Archive for the 'Thailand' Category

Visiting the stunning Silver Temple in Chiang Mai

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
The Silver Temple (Wat Sri Suphan),

Finding a place like the Silver Temple (Wat Sri Suphan) in Chiang Mai I may not be Chiang Mai’s number one fan due to the sheer number of tourists there but the city makes up for it in holding some great temples too. While most temples get a little repetitive for visitors the silver temple reboots… Continue reading more »

Photographs of the White Temple in Chiang Rai before the Earthquake

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), Chiang Rai, Thailand

 White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai One of the strange things about writing a month in advance is that things can change in the blink of an earthquake. What used to be a huge and popular tourist destination can literally be wiped off the planet overnight. While not completely wiped out the White Temple… Continue reading more »

Three borders and a wedding in North Thailand

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
North Thailand Woman

North Thailand’s highlights on a motorbike From Ban Rak to Pai to Mae Hong Son and onwards via Thailand’s Northern frontier. Designer bohemian hangouts and deserted towns don’t score high on my books these days at all. With rave reviews Pai is a “must” for “first timers” wanting to chill out and do little else but… Continue reading more »

Kayan Long-Necks and Tiger Kingdoms: tourist entertainment Thailand style

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Thailands Kayan Long-Neck

The Kayan long-neck tribes and tiger kingdoms of Northern Thailand If you visit Northern Thailand then sooner or later you will start to see posters and brochures from tour operators advertising visits to the Long-Neck tribes. Photographs of a people with elongated “giraffe” like necks pull in thousands of quizzical tourists every week. It’s a… Continue reading more »

One man, one bike: riding off into Northern Thailand on my hog

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Motorcycles for rent in Thailand

North Thailand beckons I could only take Chiang Mai’s boogaloo aspects for so long. It’s good if you’ve been traveling for a while to watch some white folk chow down on some kebabs and burgers while chilling out around the locals bars. But there are plenty of places in the world offering this. So why… Continue reading more »

Emerald Buddha statue in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Emerald-Buddha-Bangkok-Thailand

Emerald Buddha Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand. It’s located in the same compound area as the Grand Palace in Bangkok city. The temple houses the legendary Emerald Buddha statue. No person other than Thailand’s King is allowed to touch the statue.… Continue reading more »

The Monks who make Paper Lanterns & their teacher

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Monk sticks decorations on a paper lantern

Where do all those colorful paper lanterns come from during Yee Peng? If you’ve been reading my previous posts about arriving into Chiang Mai for Yee Peng’s sky lantern festival then you’ll have known how I discovered the lantern maker. I may have taken a long time to actually venture in, but now that I… Continue reading more »