Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Woman electrocuted as flood causes havoc in Thailand’s eastern provinces

An elderly woman has been electrocuted near her house, in the Aranyaprathet district of Thailand’s eastern province of Sa Kaew, as she was wading along a flooded lane without realizing…

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Eat, pray, hope

Phuket Vegetarian Festival makes the most meaningful comeback since the day it began 150 years ago.   History tells us that the Phuket Vegetarian Festival was first held to ward…

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Great escapes the ‘E’ way

It’s long been said that the best way to explore any rich cultural community is on foot or by bike. But long tours can be tiring especially in the tropical…

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Back to basics: how Covid-19 has changed our relationship with food

COVID-19’s appetite for swallowing up businesses has made everyone struggle and those who are escaping virtually unscathed are mainly new-generation food entrepreneurs who are taking advantage of what their predecessors…

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Pak Khlong Talad

In full [virtual] bloom

“Can you tell where the flowers come from just by looking at them on the stall?” Pornsomjai “Oy” Huadhoon, asks as she leads a group of visitors through Bangkok’s well-known…

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A cultural melting pot of learning

A learning centre for people of diversity, TK Park Yala is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a larger space and improved services. Located a stone’s throw from the current premises,…

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A Shan woman in traditional costume dances to celebrate the end of Vassa, the Buddhist Lent, in Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son province.

Castles, lights and strange creatures

The spectacular Ork Wa Festival returns to the Shan-speaking communities of the small and sleepy town of Mae Sariang in Thailand’s Northern province of Mae Hong Son this month with…

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Sip your first coffee of the day on the Chalathat Beach in Songkhla.

When in Songkhla, eat like a local

What’s your typical routine when travelling to a new place, especially a beach city? Do you wake up to a room-service breakfast, take a morning stroll by the sea, then…

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Beat the COVID crisis and get hired – Advice for new graduates

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an economic recession, with no sign of recovery in the near future. By the end of this year approximately 3-4 million people will be unemployed,…

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The old lady is preparing rare Malay-style salad for her customer.

A market made for munching

Mention Charoenkrung and images of one of Bangkok’s oldest neighbourhoods immediately springs to mind. The area is currently being revived as a Creative District and has become known for its…

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Preserving the rich Thai cultural heritage in the ‘new normal’

Almost 50 years have passed since Thai textiles, particularly Thai silk, and exquisite handcrafted treasures found their way back into the spotlight and all the credit for their revival must…

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International art festival set to return amid coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been forced online. Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) is about to become the exception, with the organizer deciding to make it…

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Matt Lucas finds a new world through Muay Thai

Kicking high into a new world

For some people, finding passion and true happiness in life can be a lifelong journey. American Matt Lucas found his through Muay Thai and moved to the sport’s motherland to…

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Yala’s secret sparkle

Mention must-see tourist attractions in the southern province of Yala and the ones that immediately spring to mind are the sea of morning mist at Ai Yoeweng, the Piyamit Tunnel…

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How to cook perfect rice every time: What uncle Roger didn’t say in his video

Just about every subject can be controversial in the digital era. This time, it’s the way rice is cooked. A video in which Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, who goes by…

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Pop art icon’s works come to town

Had Andy Warhol not died prematurely in 1987, he would be turning 92 this August. He never came to Thailand and neither did his artworks, though his famous pieces like…

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"Chao Phraya Sky Park": Bangkok's new landmarkThai PBS World Tonight on Aug 5, 2020

Posted by Thai PBS World on Wednesday, 5 August 2020

“Chao Phraya Sky Park”: Bangkok’s new landmark

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has formally opened a new landmark, the Chao Phraya Sky Park, which straddles the Chao Phraya River, linking Bangkok with its sister city, Thonburi. The…

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Pichet Klunchun

Khon maestro Pichet delves deep into himself and his art in exhibition

Most Thais will recognize the name Pichet Klunchun but few will have seen this master of Khon (Thai classical dance) perform on stage and even fewer will understand the oneness…

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Juggling WFH and childcare amid the COVID-19 crisis – how mothers stay positive

The coronavirus has upended all our lives one way or another. The Government has imposed strict social distancing measures, one of which is the temporary closure of all nurseries and…

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Thousands of Muay Thai fighters have been left out of work by the coronavirus

Coronavirus KO: Thai fighters in despair as rings fall silent

Training in masks, two metres apart, Thailand’s professional fighters are battling a new reality — shuttered gyms and cancelled tournaments after the coronavirus pandemic left them suddenly out of work….

