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Thailand needs a more proactive foreign policy

The Ukraine-Russia conflict, China-Taiwan tensions or even the situation in Myanmar may seem far away and irrelevant to us in Thailand. Most Thais wouldn’t imagine that Thailand foreign policy has…

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APEC can be much more with increased action and binding commitments

APEC is necessary, but it needs to be rethought, made more binding and take more action to make it more relevant, according to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aat Pisanwanich, Director, Centre…

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Social stigma surrounding mental illnesses

As mental health still remains taboo in Thai society, now we take you to a renowned psychiatric hospital in Thailand. Srithanya has always been stigmatised for being a hospital for…

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A New Life in Vietnam

Episode 1 of a documentary about Thais who search for better lives abroad.

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The voice of a former Student Loan Fund debtor

A former Student Loan Fund debtor told us about the difficulties she had with the repayment process. She also suggested ways to encourage those loan recipients to pay off their…

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“The more of India you see, the less you know“

“We found that the more you see the less you know and, every time I travel, I see that India is always something new. I thought I had learned and…

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Being a “creative” food-and-still-life female photographer – Patcha Kitchaicharoen

“The kind of photographer I want to be is someone who shows their identity through their photos. I think it’s quite unique, where you can express your identity in those…

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Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) Bangkok Office. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

South Korea and Thailand team up to drive tourism back to the boom times

Thailand and South Korea can add to their list of “things in common” their tourism industries, both of which are working to get back on track after COVID-19. Tourism exchanges…

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Why ‘Quiet quitting’ is on the rise?

Have you ever felt that you are constantly snowed under with work? Or never have enough time to finish the job as you expect to, just because you have to…

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Walk-A-Tif: The ‘Thai-Saudi Bridge’ Exhibition

This year seems to be a golden year for Thailand and Saudi Arabia relations, after the 2 countries agreed to restore full diplomatic ties. But what are the elements that…

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Effective waste management starts with ‘environmental awareness’

– The destiny – In 1979, Werner Kossmann set foot in Thailand for the first time. “It was like destiny”, he said with a smile. This country wasn’t, however, in…

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The Ambassador – India eyes increased trade, tourism with Thailand as it celebrates 75 years of independence, bilateral ties

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The Ambassador: Singapore is a “fountain of knowledge” for Thailand

Describing Singapore as a “fountain of knowledge”, His Excellency Chutintorn Gongsakdi, the Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore, said that this is an opportunity for Thailand to learn from its neighbour…

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Home Away: Life as a Thai student in Singapore’s top university

Foreseeing her future career in the tech sector, Nichamon Han-ithikul decided to study for a master’s degree in data science and machine learning at the National University of Singapore, which is…

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Walk-A-Tif – Northeast India Festival in Bangkok 2022

Organised by the Embassy of India, in association with North Eastern states of India, the second Northeast India Festival aims to boost tourism in the region and showcase the cultural…

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Nobody’s life is perfect and it’s okay to be imperfect – Kalyakorn Naksompop

“The funny but very sad thing is that people don’t know that our words really matter, that one word can really kill another person, another soul. We joke a lot…

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Gun control in Thailand – How does it work?

Thai PBS world talks to a dealer at a gun shop in Bangkok about his opinion of Thailand’s gun control, which he said is well-designed thanks to an appropriate screening…

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A worker stands beside floating solar panels for the Sirindhorn Dam hydro-solar farm run by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in Ubon Ratchathani on February 23, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Climate change, global warming, net zero emissions – What has Thailand done so far?

Thailand is among many countries facing issues with climate change. With many world leaders committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, what has Thailand done so far? Thai…

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The Ambassador: France eyes deepening ties, highlights importance of ‘Indo-Pacific’

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Patama Chantaruck discusses what is holding women back in Thailand’s IT sector

“As a leader, I don’t count how many followers I have. I’d rather count how many female leaders I have promoted. If I can do it, so can they.” Encouraging…

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Morphogenesis – The art of destruction

Broken glass can be turned into something beautiful, it’s just a matter of how you handle it. Walk-A Tif will take you to see the ‘urban contemporary’ art scene, crafted using…

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Thailand in the rules-based International Order

“Rules-based International Order” is a term that we have heard constantly in interviews with the US secretary of state Anthony Blinken over the past year. The reason the US is…

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Nightlife sector slowly recovers post pandemic

Bangkok is internationally famous for its night entertainment. With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, this business sector is bound to recover. Thai PBS World talked to the owner of a…

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KBank’s first female CEO, Kattiya Indaravijaya on equal opportunities for all genders in Thailand’s banking sector

“When you’re in business, what you have to do is deliver performance to all the stakeholders. It’s the way that you try to deliver the best results that you can…

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A support system for patients with depressive disorder

Two patients with depression tell Thai PBS World why they are willing to be part of the support system for other patients.

