Tag: Thailand

Get Inspired About What You See

Get Inspired About What You See

I had this title written down for ages, but it wasn’t until I went to Chiang Rai in June that I finally got round to thinking about it and it wasn’t hard to find something that inspired me. The countryside in the north of Thailand is just beautiful and, living in Bangkok, I sometimes forget …

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The Ladies of Ta Khian

The Ladies of Ta Khian

Here in Thailand, you’ll see colourful strips of material wrapped around trees all over the country. Legend has it that a female spirit, called Nang Ta Khian, or Lady of Ta Khian, lives in the trees and surrounding areas. The trees are also called Ta Khian  (Hopea odorata) and can grow up to 45 metres …

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Bang Poo Nature Reserve

Bang Poo Nature Reserve

If you’re in Bangkok and fancy a day out head to Bang Poo Nature Reserve. It’s not that far, and it’s great for bird-watching. I went there with a friend in September and, to be honest, it isn’t the most attractive places and, apart from a jetty with a restaurant at the far end, there …

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Bus Baby

Bus Baby

I have lived in Thailand for a few years now and there have been a few things that have caused me to raise my eyebrows; motorbikes on pavements, family picnics in Tesco’s car park, five people on one motorbike. You know, things that you don’t normally see in your own country. I think the most …

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Thai Culture Guide

Thai Culture Guide

I was invited to write about a new website that proposes to “Understand Thailand and Thai people better.” In order to do that the website offers 49 essential lessons to understand Thai culture. Sam, who was born in Chiang Mai, obviously knows a lot about Thai culture; he is Thai. He also has many western …

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Sukhumvit, Soi 11, Bangkok; Short Observations

Sukhumvit, Soi 11, Bangkok; Short Observations

There are literally hundreds of places in Bangkok where you can go to have fun; dinner, drinks, clubbing, whatever takes your fancy. I only discovered Soi 11 five years ago. Until then Bangkok, as I knew it, was confined to Khao San Road. A similar environment but the clientele there are younger and there are more backpackers. These days, …

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Climbing The Steps to Wat Saket

Climbing The Steps to Wat Saket

Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan, to give it its full name, is located not far from the Democracy Monument, in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district. I have been to visit this temple with a friend a few years back but I decided I wanted to climb the steps again to see some of Bangkok …

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J J Green

J J Green

I’ve never really been one for shopping and going to any sort of market, particularly in the evenings. I work in the evenings so any free time I get I like to relax with a glass of wine or two, and the suggestion of going to a night market makes me shudder. However, after a …

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The Art of Staring

The Art of Staring

When you think of what staring is, you imagine yourself looking at someone, or something, either through amazement or fear, or just pure interest. And it can also be taken as a sign of aggression, of intense concentration or boredom, and of affection. When someone stares at you, and you catch their eye, you immediately …

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Thai New Year 2016

Thai New Year 2016

As the Thai New Year approaches people all over the country are getting ready to celebrate with their family and friends. Otherwise known as Songkran, what started out as a traditional water blessing to bring good luck, it has evolved into a full-on, alcohol-fuelled water fight.  If you happen to be in Thailand during mid-April …

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1600 Pandas+ in Bangkok

1600 Pandas+ in Bangkok

Last I heard pandas were indigenous to China so why are 1,600 of them making their way around Bangkok? Shockingly, 1,600 is the number of pandas left in the wild, and these cute little papier-mache figures are touring the city to raise awareness for panda conservation. The title, 1600 Pandas+ refers to the increase in …

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