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    Thailand: Great destination for filming

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/03/2015

    » Three centuries before the birth of Christ, Alexander the Great of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia launched a successful military campaign to expand his power eastward, conquering Egypt, Babylonia, Persia and many more along the way as well as beyond. In Thailand's northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, at a site next to the Moon River, his name still prevails. There, you can also find Macedonian-style armour and weapons, actually an entire military camp, on display.

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    Back to the basics

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 02/01/2020

    » On the breezy top of the limestone cliff on the east side of Doi Pha Phueng, 1,600m above sea level, I zipped up my jacket and let the sights and sounds of the natural surroundings soak in. Before me was a sea of forest-clad mountains, bathed in the warm rays of the morning Sun. The air was filled with blissful silence, with faint songs from invisible birds occasionally seeping in from the canopy below.

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    A town built with teak

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/09/2018

    » A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. But sometimes even a thousand pictures cannot say enough. The photos you see on this page show some of the many beautiful houses in Phrae's old town. But, of course, there is more than meets the eye. Each house has its own story, some also played an important part in the history of the town, and even that of the Kingdom.

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    Wake up Westerners! Make your voices heard

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/11/2015

    » The other day I received a forwarded clip via Line, of a silent film by Charlie Chaplin.

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    Supporting the coup, boycotting brands

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/06/2014

    » It wasn’t long enough ago that I could have forgotten. For half-a-year before the coup, so many Thais, the number reaching millions on certain days, left the comfort of their homes and took to Bangkok’s streets in peaceful protests against the highly corrupted previous government. Almost on a daily basis, they were attacked by armed men. Dozens had been killed, children included, while many more were injured and have to live the rest of their lives with physical disabilities. The police never arrested any of the murderers. At the time, the United States and the European Union never showed any concern. Understandably, it was purely Thailand’s internal affairs and none of their business.

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    Ethnic crossroads

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/02/2013

    » Kazakhstan is not a totally unfamiliar name to the average Thai, since it is occasionally mentioned in news reports, especially those concerning sports. One of the republics of the former Soviet Union, it is now the ninth largest country in the world with a land area five times that of Thailand's. It is a major oil exporter and thus one of the most prosperous countries in Central Asia.

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    Lord Shiva awaits

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 10/05/2012

    » Once upon a time in a town called Mahabalipuram, a group of royally-commissioned sculptors were working on a big boulder at the foot of a hill. As they were meticulously chiselling out one tiny bit after another from the rock surface, Lord Shiva, with a cobra around his chest and a trident in one of his hands, gradually appeared.

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