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The deserted street is seen at Siamsquare, which usually is crowded with tourists during a Songkran festival, after the government banned this festival amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand, April 13, 2020 REUTERS

Thais endure first-ever Songkran without family or fun 

The traditional family get-together for the April 13-15 Songkran holiday is extra special for Krissana Pongbhai – April 14 is also her birthday. However, this Thai New Year she will…

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Jongjai Kijsawaeng Cr.@JehJong

Thais show generosity and ingenuity to outwit deadly virus

As fear of catching Covid-19 grows, many Thais are doing what they can to help the country pull through this crisis – whether they are celebrities or just ordinary people…

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People practice social distancing as they sit on chairs spread apart in a waiting area for take-away food orders at a shopping mall in hopes of preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Bangkok residents and living with ‘social distancing’

As much as they want to comply with the “stay at home” directive from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, many people that Thai PBS World talked to admitted that their routine…

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Salinee Geasee

A daring mother who overcame Thai education’s obstacles

Sornsawan Geasee, 5, and her kid brother Thianravit Geasee, 3, must be wondering why their mother always acted weird in front of them. Instead of talking to them in Thai…

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Yuichiro Ono (left), Character Designer and Creator of Business Fish. He created many other characters including Masked Wrestler Q, Moai-kun, Mr. Egg, etc. That Achieved 698 million sticker downloads worldwide. His unique artstyle has become popular among Western and South East Asian users on Social Media.

Digital Stickers – From 2D artwork to creative communication

Every day, social media develops new ways to connect people in their daily lives. One of the latest trends is “Digital Stickers”. Usually, a sticker is a type of self-adhesive…

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Japanese long-stayers in Chiang Mai

Many retirees around the world dream about living their life in other countries, and Thailand is one of the best destinations. In Chiang Mai, there is a group of Japanese…

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Story of Japanese long-stayers in Chiang Mai

A lot of retirees plan to live in other countries, and Thailand is one of the best destinations for them. Thai PBS World met with the vice president of Chiang…

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A farmer examines his melon plants

Thailand’s “agriculture 4.0” – a dream come true?

Suwit Traichok, a 60-year-old melon producer, was the pioneer of Thailand’s young smart farmers. Despite having a promising career and a decent salary in a well-established organization, Thai Airways International,…

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Many hotels in Thailand have gone 100% plastic free.

Relive and Relearn

Here’s my confession. I have enough of the word ‘sustainability.’ Every time I came across that dreadful word, I mentally shut down. People are now saying too much of it….

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Cured by Scientific Quests and Honed Palates

There comes a time when challenges are big, but solutions are hidden in plain sights. Thailand as cheese producers? The myth has already been busted years ago when the first…

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An Un-Touristic Weekend in Nakhon Pathom

Oftentimes, revelation comes in an easy form. Just open your mind and chances are you will get a new perspective from even the things that you thought you had known…

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Traditional Thai massage get UNESCO heritage status

At Bangkok’s Reclining Buddha temple, Krairath Chantrasri says he is a proud custodian of an ancient skill — the body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage, which was added Thursday to UNESCO’s prestigious…

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Foods at the Border: Cambodian Food

What’s better than enjoying a delicious Cambodian meal with Cambodian friend while you are in Cambodia? Let’s explore the flavours of Cambodia together.

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The Secrets of Yum Som O

The Secrets of Yum Som O   We all see the current trend of the ancient recipes being reawakened, studied, and appreciated. But while this is happening, the very ingredients…

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Southern and Under the Radar

There are theories about the eateries of the Thai South. The elongated strip of land that is known as the ‘axe-handle’ of Siam is flanked with two seas – the…

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Gen Y prefers NextGen work, NESDC finds

There is a growing number of Thais who prefer non-traditional ways of working rather than being a salary man sitting in an office full-time.   The Office of National Economic and…

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The Truth About Tempura

If you have been reading this column, you would have sensed that this writing person is obsessed with back stories. I find it inconceivable, in any sense, to understand things…

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Shaved Ice and Thai-Style Granita

As a confessed history buff, I couldn’t help looking around into what we have to eat, seeking possible linkages between the bites and the broader views of world’s stories. For…

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Hot, Sweet and Creamy

For those who grew up having the sweet treat of Kanom Krok as breakfast, this is a gem, although you will have to make it for a dinner treat. Old-school,…

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A colourful Krathong procession at Santi Chaiprakarn Park on Phra Arthit Road on Monday night.

