Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Cool ways to beat the “half-half” deadline

Disclaimer: If you have already used up your quota, then just read this for fun. But if you are finding out that there is a significant amount of ‘free’ money…

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How live streaming is transforming shopping in Thailand

With its offer of bargains, interaction, entertainment and value to consumers and the chance for retailers to earn significant cash, it’s little wonder that livestream shopping on social media is such…

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Amnat Phu-ngern, a Phetchaburi gardener, shows off his toddy palm fruits at the Uncle Thanom Palm Orchard in Phetchaburi, central Thailand. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Phetchaburi: A small town with a big flavour

The seaside province of Phetchaburi, located 175 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, is already well-known for traditional art, heritage buildings, and natural wonders – but food culture is its newest claim to…

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Flowers for every feeling

After months of being unusually quiet, Bangkok’s biggest flower market Pak Khlong Talad is ready to welcome shoppers today, Saturday, with a flower installation called “Form of Feeling @ Flower…

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All lit up: how a hidden public space could give birth to more visual treats

The recently celebrated Loy Krathong festival provided the perfect opportunity for a group of designers to create an experimental lighting project that transformed an abandoned, neglected and inaccessible area in…

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Customer registers for the cup rental service on the smartphone. (Photo by NHK)

Starbucks Japan offers rental cups in Tokyo’s stores

Starbucks Japan is introducing rental cups on a trial basis to some stores in a bid to reduce waste. The company will begin the test next Monday at 10 stores…

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An exhibition of Park Soo-keun’s works at the South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. (Photo by KBS)

Exhibition of Park Soo-keun’s works opens in Seoul

Artist Park Soo-keun is highly revered for heartwarming portrayal of ordinary Koreans despite the hardship of the 1950s. His large retrospective exhibition has opened in Seoul. Two women standing beside…

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Scala torn down, no old building fits the ‘New Bangkok’

The demolition of the Scala theatre has broken hearts all over the city and for many different reasons. The Scala theatre in Bangkok’s Siam Square area was more than just…

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A set of Moo Krata and local street food at Pranburi marekt.

“Moo Krata” by the sea

With Thais craving a return to the moo krata feasts they so enjoyed before COVID-19 sent us all into quasi solitary confinement, sellers of this popular food have been finding…

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The future is electric: your questions about EVs answered

Now that auto companies are rolling out more and more electric vehicles (EVs) onto the Thai market, the real question is whether the time has come for Thai consumers to…

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10 Things we learned – and should learn — from Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe



Thailand’s powerful travel campaign “Travel is Back” courtesy of  Gladiator star Russell Crowe ended this week with the Australian star bidding farewell to Bangkok on Twitter to his 2.7 million…

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A recent survey revealed that Thais spend around 80 minutes per day reading, mostly electronically, online media that include e-books, e-magazines, articles from online platforms and websites. (Photo by Matias North)

Thais read more than you think!

Have you read more or less during the pandemic? More and more people have been getting back into reading as a way to unwind and relax during these tough times….

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Ancient sculptures depicting the Jataka are part of the exhibition at the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum. (Photo by Fine Arts Department)

Discovering Dvaravati: Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum re-opens

Closed to visitors since April 2019, the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum is now reopening with a new and spectacular exhibition, which includes the Inscription of Wat Phra Ngam, the…

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Beauty queen: Your biggest mission might be the simplest one

To Anchilee Scott-Kemmis, nobody can go out and change the world alone, but a small first step in the right direction is to love your pure, original self. Meet Anchilee,…

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Sotheby’s auctioneer Oliver Barker leads an auction of 11 works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, alongside “Femme au beret rouge-orange” (top L), in Las Vegas on October 23, 2021. (Photo by Ronda Churchill / AFP)

Picasso masterpieces fetch $108.9 million at Sotheby’s auction

Eleven masterpieces by Pablo Picasso fetched $108.9 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Las Vegas on Saturday.  The works went under the hammer at the Bellagio hotel and casino, known…

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The first organic skincare brand in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country which has been plagued by troubles throughout its history, but it prospered quickly after the 2015 election, which saw the first democratically elected government come into…

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Music fans spend more time listening to tunes during pandemic -study

Music fans globally are spending more time listening to tunes, about 18.4 hours a week on average, and have turned to their favorite artists for comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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The ‘Click to Pray’ app, a smartphone app designed to allow the faithful to pray with a click, is displayed on a mobile phone, in this illustration picture taken in Rome, Italy, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/Illustration

Click to Pray 2.0 – Vatican app gets up close and personal with God

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday rolled out its latest “Click to Pray“ app, offering a personal planner among new functions for what it hopes will be an improved digital “praying experience” in a fast-paced world….

