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    Saving the best for last

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 25/03/2021

    » After spending a couple of late morning hours exploring Photharam on my foldable e-bicycle, I found myself on an islet on the Mae Klong River that runs past the west side of the business district of this old town in Ratchaburi province. The seafood phad kaphrao and rice I had bought for breakfast but didn't have time to eat still looked tempting. With the cool tree shade, the refreshing river breeze and the tranquil natural surrounding, it was a splendid lunch.

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    Help needed to name this cute baby pygmy hippo

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/03/2021

    » Bacon or moowan (sweet pork), which do you prefer? Well, not for breakfast but for the name of Khao Kheow Open Zoo's newest member.

  • TRAVEL

    Overlooked no longer

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/03/2021

    » Nam Tok Chet Sao Noi was one of the few national parks that I didn't want to revisit, mainly because it was overcrowded, dilapidated and poorly managed. Last year, however, I heard the ugly duckling of Saraburi's Muak Lek district has been transformed into a swan. So the other day when I got the chance to travel to those parts I decided to check it out.

  • LIFE

    Bag a holiday bargain

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 23/02/2021

    » Thai Teaw Thai is one of the best fairs to hunt for good deals from hotels, resorts and other service providers in the travel industry. With the pandemic, which has resulted in such businesses struggling to survive, the upcoming 58th edition of the fair promises to have special offers that are more tempting than ever.

  • TRAVEL

    Natural born killers

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 25/02/2021

    » 'That's a peacock mantis," said Wissarut Sukhaket as he saw me observing a dull-looking little fellow in a nursery box at the Tropical Insect Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district. "Want to know why it got such a name?"

  • TRAVEL

    Wave Hotel Pattaya

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 18/02/2021

    » Pattaya's Beach Road is lined with tons of tourist accommodation. Unlike other upscale properties on the strip, this 18-room hotel boasts a very short distance between the guest rooms and the sea. Literally, it takes just a few minutes to walk from your bed to the beach. Soon after my latest visit to the hotel, the second wave of Covid-19 struck. Pattaya is now open to tourism once again, and so is the hotel.

  • TRAVEL

    Life on Memory Lane

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/02/2021

    » Have you ever stumbled upon a long-lost object that suddenly brought back forgotten moments, maybe a childhood toy or a postcard from someone special? What if you find yourself in a place full of such items? I don't know about you but the other day when I made my very first visit to the House of Museums I was bombarded by constant flashbacks.

  • LIFE

    Enjoy your noodles the Thai way

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 08/02/2021

    » According to the Chinese calendar, we'll be welcoming the Year of the Ox this Friday. Thanks to the pandemic and for the first time as long as I could remember, the Chinese New Year of 2021 is officially regarded as a national holiday.

  • LIFE

    Get your crispy noodle hit delivered to your door

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 03/02/2021

    » One of the many things Thailand is famous for is food. Snacks alone come in a variety of forms and tastes. However, there are a handful of items so delightful that once you have a bite, it's almost impossible to stop eating them. Mi krop (crispy noodles) is one such snack. And the Mon community of Ban Saladaeng Nuea in Pathum Thani's Sam Khok district is home to some of the best mi krop in the province that is Bangkok's immediate neighbour to the north.

  • TRAVEL

    Hidden in plain sight

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 28/01/2021

    » After a month of closure due to the recent Covid-19 surge, the history-rich Phyathai Palace is set to reopen in February.

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