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  • TRAVEL

    Old and new in Wuzhen

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 24/09/2015

    » It was a moonless night. In this ancient Chinese town, intricately decorated wooden houses lining both sides of a canal are roofed with black tiles that ooze an awesome feel. Sculling boats barge quietly along the waterway, passing beneath an arched bridge. The boats were loaded with swordsman, none of them seemed to be aware of the fact that they were being secretly followed by someone with the ability to move like the wind from one dark roof to another.

  • TRAVEL

    Downhiller full of venom

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/08/2015

    » On my recent two-day visit to the mountainous area of Chiang Dao district, about 70km north of Chiang Mai city, I got to ride two scenic routes. The first one, which started from Pa Kia and ended at Ban Sop Kai, was featured in this column last Thursday. (In case you missed it and would like to know about it, visit goo.gl/X2pJ80.)

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    Nights and days in Nanjing

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 06/08/2015

    » One on the original list of China's "Great Ancient Capitals" — which also includes Beijing, Xi'an and Luoyang — is Nanjing. Translated as "the southern capital", it is the only one of the four located on the south side of the Yangtze, the great river that marks the boundary between the northern and southern parts of the vast country.

  • TRAVEL

    Biking vibes past the hilltribes

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/08/2015

    » In April, I wrote in this column about a mountain-biking trip to Pa Kia in Chiang Dao district, some 70km north of Chiang Mai city. Last week I got to ride in that beautiful area again.

  • TRAVEL

    Pedalling on the precipice

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 30/04/2015

    » In recent years, Wat Phra That Pha Son Kaeo, known for its unique architecture, scenic location and reputation as a dhamma retreat, has been one of the most visited Buddhist monasteries on Highway 12, which spans all the way from Mae Sot on Thailand's western border with Myanmar to Mukdahan, on the eastern border with Laos.

  • OPINION

    Thailand: for your biking needs

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/02/2015

    » With increasing popularity, cycling is featured more often in the media, both as good and bad news. Recently a unique biking video was posted on YouTube. Shot in New Zealand, it shows two riders racing down a mountainside overlooking a beautiful lake, one dressed as a tortoise and the other as a hare. Unlike most downhill-mountain-biking-themed films, there were not many hair-raising stunts. But what I found very interesting was the fact that it was not a production by bike makers, star pro riders, bike magazines or major race sponsors. It was created by an airline.

  • TRAVEL

    Prehistoric memories of Mukdahan, Savannakhet

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/02/2015

    » A couple of weeks ago, members from the organising team of the Tour Of Mukdahan-Savannakhet event came to Bangkok and dropped by the Bangkok Post building.

  • TRAVEL

    Knocking around Nakhon Phanom

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/01/2015

    » Hardy cyclists have no problem riding hundreds of kilometres to their holiday destinations. But for most of us, spending days spinning the cranks on scorching highways full of manic motorists does not sound like fun. With domestic airlines becoming more bicycle friendly, now is a good time to explore Thailand on two wheels — the quick way.

  • TRAVEL

    Testing the Tour de Farm

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/11/2014

    » Ever since its inception in 2011, the annual Tour de Farm has been regarded as one of the Kingdom’s most important contests for roadies. This year it is getting even bigger. Apart from road cycling competitions (60km and 100km), the 2014 event also has good news for mountain bikers — a cross-country MTB race!

  • TRAVEL

    Fear is the mind-killer

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/08/2014

    » The Indonesian island of Batam, located just 20km south of Singapore, is virtually non-existent on the ordinary tourist maps. But for mountain bikers of the neighbouring city state, it’s a hugely popular destination, thanks to Drak Bike Park.

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