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Train simulator in the guest room at Asakusa Tobu Hotel. (Photo by NHK)

Japan’s top rail firm open train-themed hotel with simulator

Japan’s top rail firms are going the extra mile to attract customers as the pandemic continues to cripple the travel industry. The industry leaders, which also operate hotels, are using…

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Photo courtesy of Bruce Gaston Facebook page.

Influential musician Bruce Gaston passes away at the age of 74

Musicians all over Thailand are today mourning the passing of Bruce Gaston, the first man to successfully blend traditional Thai sounds with contemporary Western melodies. Many foreigners fascinated by Thai…

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A priest sprinkles holy water on dogs at a drive-through pet blessing a day before World Animal Day, at Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Philippines pets receive blessings in drive-through ceremony

MANILA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hundreds of animal lovers in the Philippines had their pets blessed via a drive–through ceremony on Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron…

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kluay daeng Indo bai dang. (Photo by Voravuth Kunghae)

Plant markets turn a new leaf amid pandemic

Gardening has bloomed during the lockdowns as people stuck at home have chosen to become plant parents. Instagram posts are full of green leaves and colorful flowers. Joining the trend…

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Soya based burger. (Photo by Tscherning)

Lucrative opportunities for Thailand in the alternative protein market

Not so long ago, the idea of a fast-food chain famous for its “finger-licking good” fried chicken adding plant-based meat to its menu would have raised more than a few…

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The site of sunken ship off coast Gallipoli in Turkey. (Photo by Reuters)

Shipwrecks of World War I are a seabed museum in Turkey

Turkey’s newest park is an underwater museum of fourteen shipwrecks that lie beneath the waves of the Dardanelles Strait, a glimpse into the fierce battles between Ottoman and Allied forces…

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The undertaker at Wat Saphan in Bangkok’s Klongtoey district.

Life as a last responder in a pandemic

Grief, unpleasant odours and an unsafe working environment– these are just some of the factors that contribute to the unappealing job of an undertaker and will likely discourage anyone from…

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Tradition prevails as Phuket prepares to host Vegetarian Festival

Believed to be the birthplace of the vegetarian festival in Thailand, Phuket has decided to hold its well-known and much-loved vegetarian or Je festival from October 5 to 15 this…

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The new international house of literature known as The Haruki Murakami Library at the Waseda University in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Murakami library unveiled at author’s alma mater in Tokyo

Haruki Murakami fans can marvel at a vast collection of the Japanese author’s novels, scrapbooks and vinyl at a cavernous new library unveiled Wednesday at his old university in Tokyo….

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Edible insect vending machine launched across Japan

Foods with insect extracts and edible insects are being sold in vending machines across Japan. One such vending machine was installed in Miyaki Town, Saga Prefecture, western Japan on Tuesday….

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Shrink-wrapped Arc de Triomphe finally displays artist Christo’s vision

Crowds stood admiring the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday (September 18) after it was draped in silvery blue, recyclable plastic wrapping as a tribute to late artist Christo….

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(Photo by J. Kelly Brito)

The downside of digital learning

Virtual learning during lockdown has been a brand new experience for all students and parents, with both doing their best to come up with the best way to create an…

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‘Worn Out’: Dutch museum finds unknown Van Gogh drawing of old man

A Dutch museum on Thursday (September 16) unveiled a previously unknown work by Vincent van Gogh — a study for one of his best-known drawings, “Worn Out” — in which…

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Letting Thai culture live and breathe through time

Culture is like a little bird in your hand. You want to keep it and nurture it. Grasping it too firmly might stifle it, while holding it too loosely could…

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Embracing intangible cultural heritage

While countries around the world are harnessing their unique mix of cultural heritage to boost their economies Thailand, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with a rich and…

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Nutrition a key weapon in strengthening kids’ immune system during Covid-19 pandemic

Graphic designer Sirintira Tonvorakul started to worry after reading about the recent surge in Covid-19 cases amongst children in the country. In addition to keeping up on personal hygiene practices…

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The dhamma double-act mixing Thai Buddhism with laughter – and stirring controversy

Two famous monks from Bangkok’s Wat Soithong caused a sensation last weekend when they appeared on Facebook Live together to deliver joint sermons spiced with gags and laughter. And the…

