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  • TRAVEL

    Volunteers with a cause

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 21/02/2013

    » One afternoon, about a dozen young members of Kesorn Lamphu Club were enthusiastically preparing a booth for people to watch their exhibition and pop-up art featuring the Bang Lamphu community and play educational games during the recent Charm of Bang Lamphu Fair.

  • TRAVEL

    Songkran celebrations make a splash

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 11/04/2013

    » Songkran is a centuries-old festival which marks the beginning of the traditional Thai new year. It is a unique fun-filled event during which we splash others with scented water.

  • OPINION

    Gaining through loss

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 18/04/2013

    » Last month I encountered the sudden loss of the most beloved person in my life _ my father. Despite being in a state of shock, I had to force myself to remain strong and move on. That hardest time brought me a lot of bad and also some surprisingly good memories. It was when I realised the meaning of true friendship. It was when I knew that some friends were more willing to lend me a helping hand than certain selfish relatives and that friendship is priceless.

  • TRAVEL

    Unveiling Antiquities

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/04/2013

    » Princely drama and art nouveau blend exquisitely in Parusakawan Palace. Once the private abode of princes and a king, whose stories were characterised by romance, heartbreak and splendour, the palace is now open to the public as it houses the first police museum in the country. A visit to the palace is to marvel at one of Thailand's finest examples of architecture and an evocation of aristocratic nostalgia.

  • TRAVEL

    Where past and present co-exist

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/05/2013

    » It is one of the capital's oldest districts, but mention its name to a foreign visitor and the first association will likely be with the bustling backpacker belt centred on Khao San Road. But to native Bangkokians and long-time residents, a reference to Bang Lamphu may summon up the gleaming-white image of Phra Sumen Fort, its crenellated ramparts dominating the Chao Phraya River and the approaches to Thon Buri, or make them long for Phra Arthit Road and its artsy little cafes or nostalgic for the time they first explored these winding streets and alleyways back when they were students at nearby Thammasat and Silpakorn universities.

  • TRAVEL

    Procession of Samut Sakhon's guardian spirit

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/06/2013

    » From tomorrow until June 18, Samut Sakhon province will host the celebrations of the ''Procession of Chao Phor Lak Muang'' around the city pillar/city guardian spirit shrine near the Tha Chin River and at the municipal health garden in Tambon Maha Chai, Muang Samut Sakhon.

  • LIFE

    Weaving a legacy

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/07/2013

    » Her face and hands are full of lines and wrinkles, but her memory is still sharp. Nguan Sermsri, of tambon Ban Puek in Chon Buri province is still teaching others how to weave the rare Ang Sila cotton textiles at the ripe old age of 93. Six months ago, she was the only Ang Sila cotton weaver in Thailand. But since then, the ancient art has been revived and passed on to a number of local women.

  • TRAVEL

    Echoes of a Storied Past

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/09/2013

    » Kanchanaburi has long been a popular destination for day-trippers. Legions of tourists, both local and foreign, regularly make the short trip from Bangkok to visit scenic Sai Yok Waterfall and remnants of the infamous Death Railway like Hellfire Pass and the renamed "Bridge On The River Kwai". But astonishingly few visitors venture into the oldest section of this laid-back town which boasts some fine examples of architecture, well-preserved buildings dating from just before World War II right back to the mid-19th century.

  • TRAVEL

    Ton Krathoop in Chaiyaphum

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/09/2013

    » This year's three-month Buddhist Lent will end on Oct 19. To mark the occasion, Chaiyaphum province and the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Nakhon Ratchasima office invite Buddhists to the Home Boon Ok Phansa celebrations set for Oct 13-17 in front of the Nong Bua Daeng district office.

  • TRAVEL

    Fireworks extravaganza in Pattaya

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 21/11/2013

    » The International Fireworks Festival Pattaya 2013 will be held on Pattaya Klang beach from Nov 29-30, 5-11pm, with fireworks from Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Switzerland.

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