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Vol. 24 No.1
January - March 2007

ISSN 0125-0159



Editorial
Editor's Note
Special Feature
Sufficiency Economy
Philosophy
Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul: The Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy for the World
Product
Pattani Salt: The Fair Trade Culture of Buy Ten and Get One Free
Culture
The Mekong: The River of Life and Culture
Energy
Biodiesel Comes to Fuel Users’ Rescue
In Focus
Recycling for Art’s Sake, at Wat Suwannaram
Travel
Apae Amor, the Outstanding Akha Guide at Akha Hill House
Thai Touch
The Diving Paradise of Ko Tao
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Editor's Note

As part of the celebrations of the 80th birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King, we have here many interesting stories that ought to be very useful for every reader. We begin with Sufficiency Economy, an economic philosophy that can be applied to everyones life. The leading feature presents the views of Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul, who has closely served His Majesty the King. His thoughts on applying the three key principles of Sufficiency Economy to run and improve organizations affirm that the principles are practicable and easy to understand. In another article, we introduce you to a brand of fairness and generosity found in the lifestyle of people in Pattani province that most people outside may not know about.

In the North, meanwhile, Akha hill tribe villagers are welcoming visitors with award-winning homestay service and tour programs that provide guests with a firsthand experience of their lifestyle and a greater awareness of forest conservation. Another article no one should miss is the one about palm oil-based biodiesel, an alternative fuel that resulted from the great vision of His Majesty the King and his concern about his subjects dependence on imported fossil fuels. Biodiesel is an appealing alternative as it helps to both reduce fuel imports and protect the environment, so it is the right course in the current economic situation, when we all need more energy-saving practices.

In this issue you will also learn about the relationships, cultures, and lifestyles of Thai and Lao people living on both sides of the Mekong River and the ways their lives depend on this major waterway. You will learn how some kinds of trash, which the rest of us have no use for, can be transformed into something worthwhile and practical. This is happening at the recycling center started by Phra Stapana, a monk at Wat Suwannaram temple in Bangkok. Another story in this years first issue introduces you to Ko Tao and its world-class beauty. Its natural attractions make this island a must-visit destination for international tourists.

With an array of topics like these, every reader is sure to find something of interest. We will be back with more engaging and informative stories in the next issue. Till then, we hope you enjoy the fruits of sufficiency in your life. See you next time.



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