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Jabs, tests and apps: A guide to travel in Thailand as COVID controls ease

Tourism operators are offering some irresistible deals now that the government has eased travel restrictions for people in the 29 “dark red” provinces. And those with itchy feet might be…

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Bangkok’s dark secrets to be revealed in a new Thai-made Netflix series

Film buffs around the world will be treated to a glimpse of Bangkok’s darkest corners, where conspiracy hides behind a facade of charity, in the new series Bangkok Breaking, slated…

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(Photo by David Tun)

Myanmar Report: Going back to the drawing board – Myanmar’s first ever full-range hobby store

When the country of Myanmar first truly opened up to the outside world in 2015, many there were exposed to global trends for the first time. While many became hooked…

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Freshly fried Pad Thai at Thai Park in Berlin, Germany.

A True Taste of Thailand … in Berlin

The call would go out the moment officials were spotted nearing the informal market. Vendors would quickly unfurl the parasols and hide them under the mats before quickly walking away,…

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Queen Rambai Barni and king Prajadhipok of Thailand or Rama VII (1893-1941). (Photo by AFP)

The rollercoaster life of Queen Rambhai Barni

At 14, she married a prince and at 21 became queen. At 31, she moved to the UK with her husband following his abdication and was widowed by the age of…

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Organic eggs from Baan Rai Ninchana in Chainat province.

Consumers more ethical despite the pandemic

From edible items to residential units, consumers are increasingly concerned about their health and Mother Nature. Chuleeporn Yamnil is raising 56 chickens on her farm in Chainat province. These are…

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Castard Lava Mooncake from Hong Kong by MX Mooncake

Fancy mooncakes up for grabs on e-platforms

The economy might be ailing but bakers of mooncakes are betting on a healthy appetite for their tasty pastries as the run-up to the Mid-Autumn Festival gets underway. Celebrated all…

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Popcat fever offers Thailand respite from worries of COVID crisis

In this time of despair, a small sense of achievement has arrived to boost Thais’ morale – winning a global online race as a team. Thailand on Sunday (August 15) managed…

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How COVID-19 has changed the way we shop

The ongoing outbreak is affecting our lives in various ways and going to grocery shopping is no exception. Gone are days when we stopped at a supermarket to pick up…

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Gadgets that have become vital in the COVID-19 era

Ever since the arrival of COVID-19 early last year, people have been taking precautions to protect themselves. Facemasks and alcohol sanitizing gel have become indispensable parts of our everyday lives….

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French winemaker Alain Maurice, Eve Maurice’s brother, prunes the vine at the ‘Domaine des Beliers’ at Ancy-sur-Moselle, eastern France, on July 19, 2021. – The history of Moselle wines goes back to Roman times and before the Great War there were up to 15,000 hectares and around forty winegrowers. In the years that followed, the crisis of Philloxera, a vine aphid, and the industrialisation of the region almost destroyed the Moselle vineyards. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP)

French wine production faces historic low after frost disaster

Paris (AFP) – France’s wine output this year will go on record as one of the worst in history, if not the worst, after severe spring frosts devastated vines, the agriculture…

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Singapore pilots new EV charging technologies in an effort to phase out petrol vehicles by 2040

New electric vehicle charging technologies will be piloted in Singapore, which has rolled out a regulatory sandbox for this. It’s one of several moves aimed at speeding up the building…

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The giant panda Huan Huan and her second twin cub, are seen inside their enclosure after she gave birth at Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, Central France, on August 1, 2021. (Photo by Guillaume SOUVANT / AFP)

Panda loaned to France gives birth to twins: zoo

Huan Huan, a giant panda on loan to France, gave birth to twin cubs very early Monday, according to the Beauval Zoo.  The twins, born around 1 am, are Huan…

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Breaking down barriers to Covid-19 vaccination: Advice from a psychiatrist

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across many parts of the world including Thailand. The highly transmissible Delta variant of the novel coronavirus is spreading quickly, resulting in a…

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Phuang Malai hung in vehicles for luck and safety

High regard for the humble Phuang Malai

Hawaii and Polynesia have the lei, India the mala or haar, and the Philippines is known for its sampaguita, which adorn just about every religious icon. Thailand too has a…

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Facebook assembles team to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook on Monday said it was combining specialists from across its hardware, gaming and virtual reality units to build an immersive digital world known as the “metaverse.” The “metaverse,” a…

