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  • OPINION

    Here's to a more beautiful Chiang Mai

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/10/2018

    » The other evening I had a meetup with friends. As some of us had never been to the izakaya where we planned to meet and thus had no idea where it is situated, the location of the Japanese pub/restaurant was then shared and everybody easily made their way to the meeting place. Yes, this is nothing new. Everybody does this nowadays. Exactly!

  • LIFESTYLE

    Kin salak luang the Phrae way

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 19/10/2018

    » Kin salak is a tradition communities in the northern provinces observe to make merit for deceased relatives. It doesn't take place every year, so when it happens it's a big thing for the locals. At the moment, the people of Phrae are excited about their own kin salak luang (luang meaning big), set to take place soon. Of course, all are welcome to witness the grand event.

  • TRAVEL

    Past glory revived

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 18/10/2018

    » While millions of tourists flock to Tha Tian and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) each year, a lot of Bangkok residents tend to avoid the area due to traffic jams and lack of parking space. If it has been quite a while since you've been to this old quarter, it's time to set a date for a revisit and witness the charming results of its recent makeover. If you don't think you can fall in love with this history-rich part of the city, come again and test your heart.

  • TRAVEL

    Island of unspoilt charm

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/10/2018

    » Nothing lasts forever. But no less true is the fact that certain things do last longer than expected. The peaceful and simple lifestyle of the rural communities on Koh Sukon of Trang province is an amazing case in point.

  • NEWS

    A town built with teak

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/09/2018

    » A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. But sometimes even a thousand pictures cannot say enough. The photos you see on this page show some of the many beautiful houses in Phrae's old town. But, of course, there is more than meets the eye. Each house has its own story, some also played an important part in the history of the town, and even that of the Kingdom.

  • TRAVEL

    Koh Lan's best-kept secret revealed

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/09/2018

    » Millions of people from around the world have visited Koh Lan, the popular island just 8km off the shore of Pattaya. However, very few of them -- I guarantee -- got to enjoy such stunning scenery like what you are seeing in some of the photos shown here.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Fun in the North

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/09/2018

    » Not everybody thinks the rainy month of September is the best time to visit the northern provinces. But if you go to Phrae or Chiang Rai this weekend, you will enjoy events you won't find in the high season.

  • NEWS

    Fast & precarious

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 06/09/2018

    » My heart was filled with excitement as the door of the gondola lift closed and the cable car was slowly leaving the station, taking me, my friend Kent and our downhill bikes up the slope to the trailheads 1,780m above sea level. We had planned this trip for more than half-a-year, and it's happening. A few minutes from now, we would be riding the famous trails of Fujimi, in one of Japan's largest bike parks.

  • TRAVEL

    Appreciating Kantang's past glory

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 30/08/2018

    » Of the six provinces along the Kingdom's southern peninsula, only Trang can be reached via railway. The Andaman rail tracks run past Trang city and end in Kantang, which is connected to the Andaman Sea 15km or so away by the Trang River. After its establishment in 1893, Kantang acted as a major socio-economic hub in the area and was an important port for goods from the West.

  • OPINION

    Know thy visitors

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/08/2018

    » Almost three decades ago when I was a university student, I occasionally had to travel to Don Mueang airport for a part-time job. Back then, it was Bangkok's only airport, and, with the tollway not yet in existence, was considered very far from the city centre. There, my task was to ask departing tourists to fill in questionnaires for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which wanted to know what they liked or disliked, as well as their spending behaviour, during their visits.

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