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Kesara Manchusree on female leadership in Thailand’s finance industry, including exchange business

“I think that Thailand is one of the countries with the lowest level of gender discrimination in the finance industry.” Females in finance Kesara Manchusree, who is widely known as…

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Society needs to learn how to use Cannabis and Hemp

Thailand is not the first country to legalize the cultivation and sale of cannabis and hemp for recreational use, but it requires a well-planned approach and preparation to ensure people’s…

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The Ambassador: Cyprus eyes deepened trade, tourism and cultural cooperation

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The Ambassador: The Philippines expects continuity in new presidency, hopes for tourism cooperation

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomes US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Bangkok, Thailand, June 13, 2022. (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)

A free and open Indo-Pacific a common vision – US Secretary of Defence

Thailand is an ally of the United States, so there’s a strong relationship of which we have to remain mindful. This is an important country to us, said Lloyd Austin,…

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Inequality is not a new problem, but the COVID-19 pandemic just made it more visible around the world. “Learning Loss” became a common experience for this generation of children in vulnerable groups. (Photo courtesy of APREMC II)

Generation of learning loss due to COVID-19

Education is an important tool when dealing with inequality, be it economic, social or others. Children can escape the poverty trap, whereas their parents could not do so for generations,…

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Doing ‘drag’ was kind of an escape: Pangina Heals

“Doing ‘drag’ was kind of an escape, a way in which you can be a different character, a better version of you and somewhat super-human. So, I was really attracted…

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A Buddhist perspective on social issues

The exposure of scandals in Thailand’s Buddhist clergy, or Sangha, constantly grab the attention of the media and the public. The disappointing behaviour is often contradictory to Buddhists’ expectations, as…

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An exciting life on the waves for a Thai-Australian surfer

“For me, [surfing is] my profession, so it is something that I can do every day. I’m trained at it, it is what I do and it is how I…

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How a monastery in Nakhon Pathom is breaking barriers to Thailand’s monkhood

“You know, we are not ordained to gain acceptance. That is not our purpose.” A clear statement from The Venerable Dhammananda, the first fully-ordained female monk in Thailand and the…

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Why some elderly Thais cannot afford to retire

Recently, the Thai government announced an increase in special subsidies for the elderly who receive the state pension in fiscal year 2022. They will get an extra payment of 100-250…

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UNGA President highlights need for ‘more equal’ assistance for sustainable recovery

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Walk-A-Tif: Mimouna party, a festival of good neighbours

It is not that common to experience Jewish traditions in Thailand, so this is a very good chance to observe a celebration taking place at the residence of the Israeli…

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A joyful Eid al-Fitr festival in Phuket after the 2 years of pandemic

Muslims make up around 30% of the population in Phuket, where the migrant Malays originally settled. Islamic festivals are really famous on this resort island, especially the Eid al-Fitr festival,…

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The Ambassador of Thailand  – A diplomat’s life comes full circle in Cambodia

“I began my foreign affairs service as a Cambodia-desk officer. That was more than 30 years ago and, at that time, I did not have any chance to come to…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Rahhaly discusses Morocco’s tourism cooperation and revival

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Thai counseling teachers need more support from the system

12 years in counseling works, Manus Onsang, Dek-D.com web editor said he met with counseling teachers enough to know they were mostly well-intended and overburdened with non-counseling school work. Though…

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Explore the beauty of Canada and Thailand

There is a saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. So, this photo exhibition, by 2 globetrotting Canadian photographers, tells the beautiful story of the relationship between Thailand…

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How Thai “feminist” law students are challenging the patriarchy and cultural norms

“Feminism is demanding equal rights for all genders. Everyone can become a feminist, regardless of our gender. We don’t have to believe or fight in the same way, but we…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Waldemar Dubaniowski highlights Poland’s solidarity with Ukraine, ties with Thailand

   

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The joy of a Korean traditional wedding in Bangkok

Each culture’s marriage ceremonial traditions are unique. Many contain hidden or long forgotten, but interesting meanings. They can reveal a lot about that culture. The Korean traditional wedding is no different. …

