Cover Story : Vol.36 No.12 / 5 Dec. 2019
Thailand is undoubtedly among the best beach destinations in the world, with a coastline stretching 2,000 km. on the Gulf of Thailand and 1,000 km along the Andaman Sea. When talking about sea, sand and sun, many beach lovers automatically think of beautiful beaches and islands dotting along the coast of the Andaman Sea. What’s so special about it? Well, the answer lies in its alluring beauty of white fine sandy beaches, the crystal-clear blue seawater and the amazing biodiversity of marine lives.
Cover Story : Vol.36 No.11 / 5 Nov. 2019
Elephant is the national animal of Thailand that has been revered for many centuries. They are an important part of Thai culture and way of life. In the past, a white elephant was particularly considered a sacred animal and precious treasure of the king and honored with noble title. It was used as a royal war elephant when the king waged war against an invading enemy in Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. White elephants are rare but considered sacred and are a symbol of royal power. According to Thai tradition, when a white elephant is found, it must be presented as property to the King of Thailand. Therefore, the status of kings was evaluated by the number of white elephants in their possession.
Cover Story : Vol.36 No.10 / 5 Oct. 2019
Kanchanaburi province is in the west of Thailand, 129 km from Bangkok and bordering Myanmar. It is the country's third largest province, after Nakhon Ratchasima and Chiang Mai. The province has long been famed for its Bridge over the River Kwai, known worldwide for its famous movie and the significant role that it played in the Second World War.
Cover Story : Vol.36 No.9 / 5 Sep. 2019
As a major event to celebrate the coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the Thai government has been planning a Royal Barge Procession to be held on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok on October 24 this year. This will provide a rare opportunity for Bangkokians and visitors from the provinces and foreign countries to view this splendid waterborne pageantry.
Cover Story : Vol.36 No.8 / 5 August 2019
Thailand’s khon performance, which depicts the glory of Rama the hero and incarnation of the god Vishnu, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 29th November 2018, where it is described as “a performing art that combines musical, vocal, literary, dance, ritual and handicraft elements.” (Source: Thailand’s Ministry of Culture)
Cover Story : Vol.36 No.7 / 5 July 2019
Ayutthaya is one of the most famous historical and cultural cities in Thailand. At the height of its prosperity in the 16th century, it was considered one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the region. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the first capital of the Thai kingdom after Sukhothai. In 1767, the city was attacked and burnt down by the invading Burmese army forcing the people to abandon the city, effectively bringing the long era of Ayutthaya to a close.