Food, Travel and Lifestyle

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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Children Thailand

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 care home

‘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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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on the ground behind the Perseverance rover. The image was acquired on April 4, 2021 (Sol 43) at the local mean solar time of 14:13:44.(Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-CALTECH / AFP)

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter has survived its first night alone on the frigid surface of Mars, the US space agency said, hailing it as “a major milestone” for the tiny craft…

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The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies depart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, during a parade on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

‘Golden Parade’ carries pharaohs to new home in Egyptian capital

A procession of floats carried the mummified remains of 22 pharaohs, including Egypt’s most powerful ancient queen, through Cairo Saturday evening, in an eye-catching parade to a new resting place….

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Modern cavers hop on and off a bamboo raft before climbing up steps to view the interior of Lod Cave, Mae Hong Son. (photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

What lies beneath

Exploring the caves in the northern province of Mae Hong Son Mae Hong Son in April is hot and smoky. The high ranges and farmlands appear lifeless, the terrain is…

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The nature trail winds its way into the middle of the swampland at Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Centre, Narathiwat province. (photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Swampland Secret

Visitors to Narathiwat are guaranteed to find serenity in the Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Like the few ancient forests that remain around the world, Thailand’s last peat swamp forest abounds…

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(photo by Prasert Thepsri)

All lit up for summer

The Ancient City in Samut Prakan is the latest attraction to benefit from some stunning illuminations Inspired by the successes of the illuminated festivals in Chiang Rai at Singha Park…

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(photo by Sasin Tipchai)

Beating the summer heat

Experts offer some tips on how people can avoid the dangers associated with a sweaty summer day Summer has officially come to Thailand. The season is the best time for…

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Kites made by masters displayed at WAU SPACE.

Passing the torch of kite flying art

Kite masters of Thailand’s south set out to interest a new generation in the art of kite flying Not so many years ago, the winds heralding the arrival of summer…

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Dinosaurs al fresco

A hotel in Thailand’s Sukhothai province, the business of which has suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has remodeled itself into an outdoor barbecue restaurant, with large model dinosaurs. The…

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Thailand summer cuisine
(Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash)

Cooling down in the summer heat

A look at some of the best known and rare Thai dishes that scream out for eating in the hottest season When the temperature soars, most of us make for…

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Light reflects on rolling dunes surrounding the “Riyadh Oasis”, a luxury retreat in the Thumamah desert on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, on February 1, 2021. – Well-heeled Saudis frolic in an artificial oasis built on salmon-coloured dunes, splashing cash domestically in a year-long pandemic lock-in that dovetails with government efforts to discourage citizens from splurging overseas. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Luxury oasis draws elite Saudis locked in by pandemic

Well-heeled Saudis frolic in an artificial oasis built on salmon-coloured dunes, splashing the cash after a year-long pandemic lock-in that dovetails with efforts to discourage citizens from splurging overseas. Coronavirus…

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Performer Peppermint participates in ‘We Will Be Back’, a live pop-up event and commemoration of Broadway’s ‘lost year’ at Time Square on March 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

After a dark year, Broadway sees light at the end of the summer

“We will be back!” a dozen singers proclaimed in the middle of New York’s Times Square, in a pop-up event commemorating the one-year anniversary of Broadway going dim. A clear…

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Durian Custard Toast for Durian Season

Durian season is coming, and who doesn’t love durian? The scent of toasted bread, stuffed with homemade durian custard, is now a speciality at this food shop in Bang Pong district…

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Krue Se Mosque draws visitors to Pattani both for its beauty and the grief it has witnessed. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Passage to Pattani: Finding beauty in grief in a small coastal town

Big cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phuket have traditionally drawn all the attention as Thailand’s most popular destinations. But the pandemic is now giving a small and little-known…

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Raya: a heroine to call our own

Southeast Asian culture becomes creative muse for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in…

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“Swamped” at Warin Lab

Art “Events” in Bangkok’s Creative District you can visit in March

As travelling abroad is still off limits, here are some ideas for escapes into culture and art  The pandemic has had an impact on every facet of life and for…

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photo by Veerawut​ Kiattiwong​

Movement, manipulation and marvels

A traditional puppet troupe adds to the pleasure of exploring the slow life in an old Bangkok neighbourhood After watching a short performance, a foreigner in the audience was invited…

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Turning the pandemic into opportunity

