Vendor boats gather at Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo courtesy of Lat Mayom Floating Market Facebook page)

Bangkok’s best floating markets become much more accessible

In today’s digital age, shopping can be done with a click of the mouse. However, there is no substitute for a visit to a local market. And that has become…

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Dogs’ activities at a Bangkok public park. (photo courtesy of Major Development)

Business trends on the horizon for entrepreneurs in 2023

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on small- and medium-sized enterprises, which are the backbone of Thailand’s economic growth and development. Increased digital transformation, changes in customer behaviour, restrictions…

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What’s hot and what’s not in the year to come

Trends change by the year, with some things in and others out and 2023 will be no exception. Remember, when the SMS was “in” some years ago? Here’s what we…

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Thais reading what in 2022

Thais do read and they read a lot according to data collected by Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park), so let’s erase that old belief that Thais read just eight lines…

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Route 108 leads visitors to an area with majestic landscapes, ethnic diversity and culinary indulgences in Thailand’s north-western region. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Call of the mountains

Thailand’s northwest frontier, between the provinces of Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai, was once a draw for traders seeking fortune in the abundant teak forest. Today, the region entices…

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Starred chefs and award recipients at Michelin Star Revelation 2023

Michelin Guide Thailand 2023 demonstrates culinary strength

That famous “little red book”, the Michelin Guide, has just revealed 441 entries in the sixth edition of its Michelin Guide Thailand 2023 with the addition of five restaurants given…

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Best Thai ingredients to travel to Apec from all over the country

Phuket lobster, caviar from the Royal Project, Jasmine rice from Tung Kula Ronghai, free-range chicken from Nakhon Pathom, Betong chicken from Yala, beef from Sakon Nakhon, wine from Khao Yai,…

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You are what you watch

Ever wonder why you “waste” time watching blackhead acne removal for almost an hour, a food hawker setting up shop and preparing food before a busy day, or someone kneading…

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Sakwut Wisesmanee at his home.

An artist for every platform

For most of us, 44 years since graduation is too long a period to start over. But that hasn’t stopped artist Sakwut Wisesmanee from embracing new ideas and putting his…

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Wichaya Dataroon, centre, and his troupe perform a Manora dance.

The national education project equipping ‘left-behind’ Thai children with skills to survive

Wichaya Dataroon left his hometown at age 15 to hunt for a job so he could earn money to pay off his long-overdue tuition fees. Paying up was necessary; only…

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Chiharu Shiota’s stunning installation will be one of the highlights at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. (Photo courtesy of BAB 2022)

Out of chaos comes the calm

The weather forecasters might be predicting rain for October but the Thai capital’s art scene will bring out the sun as the Bangkok Art Biennale returns for its third edition…

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Spicy Fish Salad at Khao Kwan. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Floral feast in Thai fine dining

A simple yet very effective way of elevating any culinary is to add a splash of color with edible flowers. This is applied to both savory and sweets including drinks….

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Domesticated by humans like no other animal, dogs have developed specific communication skills over time. Eye contact has been shown to play a role in forming the relationship between a dog and its owner. (Photo by Tyler Rutherford)

Study shows dogs get teary-eyed when they reunite with owners

Dog owners know the pure joy of returning home from a long trip to be greeted by their tail-wagging, uncontrollably jumping, face-licking companion. But those ecstatic canines might be shedding…

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American style breakfast set, fried rice

Fried rice gets a superstar boost

Thanks to Chinese singer Jackson Wang, one Thai rice dish has suddenly become a hot favorite. Wang revealed his love for American fried rice (Khao Pad American in Thai), which…

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An incomplete truth that calms

Culture vultures who happen to be in Pattaya should not miss the chance to visit the unfinished “Sanctuary of Truth” museum. Yes, you read that correctly: the museum is unfinished…

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New beginnings burst into bloom in Yala Stories

For many, Yala is perceived as one of the three Deep South provinces long laced with terror. But for a lot of its youths and the new generation, it is…

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Visitors take a boat ride through the mangrove forest around the Trat River estuary. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Small town Trat will put you under a spell

Famous islands like Ko Chang, Ko Kood and Ko Wai tend to get plenty of attention as the most popular destinations in Trat Province. Less so the small town of…

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World No Tobacco Day, May 31 this year, highlights the detrimental impacts of tobacco on the environment. (photo by Freepik.com)

Tobacco is bad for the planet and the health

Smoking and second-hand smoking not only cause cancer and other respiratory diseases but tobacco use also has a negative impact on the environment, both of which place a significant burden…

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Getting Creative with Face Masks

Since the start of the COVID-virus outbreak, face masks have become part and parcel of our daily lives. Medical and health experts insist that the simple protocol of wearing a…

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Thailand on August 24 decriminalised kratom, a tropical leaf long used as a herbal remedy but which some health regulators around the world have criticised as potentially unsafe. (Photo by Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board / AFP)

Truths & Myths behind utilizing Kratom for energy

If you’re looking for an energy boost, you’re likely already drinking coffee as it is the most popular source of energy around the world. In Thailand alone, coffee consumption is…

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Durian-mangosteen pairing benefits health, research finds

Summertime in Thailand can be torture in the heat, but it is also the best time of year to tuck into the abundance of local fruit, particularly durian, which is…

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Indulging the senses in the mangrove forest

We always need to go back to nature, no matter how far our urban lives lead us away from it. And a perfect place to do just that is a…

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All you need to know about Thailand’s favorite sweet treat

Thailand’s mango and sticky rice has been in the international spotlight ever since young Thai rapper Milli – Danupa Kanateerakul devoured the Thai dessert during her live performance at Coachella…

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With its undeveloped beach, Ko Phra Thong’s beauty is complete. (Photo by Thanissorn Luckchai)

Ko Phra Thong: An Island Escape

Everyone has heard of the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, and James Bond Island, but when it comes to enchanting islands in the Andaman Sea, Phang-nga Province has more to offer…

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Night at the Museum

Walking down a dark and quiet alley next to a Buddhist temple or a graveyard at night is probably not a great idea. However, going to the museum at night…

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The ‘Evolving Civilisation: From Lopburi to Ayutthaya Periods’ exhibition at Bangkok National Museum features a sculpture of planetary divinities. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Songkran at the museum

At Bangkok National Museum, which is within easy walking distance from Khaosan Road and the Grand Palace, you can celebrate the Thai New Year in a traditional and subtle way….

