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    Historic Bangkok ’hood unearths its colourful past

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 17/03/2014

    » Charoen Chai is an old Bangkok neighbourhood located between Charoen Krung and Plabpla Chai roads, from which names its own is believed to have been derived. In 2010, rumours that residents would be evicted to make way for the construction of a new underground train route (the MRT’s blue line) caused members of this century-old community to band together and form the Charoen Chai Conservation and Rehabilitation group in an effort to save their own homes.

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    How to cook Thai street food at home

    Muse, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 15/02/2014

    » Even Australian-born Thai chef David Thompson — hailed as the author of many Thai food bibles — can’t get enough of the larb (minced meat salad) prepared by Andy Ricker — the chef and owner of the wildly popular Pok Pok restaurants in the United States. This is not all that surprising though.

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    Jetpac City

    Muse, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/01/2014

    » Anyone on holiday is likely to explore some of the best destinations, especially if they are off the beaten track, and Jetpac City is exactly what you are looking for. The app offers recommendations of the best places - most in a top 10 list format - worth a visit in more than 5,000 cities around the world.

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    Picture palace bids Adieu

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 22/11/2013

    » Nakhon Non Rama looks like any typical stand-alone cinema, with its enormous fluorescent sign featuring Tom Yum Goong 2 out front. But with a grand dual staircase leading to a chandeliered hall on the second floor, this can't be any place except the famed movie house in Nonthaburi.

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    Bad news brings bigger 'bucks'

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 27/11/2013

    » A court battle with corporate coffee giant Starbucks over intellectual property rights became a blessing in disguise for a famous coffee stall once named "Starbung Coffee".

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    Tall in the saddle

    Muse, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 21/09/2013

    » Standing in line alongside her male comrades, Sirirat Thongthipa barely reaches the height of their shoulders. Dressed in an all-black uniform, the 151cm-tall woman with medium build is, however, standing proud as the only female in the Bike Patrol Volunteer group in Ayutthaya province.

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    Koh Samet fights and fails to recover

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/09/2013

    » As our speedboat approached Ao Phrao on Koh Samet, what immediately came to my mind was an image of blackened seawater and an oil-encrusted beach following the pipeline leak on July 27. But the seascape before me was different that afternoon.

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    I want to ride my bicycle

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 27/08/2013

    » Amsterdam first started it in the 1960s. Copenhagen followed. Decades later, Paris joined the bandwagon, followed by London, Melbourne and cities in China. New York got its own version in place earlier this year.

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    In search of a king

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/03/2013

    » It was late afternoon on a hot day in Myanmar. A group of Thai archaeologist at an excavation site in Linzingong cemetery in Mandalay were about to wrap up their work when one of them emerged with a lotus-shaped artefact.

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    Reality Reflected

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 08/04/2013

    » A sweet-smiling lady in Northern-styled costume with an umbrella. The elephants splashing water against the sunset light. Green space. Slow life. That's how Chiang Mai has been portrayed for decades _ on postcards.

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