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How Vanessa-Mae cleared of ski race fix
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:47:00 +0700

LAUSANNE - Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation (FIS) rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten'' by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court.

Southern property market comfort from tourism
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0700

The southern property market has bottomed out after falling rubber prices threw the region’s economy into the doldrums in recent years, says the Bank of Thailand.

Reading landscapes
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:13:11 +0700

Every designer, regardless of his or her fame and profile, will usually have a design project that raises eyebrows and defies the norm. For Kotchakorn Voraakhom, a 33-year-old landscape architect, it was her idea to paint more colours in a humdrum swimming pool that did just that. This was a facility for blind students at the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under The Royal Patronage of Her...

Media curbs will backfire
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:12:41 +0700

The military regime should realise that it’s against the authorities' own benefit to be seen as trying to curb media freedom.

Serenity must prevail in South China Sea
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:12:41 +0700

Diplomats and alcoholics don’t always have as much in common as is sometimes assumed. But there is useful guidance for policy-makers in the Reinhold Niebuhr prayer that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has made its own: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Past actions lead to sense of numbness
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:12:41 +0700

The date is June 18, 2026, and this is a diary from the future. Thailand in 2026 feels like 2015 in many ways, except it’s worse, despite the half-finished high-speed rail to Chiang Mai — the budget bloated from three trillion baht to five trillion baht in 2020 — and the half-finished Pak Bara deep-sea port — the budget didn’t bloat, but the government shifted its priority to buying...

WHC mulls listing Kaeng Krachan
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:12:00 +0700

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) said on Friday it would consider listing the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex in Phetchaburi as a natural World Heritage site.

Imbun shows the natural way
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:12:00 +0700

To many, Dok Kham Tai district in Phayao conjures up an image of a place rich in culture and tradition, where local arts that use natural colours and natural cloth speak of strong community bonds.

PM to students: Save your power for the future
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:21:00 +0700

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told dissident students to save their "pure" power for future use and wait for his government to lay down foundations for quality democracy and sustainable peace in the country.

Hundreds urge students' release
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:30:00 +0700

Hundreds of people on Friday evening covered a wall in central Bangkok with Post-it notes denouncing the military government and demanding the release of 14 jailed student activists.

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WHC mulls listing Kaeng Krachan
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:12:00 +0700

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) said on Friday it would consider listing the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex in Phetchaburi as a natural World Heritage site.

Off the road, and off the bike
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:29:00 +0700

The beach resort of Hua Hin is one of my favourite destinations for mountain biking. And that's for two good reasons. One, Khao Hin Lek Fai, the hill that stands to the west of the downtown area, is home to several awesome downhill tracks; and two, the local bikers are very friendly and always happy to guide visiting riders around the trails they've built.

The rooster still rises
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:29:00 +0700

The rooster bowl, a form of ceramic kitchenware once widely used in Thailand but for a time forgotten, still lives on in Lampang province.

What a difference Dawei makes
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:29:00 +0700

Myanmar's southern city of Dawei is only 150km away from the Thai border checkpoint at Kanchanaburi's Ban Phu Nam Ron, but travelling to the city requires a considerable amount of time and endurance.

Start of Lent in the Northeast
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:29:00 +0700

From July 30 to July 31, the Candle Light Procession Ceremony will take place around Phra That Phanom, a major stupa, at Wat Phra That Phanom in That Phanom district, Nakhon Phanom province, to commemorate two important Buddhist days — Asarnha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent Day. There will be a candle light procession to pay homage to Phra That Phanom as well as an alms offering ceremony....

Airport taxis charge same for now
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:29:00 +0700

Taxi surcharge at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports remains the same at 50 baht, according to the Transport Minister Prajin Juntong.

Serving the story of seafood
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:29:00 +0700

'This kula fish comes from Laem Krabi area in Krabi province. The man who caught it is a local fishermen named Bang Meng," explains Supaporn Anuchiracheeva, a representative of Earth Net Foundation, as she picks the threadfin fish from an ice tray. Then she continued with the detailed background of the catch.

Decrypt, decode & destroy the challenge
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:35:00 +0700

Here’s the thing. As much as I love Bangkok, I hate the fact that sometimes it feels like there’s hardly anything interesting to do in our city. When I say interesting, strolling around a new shopping mall just doesn’t quite do it for me.

Island idyll
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:35:00 +0700

Living up to its “One Island. One Resort” slogan, Pangkor Laut Resort exclusively operates on a privately owned island of the same name off Malaysia’s west coast, offering five villa types to suit guests’ preferences. Sea Villas or Spa Villas are situated beautifully on stilts, metres above the ebb and flow of the turquoise sea. If serenity is your priority, opt for a Hill Villa, perched...

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