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Sour Yellow Curry with Young Mangosteen and Gu Fish, Sorn’s original recipe highlighted on its Instagram page.

Sorn scores high in Asia’s best’s 50 Best Restaurants

Nine Thai restaurants raise the flag at the 10th annual culinary excellence awards Sorn, the chef Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jonsiri’s celebrated restaurant, raised the flag for authentic Southern Thai cuisine, rising nine…

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A nature trail goes through the forest of Samet trees in Rayong Botanical Park. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Rayong’s best-kept secret: A mysterious marshland and ancient-looking trees

The island’s beaches might get all the attention, but when it comes to tranquility and serenity (and escaping the crowds), the marshland of Rayong Botanical Garden is the biggest star. About…

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Delicious sausages may pose health risks

Sausages are among the world’s favourite foods. They’re delicious and go well with drinks, with fried and grilled sausages a perfect match for beer. They can be part of a…

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Nakee cliff- once you reach the top, the reward is a fabulous view of the Mekong river. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Stunning mythical shapes drawn by nature bring fame to Bueng Kan

The small province of Bueng Kan in the Northeast was way off the tourism track until recently but is now enjoying a surge in visitors thanks to some mythical beliefs….

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(Photo courtesy of Ramathibodi hospital)

Hospitals of the Future

Despite the disruptions COVID-19 has caused in the way healthcare is delivered in many countries, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future We have learned a great deal…

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Popular and costly Syngonium at Chatuchak market. (Photo Veena Thoopkrajae)

Plants growers adapt to cope with sales in the new normal

Affected by rapid changes in interest both in gardening and houseplants, growers are turning their focus to exports and diversifying their activities in a bid to boost revenue. Two years…

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Design week comes to the old community of Talad Noi

Foodies and culture vultures who like nothing more than a stroll down memory lane have good reason to visit one of Bangkok’s oldest neighborhoods this and next weekend, as Talad…

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World NTD Day: Dengue Fever tops Thailand’s agenda

Dengue fever has become the focus for Thailand as the country joins the world in celebrating World Neglected Tropical Disease Day that falls on January 30. Neglected tropical diseases (NTD)…

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People having suicidal thoughts may talk directly or indirectly about dying or wanting to die. They may also show signs of social withdrawal and isolation. Take the warning sign very seriously. (Photo by Adrian Swancar)

Why depression can be a killer

We all have our good and bad days. Unfortunately, some of us have more bad than good and on our worst days, we can feel overwhelmed by unexplained sadness and…

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Chef Noom prepare a cannabis-infused menu at the event.

Thai Michelin-starred chef’s take on culinary cannabis

Chefs and foodies welcome a return of cannabis to Thai kitchen. It has made an exciting scene for gastronomy. Edibles or cannabis-infused food are of great taste but they are…

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Researchers found that introducing peanut products to babies and infants, and gradually increasing exposure, led to greater tolerance for the common allergen. (Photo by Fidias Cervantes)

Adding peanuts to young children’s diet can help avoid allergy: study

Including peanuts in children’s diets early in life could help stave off allergies against the legume, which can be fatal and affect swathes of youngsters globally, according to a new…

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Not a lot of croc: crocodile meat is edible when it’s cooked well

Food vendors and consumers have been hard hit by the escalating prices of chicken, eggs, and pork in particular, the latter has doubled in price since last year. It’s a…

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Love knows no boundaries – even when it comes to age

What’s in an age difference? Not a lot according to Porn, 58, and Wave, 18. The couple with an age gap of 40 years has become a viral sensation on…

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Things you may not know about Thai Hom Mali, the world’s best rice

The pride of the nation, Thai Hom Mali rice (Jasmine Rice) is native to Thailand yet not every Thai knows the history of this delicious grain. Thai Hom Mali rice…

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Cannabis-infused food and beverages are in for 2022.

The food, nutrition and wellness trends that are in for 2022

Consumers behaviors have shifted dramatically during the pandemic, triggering new food trends that prompt innovations. And the health, sustainability, food safety, and animal welfare trends are set to be the…

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Sing Buri Market boasts the most varieties of caladiums.

Sing Buri: A Mecca for ornamental plants

Once mainly associated with the brave villagers of Bang Rachan who fought off the Burmese army in the Ayutthaya era, Sing Buri province is today also known for being home…

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Dog holiday on Hua Hin beach. (Photo by @maytoujours)

Pet parenting on the rise

Baby boomers have long worked hard to provide for the wellbeing of their children and today those same children – and their own offspring – are working equally hard to…

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Display of spirit house and offering at the “Decoding Thainess” exhibition. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Decoding Thainess the Thai way

Long-time expats and even Thais find it hard to explain what Thainess or “Kwam Pen Thai” means. The answer is not easy, which may itself explain why Museum Siam is using…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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(Photot by Todd Quackenbush)

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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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