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Vol. 24 No.3
July - September 2007

ISSN 0125-0159

Editor’s Note
Foreign Relations
Her Majesty the Queen’s Historic Visit to Russia
Top Collectibles at the 20th Asian International Stamp Exhibition in Bangkok
In Focus
Nam Nao: The Source of Life and Survival That Needs a Helping Hand
Special Feature
The Promotion of Public Unity and Participation at the Democracy Festival
Thai Technology to Increase the Productivity of Giant Freshwater Prawns
Thailand Serves Halal Foods to the World
A Quest for Northern Flowers in a Southern Village
Thai Touch
Sangkhla Buri: The Land of Buddhism, Culture, and Unity

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Editor’s Note

The third issue of Thailand Illustrated brings you closer to the royal family and introduces world-class achievements of Thai people in the field of agriculture and food, among other interesting stories.

This issue reports Her Majesty the Queens recent visit to Europe, one of the rare occasions on which the Queen traveled abroad for a long period. Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Princess Maja Chakri Sirindhorn kindly lent her valuable stamp collection to the 20th Asian International Stamp Exhibition, which also gathered many more of the worlds rare stamps in Bangkok recently. The stories of Thai capabilities focus on the worlds first effective sex reversal technology to increase the productivity of giant freshwater prawns, and internationally recognition for the taste and production standards of halal foods made by Thai operators. Thai halal foods have just been exhibited in a fair and successfully attracted both Muslims and non-Muslims, local and foreign people.

Meanwhile, Thailand Illustrated has not missed the biggest national issue: the process to restore democracy in Thailand. It looks into the governments attempts to promote public participation in democratization and, in particular, the next general election scheduled for this December, and one of the attempts is the Democracy Festival organized in August.

And next, since peoples well-being is our constant concern, this third issue introduces you to a rehabilitation scheme by the government to let local people in Nam Nao district of Phetchabun province create a more sustainable livelihood with their local forests, which are a major catchment area of the Northeast. The word unbelievable should define another story on a plantation of cold-weather flowers that used to be grown only in the North, because now, many cold-weather flowers can be grown in the southernmost province of Yala. This third issue of Thailand Illustrated concludes with the story of the peaceful, cultural, and beautiful district named Sangkhla Buri of Kanchanaburi province and reveals why the district is very popular among local and foreign visitors.

We hope you enjoy the articles this month. More interesting and informative stories await you in our next issue of Thailand Illustrated.

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