Thailand: Anticipation and Preparations

Our trips to Thailand were not sudden decisions but a given: we knew we would go to Thailand every year, spend time with good friends, travel in the country, venture outside it, and have new experiences, so the anticipation was tied up with warm thoughts of friendships renewed and meals shared again. Group photograph after … Continue reading Thailand: Anticipation and Preparations

Thailand – Before mass tourism

This photograph is about ten years old. I rediscovered it when searching for something else. Erecting scaffolding in Thailand, many years ago. Seldom seen nowadays. At the time as I took this photograph I remember photographing monkeys playing on the telephone wires that rang from pole to pole along the street and musing on the … Continue reading Thailand – Before mass tourism

A Short Story About a Bear

Delving into my photo box today I chanced upon these pictures and as there is a tale to tell about them, I give it to you here. Once upon a time in Thailand, there was a baby bear who, for a short time, lived near a friend of mine with a couple who had been … Continue reading A Short Story About a Bear

Essential Thai – Mai Pen Rai

Foreigners (farangs) are not especially known for their linguistic  abilities in Thailand, perhaps because the Thai language is tonal which makes it more difficult to learn.   Words may be pronounced in five tones which can give five different meanings, a high, a low, a rising, a falling, and a level tone. There is, however, one … Continue reading Essential Thai – Mai Pen Rai