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Pavement problems in Bangkok are more than just disrepair

There are 22.55 square kilometres of pavement in Bangkok, just 1.44% of the city’s whole area. Despite the small fraction of space they occupy, the footpaths of Bangkok are infamous…

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Passion comes from within – Chanida Aroonrungsi

“When you look back at your past, how you felt at that moment is still the same, but it’s the way we look and feel about them now which has…

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No one can take your rights away from you – Chumaporn Taengkliang

“The truth is, not every place has been friendly to people like us, because they think we’re going to cause chaos. What we really want is to demand our rights,…

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Western settlement along the Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya River is the main artery of Bangkok. In the old days, it was where everything happened, full of life and culture. So, the river’s banks were where…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Rachmat Budiman highlights education, Indonesia’s richness in arts, culture

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Empowering the next generation of lawyers for women’s and LGBT rights

“I am here to stand beside transgender women. I used to suffer from the patriarchy, the oppression and the discrimination.” Transgender lawyer Chitchapa Panich expresses her goal, to tackle the…

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Walk-A-Tif: Bangkok Design Week 2022

It’s that time of the year when we can explore the creative scene in Bangkok. Today, “Walk-A-Tif” brings you to Bangkok Design Week 2022, which has spread beyond its home…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Ganesh Prasad Dhakal, Ambassador of Nepal to Thailand

Exclusive interview with the Nepali Ambassador to Thailand on his hope for the return of tourism between the two countries and more bilateral trade and investments.

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New hope for improving Thailand’s road safety

There is a new road safety campaign and it is a powerful tool for tackling Thailand’s road safety crisis, which is video clips of traffic violations. It is expected that…

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The Ambassador: H.E. David Daly highlights the EU’s global soft power, trade with Thailand

Exclusive Interview with the new EU Ambassador H.E. David Daly on the European bloc’s ties with Thailand, a planned trade agreement, its positions in the region and in the world…

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Chong Nonsi Canal Park – A new lung for Bangkok

Stretching from Surawong Road all the way down to the Chao Phraya River, over a distance of about 4.5 kilometres, Chong Nonsi Canal is being transformed into Bangkok’s longest park,…

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Making desserts is an art – Arisara “Chef Paper” Chongphanitkul

“I think making desserts is an art. Desserts are something that fulfills our life, more than other types of food that we eat every day.” The “art” behind Thai desserts…

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Suggested alternatives to pork

As pork becomes more and more expensive, some people may have stopped eating this delicious meat for a while. Maybe it’s time for us to get more creative over the…

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It’s not about gender, it’s about competence – Sujira “Chef Aom” Pongmorn

“I never thought I would ever become a successful chef, or even be awarded a Michelin Star, because it’s like the Oscars for chefs. I never thought of that at…

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Reviving Thailand: Transportation

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Reviving Thailand: Hospitality

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Reviving Thailand: Start-up businesses

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Reviving Thailand: Tourism Businesses

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Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Private sector needs to lead economic recovery, says global financial institute executive

Emphasising how the private sector is the one that needs to lead the country into recovery, Alfonso Garcia Mora, Vice President for Asia Pacific at the International Finance Corporation, (IFC), a sister…

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IFC executive emphasises need for private sector to lead economic recovery

Alfonso Garcia Mora, IFC Vice President for Asia and Pacific

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Reviving Thailand: Street Food

In March of 2020, the Thai Government declared a state of emergency. Soon afterwards borders were closed to foreign arrivals due to the stringent measures to curb the spread of…

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Can Thailand become a digital nomad hub?

The coronavirus has accelerated most businesses’ moves online and has caused an evolution in the way entrepreneurs and young generations work globally. Lynn Howard, an entrepreneurial coach and consultant believes…

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Thailand – Sex change capital

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You have the power within yourself – Busayapa Srisompong

TW: domestic violence, victim-blaming, manipulation “Every time you say something against the status quo, call out against the abuse of power, against the people who are privileged and don’t want…

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The last breath of an elephant camp

Home Away : Colin Penberthy It has been over 21 years since Colin Penberthy quit his job at the BBC in London and set foot in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He said…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Lorenzo Galanti underlines Italy’s focus on youth participation in climate change

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A protester spray paints a message with reference to article 112, Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation law, during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 14, 2021, after a Thai court ruled that speeches by protest leaders calling for royal reforms amounted to a bid to overthrow the country’s monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Royalist academic said Thailand’s lèse majesté law needs to be more specific

