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

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

No rain promised in my area for a while so I've looked through my photos to see what I could come up with and here are two.  Both of these were taken in Thailand, one in Koh Samui, the other in Hua Hin on the Gulf of Siam just a couple of hours drive from Bangkok. … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE

This is an old photograph from my collection, one I took way back in 1972 when the elephant was still known as "the tractor of Thailand".  Sadly, the lovely big animals no longer haul teak and this sort of thing is a rare occurrence now as they no longer live a happy life with their … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE

HUA HIN, THAILAND

Dateline 11th August 2016 My favourite town in Thailand is in the news today for all the wrong reasons.  A terrorist attack in this quiet, respectable, tourist town, two hours from Bangkok, has left one local street-seller dead and about ten wounded, some seriously.  Of all the places I expected to be attacked in Thailand, … Continue reading HUA HIN, THAILAND

Photography Challenge – MORNING

A few of my favourite images from over the years seem to fit the Morning Challenge so here they are.  It's amazing how some places never change, and how they still attract customers to these old-fashioned deck-chairs. Mornings in Thailand   Morning

Harmony: Weekly Photo Challenge

CAMBODIA: Life is hard if you have a disability in most of S.E. Asia, probably a bit worse in Cambodia which is still a poor country, but this group of blind musicians are making the best of things by performing close harmony songs by the roadside and collecting money from passers-by. Blind Musicians by the … Continue reading Harmony: Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

There are two rice growing seasons in most of S.E. Asia but the romantic pictures we have of coolie-hatted rice farmers in the fields hides the back-breaking labour involved in this work.  Men and women share the work equally - well, mostly - and usually, work from dawn to dusk.  In areas where the ground is … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

Photo Challenge – Vibrancy

Vibrant Trying to find just the right vibrancy is difficult if one decides to discard the "Fruit and Flower" file.  I nearly managed it but now one of the CDs on which there is an image or two I wanted to use has got stuck in the slot and I can't remove it.  I'm losing … Continue reading Photo Challenge – Vibrancy

Chiang Rai and Thailand’s Hill Tribes

Located on a plain beneath the outermost edge of the Himalayan range is Chiang Rai, capital of the province of the same name and until recently one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. Without the slick presentation of big sister Chiang Mai, 180 Kl. to the south, Chiang Rai is a pleasing town with much less … Continue reading Chiang Rai and Thailand’s Hill Tribes