Thais celebrate Loy Krathong Festival

Thai people across the country and tourists last night took part in Loy Krathong Festival.  They flooded temples and spots around lakes, rivers and canals to float Krathong to pay…

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PM reminds Loy Krathong celebrants to use environment-friendly floats

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reminded everyone celebrating the Loy Krathong festival tonight of the need to protect the environment by using Krathong, the traditional floating baskets, made of only…

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What You Eat Matters

  Before we hate each other like we are now, we used to like or even love one another. Reading news of the recent times, one cannot feel the hatred…

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Jee Juan Curry

         There are situations that recall the lessons from the past. Questions arise, and we ask ourselves, what have we done to get here? With the new…

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D Gerrard : Hip hop is more than just music

Hip hop is one of the world’s most popular musical genres, especially in Thailand. A lot of teenagers today love to listen to songs that contain rap. Thai PBS World…

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Tai Yai Delicacies in Mae Hong Son

Tai Yai or Shan people are a predominant ethnic group in Mae Hong Son province north of Thailand. That makes the foods in this small, misty town unique and delicious….

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Biryani in Bangkok

          Biryani has always been a long staple in Bangkok. Used to be called “Khao Buri” after the early local pronunciation of the term, a real…

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Have a plant

Opting for less meat in a meal has a direct impact not just on your heart, but also your health. Let’s see here how a new perspective of eating well…

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Onsen Eggs of Phang-Nga

The hot spring trails of Phang-Nga in the south of Thailand provide perfect setting of a real, immersive relaxation. But this mountain-hemmed location also explains the myth of the onsen…

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Advice from digital nomads in Chiang Mai to the newcomers

In today’s world the tremendous advances in digital technologies have allowed people to work from anywhere in the world; by the seaside, up a mountain or near the tranquil river,…

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Heirloom Delicacies from the Heart of Bangkok

Creativity knows no boundaries. And leftover could be turned into a new, tasty, hearty dish. Case in point is the heirloom delicacies from Nai Lert’s family whose economically-wise recipes have…

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A Khon Reawakening

All glittering and gold, complete with contemporary anecdotes, modern, and many marvellous special effects, the royal-court-style Khon, or Khon Luang, which is the high art form of the traditional Thai…

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Curry and Rice – A Tasty Epitome of Thai Cuisine

If you have just one meal in Thailand, curry and rice or Khao Gaeng should be the one to try. If you are into the real, traditional ways of Thai…

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Life with ‘Fish Koey’

Fish Koey, one of the most popular food’s ingrediant in Thailand. What is fish Koey? How to make it? How to find it? And in what dishes can Koey be…

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A messy way to enjoy art

Mess around and have some fun to release your creativity with painting in Singapore art studio.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

What is the origin and purpose of Japanese tea ceremony? Why there is a lot of process to drink just only a cup of tea? Let’s find out together.

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The kite maker of Bue Ting community

Kite is one of the Thai folk play which is still popular in part of southern Thailand. Let’s explore the type of kites and get them flying together.  

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Hakka-Licious – A Bowl of Sub-Culture

By Ohhappybear There is something about people on the fringes that always intrigues me. We have lived, for too long, in a world that pay too much attention to mainstreams….

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A Truely Awesome Esan Meal

By Ohhappybear Before Bangkok has become a haven for ‘street food’ as we’re now touted to be, we have gone through a long series of food for necessities with some…

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Tif-Champ Hangout Podcast Ep. 4 – LGBTQ Life

LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In the past, being…

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Indian Style Afternoon Tea

By Ohhappybear The rising of the so-called ‘nationalism’ movement everywhere provoked my thoughts. So did things people say out loud now, how homogenous a country should be so it is…

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Discovering the rich history of Chiang Mai

Every place in the world has its own history just waiting to be explored. This includes ‘Chiang Mai’, a province in the north of Thailand and very popular with tourists…

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The Most Spicy Curries of All

By Ohhappybear Not too long ago, we did a long road trip to the deep south just to revel in a lot of things we have never seen before. By…

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Four most marvelous MRT stations in Bangkok

There will be 11 new MRT stations in Bangkok, and 4 of them are very special. The 4 are underground train stations at Wat Mangkorn, Samyod, Sanamchai and Itsaraphap, all…

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Cold, Sweet and Happens to be Vegan Noodle

By Ohhappybear Life is always full of surprises. Case in point is a lot of things we thought we knew so well, yet still turned out to be not exactly…

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Kanom Cheen Galore

By Ohhappybear     Not too long ago, I got assigned a story about wedding foods in Thailand. The topic sounds innocent enough, but when I delved into it, I found…

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Artisanal Pa Tong Go

By Ohhappybear In the world of so-called ‘foodie’, among numerous words that have always been repeated and slapped until well-bruised, is ‘artisan.’ Not that I have anything against the word…