Thailand needs to have a lèse majesté law for national security. It acts as a defamation law for the royal family. The existing version is, however, too short and needs…

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Celebrate the strength within you – Nuttha Thongkaew

“[Beauty pageantry] is not about how beautiful or how perfect your body is, but women can express who they are, and what they have done for society.” Miss Face of…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Dr. Sarah Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

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Be brave, be yourself and be confident – Pinn Janvatanavit

“Being able to feel good from within is empowering… It makes you feel more powerful, and makes you feel more confident [about yourself].” Desserts VS Empowerment “I started this bakery…

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Thailand’s used rubber glove scam: An interview with duped American CEO accused of kidnapping

CNN and some other international media recently reported on a scam with tens of millions of used dirty rubber gloves being exported to the United States from Thailand. The case…

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Dealing with social media negativity

Home Away: Forrest Lee (Part I) An American Youtuber, Forrest Lee, reveals how he deals with negative comments on social media, plus tips on how to develop a thick skin….

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Cat Kingdom, Heaven for an army of felines

As a cat lover, you might have one, two or three pet cats but, what if you have to take care of over a thousand? Would it change how you…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Mark Gooding, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Thailand

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City of Pataya during the lockdown in September 2021. (Photo by Thai PBS)

Human resources and inequality, main issues needing serious attention

Thailand needs to develop its human resources, improve the quality of its education, and get serious about addressing the inequality gap, says economist, Dr. Somjai Phagaphasvivat. He said that dealing…

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Be loud and proud and celebrate who you are – Anchilee Scott-Kemmis

“Real-size beauty is about you celebrating your individuality, the aspects of your diversity and the unique qualities you have within you. It’s about being proud of who you are and…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Jyri Järviaho of Finland

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The Ambassador : H.E. Dato’ Jojie Samuel Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand

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Be unapologetic, but still kind – Thanphuying Sirikitiya Jensen

“A lot of people say that history has gone and it has nothing to do with me. It’s in the past and it has nothing to do with the future,…

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A volunteer from the Bangkok Community Help Foundation administering a rapid antigen test, which screens for the Covid-19 coronavirus, to a resident of the Khlong Toei community in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Cooperation is the driving force in surviving the pandemic

Volunteers have been playing a crucial role in keeping Thailand’s health system working and have helped save lives, admitted Assistant Secretary-General of National Health Security Office, Dr. Yupadee Sirisinsuk. She…

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The Ambassador – H.E. Georg Schmidt Ambassador of Germany to Thailand

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Home Away: Salva Valero Garcia

In the next couple of years, we will probably see Thailand’s national football team play in the U-20 World Cup final. Salva Valero Garcia, the Head Coach confirms that they…

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The Ambassador – H.E. Lee Wook-heon of the Republic of Korea

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Don’t wait to be perfect to enjoy life – Pavida “Silvy” Moriggi

“The best part for me is the way I overcome my own insecurities, because after I released XL, I just feel like I don’t really give a s*** anymore about…

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The Ambassador: Jon Åström Gröndahl Swedish Ambassador

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Let’s make it happen for the next generation – Kotchakorn Voraarkom

“My passion would always be around environmental degradation of the city where I grew up, which is obviously Bangkok. While doing my studies at Chulalongkorn University, I thought a lot…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Allan McKinnon of Australia

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When you are truly yourself, you will feel so much better – Shannon Kalayanamitr

“I think one of the biggest things I’ve learnt is being able to accept who I am, understanding myself, my strengths and weaknesses, being able to build on them and…

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Remote control boats to tighten family bond

When a child wants to have a remote control boat, most parents would just buy them at a toy store. This family in Ayutthaya, however, is a bit different. As…

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Home Away: Greg Lange (Part 2)

Despite the fact that Greg’s business was also impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t affected his desire to help people. He not only devotes his time and resources to…

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Nothing is too hard to achieve – Sudaporn Seesondee

“I’m happy that I got the bronze medal, and I’m still very excited about it because it feels like an achievement for following my own dream.” The only hope for…

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The Ambassador: Helene Budliger Artieda of Switzerland

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Home Away: Greg Lange (Part 1)

Meet an American businessman and a founder of the Bangkok Community Help Foundation, Greg Lange, who has become a familiar face among the members of the Wattana and Khlong Toey…

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Don’t just dream, do it – Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit

“In my childhood dreams, I never thought of being part of the Thai national team or winning a gold medal, because, when I was young, I was really skinny and…

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