Those flocking to Thailand for the beaches often overlook the mainland, unless they’re headed to Krabi. But I recently discovered one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in this fair country. Chao Lao beach, around four hour’s drive from Bangkok and close to Chantaburi, is not an idyllic deserted island paradise. It’s popular with … Continue reading Thailand’s best beaches: Chao Lao
Head northeast from Bangkok in a taxi for about 3 hours and you’ll start seeing mountains. They spring up innocuously by the side of the road like mushrooms, and then they get bigger and then they’re all around you, decked out in rotund, wiry trees. Occasionally you’ll see a giant golden Buddha perched among them, … Continue reading Khao Yai: Thailand’s wildlife wonderland
Some images that reflect the spirituality of Bangkok.
Pssst. You there. Spent a couple of days bang in the middle of Bangkok have you? Perusing Patpong market, dodging motorbikes, expiring in the fumes and the heat? Fun, ain’t it? But maybe by now you’re ready for a slightly quieter pace to go with your pad Thai. I’ve got happy news – you don’t … Continue reading Bangkok’s hidden streets: Thonburi
The whale reminds me of a Jim Henson puppet. Large scale Bert or Ernie. It’s because of the way it’s come out of the water with its jaws stretched open towards the sky, presumably in a whale equivalent of downing a shot (in this case of anchovy filled seawater). I’m not sure what a whale … Continue reading A bittersweet whale encounter
Bangkok. Bangkok. When you live there its grimy grip drags you down and tires you out sometimes. The vague sense you have whenever and wherever you are walking that you’re about to be mown down by a motorbike (I feel this even when sitting on a toilet in a shopping mall). The pavements complete with … Continue reading Get lazy in Chiang Mai
It’s 34 degrees Celsius and 60% humidity. I’m in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, bypassing the languid monitor lizards and shady groves in search of a concentration of Pokéstops set with lures. I’m seeking out gamers attending the city’s first ever Pokémon Go meetup. 3,000 RSVP’d yes on Facebook, the buzz on the discussion page running from … Continue reading Pondering Pokémon in Bangkok