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    Following in Sunthon Phu's footsteps

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 25/07/2019

    » All along the Chao Phraya, from Bangkok Noi in the capital to Bang Kruai in Nonthaburi, are several old temples and communities that have stood for more than two centuries. These sites are mentioned in the works of Sunthon Phu, the great poet who lived during the reigns of King Rama I through to King Rama IV (1786-1855).

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    Vegetarian food and purification of the mind

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 19/10/2017

    » The annual vegetarian festival will kick off tomorrow, the first day of the ninth lunar month. The festival will last for nine days, until Oct 28.

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    A down-south diamond

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 05/05/2016

    » Warm sunset colours with endless green mountains and yellow lights from the street highlight Betong during twilight. This southernmost city is the most famous tourist destination in Yala, one of three provinces in the Deep South where the unrest started more than a decade ago.

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    Japanese idyll

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 08/11/2018

    » The train was approaching Wakayama Station in the city of Wakayama in Japan. It was outstanding and different from other trains because it has a face like a white cat. There were two brown ears at the top. Two windows for the driver at the front looked like its eyes while there were three lines of whiskers on both cheeks next to a round nose and a straight mouth. The name of the train was the Tama Dencha, or Tama Train.

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    To catch a (wildlife) criminal

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 30/08/2017

    » A small round sample of smuggled ivory is put in a zip-locked plastic bag. Although the piece is the size of a bead, it is hard and must be hammered many times before being broken into little pieces. The specimen is put in a test tube so a freezer mill can grind and pulverise the ivory sample for a DNA test.

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    A positive turn in the deep South

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 26/10/2015

    » With knowledge of the fact that there is no magic pill to suddenly stop the decade-long violence and restore peace in Thailand's deep South, Panu Uthairat, secretary general of Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC), has tried his best to accomplish his initial mission -- to reduce the loss of innocent lives.

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    Encroaching on male territory

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 02/02/2015

    » Patrolling the forest with a gun was not the job of Weeraya Ochakull’s dreams. But she was offered the opportunity about 18 years ago, and the present chief of Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary (western zone) in Kanchanaburi feels the work has made her a strong person who truly believes in law enforcement.

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    Save the forests — and park rangers, too

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 12/08/2014

    » The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) announced last week its master plan to reduce deforestation by 40% in the next decade. I was happy to learn of the initiative.

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    Boats of bargains

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 13/12/2012

    » She's only nine but she's already doing a grown-up's job. Strictly part-time, though, and there's no pay involved because she's a volunteer. When I first saw Intira Kasemsri, standing there on the sightseeing boat with another girl of about the same age, my eyes were drawn to the Thai lettering on her white T-shirt. Highlighted by the fetching pink of her traditional jongkraben pants, the text read, "A youth guide from Wat Bamphen Nua School". Every weekend and most public holidays, Intira and her classmates are to be found at Bangkok's latest attraction, the Kwan-Riam Floating Market in Min Buri, holding forth on the history of Saen Saep Canal.

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    Rites of passage

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 11/10/2012

    » Rain, shine or floods, the street procession and body piercing ritual in Takua Pa town in Phangnga province has become an integral part of the annual Vegetarian Food Festival, which traditionally begins on the first day of the ninth lunar month. This year it starts this coming Sunday and runs until Oct 23.

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