -- they are bringing to the room could be a "ladyboy".

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    Snapping up the bad guys

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/07/2017

    » In deep jungle, a forest ranger in his black uniform slowly climbed up a tree. With trained, quick hands, he strapped a camouflage case to a high branch that could oversee an area underneath it at a wide angle. Inside the case was a camera trap that can monitor the movement of animals, and especially humans who may enter the forest illegally.

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    A Trunk-Full of love

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/08/2015

    » Carol Buckley first encountered an elephant when she was 19 and that short moment became a turning point in her life. Drawn into their intelligence and playfulness -- and by her sympathy towards the neglected condition of elephants -- Buckley has been putting efforts towards improving their welfare for the last 40 years.

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    From the ground up

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 16/05/2016

    » A sufficiency economy is a concept very close to Thais' hearts. But, as widely known as it is, not many seem to realise its potential and possible application, especially in the world of business.

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    Change from the outside

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/05/2015

    » 'If there is anybody who's against homosexuals, transsexuals or bisexuals, you can leave the area," announced event host Meesuk Jangmeesuk outside the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC).

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    With eyes ahead

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 17/04/2019

    » The turtles seemed a little confused at first as we put them onto the beach, just before the spot where waves were rolling in on the white sands. Everyone looked on in anticipation as the turtles began taking a few tentative steps. Finally, they moved forward and allowed seawater to engulf their bodies. With eyes ahead to the blue and green expanse of the Andaman Sea stretched out before us, they soon swam way, with cheers and waves given by onlookers on the beach.

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    Unshackling gentle giants

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/05/2018

    » After trading our sneakers for knee-length boots, we trotted down to the riverbank where a boat was waiting for us. It was a short crossing to the other side of Nam Khan River to meet the elephants that happily approached us for bananas and sugar cane. They had no chains around their ankles. The mahouts stood nearby, keeping watch with no hooks in their hands. Later, they guided the gentle giants to walk along with the humans trailing nearby on muddy ground. The atmosphere was very friendly and calm, with a picturesque landscape of jungle, river and sky surrounding us.

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