Personal trainers have adapted the way they train their clients in the Covid-19 era to help those who are uncomfortable going to physical locations Thanakorn Sripong, 25, found starting a…

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A Roller-coaster Ride to Success

Globally renowned Thai techno DJ Nakadia took a hiatus from the rave scene to tell her story in Positive Energy – Becoming Nakadia We’ve danced to her percussion groves and…

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A walk in the woods

The Japanese art of forest bathing is the perfect way to soothe the soul We all occasionally need to escape and there are few places better than Hup Pa Tat…

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(Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP)

Salty tap water needs urgent attention

Experts come up with a short-term fix and a long-term solution to the problem of salty tap water that looks set to become a permanent fixture Residents of Bangkok are…

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Woman in Wired Headphones holding Smartphone with Clubhouse drop in audio chat application on screen. New social network launched in 2020 by Alpha Exploration Co. Piombino, Italy – February 16 2021

How High Can Clubhouse Fly?

It’s so hot that invitations to the app are being sold on e-commerce platforms Unless you’ve moved to Mars, you will have heard about an application called “Clubhouse”. The new…

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An apparently abandoned vintage Fiat in the alley of Talat Noi, Bangkok. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Greeting the Ox in the quaintest of styles

Lost at not being able to celebrate in Chinatown? We offer an alternative that’s just as enjoyable, albeit in a very different way Like many other countries around the world,…

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Papasarat Luepong and her father at Uncle Yai’s book rental shop.

How a dying book shop saved a screen-addicted kid

Modern life, it seems, is pushing Thai children into an all-consuming love affair with, or even addiction to the computer screen. The explosion of video streaming technology, a digital lifestyle,…

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Photo by Veerawut​ Kiattiwong​

Bangkok’s century-old Hua Lamphong station makes tracks towards railway history

After more than a century serving passengers, Thailand’s largest railway hub will reach the end of the line this year. If Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob gets his way, the Bangkok…

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Michelin-starred Chef Chumpol Jangprai. Photo from facebook.com/RHAANThai/

“Thai food is the most  delicious medicine” – Chef Chumpol

The Michelin-starred chef demonstrates how food sustainably can be achieved Michelin-starred Chef Chumpol Jangprai has a clear image of himself in a decade to come: he will be enjoying the…

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Tao Ming School Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee

A tiny historic town well worth a detour

Not far from the well-known beaches of Khao Lak, Takua Pa offers a delightful reminder of bygone days Takua Pa, 25 kilometres northeast of Khao Lak and some other of…

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Happy Meals: cannabis-infused cuisine now being served

Prachin Buri’s hospital offers cannabis dishes and snacks to enthusiastic patrons No culinary trend could possibly beat the gastronomical delights of a cannabis menu! Just a read of the menu that…

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Just cruisin’ along

The new electric boat service on Klong Phadung Krungkasem makes a lovely change from the humdrum of Bangkok’s streets As the EV boat leaves Hua Lamphong pier and sails steadily…

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Crazy about croissants

Seems Thais just can’t have enough of the French crescent-shaped pastry Decades ago, if someone predicted that Thais would happily queue for hours to buy croissants just as they once did…

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Magnificent Mae Kuang Dam. PHOTO by Yoteyord Klangsombut

Northern pleasures: off the beaten track in Doi Saket

Chiang Mai remains one of the most popular destinations for the long holiday celebration but lesser-known Doi Saket offers attractions of its own With the Thai Cabinet adding 8 special…

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diet health

Losing weight in a healthy way to fight Covid-19

Experts say eating less but healthily and being more active is one of the keys to losing weight safely and might even protect against Covid-19. The start of a new…

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Exploring in a Covid world

Isolation is a new big thing for the travel of tomorrow Health declaration forms and virus tests. Quarantine-on-arrival (and on return) required. Most aircraftgrounded. Infection rates that change by the…

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Putting old-town Phimai back on the map

A university research group sets out to show off the oft-forgotten charms and culture of Phimai Once the crepe-like rice cake sitting on the filter cloth over the steaming pot…

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Sand, sea and lots of space in Chanthaburi

The long and winding road from Chanthaburi town to the border with Trat province takes in some of the best and quietest beaches on the Eastern shoreline While also famed…

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Thailand Travel Chanthaburi

Riverside Chic and Small Town Charms of Chanthaburi

Less crowded than many coastal destinations, Chanthaburi is ideal for a weekend away or a longer holiday Anyone looking to escape the urban chaos of Bangkok or other major cities…

