Gardening: Not all snakes are deadly

Gardening: Not all snakes are deadly

PHUKET: A friend discovered a snake on his balcony the other day and asked me what it was. With alternate broad bands of yellow and black and a triangular-shaped body, it could only have been a banded krait. Fortunately, he stood well back and allowed the creature to slither away into the garden. I say fortunately because all kr

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Law, life and Society: Reassessing the Thai education system

Law, life and Society: Reassessing the Thai education system

PHUKET: The Thai education system was recently featured in the Economist. The article, titled ‘Poor schools are at the heart of Thailand’s political malaise’, was published on January 19, 2017 and discussed Thailand’s international education rankings in the recently released ‘Program for International Student Asse

- Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 03:00 PM

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Gardening: Marvelous benefits of the neem tree

Gardening: Marvelous benefits of the neem tree

PHUKET: I have written in these columns before about the sadao tree, or azadiracha indica, which we gardeners in Thailand know as neem. But my interest was re-kindled by a reader from Hua Hin who wrote to say he was “looking for a supplier of neem from the sadao tree”. I presume he wants to use it as an organic pesti

- Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Profile: Not your average tuk-tuk driver

Profile: Not your average tuk-tuk driver

PHUKET: Sophon Pol Kaew In, or Pol, as he is better known to his friends and customers, is currently a taxi and tuk-tuk driver in Phuket and somewhat of a favorite with foreigners. Originally from Krabi, he moved to Phuket at the age of 18, more than 25 years ago. “I came to Phuket as a young, carefree boy. I didn’t know many

- Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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