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The beaten tracks

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Every time I call my mother, she never fails to try to convince me to consider moving back to our peaceful home town in Phatthalung. She believes that if you are not strong enough physically, spiritually and financially, Bangkok is going to eat you alive. I told her that after the high-profile murder case of Akeyuth Anchanbutr, the image of our city _ where the body was buried _ may not be as "peaceful" as before. I also said my love of Bangkok is too deep and that I am not going to move away from this city any time soon. 

Last month, MasterCard's Global Destination Cities Index revealed that our beloved Bangkok was the world's best city for tourism, followed by London, Paris, Singapore and New York. However, there are other sides to Bangkok that are a turn-off for tourists, and residents, that still need to be improved.

Earlier this month I took a week off to visit my family in the South. Usually, I would take an overnight bus but given the rainy season I wanted to avoid a road accident, so I chose the train. When I stepped on board there was a sense of nostalgia. Everything looks the same as what I can recall from 20 years ago, except the ticket prices and food are more expensive. I thought it wasn't so bad to travel by train and a lot of foreigners choose to travel this way. I could finish a book that I have been wanting to read for long time. The slow travel was quite therapeutic, I thought at that time, but later the experience was the opposite.

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