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  • New discovery

    29 Jan 2015 : The Children's Discovery Museum in Chatuchak district, Bangkok, is worth visits by both children and grown-ups due to fun interactive learning and state-of-the-art presentation. This attraction was reopened on National Children's Day this month after four years. The museum was established under the Learning For Young Creative Minds concept, according to Bangkok's Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. It has three buildings covering over 7,000m² and outdoor and exhibition spaces covering 3,000m².

  • Saving the giant panda

    29 Jan 2015 : A giant panda is tearing up bamboo and chewing its lunch, ignoring hundreds of pupils staring at its dining place and manners. Another group of visitors cheers as a teen giant panda climbs a tree. Behind the wall, a giant panda peers over to see who is making the noise.

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  • Knocking around Nakhon Phanom

    29 Jan 2015 : Hardy cyclists have no problem riding hundreds of kilometres to their holiday destinations. But for most of us, spending days spinning the cranks on scorching highways full of manic motorists does not sound like fun. With domestic airlines becoming more bicycle friendly, now is a good time to explore Thailand on two wheels — the quick way.

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    Techie travellers

    23 Jan 2015 : By now you’ve probably memorised all the holidays in 2015 (as you’ve undoubtedly done with the freshly baked 12 core values of Thai people). Who’s to say, maybe you’ve already gone so far as to mark potential long weekends on your calendar. Well, the government, perhaps inspired by your go-getter attitude, also wants to promote tourism throughout this year. Why not help out, then, by injecting some of your hard-earned dough back into the economy? Here as a guide on your financially righteous quest are our picks of smartphone applications that will help you explore Thailand, the smart way.

  • Roots of Suphan Buri

    22 Jan 2015 : Suphan Buri is about 100km northwest of Bangkok and has a wide variety of attractions for all to enjoy. Yet, this province has some lesser-known historical aspects for culture vultures to delve into. A recent trip organised by the Fine Arts Department asked the question: "Where does Suphan Buri originate from?"

  • A misty, ephemeral beauty

    22 Jan 2015 : The sky was still dark while roosters were crowing. From time to time, cars passed by our small hotel located on a bank of the Mekong River in Sangkhom district of Nong Khai, 694km northeast of Bangkok. It was almost five o'clock and we were ready to experience the "sea of fog" in this laid-back town.

  • Ride like a champion

    15 Jan 2015 : One of the Kingdom's oldest destinations for downhill mountain biking, Khao Makha in Wang Nam Khieo, Nakhon Ratchasima, holds an almost legendary status. Well, at least among downhillers.

  • Dine like a Phuket Town local

    15 Jan 2015 : Phuket is not only a dream destination for those who love sun, sand and sea. The province is also packed with historical and cultural sites in its old town. Many of the roads in the town are lined with Sino-Portuguese style shop houses, some of which have been converted to coffee shops, restaurants and hotels.

  • Legends brought to life

    15 Jan 2015 : The ancient city of Bagan, located right in the centre of Myanmar, is one of the most visited sites in the country. Its 2,000 temples, dating as far back as 900 years, are a photographer’s dream, especially viewed during the magical moments of sunrise and sunset, framed by the Ayeyarwaddy River and the mountains in the background.

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    Sasebo: A place to make your heart sing

    08 Jan 2015 : Sasebo. Sasebo. Sasebo. I don't remember exactly how many times I read this name out loud the first time I saw it on the map. To me, it's both beautiful and funny. Try pronouncing the word in front of the mirror and notice the changing shape of your lips as you say it, especially the last syllable. Repeat just a few times, and I guarantee you'll see yourself smiling.

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    Pumped for a crazy ride

    08 Jan 2015 : The town of Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo province, has never ever before been of interest to extreme sports buffs. But since December, this trade hub on the Thai-Cambodian border has suddenly become a hot destination for downhillers, dirt jumpers, BMXers and even skateboarders. The reason is that it now boasts a pump track that is not only of world-class design and build, but is also one of the largest on the planet.

  • Historic, tranquil and picturesque

    01 Jan 2015 : Just a short drive from bustling Bangkok, Chanthaburi is a calm coastal town perfect for a break from the city. A long beach stretches for kilometres, looking resplendent under bright blue sky and alongside the azure sea, which is almost as smooth as glass. Kids with buckets and toys enjoy peaceful moments on sandy beaches while their parents enjoy som tum and easy lunches under the shade of trees and huts.

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