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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Sunrise in Thailand, as it came up over the Gulf.  Taken from the balcony of my favourite hotel, the Dusit Thani Hua Hin. This next one may not fit the bill exactlyl, but it's one of my favourites, reminding me of a special trip.  I can almost feel the heat of the day as I … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

The Balinese Smile: How to Achieve It

You’ve seen pictures of the Balinese: slim, elegant and with perfect white teeth that dazzle in a smile of such beauty that you wonder at the brushing process that produces such perfection?  Wonder no more. It was in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s that we made the trip to Bali, long before teeth-whitening was … Continue reading The Balinese Smile: How to Achieve It

Photography Challenge: Pedestrian

A misty morning on the pedestrianised bridge over the Lake of the Restored Sword in Hanoi, Vietnam. They assured me I could walk in safety here but I chickened out when I saw the railway line running down the middle of the street.  Unfortunately, it also started me humming The Railroad Runs Through the Middle … Continue reading Photography Challenge: Pedestrian

Khao Lak After the 2004 Tsunami

Just over 13 years ago, on 26th December 2004, the Asian tsunami hit our television screens, brought to us by horrifying holiday videos showing the sea retreating, then towering up in a massive wave that swept up te beach, destroying hotels, houses, cars, boats and anything that stood in its way. We saw only the video footage shot by the few holidays makers who escaped its power, but on the coastline that stretched across six provinces, Phuket, Krabi, Phang-nga, Ranong, Satun and Trang, it took 5,395 lives (among them 2,000 foreign tourists).

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