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Surviving the lockdown by getting creative

The great Covid lockdown has been reinstated, and the end may not be coming any time soon. Aside from online shopping and watching a movie marathon on one of the…

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China’s port city of Quanzhou won UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status

Southeast China’s port city of Quanzhou, once hailed as “the very great and noble city” by the Italian explorer Marco Polo, won UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status Sunday, bringing the…

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Ubon Ratchathani’s Candle Festival goes virtual

A couple of years ago, before the pandemic became part of our lives, anything online was considered a gimmick, something to enhance “modernity”. Today, though, online events are unavoidable, so…

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The Dos and Don’ts when Doing a COVID Test at Home

You wouldn’t think about doing Covid-19 self-testing any time soon, but the day may have come. The news that the Food and Drug Administration hadapproved eight antigen Covid-19 test kits…

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Thai Tips, Tricks, and Treats

Asia is a treasure trove of many cultures, where modern forms of innovation stand side by side with old local beliefs and traditions. In performing this great balancing act between…

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As a Bryde’s whale feeds on the water, aquatic birds sweep down into their open mouths to snatch some fish. (Photo by Smith Sutibut )

Where There’s a Will, there’s a Whale

Tell anyone you’ve gone whale watching in Thailand and you’ll probably get some very strange looks. The kingdom is well-known for many things – the winning smiles of its people,…

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Huawei scores 4G patent deal for VW cars

Huawei has struck a licensing deal that will allow use of its 4G technologies in connected vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen Group, the Chinese tech giant said on Wednesday. The deal…

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The ancient lintel depicts Yama, the god of death, riding a buffalo above Kala’s face. The lintel is from Prasat Nong Hong temple in Buriram province. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

A tale of two lintels: The National Museum welcomes back Thailand’s long-lost treasures

Bangkok’s National Museum is currently displaying two ancient stone lintels that were recently retrieved from the Asia Art Museum in San Francisco. Sculpted sometime in the 9th or 10th century,…

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Depressed? Or Just Plain Bored?

The pandemic has put our lives on hold and resulted in many people confining themselves to their homes as they follow health and safety precautions. With limited activities within a restricted environment,…

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LGBTQ activists hold up the rainbow flag as they take part in the Pride Parade in Bangkok late last year. Thai activists must be watching developments in Europe with great interest. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Private sector recognises LGBT+ and offers certain ‘rights’

Business operators have started granting “rights” to members of Thailand’s LGBT+ community as they continue to wait to be granted legal rights Thailand is one of the world’s friendliest Lesbian,…

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Pandemic Endemics: COVID spawns its own vocabulary

A flurry of new words and phrases have entered the lexicon thanks to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Some of these are totally new, others already existed and a few are…

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A Buddhist monk travels by boat to receive morning alms in Amphawa district. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

How Going back to basics has rekindled authenticity in a canal-side town

Amphawa in Samut Songkhram province returns to the days before tourism as the coronavirus brings the flow of visitors to a halt The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many places to…

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(Photo by Sirinya Wattanasukchai)

A bridge over troubled waters gets a makeover

The scene is hardly unfamiliar: youngsters taking selfies, a couple in full wedding attire posing for photos before their big day, groups of friends all wearing face masks, having fun…

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Raising a Child in Thailand from a Foreign Perspective

Living in a foreign country entails scores of challenges. While single expats may argue that the thrills and adventures far outweigh the struggles, those with children in tow discover that…

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Damrong Wong-upraj’s large portrait greets visitors on the 8th floor (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Recovering a Love of Art in the New Normal

After another Covid-related shutdown, the BACC opens its doors again to art-hungry enthusiasts Proving that art always has a place in people’s hearts, more than 500 art enthusiasts turned out…

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Reopening of Phuket and Surat Thani to foreign tourists confirmed for July

Thailand’s cabinet has confirmed that Phuket will reopen to fully vaccinated tourists on July 1st, under the “Phuket Sandbox” project, as planned. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, in…

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An employee connects a Volkswagen (VW) ID.3 electric car to a loading station of German carmaker Volkswagen, at the ‘Glassy Manufactory’ (Glaeserne Manufaktur) production site in Dresden, eastern Germany on June 8, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Europe powers up electric car battery drive

As electric car sales soar, Europe has started to build up its capacity to produce batteries on the continent but it remains far from reducing its dependence on Asia. China, Japan and South Korea produce most of…

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A luxury yacht off the Dubai Marina Beach in the Gulf emirate, on June 10 2021. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)

Dubai’s yachts offer socially-distanced luxury

Dubai earned a reputation for delivering luxury for those with cash to splash years ago, but amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a new mode of travel has become popular — yachts….