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The Amazing Phu Tok

By Ohhappybear There’s something about the furthest, remotest place that beckons many of us. The north part of the Northeast of Thailand, for me, is a land that usually calls…

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Freshest of Phuket Morning Market

By – Ohhappybear Wise people, and I mean wise foodie people, once told me that to get to really know the place well, you might want to start at the…

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Borderline Delicacies in Udon Thani

By Ohhappybear Whatever you might have known about Thai-Esan cuisines, the pictures started to blur when, maybe it’s my imagination, you crossed more provincial lines going north. The further up…

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Phuket’s Oldest Tea Snack ‘Pang Pia’

By Ohhappybear It is now not a secret that Phuket folks love their foods. They say with pride that locals, one proudly born and bred in town, are mostly familiar…

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Nursing Sea Turtles in Phang-Nga

By Ohhappybear At the Thai Royal Navy Sea Turtle Conservation Centre in the southern province of Phang-Nga, for a couple of hours and a bit of elbow grease, animal lovers…

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“Bangkok Wakes to Rain” author talks about his famous novel on Sunday

The recently published book “Bangkok Wakes to Rain”, by Pitchaya Sudbanthad, captures Thailand’s rich history, beliefs, traditions, ways of life and politics amidst political and socio-economic turbulence and resilience.  …

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Sukhothai – On Noodle and History

Sukhothai – On Noodle and History By Ohhappybear  For historians, or those self-proclaimed historical buffs, Sukhothai means a magnificent place to study the old pasts. But for food lovers, the name…

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The Blooms of Phang-Nga

The Blooms of Phang-Nga By Ohhappybear The seaside, mountain-trimmed province of Phang-Nga is a place for natural worshippers. Tree huggers, me included, would like it here very much here. Whenever…

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Thai films steadily spread soft power across the region

“Friend Zone”, a romantic comedy about a handsome guy who has been in love with his best friend for over a decade, produced by a promising Thai director, Chayanop Boonprakop….

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Khao Soi at Somewhere Far Far Away

There is always an allure of a place far, far away. Many times, we are just not too happy with our own routine-ridden spaces, and we just need to get…

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Dumpling Called Bird

Snacks are big in Thailand. We have them all – savoury, sweet, on skewers, from steamers. But there is one particular snack that represents the exquisite details of the old-school…

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One Salad, Four Names

Tao Kua is a regionally ubiquitous dish of the Thai deep south. It is a salad. A hearty snack, something locals there eat between meals. While Hat Yai and Songkhla…

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The Geo-Gergeous Satun

Introducing the highlights of Satun’s gorgeous geological trails after the deep-southern seaside province has been listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark site thanks to its tremendous archeological values. The trails…

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Crispy Rubies for Dessert

There is no denying that we are quite smitten by listings. From the world’s best to the world’s most everything, we love it all. We love looking at them and…

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Samrap is the Name of the Game

There is a saying that a set of Nam Prik or Thai chilli dip with assorted vegetables makes a complete Thai meal. And that is true when you consider how…

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Coconut ‘Tun Tuk’ Makes Thai Sweet Dumplings

In Thailand, the food’s names oftentimes make them auspicious. Take ‘Kanom Tom,’ the name that means ‘boiled dessert,’ in which the word ‘boil’ in Thai is ‘tom,’ that somehow, in…

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Ice Cold Rice for Thai Summer

For those who are familiar with the steaming hot, soft and fluffy rice – a staple in most Thai meals – this type of summertime rice might appear to be…

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The Origins of Pad Thai

The world can’t seem to get enough of Pad Thai. That one is true. In all corners of the world, Pad Thai – a Thai-style stir-fried noodle – is likely…

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A Detour Back to Food

Good day from the delicious den of Bangkok. This new column is going to be about foods and places in Thailand, ones that should give you a glimpse of our…

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National assembly to debate controversial rice bill despite protests

Despite protests by some farmer groups and the Democrat party, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is determined to go ahead with its planned deliberation of the controversial rice bill in…

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Tham Luang cave to be closed from Feb 19

Thailand’s famous Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai will close to all visitors from February 19th to allow Thai Navy SEALs to recover equipment left in…

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Cabinet approves five-day Songkran holiday

Songkran revelers will have five days to enjoy the Thailand’s annual water festival this year, after the Cabinet approved an additional public holiday on Friday April 12th. Government assistant spokesman…

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PM expresses well wishes to the people on Loy Krathong festival

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today offered his well wishes on the occasion of Loy Krathong festival to  Thai people and expressed hope that the country will be free from misfortunes…

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