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    Tower Club at lebua

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/07/2020

    » Despite its international fame, I'd never been to this award-winning property housed in the iconic skyscraper crowned with a golden dome, and never felt I missed out on anything. Recently, however, I visited the hotel on the first day it resumed operation and realised I was wrong all along. This place has a few things unlike any other. On its reopening day, for example, its restaurant guests were asked to pay whatever they felt like. Surprisingly, it turned out none of the 100 or so guests paid less than the prices listed on the menu. Proceeds of 421,843 baht then went to charities.

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    A stroll back in time

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 02/07/2020

    » A refreshing breeze blew from the other side of the river, greeted by cheerfully rustling leaves of land and aquatic plants along its expansive path. Different kinds of egrets, thanks to their sizes and bright white plumage, could easily be spotted foraging near the waterside, but faint chirps in the air also revealed the presence of numerous other birds hiding among the foliage. In the river, a monitor lizard emerged from the dense floating patches of water hyacinth and swam leisurely in the open to the far bank. Meanwhile, along the lively yet tranquil waterway line traditional-style wooden houses built on tall stilts, some with boats moored at the water's edge.

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    Park Hyatt Bangkok

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 25/06/2020

    » I was kind of anxious as I entered the hotel's premises, not because it was my first time at the property but because it's the first time in three months that I was to spend a night away from the safety of my own home. However, as the check-in process began the worries started to dissipate. By the time I reached my sanitised room, I was already feeling at home. It was the first time I realised how much the feeling of being in a clean and safe place has to do with the meaning of the phrase.

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    Safety first for holiday getaways

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 24/06/2020

    » After months of business suspension due to Covid-19, several hotels and resorts have resumed operation, and many more are soon to follow suit. Various promotions with special benefits are being offered to draw guests, and income, back to the properties. Still, despite immense travel cravings, a great many people may still feel uncomfortable to sleep at someplace other than home, and thus reluctant to take advantage of the opportunity.

  • TRAVEL

    Ready to roam

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 18/06/2020

    » For a lot of travel addicts residing in Thailand, with the fourth phase of the easing of pandemic control measures the situation is good enough to return to fun mode.

  • TRAVEL

    See the children play

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/06/2020

    » A few decades ago, children playing outside was a common sight, even in Bangkok. Among the groups of youngsters roaming each neighbourhood, there tended to be not just friends but also siblings.

  • LIFE

    Happy trails are here again

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/06/2020

    » The legendary Club11 mountain bike track, the only of its kind in the Thai capital, is reopened and renamed.

  • LIFE

    Rainy days & getaways

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 04/06/2020

    » Interprovincial travel is now possible, although with restrictions in certain cases. Historical parks and national museums are open. Many beaches are starting to see visitors from different provinces dying for a break from the unprecedented lockdown. Still, it's going to be a long while before tourism reaches the pre-pandemic level.

  • TRAVEL

    Where monsoon is awesome

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/05/2020

    » Bucket-list ideas for the first half of September from Pongpet Mekloy's archive.

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    Easy-peasy Chinese on TikTok

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 19/05/2020

    » TikTok, one of the most downloaded social media apps in recent years, is rapidly attracting more users during the lockdown period with fun and creative short videos. But the contents the popular platform offers cover not just lip-syncing, singing, dancing, stunts, pranks and crazy challenges.

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