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Pattaya to rebrand for sustainable growth

What’s next for the city after the coronavirus pandemic? The City of Pattaya is redefining its urban model as it aspires to become a city that appeals to tourists, businesses…

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Ghoulies, ghosties and things that go bump In the night

A new exhibition shines the spotlight on ASEAN’s best-known spirits Sensational street food, warm hospitality, exotic cultures and beautiful nature are not all that countries in Southeast Asia have to…

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Khao Man Gai is a popular meal in Thailand but you need to know where to enjoy it

Plates of plenty The much-loved one-dish meal Khao Man Gai (chicken and rice) varies in taste from stall to stall in Thailand and at popular places it is not easy…

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In coffee we trust

Even if you don’t think you’ve heard of Kaleb Jordan, there’s a chance his coffee has delighted your taste buds   Kaleb Jordan is an American coffee roaster. He runs a…

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A new interactive art installation takes the metropolis by storm

Out of the darkness and into the light Awakening Bangkok has returned to the City of Angels to brighten up the city’s darkest time. Part adventure, part amazement, the installation lures…

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Hua Khon Pra with a calm and graceful look./ Photo by and Phoowadon Duangmee and Chusri Ngamprasert

The making of history

Glittering costumes, intriguing stories, stunning music, graceful dance, acrobatic movements, spectacular battle scenes and a myriad dazzling masks all make the masked dance drama known as Khon one of Thailand’s…

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Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae

Bites of sheer heaven

Art is blossoming around the Ratchawong Pier area with the opening of new galleries, pubs and cafés in beautifully renovated commercial buildings dating back to the reign of King Rama…

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The first electric-powered boat service comes to Bangkok’s Klong Phadung Krungkasem

Bangkok, Venice of the East gets a new “E”

Since November 27, the first seven EV (electric vehicle) boats have been carrying passengers over five kilometres of Klong Phadung Krungkasem. The route covers 11 piers between Hua Lamphong train…

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The Thai NGO committed to saving Thailand’s trees celebrates 10 years of success

A shady story A decade after their first mission to stop a mature tree being felled, the Big Trees Project is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the “BigTrees Festival 2020”…

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Human rights Pichet dance

One dance to cover 7 human rights issues

Pichet Klunchun sets out to do the impossible with a specially created show to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Can several complicated human rights issues…

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Once Bangkok’s dirtiest canal, the historic Ong Ang Canal is coming back. / Photos by Phoowadon Duangmee

Transformed Klong Ong Ang is a hit with urbanites

On a Friday evening, walking down from Damrong Sathit Bridge (Saphan Lek) on a newly constructed walkway lining the Ong Ang Canal, it’s hard to imagine that this used to be a smelly drain-cum-sewer avoided by the residents.  Once Bangkok’s dirtiest canal…

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Fine food under the curry tree

A noted Thai cook serves up his unique halal curries on a Bangkok street After serving halal food in Bangkok’s Charoen Krung Road for 90 years, the legendary Muslim Restaurant…

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How a small rural school tackles key education challenges

Today is not an ordinary day for pupils at Subdangsumpai School in Khon Kaen province. They have some special visitors, from educational channel ALTV, who arrived with fun learning activities….

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Peranakan revisited

No trip to Phuket is complete without experiencing and tasting the best of Baba Nyonya culture   While most people know Phuket for its white sandy beaches and luxury resorts,…

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Living the life as an expat in Thailand

For expats in Thailand, paradise can be full of pitfalls   Life in Thailand is a daily adventure for most expats, an obstacle course of delicious but fiery cuisine, locals’ laidback mai…

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Built on teak and rebellion 

The demolition of the 131-year-old former Bombay Burmah Trading building in Phrae province made for embarrassing headlines in June, with the Fine Arts Department forced to quick announcing that it would go all out to restore the heritage building from scratch using the original teak as…

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Ai Wei Wei

Ai Weiwei and the “monuments” of  the Year of Rat

The world-famous Chinese artist reflects on this geng zi year in his first solo exhibition in Thailand Some of the most exciting contemporary art is currently showing in Bangkok, with…

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Tom Jiew Nuea

No beef with this beef!

Massaman curry, often made with beef, may be one of the world’s most popular Thai dishes but Thai cuisine has many other tasty gems that merit sampling. If you love…

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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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