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    Brotherhood of the Asean bikers

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 31/07/2014

    » It’s not unknown that there is a special bond between cyclists. In Thailand, for example, it’s common for a rider to greet other bikers on the street, even if they are complete strangers — a practice that is non-existent among any other group of road users.

  • TRAVEL

    A single-track town

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/03/2014

    » While cars and motorcycles have long been the preferred means of private transportation in most parts of the country, Nan is one of the few places where people still use bicycles to get around in everyday life. Whenever you get to visit this charming northern town, keep in mind that when in Nan, do as the Nan folks do.

  • TRAVEL

    A perfect ending to a perfect year

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/11/2013

    » There are still five weeks to go until 2013 comes to an end. But for sure it's not too early, and even not wrong, to say that the Chiang Mai Downhill Challenge 2, which took place last Friday and Saturday, was definitely the year's most thrilling bike event!

  • TRAVEL

    Mountains of Fun

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 26/09/2013

    » To snow-sports enthusiasts, Niseko is synonymous with Champagne-powder snow and world-class winter resorts. But is there life in this part of Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's main islands, at other times of the year when the army of international skiers and snowboarders are absent?

  • TRAVEL

    An accidental cycling superstar

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/02/2013

    » Some people bike to keep fit. Some do it for fun. Some ride to commute between home and the workplace, while a few others spin their way to holiday destinations.

  • TRAVEL

    Fast and furious

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/12/2012

    » Last week I wrote in this column about the BMX racing course used for the just-concluded 41st National Games. Today let's visit the track where the downhill mountain biking competition of the event, which was hosted by Chiang Mai, took place.

  • TRAVEL

    Fun on the farm

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 08/11/2012

    » City slickers may not feel it yet but in many parts of the country people are well aware of the arrival of the cool season. The chilly breeze in the morning is nice when you are in warm clothes on a cosy sofa sipping a nice cup of hot, aromatic coffee. But when you're out on the road doing long-distance cycling, the same wind blowing in your face can be your worst enemy.

  • TRAVEL

    Nakhon Si Thammarat is a place for all seasons

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/10/2012

    » Mention Nakhon Si Thammarat and the image of the province's most revered Phra Borommathat pagoda would pop up in the mind of many Thais. That, perhaps, is followed by the famous sat duen sip ceremony, the grand event in which locals gather to make merit for their deceased relatives; nang talung shadow puppets; manorah folk performance and many more.

  • TRAVEL

    Eyes wide shut

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/08/2012

    » What does it take for a blind person to ride a bicycle on the street? Give yourself a minute or two to think about it before you move on to the next paragraph.

  • TRAVEL

    Sukhothai by bike

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 23/08/2012

    » When Sukhothai reached its peak over 700 years ago, King Ramkhamhaeng, the greatest ruler of the early Thai kingdom, probably never thought that his glorious city would one day fall into ruin.

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