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    Under the red roof

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 06/03/2017

    » For over a century, Thais have been familiar with the slang term "langkha daeng", meaning "red roof". If someone says, "go to langkha daeng", it mockingly or cruelly means, "you're crazy, just go to an insane asylum", because Thailand's first psychiatric hospital had its roof painted red. This colloquial phrase is used so widely that a Thai movie about the lives of the mentally disturbed was named Langkha Daeng and became a big hit in 1987.

  • TRAVEL

    Community Fair

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/03/2017

    » On Saturday and Sunday, the "Good For Our Hearts At Phraeng Phuthorn" fair will be held in the Phraeng Phuthorn area between Tanao and Assadang roads in Phra Nakhon district from 1.30pm onwards to the evening.

  • TRAVEL

    A royal legacy

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/02/2017

    » Forty years ago, a five-year-old me was in a jeep that zigzagged past mountains, slopes and lush valleys to Angkhang Mountain, about 1,400m above sea level, in Chiang Mai's Fang district. At that time, many parts of the mountain were full of opium farms. Thousands of red, pink and white poppies were in full bloom and attracted tourists who enjoyed taking photographs and bought dried opium poppies as souvenirs.

  • TRAVEL

    Jazz for the King

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 01/12/2016

    » From Nov 29 to Dec 11, The Emporium and EmQuartier shopping complexes together with Kitarat Foundation are holding the "Kitarat, The Royal Music Legacy" musical exhibition at Quartier Gallery, M Floor, The EmQuartier on Sukhumvit Road from 10.30am-8pm daily to celebrate the musical talent of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • OPINION

    Do not feed the monkeys

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/09/2016

    » Since my childhood, I have loved all kinds of animals except snakes, rats and cockroaches. I have had several dogs and a cat as pets. I was bitten once by a temple cat, once by my own cat and several times by my dogs because I accidentally frightened them. However, the weirdest experience was being bitten by a monkey on Khao Wang, or Phra Nakhon Khiri, a mountain palace museum in Phetchaburi, over a year ago. When I was a teenager, I was once surrounded by monkeys who tried to steal my handbag at Phra Kan Shrine in Lop Buri.

  • TRAVEL

    Fair in Nakhon Pathom

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/05/2016

    » From tomorrow until May 22, the "Amazing Nakhon Pathom" fair will take place in a field in front of Phra Ruang Rojanarit, a major Buddha statue, at Phra Pathom Chedi in Muang district. Phra Pathom Chedi is a stupa that has enshrined Lord Buddha's relics since the Dvaravati Period (6th-11th centuries) and was one of the first places where Buddhism arrived in Thailand.

  • TRAVEL

    A shared Thai-European past

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 31/03/2016

    » One recent sunny day, European Union diplomats and Thai journalists enjoyed a half-day bike ride in the heart of Bangkok to explore some of the many European-influenced places according to the 2016 European Heritage Map and App. This 14km biking trip combines two of the four heritage trails.

  • TRAVEL

    High on fun, low on carbon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 03/03/2016

    » About 60 Thai tourists enjoyed sea, sand and sun and participated in environmentally-friendly activities on the five islands of Trat during the recent three-day Low Carbon Holiday 2015. The success of the first official low-carbon tour in Thailand is proof the project is taking shape in Trat, about 300km from Bangkok.

  • TRAVEL

    Flower Festival in Prachin Buri

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/11/2015

    » From Dec 5 until Feb 14 next year, one of Thailand's biggest annual flower festivals will take place at Dasada Gallery in Muang district, Prachin Buri province, under the concept of "Art in Heart: Accessible Through the Eyes".

  • TRAVEL

    An eco-friendly alternative

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/11/2015

    » Riding on a long-tail boat for a leisurely trip along the more than 150-year-old Maha Sawat Canal in Nakhon Pathom province could be a thing of the past soon due to the recent launch of a prototype  solar-powered boat for tourists. If this pilot project is successful, similar boats will be introduced to Amphawa in Samut Songkhram.

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