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  • Ranong to Khawthaung visa run the fun way.

    Ranong to Khawthaung visa run the fun way.

    March, 2018. I recently completed this Thai visa run as an alternative to obtaining a 30 day extension through an immigration office for 1900 baht (and possible bureaucratic and/or logistic hurdles depending on where you are trying to do it). It also fitted in with other travel plans. Ranong is a Thai border town along the Andaman Coast that is more interesting […]

     
     
  • If you can’t stand the heat get out of the Thai kitchen

    If you can’t stand the heat get out of the Thai kitchen

    (A diner’s lament) Excuse me if I be grumpy ‘Cause the throat’s lumpy Not from events of sadness It’s Thai meals sullied by blandness!   Locals innocent I remonstrate Only try to accommodate Fussy foreigners feigning forays Couldn’t they simply stay away?   They want authentic in a bubble Have adventure without the trouble To travel abroad and not leave […]

     
     
  • Breaking a little bad in Bangers

    Breaking a little bad in Bangers

    After a long day and flight made more uneventful by the current airline trend of manufacturing night during daytime voyages (I think it’s to keep passengers subdued), followed by interminable queues at Bangkok immigration, I settled my starving self into this little regular near the guesthouse for khao pad Thai pak (rice pad Thai with veggies) and pad kee mao […]

     
     
  • Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 6

    Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 6

    16th November, 2012 Coffee (as usual), caves and curious lights: Cloudy morning dullness discouraged efforts to rise early, though I was still up by 7.30 for a hefty banana pancake and a pot of tea. Dtoy didn’t have any knowledge about the light I observed traversing the hills above Laos last night. It still wasn’t identified, so it remained a […]

     
     
  • Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 5

    Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 5

    15th November, 2012 Chiang Khan to Sangkhom (and first sightings of a UFO): Woke to Thai and Laotian roosters duelling across the Mekong; a croaking crow-fest that fell away in sputters like a slapstick comedy routine. Pim was nowhere to be seen yesterday – she had been in Leoi. She was downstairs now and chatty. She pointed at my bamboo […]

     
     
  • Songkran and the war against evil

    Songkran and the war against evil

    At 1400 hours Bangkok time, in the Buddhist year of 2559 (AD2016), I unwittingly found myself caught in crossfire during the crusade against calamity. Water was the ammunition of choice. There were skirmishes everywhere. None were spared. Samsen Road was lined with citizens in hand-to-hand combat, many camouflaged by white face paint. H2O ammo was launched wilfully in long spouts […]

     
     
  • Chiang Mai in Flower

    Chiang Mai in Flower

    These photos were taken in Chiang Mai at the beginning of its Flower Festival in February. Thailand has about as many festivals as smiles and their itinerary can be just as inscrutable, but that doesn’t detract from enjoyment when accidently encountering them (which is what I did here). It was an entertaining night.

     
     
  • This is where you leave Thailand

    Bangkok to Siem Reap by Government Bus

    Cambodian E-visa Scam? July 2014. The purpose of this post is to compliment and update previous articles about catching the Thai government bus from Mochit station in Bangkok to Siem Reap. It has been operational since early last year and is, apparently, the only direct bus, thus avoiding many hassles that reportedly occur at the border. I’ll include links to […]

     
     
  • Khon Kaen Silk Festival

    Khon Kaen Silk Festival

    Khon Kaen, a transport hub in the far north east of Thailand, was never a trading stop on the famous Silk Road. Unsurprising really, given the road was a network rather than a route: but Khon Kaen, as far as I know, wasn’t part of that either. Silk, however, plays an important role in Khon Kaen’s current trading and tourist […]

     
     
  • Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai

    Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai

    Friday. The day before the illuminated procession… Boats, beauties and full moons. I walked down to the Mekong River early to watch the boat races the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) said began at 7.30am, but there wasn’t a water vessel of any description in sight. TAT can be tourist misinformation sometimes, despite their best intentions. There was an alternative […]

     
     
 
 

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