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  • Tom 5:17 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Burmese, , , , , , , paper, paper airplane, , school, stateless, , Thai citizenship, , , , workers   

    Stateless boy authorized to travel to Japan for origami paper airplane contest 

    Mong Thongdee who ranked top of the paper airplane competition in Thailand

    Mong Thongdee who ranked top of the paper airplane competition in Thailand

    A 12 year old stateless boy, Mong Thongdee, from the northern province of Chiang Rai has received a document from the Foreign Ministry for traveling to Japan to take part in a paper airplane competition.

    Ms Madurapochana Ittarong, Deputy Director-General of the Consular Affairs, has granted the traveling document to the stateless boy as requested by the Interior Ministry to authorize the boy to represent Thailand in the origami paper airplane contest in Chiba, Japan, next month. She said the boy was required to return to Thailand within 3 months upon departure. (More …)

  • Tom 7:53 am on September 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Burmese, , , Japanese Imperial Army, , , Mon, Mon Bridge, Mon Village, , , Sangkhla Buri, , , Three Pagodas Pass,   

    Sangkhla Buri, land of 3 cultures 

    Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

    Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

    Sangkhla Buri District in Thailand’s western province of Karnchanaburi, bordering Myanmar, has its own charm and plenty of picturesque scenery. It is also a land of 3 cultures – Thai, Mon and Karen – and has now become a must-see destination.

    In 1984, the construction of Khao Laem Reservoir inundated the old Sangkhla Buri. The old temple can still be seen when the tide recedes around March and April.

    The rebuilt district is located 340 km northwest of Bangkok. It is also home to a number of ethnic groups. The longest wooden bridge in Thailand at 850 metres, the “Mon Bridge”, takes visitors to the Mon Village. (More …)

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