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Remembering the 2004 Tsunami

Eight years ago today, at the very hour I’m posting this, one of the worst natural disasters to hit Southeast Asia in recent memory struck. The huge earthquake which was centered just off the coast of Aceh province in Indonesia

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Museum of Floral Culture – Bangkok

It seems like there’s a new museum opening in Bangkok every few months, joining the hundred or so other museum the city already sports. Some add to the rich cultural fabric of the city, while others seem destined become forgotten

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Chiang Rai in Black and White

While Chiang Rai province is not exactly off the tourist trail, it is somewhat unusual in that the provincial capital is generally considered the lesser attraction, compared to the Golden Triangle area and other destinations outside the city. That’s begun

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Just Another Day in the Park

It’s a frequent complaint of expats, and some residents, that Bangkok doesn’t have enough parks. There is some truth to this, as there are very few ‘neighborhood’ parks like there are in many cities. Public open space just isn’t part

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Across the River is Another Country – Nakhon Phanom and Tha Kaek

I’ve just returned from exploring another new-to-me part of Thailand and Laos: Nakhon Phanom province in Thailand and Tha Kaek in Laos. Both places are interesting, although I wouldn’t put them on any ‘must-see’ lists. What did strike me on

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Songkhla – The Undiscovered Beach

It often seems like the ‘perfect beach’ is an eternal quest, like the holy grail, something to go in search of but never find. One attribute on most criteria for a good beach is that it be deserted, so it’s

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Kampaeng Phet – Is Anybody Here?

I’m just wrapping up a visit to Kampaeng Phet in the near-north of Thailand. It’s been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while, ever since I did my last visit to Sukhothai and didn’t have enough time for it. Like

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Photos – The New Improved Wat Po

As a follow-up to last week’s post from Wat Po, I thought I’d post a few pictures of the temple itself. It was, after all, the reason I was there; to see how things were shaping up now that most

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Photo – Flower and Palace

Back to pretty pictures today. This one is of a flower, which looks a lot like an hibiscus but clearly isn’t. In the background is the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, part of the Dusit Palace complex around Vimanmek Mansion. This

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Photo – Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Last week I was in Penang, gathering updated information for my guide to the city of Georgetown. I’m just sorting through all the pictures I took and decided to post this one. I normally do a minimal amount of tweaking

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