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    Snapping up the bad guys

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/07/2017

    » In deep jungle, a forest ranger in his black uniform slowly climbed up a tree. With trained, quick hands, he strapped a camouflage case to a high branch that could oversee an area underneath it at a wide angle. Inside the case was a camera trap that can monitor the movement of animals, and especially humans who may enter the forest illegally.

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    Smuggling Thai culture by film

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 23/06/2017

    » A group of Chinese fans of Thai actress Davika Hoorne shouted her nickname -- "Mai! Mai!" -- as she slowly walked out from the gate at the arrivals hall of Shanghai International Airport. They had prepared bouquets of colourful flowers and a large bunch of 999 red roses for the admired star of Phi Mak Phrakanong and 20 Mai U-Turn Wai Huai Jai Return (Suddenly Twenty).

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    National jobs, international workers

    Life, Published on 06/09/2016

    » Last week activist Srisuwan Janya filed a petition with the Office of the Ombudsman claiming that Thailand's new tallest building, MahaNakhon Tower, breached Thai laws by hiring a foreign architect to design it. He also complained that several foreign workers also run or own shops in markets around the country, a practice that is against the law.

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    Lesser known celebrations

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 22/09/2017

    » Did you know that there's a nationwide celebration coming up soon? Thai National Flag Day is to be celebrated this coming September 28. If you weren't aware of that, we don't blame you. This is the first time Thailand is going to be celebrating it to commemorate 100 years since King Rama VI declared the design we know today as the country's official flag. Sure, it might not be a legit holiday, but hey, it's all about being patriotic.

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    How did it start?

    Life, Published on 09/02/2017

    » It's hard to say who was the first tourist in Siam, because tourism as we know it didn't exist until a few centuries ago. Indian merchants sailed here in the 5th century, the Chinese came to trade and later to settle, and one of the earliest European travellers were the Portuguese, arriving in Ayutthaya in 1511. In 1680, Ibn Muhammad Ibrahim, a Persian, visited the land and recorded his impressions -- "All around us were trees that never feel the withering touch of autumn" -- while the first guidebook to the Kingdom was written by local resident J. Antonio in 1904. (Its most highly recommended activity is the shooting of birds and mammals.)

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    Fashion on the go

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 08/06/2017

    » Business-savvy Michel Adam's enthusiasm for diversification and competitiveness have led cable channel FashionTV -- which he owns and has managed since 1997 -- to becoming a much-talked-about global player.

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    Thailand on the big screen

    Life, Published on 19/07/2017

    » The Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2017 (TIFDF 2017) is back for its fifth year, featuring films shot in Thailand. The festival begins on Friday and runs until July 25, at Paragon Cineplex.

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    Lavish celebration of French-Thai relations

    Life, Published on 09/03/2017

    » On March 2, the green lawn was full of people, music, conversation and food. A miniature Eiffel Tower stood near the bank of the Chao Phraya as guests filed into the party, ambling past the cubist-modernist architecture of the French embassy into the classical setting of the ambassador's residence.

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    Water, data, art!

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 28/06/2017

    » Scott Kildall's map of Bangkok has bundles of fine electric wires criss-crossing, tangled around small water flasks.

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    Hell hath no fury like a Thai woman scorned

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 04/06/2017

    » It's been a busy news week with all sorts of issues jostling for attention, but not a single Thai man skipped over the news from Phayao last Saturday. It was the story of the wife who cut off her husband's penis. He and the severed appendage were whisked off to nearby Pong Hospital.

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