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  • TRAVEL

    Asia's uncut ruby

    Life, Published on 05/01/2012

    » As travel books dispel the mystique of remote spots worldwide, places that have preserved their unique character become ever harder to find. North Korea has been notoriously isolated by its ruling dynasty. Less in the global spotlight is the luminous land of Burma, known officially as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. It, too, has suffered greatly under a brutal regime, but while its military junta has kept the world out, it has also perfectly preserved the culture within.

  • NEWS

    Yingluck gets invitation to border area

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 06/01/2012

    » Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa will invite Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to visit Pha Mor I Dang cliff, the disputed border area next to Preah Vihear temple in Si Sa Ket province, next month.

  • OPINION

    A covering that bares one's faith

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/01/2012

    » For years the mosque in my neighbourhood was registered as "Wat Muang Kae Mosque". The Buddhist temple, Wat Muang Kae, is a cat's meow away from the Islamic house of worship, and the mosque's name, so Thai and so un-Arabic, suggests the presence of interfaith amicability even before the term "interfaith" had any political undertones.

  • OPINION

    Yingluck on grand tour of the armed forces

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 12/01/2012

    » The visits to the headquarters of all three armed forces last month was just the beginning of a campaign by Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa aimed at boosting the image of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

  • BUSINESS

    TAA takes wing to Colombo

    Business, Boonsong Kositchotethana, Published on 12/01/2012

    » Full-service airlines operating on the Bangkok-Colombo route are facing a new challenge, with Thai AirAsia (TAA) poised to become the first low-cost carrier flying the sector.

  • OPINION

    A new year and a new experience

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 08/01/2012

    » At my age, any new sensation tends to be an ache or a pain, but this year on New Year's Day, I was up and about at six in the morning, which was definitely a new experience. I hasten to add this wasn't because I hadn't made it to bed after a night's revelry. Admittedly in the past there have been occasions when I've seen dawn rise on Jan 1 before hitting the sack. But this was a genuine early rise and shine occasion. Some explanation is needed for this unnatural behaviour.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Make Over Medicine

    Guru, Published on 13/01/2012

    » As the ambient natural sounds drifted away and my eyes slowly opened to the world, I felt a lightness and calmness within. I have been floating around ever since imagining myself as a tree and talking to birds. Have I gone mad you may ask? Or did I go overboard on the LSD this New Year? Neither! I have simply had a "Kati Basti" make over.

  • NEWS

    Bringing things out in the open

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 14/01/2012

    » While a coyote-dancing monk who sparked public uproar has been suspended, the episode has led to a continuing debate over gay monks in the clergy.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Buddhist texts go digital

    News, Nattaya Chetchotiros, Published on 14/01/2012

    » Venerable Phra Brahmagunabhorn (P.A. Payutto) is one of Thailand's most highly respected monks and a leading scholar of Thai Theravada Buddhism. His profound knowledge of Buddhist scriptures is widely recognised and his moral conduct greatly admired. He is also well informed about current social issues, knowledgeable about modern fields of study and has been able to apply Buddhist teachings to analyse and solve problems facing society these days.

  • LEARNING

    dawn

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 26/12/2011

    » the beginning of the day, when it begins to get light รุ่งอรุณ, เช้าตรู่

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