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Monday Moment: Thai Chilies

11. August 2013

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Thai Chilis

How hot can you take it? Markets and food stalls abound with hot red and green chilies. They are used in¬†everything from salads to stir fries to curries. Most often the cook would ‘westernize’ the recipe for us and, where they might usually throw a handful (seriously!) in, they would only pick one or two. […]

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Monday Moment: Novice Monk Procession, Chiang Mai, Thailand

13. May 2013

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Thailand Monks

Waking to the sound of Thai blaring from the mammoth speakers in the back of the truck we stumbled out to the patio to see what all the hub-bub was about. The truck passed slowly shouting indecipherable commands to the empty early morning street. In its wake residents soon emerged setting up small tables with […]

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Chiang Mai Street Food Tours

9. May 2013

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Chiang Mai Street Food Tours

Where I’m from street food conjures up images of late night street corners, drunken frat boys, and hot dogs that have taken one turn too many on the merry-grill-round. Here in Thailand street food is the epitome of everything we’re looking for; fresh, whole food, individually prepared, and some of the tastiest, cheapest noshing available. […]

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Dis-connecting At Bamboo Nest, Chiang Rai

25. April 2013

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Bamboo Nest, Chiang Rai

Leaving Chiang Rai would be like a breath of fresh air. Except that there isn’t much fresh air to be had at this time of year. Farmers are burning their fields and the still air offers no relief from the unrelenting smoke that fills the air. In fact, as we follow the river out of […]

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The White Temple And Black House Of Chiang Rai, Thailand

11. April 2013

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Black House, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Coming from a western world there is plenty of strange and unusual to be found here in Thailand without having to look too hard. There isn’t a day goes by without my head being turned by something or other. I try to learn, though, and can usually figure out some reasoning behind what it is […]

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Monday Moment: Chumphon, Thailand

8. April 2013

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Chumphon, Thailand

To say we visited Chumphon would be an overstatement. We stopped in for one night in order to catch a ferry to Koh Phangnan the next day. Just off the main strip of the town is a small river; a quiet getaway from the traffic in town. I spotted this small fishing boat as we […]

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Thai Visa Renewal Time

28. March 2013

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Thai Visa Renewal Time

Hard to believe but we’ve already been here in Thailand for 60 days! Time really does fly; it doesn’t matter what you’re doing so you better be making the most of it. Our 120-day-double-entry visa is actually two 60 day visas. This means it’s time for us to do a Thai visa renewal involving exiting […]

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Magha Puja At Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

28. February 2013

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We had a chance this week to peek into the Buddhist life of Thais. Monday was Magha Puja; one of the holiest days in Buddhism and the one day when most Thai Buddhists will visit their local temple to ‘make merit’. It was a fascinating day that ended well into the evening. Here’s a peek.

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A Day At Huay Tueng Tao Lake, Chiang Mai

21. February 2013

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Huay Tueng Tao Lake, Chiang Mai

So far Chiang Mai is the perfect place for us to settle into while the rest of our plan ages, ferments, and generally gets its a$$ in gear. The city is large enough to have all the conveniences of city living (great apartments, a plethora of coffee shops, plenty of restaurants of every possible type, […]

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Day Train

14. February 2013

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Train

The train is pretty full as we pull out of the station and I wonder how many of us are here for the long haul. Twelve hours according to the schedule but rumour has it that it will be closer to 14 or 15 when it’s all done. Some, like us, are laden with heavy […]

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Hua Hin On A Budget

8. February 2013

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Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin is heralded as the perfect spot for a quick beach holiday. Only two (or so) hours from Bangkok it certainly is easy to get to but, as a weekend get-a-way spot for wealthy Bangkokians would it fit our teeny-tiny budget? It’s true, the expensive, brand name, hotels and resorts (think Sofitel, Hilton, Grand […]

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