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    The khon spectacle is merrier than ever

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/11/2018

    » The Support Foundation's annual khon performance never fails to entertain its audience. This year's instalment is a hugely enjoyable production of The Allegiance Of Phiphek episode from the Ramakien. The acting, dancing, costumes and props are as impressive as ever. And while the production may be restricted to a slightly more economical setting, this has been compensated for with funnier dialogue, including plenty of satirical gags riffing on current events.

  • TRAVEL

    More than meats the eye

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/11/2018

    » Japan is one of the most popular destinations for Thai tourists. More than 80,000 Thais visit Japan monthly, and the total number of Thai visitors per year is expected to reach 1.1 million this year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). To Thais, well-known Japanese destinations include Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Osaka and Hokkaido, while Kobe sounds familiar for its premium-quality beef from grains and beer-fed cattle rather than tourism. As a matter of fact, this port city, about 500km from Tokyo, is worth a visit for its cultural diversity, modern comfort and good food.

  • NEWS

    Chanthaburi's other gems

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 08/11/2018

    » One morning during the rainy season, around 30 adventure seekers could be seen tying used tyres together. They then took these out on a raft to install them as "homes for fish" in Ban Bang Sa Kao in Chanthaburi's Laem Sing district on the Gulf of Thailand.

  • NEWS

    Beauty and the beasts

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 07/11/2018

    » Once upon a time, not long before the Siamese Revolution, there was a princess who was born in a palace but had to leave home, and who lived happily ever after as an artist in a faraway land.

  • NEWS

    A royal agricultural legacy

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 25/10/2018

    » Although King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away two years ago, he left behind priceless legacies from his more than 4,000 royal projects nationwide. One of his major initiatives is soil aggravation, which won a patent from the Department of Intellectual Property in 2007. Anyone wishing to learn about this royal brainchild can visit Pikun Thong Development Study Centre in Muang Narathiwat, where acidic peat soil was improved with the king's help.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Preserving the ancient arts

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/10/2018

    » One night in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, 15-year-old Thanawit Kerddam brought out his best in performing a southern folk tale before numerous viewers. He provided the voices to more than 10 nang talung shadow puppets, sang along with fast-paced southern music, and occasionally slipped in jokes and current events. Although the audience from Bangkok did not understand the southern dialect, they felt the characters' emotions as the shadow puppets danced behind the white-cloth screen.

  • NEWS

    A place of gold

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 11/10/2018

    » When people talk about Prachuap Khiri Khan, they mostly think about Hua Hin, the century-old resort town with the 5km-long sandy beach, or the famous Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Not many are interested in the Bang Saphan and Thap Sakae districts, which have been promoting community tourism. Bang Saphan has long been well-known for gold ore and black rattan basketry, while Thap Sakae is home to pristine beaches, waterfalls and forests.

  • TRAVEL

    Flowers in Mae Hong Son

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 11/10/2018

    » From Nov 1 until Dec 10, the "2018 Blossoming Bua Tong Flowers On Doi Mae U-Kho" festival takes place in and around fields of dok bua tong, or Mexican sunflowers, on Doi Mae U-Kho in Khun Yuam district, Mae Hong Son province.

  • NEWS

    Artistic vibes

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 04/10/2018

    » Old Town Central is one of the oldest yet chic districts in Hong Kong where East meets West in the aspect of history, art and culture. It is a food and shopping paradise for those who look for street food, teas, traditional medicines, books, antiques and art. The newly-opened Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is a popular destination for both locals and tourists along with the street art and boutiques on Hollywood Street and art galleries at PMQ, a cluster of former police flats on Aberdeen Street.

  • NEWS

    The return of royal khon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/09/2018

    » The wait is over for the return of the annual khon masked dance. The much-loved performance by the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (Support Foundation) of HM Queen Sirikit under the Reign of King Rama IX will make a comeback at the Thailand Cultural Centre from Nov 3 until Dec 5, this time featuring an episode called The Allegiance Of Phiphek.

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