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Tasty treats and travel benefits: the perks of getting a COVID jab in Thailand

Thailand is offering a rich menu of incentives for people to get jabs during the just-launched mass vaccination drive, with the country targeting herd community by year-end. As of June…

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Yoghurt with Mulberries and Almonds is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins that can raise your immunity levels and reduce inflammation. (Photo by Chusri Ngamprasert)

Tips and tricks to make life a little easier – and tastier – before and after vaccination

As more of us become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, we are increasingly concerned about preparing, including what to eat and drink before and after we get our shots. Potential…

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Screengrab of a video clip provided by Reuters shows juvenile bamboo sharks being released into the wild.

Thai researchers breed and release endangered bamboo sharks to the ocean

In the Gulf of Thailand, fisheries researchers use a guideline to scuba dive to the ocean floor where they release baskets full of young bamboo sharks into the wild. The…

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WAI to the New Normal

The world stopped and panic broke out when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020. Less than…

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The Lupin, a legume from down-under, jumps on the superfood bandwagon

Thailand meet Lupin: Lupin meet Thailand!  No, we are not talking Reus Lupin, the Defence Against Dark Arts professor in Harry Potter, but a legume in the same family as…

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‘Music soothes pain’: Cellist plays to ease suffering for end-of-life patients

Once a week, the rooms of the Jeanne Garnier end-of-life care home in southern Paris reverberate to the sound of a solo cello. Claire Oppert, a concert cellist trained at…

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A view of a Rolls-Royce Boat Tail on show at the company’s Goodwood headquarters near Chichester, southwest England on May 27, 2021.(Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

Rolls-Royce launches tailor-made automobile for just three clients

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which along with the wider luxury goods sector is recovering strongly from pandemic fallout, has launched a “Boat Tail” automobile, tailor-made for just three ultra-wealthy clients. With…

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Khanom-Tokyo with sweet filling. (Photo by By Charles Haynes)

What’s in a name? Thai favourites that hint at coming from elsewhere

Many Thai dishes that are, well, quintessentially Thai, have been given foreign names over the years. Take American fried rice, for example, which despite its name doesn’t hail from the…

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(Photo by Zac Durant)

Treating cancer the natural way, an alternative holistic approach for cancer sufferers

After decades of undergoing chemotherapy and radiation with all the unpleasant side effects they bring, cancer sufferers in Thailand might be pleased to learn that they now have more options…

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Icon award recipient Pink her daughter Willow perform together on a trapeze at the Billboard Music Awards, Friday, May 21, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Pink joined onstage at the Billboard Music Awards by her 9-year-old daughter, showing off gymnastic skills

Showing off her signature aerial and acrobatic moves at the Billboard Music Awards, Pink was matched by her 9-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, as “Cover Me In Sunshine” played in…

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Part of a library for orphaned children built out of eco bricks, or soft drink bottles stuffed tightly with plastic waste, in Yangon. (Photo by – / AFPTV / AFP)

Eco brick library for Myanmar orphans faces delays

A humble library for orphans in Yangon, built of recycled plastic waste, stands empty without books or archives. It was supposed to start welcoming young readers earlier this year, but…

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A la carte Suki menu pioneered by Coca over 6 decades ago. (Photos are courtesy of Coca)

Curtain closes on the legendary sukiyaki restaurant in Bangkok’s Siam Square

Coca Siam Square, once a cool place for youngsters in the old days, now closed down for good, but customers can still tuck into the legendary suki dishes at other…

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Happiness in a crescent shape – Four places to find the best-value croissants in town

Craving a tasty croissant to enjoy with your cappuccino but not happy about having to queue, particularly in the new Covid world? The good news is that you don’t have…

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Louis-Alban Batard-Dupre, the co-founder of ‘Yindii’

Zero to Food Hero – Yindii creating change from the bottom up

A mobile application, Yindii, is on a mission to tackle food waste in Thailand, hoping to create change from the bottom up. The application sells surplus food, from bakeries, local…

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“Ghost Lab”, a thriller from GDH , becomes the first Thai film to premiere on Netflix

Were it not for the coronavirus, “Ghost Lab” would have premiered last year and would now be an “old movie” on Netflix. The new thriller produced by GDH was originally…

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Thai massaman beef curry.

