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Karnjana Karnjanatawe

Travel writer

Karnjana Karnjanatawe is a travel writer for Life section.

Karnjana Karnjanatawe
2 Dec 2019

Growing poison

Sunant Somjak, 58, shook his head in dismay when I mentioned to him the farmers who still want to use hazardous chemicals.

2 Dec 2019 3
Growing poison
23 Sep 2019

The perils of plastic

Last week, I visited Wat Chak Daeng in the Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan to make merit. Instead of donating cash, food or monk robes, I donated paper boxes, UHT (ultra-high temperature) boxes and a big bag fully loaded with single-use plastic bags that I had collected for two months.

23 Sep 2019 1
22 Jul 2019

Shocking use of pesticides continues

The Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare of Japan recently found pesticide residue in exported durian and other processed products. It issued a warning letter that if Thailand's durian is not safe for the consumer, all durian from the country will be quarantined.

22 Jul 2019
20 May 2019

New rules for a traditional medicine

As Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to amend the narcotics laws and allow cannabis, still a narcotic drug, to be used for research and medical purposes, another issue is raised if we will lead other countries in the region to legalise cannabis.

20 May 2019 4
4 Mar 2019

A plea for peace

The travel advisory has been issued for years to warn visitors to avoid travelling to the Deep South where periodic violence occurs.

4 Mar 2019
17 Dec 2018

Empty promises, shallow projects

Since tourism is the rising economic star of the country, it is no surprise to see the Community Development Department of the Interior Ministry jump on the tourism bandwagon. It officially launched the Otop Nawatwithi project nationwide in June to promote tourism in 3,273 Otop communities or villages that have products certified as One Tambon One Product (Otop) by the department.

17 Dec 2018 1
1 Oct 2018

Off the rails

During a recent vacation, my friend and I decided to take the night train to Lamphun. I hadn't had a long train ride for perhaps two decades.

1 Oct 2018 5
16 Jul 2018

An accident waiting to happen

It is sad to know that tourist safety would be treated as a national issue only when there is a fatal accident.

16 Jul 2018 5
23 Apr 2018

The ground floor in plastics pollution

People worldwide celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22. This year's campaign focuses on ending plastic pollution.

23 Apr 2018 3
22 Jan 2018

The sound of life

You may experience it once in your lifetime when you travel either by bus, train or aeroplane. While you're seated in your cramped seat and trying to rest, a baby passenger starts to cry. Minutes pass like hours and the baby doesn't stop crying.

22 Jan 2018