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  • Nakhon Phanom – returning for Lai Rua Fai festival

    Nakhon Phanom – returning for Lai Rua Fai festival

    Thursday morning. Caught early flight from Don Muang, Bangkok’s original, but now secondary airport. First time flying with budget airline Nok Air. Good service, quick check-in, friendly smiles. The alternative – a 12 hour bus ride to Nakhon Phanom – wasn’t an option this time. Don Muang would give main airports in many other cities a run for their money, […]

     
     
  • Nakhon Phanom

    Nakhon Phanom

    The Happy Capital in the Land of Smiles Nakhon Phanom is the ideal Thai city; big enough to have what you need, but small enough to be personable. It has an attractive setting with views across the Mekong River to jagged limestone mountains in Laos. Traffic is leisurely, locals are friendly, food is consistently good, and it exudes a progressiveness […]

     
     
  • Wat Phu Tok, North East Thailand

    Wat Phu Tok, North East Thailand

    The seven levels of circular walkways, meditation caves and platforms that comprise Wat Phu Tok, rise precariously 200 metres above the Mekong River floodplain. Sometimes referred to as the Stairway to Heaven the temple symbolises the seven steps to enlightenment, and was the inspiration of Buddhist monk Ajaan Juen. The first step, for a traveller, is getting there. I’m approaching […]

     
     
  • Mekong Motorcycle Diaries – Day 1

    Mekong Motorcycle Diaries – Day 1

    I hired a motorbike from Sam, who has a makeshift booth on the footpath a street back from the Mekong River. Well, I think his name is Sam – it’s what he wrote on a piece of paper along with a phone number to call if I ever got in trouble

     
     
  • Crossing Karma Country

    Crossing Karma Country

    Laos, December 2010… The head of the Japanese girl dangles precariously at right angles in empty space above the aisle. I can’t believe she’s asleep. Beside her, another Japanese girl bounces against the window. I sit opposite them trying to close a gap letting in cold air. At the rear, three wide-eyed Europeans jump and shuffle like lottery balls We’re […]

     
     
  • Myanmar Shangri La

    Myanmar Shangri La

    This plateau of hill tribes in Myanmar proves to be rustic rather than primal. There’s no jungle or bark huts or uncultivated natives. It’s pastoral, more like being in a European art-house movie set at the turn of last century with enchanting characters and muted landscapes where boy meets girl in a script written by someone from the Romantic School.

     
     
  • Ubon Holds Up A Candle

    Ubon Holds Up A Candle

    I am sipping an Americano outside Jazz, a blink-and-you’d-miss-it cafe in Khuangthani Road when I hear drums and guitars, followed by singing. Then villagers appear wearing green tops and checked sarongs. They clap and dance spontaneously to the music, oblivious to the light rain. The temple communities are arriving with their floats to set up for tomorrow’s parade, and the […]

     
     
 
 

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