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  • THAILAND

    Bangkok's secret weapon in war against floods

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/10/2017

    » When the torrential rains of Oct 13 caused heavy flooding in Bangkok, several parts of the city were swamped, including Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park in Sam Yan. However, as the park slowly filled with water, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the landscape architect who designed the project, remained unconcerned. She even expressed her satisfaction in a Facebook post that the park had finally delivered on one of its purposes -- the detention of flood water.

  • LIFE

    Creating an urban oasis

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 15/10/2014

    » Andrew Grant is right — Bangkok, he said, seems to lack a strong public idea about landscape. The renowned landscape architect's work have trailblazed and inspired environmental sustainability, incorporating the fundamentals of ecological planting, biodiversity and water use. Grant was recently in town as a guest lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Architecture.

  • LIFE

    A place among the dead

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/07/2016

    » Cemeteries are a sanctuary for the dead and the mourners. But the Bangkok Protestant Cemetery on Charoen Krung 72/5, known as Soi Susan Farang, has been known as a tourist attraction, due to the beautiful architecture of the memorial sites and splendidly carved gravestones. The cemetery, besides being one of the oldest burial grounds that remain unaffected by the urban development of the city, has a cultural value as a testament of foreign cultures present in Thailand from the mid-19th century until the present day.

  • THAILAND

    Professor rallies to save sea life

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 18/03/2015

    » When Asst Prof Thon Thamrongnawasawat comes out to speak, you know that marine life is in clear and present danger.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • OPINION

    Breaking the nation's bad plastic habits

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/08/2018

    » As of this Sunday, visitors to any of the 154 national parks across the country may get frustrated with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's (DNP) new rule, which prohibits them from bringing single-use plastics and styrofoam food boxes into the compounds. It is an effort to cut non-recyclable waste.

  • OPINION

    Lessons from the Klong Dan court ruling

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/07/2018

    » Last Friday the 13th must have been horrible for the 11 defendants involved in a court case involving fraud in the 23-billion-baht Klong Dan wastewater treatment project -- a state infrastructure which has been built but left largely unused in Samut Prakan.

  • OPINION

    Tourism can be made sustainable

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/05/2017

    » On the surface, the Andaman sea off Phi Phi Island is calm and clear, its emerald green colour is ever attractive. Yet, the underwater situation with an extensive area of bleached coral reef make this popular world-class dive site a red-alert tourism spot.

  • OPINION

    Forest too precious for housing

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 03/04/2017

    » Many years ago I visited Mahachai, a fishery port zone in Samut Sakhon province. As I walked around I felt like I was a township in Myanmar. The community is dubbed Little Myanmar, with good reason. It is a place where you can hear many people talk in unfamiliar dialects, posters are written in the round letters of the Myanmar alphabet, and of course, women and men have yellowish tanaka paste on their faces.

  • LIFE

    Sharing one's gifts

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/10/2016

    » Witoon Krungthong has been pedalling his bicycle around sois and communities to offer cloth dyeing services for 18 years. The industrial textile industry may have made the profession of artisan cloth dyeing redundant, but Witoon still finds customers willing to pay him to turn their clothes black.

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