So when did you last eat this Thai curry?

Massaman may be once again top CNN’s “The World’s Best Food” list but it’s far from being an everyday dish for Thais Thailand can raise a toast to its culinary…

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An empty bottle of Insulin lispro by French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi. (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI / AFP)

A discovery that changed the world: 100 years of insulin

Canadian scientist Frederic Banting’s research into the link between the pancreas and high blood sugar have saved countless lives over the past century. Today, as daily deaths from COVID-19 in…

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Prince Naris at Ban Plainern. (Photo by Ban Plai Nern)

Prince Naris: The Great Craftsman of Siam

Art enthusiasts raise a glass to this talented artist, architect, musician, and writer on his birthday April 28 is an important date for art enthusiasts and the culturally aware as…

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US actress Regina King (R) presenting English director Emerald Fennell the Oscar for Original Screenplay for “Promising young woman” during the live ABC Telecast of the 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, on April 25, 2021. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk / AMPAS / AFP)

A less than glittering Oscars ceremony

The coronavirus has had an immense impact on the Oscars and indeed, the entertainment industry in general COVID-19 overshadowed Oscars this year, but the lukewarm attention to what many consider…

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Wheelchair access in public place.

Smart home makeovers for families with seniors

An expert explains how Universal Design can help make homes safer and more functional for older residents. Thailand’s elderly population is growing rapidly. By 2025, the country is projected to…

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Wanthong at the execution field.

Khun Phaen tale with a new twist does justice to its heroine

The new interpretation of “Khun Chang, Khun Phaen” in a TV series has made the ancient folktale popular with new generation of viewers The TV series “Wanthong” on One Channel…

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Cr. Indigo Asia Production

The director’s perspective on film production in Thailand

Each year, Thailand welcomes hundreds of foreign film productions, including movies, documentaries, TV programmes, music videos and commercials. According to the tourism department’s director-general, Anant Wongbenjarat, in 2019, 740 international…

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An open area at Bhaktapur Durbar Square area in Bhaktapur, some 12 km southeast of Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP)

Nepal eyes a spike in Thai visitors

With the new Lumbini airport scheduled to open this year, the Himalayan country is banking on attracting many more pilgrims to this important Buddhist site The Royal Thai Embassy Kathmandu…

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Tata during one of the matches.

Muay Thai child boxer punching his way out of poverty

There are an estimated 300,000 boy and girl boxers under the age of 15 in Thailand, according to the Professional Boxing Association, while fewer than 10% are officially registered with…

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The Boeoegg, a symbolic snowman, is seen burning over the Devil’s Bridge during the Sechselaeuten (Ringing of the six o’clock bells) festival near Andermatt, central Switzerland on April 19, 2021. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Swiss blow up huge snowman in mountains for first time

A giant snowman brandishing a pitchfork exploded in a blaze of fireworks atop a pyre on a snowy mountain pass named Devil’s Bridge on Monday, the first time the spring…

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Betta fish or Siamese fighting fish are raised inside plastic and glass bottles at Tran Ngoc Thang’s ornamental fish farm in Hanoi. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Solo swim: the fighting fish raised alone in Vietnam

Thousands of glass and plastic bottles lie across the floor of Tran Ngoc Thang’s farm in Hanoi, each one home to an aggressive, brightly coloured fish that must be raised…

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progressive learning

Progressive early years education with the proof in the pudding

Progressive learning is something very new, even alien to most people, especially in Asian countries which focus very much on test results and rankings. But even though it is a…

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Tanong and his running pals

When age really is just a number

In Thailand’s greying society, the elderly are leading more active lives in every sense Songkran is not just about splashing water but is also an occasion to pay respect to…

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(Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Op-Ed: Let’s do more to accomplish a healthy aging community during the covid-19 pandemic

What will you encounter when you are getting older? You will experience the great magnitude of physical and mental health changes resulting from the aging process, the transition from healthy…

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This file photo taken on October 22, 2019 at the Louvre museum in Paris shows people taking pictures with mobile phone of an oil painting by Atelier Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” (Version Ganay). (Photo by Francois Guillot / AFP)

The “Salvator Mundi” may be the work of Leonardo da Vinci after all

The world’s most expensive painting, the “Salvator Mundi”, maybe the work of Leonardo da Vinci after all, with several media reports contradicting doubts raised in a French documentary.  The painting, however,…

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