Monthly Archives: November 2011

Art for art’s sake : Lampang

Art. Probably the primary discipline (you could arguably throw in gymnastics as well) for which my levels of proficiency stop at around the “totally clueless” stage. To be fair, through years of pointless practice I’ve taught myself to doodle a … Continue reading

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The devil outside: Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is a pleasant town. Cool and leafy at this time of year, its boulevards and avenues more reminiscent of a European suburb than an Asian district capital. Despite an absence of any major tourist sites, Chiang Rai is … Continue reading

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An eye for an “aye” : The Mae Kok River

All Watted out after our exertions in Tha Ton, it was time to get the river boat along the Mae Kok to the provincial town of Chiang Rai. The boat departs each day at 1230 and is a simple, narrow, … Continue reading

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The infamous monks of Tha Ton

By way of an ageing , fan-cooled and yet beautifully decorated bus whose metallic interior is so well polished one could almost shave in it, we make our way at break-neck speed from Chiang Mai to the town of Tha … Continue reading

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The Freak Show: Chiang Mai

No trip to Northern Thailand can be complete without the compulsory visit to a hill tribe or six. I can count myself as privileged that upon my last visit to Thailand, rather than join a tour group to a much … Continue reading

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Insecticide: Chiang Mai

Anyone keeping abreast of international news over the past few months would realise that the worst floods to strike this region for a generation have brought disruption, disaster and loss of life to large parts of Central Thailand. Our options … Continue reading

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Stand up for your rites: Rai Leh

With our friends Phil and Tereza finally having arrived in Ao Nang following a last-minute transfer panic at Bangkok Airport, we all made our way onto a longtail boat for the 15 min journey to the Rai Leh peninsular where … Continue reading

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