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    Duck and you'll miss it

    Life, Pattarapong Chatpattarasill, Published on 23/08/2013

    » When people say Laos is "Thailand 30 years ago", it could serve both as a sincere compliment to the pristine life and nature and a sly rebuke to the slow pace of development. Near the capital Vientiane, we can still see ducks walking in a straight line on the paddy-field ridge with the verdant green plantation and mountains as a backdrop.

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    Lost in a train of thought

    Life, Pattarapong Chatpattarasill, Published on 29/08/2013

    » This vision of still life in motion, where people take smartphones out of their pockets and delve into a virtual world as soon as they board public transport, has become increasingly common of late.

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    Book a spot for last place

    Life, Pattarapong Chatpattarasill, Published on 11/09/2013

    » As the Bangkok World Book Capital campaign quietly turns another page and a recent survey suggests Bangkokians read an average of only five books per year, Thailand's education has been ranked bottom out of eight Asean countries, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013. Among the 10 Asean countries, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam come in as the top three, while Cambodia and Vietnam are ranked sixth and seventh respectively, both above the Kingdom.

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    Far from the madding crowd

    Life, Pattarapong Chatpattarasill, Published on 07/08/2013

    » This visitor indulges himself amid lush nature as he heads to Nang Rong Waterfall in Nakhon Nayok province. The place seems a world away, but it's not that far from Bangkok, where people are encountering ongoing political turmoil and protests. Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra is concerned the political unrest could affect tourism in the capital.

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