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Pongpet Mekloy

Travel Editor

Pongpet Mekloy is the Bangkok Post's travel editor and a mountain bike freak.

Pongpet Mekloy
10 Feb 2020

Come live with me

Imagine yourself shuffling out of your bedroom in the morning to find the girl next door sitting on your favourite sofa chatting on the phone. On the other side of the large living room, another neighbour is working on his laptop. At the dining table, a familiar couple are enjoying breakfast. In the kitchen, somebody's cooking a cheese omelette.

10 Feb 2020 1
30 Dec 2019

The flow of time

Just a day and a few hours from now it's going to be 2020. Do you notice anything? We're already two decades into the "new" millennium!

30 Dec 2019
The flow of time
21 Oct 2019

New tricks for an old dog

With the constant evolution of the internet and digital technology, the world has changed furiously fast. Many aspects of life are no longer the same. At the age of 51, I know full well if I want to survive another decade I've got to learn a new skill. So I took up aikido.

21 Oct 2019
12 Aug 2019

Love your mother, love your country

Today is National Mother's Day. In recent years, every time the occasion has come around, I've been reminded of a popular Isan folk tale.

12 Aug 2019 3
10 Jun 2019

Living in the past

Apart from giving rise to keyboard warriors and other nuisances, the digital age also has a good side. One thing I love most about today's world is that it has given me easy access to tons of photographs from the distant past. And that, at least to me, is almost like time travel.

10 Jun 2019 1
8 Apr 2019

What Thai youths do not know

It's no secret that a large number of new-generation Thais have poor attitudes toward their homeland. Scornful posts and non-constructive comments are rampant on the internet. The causes of their resentment are numerous: politics, traffic, laws, the economy, culture, social values, cost of living -- you name it.

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7 Jan 2019

A time for giving

'Please don't post them," I told my wife as I saw her taking pictures of me and my sister on New Year's Eve. It was a family activity and I have no time for social media drama. People's attitudes differ. Some might be supportive, others can be nasty.

7 Jan 2019
29 Oct 2018

Here's to a more beautiful Chiang Mai

The other evening I had a meetup with friends. As some of us had never been to the izakaya where we planned to meet and thus had no idea where it is situated, the location of the Japanese pub/restaurant was then shared and everybody easily made their way to the meeting place. Yes, this is nothing new. Everybody does this nowadays. Exactly!

29 Oct 2018 1
27 Aug 2018

Know thy visitors

Almost three decades ago when I was a university student, I occasionally had to travel to Don Mueang airport for a part-time job. Back then, it was Bangkok's only airport, and, with the tollway not yet in existence, was considered very far from the city centre. There, my task was to ask departing tourists to fill in questionnaires for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which wanted to know what they liked or disliked, as well as their spending behaviour, during their visits.

27 Aug 2018 4
11 Jun 2018

Paradise in jeopardy

I get to know people when I travel for work, but I rarely see them again in person because each time I travel, I go to someplace different. Earlier this year, however, as I was about to leave a tourism fair, I bumped into the owner of a resort on Koh Mak, the island of Trat province famous for its efforts to become a "low-carbon destination".

11 Jun 2018 3
Paradise in jeopardy