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  • TRAVEL

    Neglected treasures

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/01/2014

    » Wondrous objects, precious relics from the past, can sometimes lie unnoticed or unappreciated right under our very noses. People often travel far and wide to visit sites of cultural interest while overlooking treasures located in their own backyards. Many residents of older parts of Bangkok, for instance, are unaware that right in the midst of their own communities are beautiful examples of religious art from the Rattanakosin and earlier Ayutthaya period as well as splendid European architecture dating back to the late 19th century.

  • TRAVEL

    A route less travelled

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 06/02/2014

    » When it comes to sightseeing, most visitors to Bangkok think only about places in the heart of the city, such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Reclining Buddha or the Temple of Dawn. Many cultural attractions in the suburbs are also worth exploring. People use the Bangkok-Chon Buri motorway as a shortcut to the eastern provinces, not realising that every time they whizz along this convenient artery they are bypassing some hidden gems.

  • TRAVEL

    Songkran fun across the Kingdom

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 03/04/2014

    » Songkran is a centuries-old festival that marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year and is a joyful event, in which Thais splash one another with scented water.

  • OPINION

    Age is more than a number

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 02/05/2014

    » Many say that age is just a number. Yet, such numbers can hurt you if your physical and psychological health has become poor and does not allow you to live as happily as before. My deteriorating memory, my excuses about being “a senior” and my referring to the young generation as “people these days” are among the signs of ageing. These “ageing indicators” and my increasingly grey hair make me admit I am already old and must by now prepare myself to ensure my well-being after retirement.

  • TRAVEL

    More than teak

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/05/2014

    » Nestled in the compound of Wat Devaraj Kunchorn Voraviharn in Dusit district, the Golden Teak Museum stands tall and graceful upon 59 big teak pillars that date back almost 500 years.

  • TRAVEL

    Flowers in the mist

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/05/2014

    » On June 1, the three-month-long season for everyone to enjoy the beautiful Dok Krachiao, or Siam Tulip, and the sea of mist in Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Chaiyaphum province, will officially begin with celebrations.

  • TRAVEL

    Revisiting the original Bangkok

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 31/07/2014

    » Thon Buri, the portion of Bangkok lying on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, is widely known for its scenic waterways, historic temples, diverse culture and many culinary delicacies. A study, carried out by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Department of City Planning in 2012, listed 452 Buddhist temples in the capital, including 211 in Thon Buri. A self-designed walking trip, inspired by a trip led by culture expert Chulapassorn Panomvan Na Ayudhya, allowed us to explore six temples in the Thon Buri district of Bangkok Noi, most of which are in a sub-district called Bang Khun Non.

  • TRAVEL

    A beary big adventure

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 21/08/2014

    » Inside a 40m-long dragon boat-shaped building on Beach Road in North Pattaya is the first teddy bear museum in Southeast Asia. Under the concept of “A Journey With The Teddy Bear In Pursuit Of Treasure”, Teddy Island Museum has 12 zones decorated with more than 1,000 stuffed animals under different themes for visitors to enjoy themselves and capture their happy moments with cameras.

  • LIFE

    Luminescent rite of passage

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/08/2014

    » Anyone who gets the chance to tour the ordination hall at Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan, the temple chosen by King Rama IV to officially represent his reign, will surely notice the many murals depicting royal ceremonies performed during the Rattanakosin period, the era that began with the accession of King Rama 1 to the throne in 1782.

  • TRAVEL

    The royal chariot awaits

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 25/09/2014

    » Stepping into a studio at the Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom, I was immediately in awe of the exquisite beauty of the two glittering golden chariots that were being repaired for the royal cremation of the late Supreme Patriarch.

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