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  • LIFE

    A star reborn

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 08/01/2016

    » The Bangkok Planetarium -- along with the prime minister's chair and tanks -- has been one of the capital's most popular destinations on Children's Day for many years. After 50 years in operation, the planetarium recently underwent its first major facelift; the ceremony to unveil it was held on Tuesday, just in time for Children's Day tomorrow.

  • LIFE

    From suffering comes compassion

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 10/10/2017

    » Breast cancer befalls one in 10 Thai women, and when Maynart Nantakwang realised over a decade ago that she was in that unfortunate 10%, she had only one sensible reaction.

  • LIFE

    Living a full life, late in life

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/08/2017

    » Thailand is an ageing society, as defined by the United Nations, which means a country's population consists of more than 10% elderly. Based on 2015 data from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, around 11 million Thais are over 60, which means 16% of the entire population.

  • LIFE

    LGBT stories get rare screen time

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 16/08/2016

    » How often is it that international LGBT films get a screening in Thailand? Not often at all, except when there's a film festival. This week, wonderfully strange as it may be, we're seeing not just one but two LGBT films on our silver screens. And the two couldn't be more different.

  • LIFE

    Taking diners to new heights

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 16/08/2019

    » A creaky industrial elevator lit in red slowly brought us up to the plane's entrance. Taken a first step inside the refurbished aircraft that now doubles as a restaurant inside ChangChui Creative Park, it was like being transported into a dystopian world to taste a meal after doomsday.

  • TRAVEL

    A zeal for New Zealand

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/06/2018

    » The sky was gorgeous. That was the first thing I noticed about New Zealand after we left Auckland airport. Just the right shade of blue. The right amount of sunlight and cloud. Underneath the vast blue expanse, rolling green hills stretched as far as the eye could see. We were on our way to Rotorua, a city 230km southeast of Auckland, and luckily we were able to appreciate all the surrounding nature that led us to it. Plenty of sleep onboard Thai Airways' Royal Silk Class meant we landed feeling refreshed, ready to explore all the sights and adventures Rotorua has to offer.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    A brief guide on the royal cremation

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/10/2017

    » Today is the last day mourners are allowed to pay respect to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's royal urn. The Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall will close its gates tonight in preparation for the royal cremation ceremony, to be held on Thursday, Oct 26, at Sanam Luang.

  • LIFE

    Coaxing turtle conservation out of its shell

    Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 01/06/2017

    » Everybody loves sea turtles. Whether they're found flapping away in aquarium tanks or lucky divers encounter them by chance in the vastness of the ocean, they are objects of affection for people of all ages.

  • LIFE

    For country and the world

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 21/11/2016

    » In 1965, Salakphra Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province became the country's first wildlife sanctuary. It is home to more than 500,000 rai of forest ground occupied by elephants, tigers, bulls and countless other species of beasts and plants. The sanctuary -- composed of dry evergreen, dry dipterocarp and mixed deciduous forest depending on the altitude -- is packed with an abundance of natural resources. Unfortunately, the sanctuary attracts intruders who try to seek profits from its abundance.

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