Thailand

Monsoon rains

Monsoon rains

Back in Bangkok in readiness for our flight to Oz. Looks like monsoon has arrived early. Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page]


Snapshots from Thailand

Snapshots from Thailand

Package tours galore Tales of phantom divers and ghost pipefish Never quite ordering fried crickets or termites ‘to go’ Enjoying bone crunching open-air massages Visiting fantastically decorated palaces and temples – ‘Pimp my wat’ Celebrating the year of the rabbit – good for dogs, bad for dragons Savouring organic bread and freshly ground coffee in […]


Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

The nice thing about Chiang Mai is that unlike some of the other expat communities we’ve visited the city feels able to comfortably accommodate its Western guests without being overwhelmed by them.  Mutually beneficial relationships have sprung up between Thai and Western communities – in spite of, and sometimes because of religious, economic, and social […]


Jane and Stu want to live with Amanda and Steve

Jane and Stu want to live with Amanda and Steve

A great few days in Chiang Mai.  Many thanks to Amanda and Steve for sharing a few of their favourite haunts.  Yes I can certainly see the attraction of this place


My CHiPs fantasy

My CHiPs fantasy

I used to really want to be Ponch from CHiPs – finally living out my fantasy in Chiang Mai. Note Jane to left making a passable stab at being Jon.


Sukhothai

Sukhothai

Yesterday we arrived in Sukhothai, an ancient kingdom of Thailand which existed from 1238 until 1438.  We arrived after a rather uncomfortable journey on the overnight train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, on which we had to settle for second class fan seats rather than a sleeper carriage, since we’d left it too late to […]


One night in Bangkok

One night in Bangkok

Actually these images are an amalgamation of three great nights in Bangkok. The first was spent exploring the night markets of Chinatown (see previous posts). The second saw us sixty-four floors up in Bangkok’s famous Skybar – with Bladerunner-like views of the city below. Before we set out on our trip, my sister handed us […]


A walk around Chinatown…

A walk around Chinatown...

Three hours to go until our overnight train to Sukhothai, the ancient capital of Thailand, for a two day stop en route to Chiang Mai – with a population of only 17,000, it’s bound to be a little quieter than Chinatown. Meanwhile, here are a few photos of a day in the life of the […]


Shark fin soup

Shark fin soup

Having taken the newly opened 160 km/h train from Suvarnabhumi airport into the centre of Bangkok, at a price of just under a pound a person, we headed straight for Chinatown. We’d splashed out on three nights at the Shanghai Mansion, a 1930s styled boutique hotel built on the site of a former Chinese opera […]


The best of times, the worst of times

The best of times, the worst of times

Within the last fortnight we have stayed in both the best and the worst accommodation of our trip to date.  Need I ask you to guess which is which?


PADI-certified!

PADI-certified!

Well, here we are in Thailand, after 7 weeks in India, and I’m pleased to announce that I’m now officially PADI-certified. Diving is one of the things I’ve been looking forward to most on the whole trip, and it didn’t disappoint.  We booked up a four day / four night liveaboard trip with Big Blue […]



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