Monthly Archives: August 2011

5 Must Do Things in Krabi Town

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I’ve been visiting the islands of southern Thailand and transiting through Krabi town for the past few decades. Compared to Phuket, Krabi is much more relaxing, less expensive and interesting alternative for this purpose. Here are 5 inexpensive ways you … Continue reading

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Above and beyond the Mekong River

Whether you fly above, or cruise upon or walk along, the Mekong River is a magnificent sight! I’ve put together a video of a selection of photos I took between Chiang Mai and Vientiane while in Laos during the beginning … Continue reading

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Waterfalls, Lakes and Cannonball Trees at Phayao

Continuing our journey from Chiang Mai through Chiang Rai  after our visit to the Baan Koh temple in the northern part of Lampang, we now head for the small northern Thai province of  Phayao.

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Fanciful temple murals: Folk Art in northern Thailand

Whenever I’m in northern Thailand, I always drop everything I was planning to do when my dear friend, Vithi, rings up and asks me to join him on an excursion because it’s usually an interesting adventure, lots of fun (in … Continue reading

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The Lanna Deception: Interview with Vithi Phanichphant

Interview with Dr Vithi Phanichphant       Story by James Austin Farrell “Yes, what is Lanna?” pondered ajarn Vithi, a remarkably youthful looking man for his sixty plus years, as he fiddled with some slides at his office in the Faculty of … Continue reading

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Wat Xieng Thong: The jewel in the crown of Lao temples

Renowned for its colourful ornate glass mosaics, guilded teakwood panels and low sweeping tiered roof lines, Wat Xieng Thong is the temple highlight of Luang Prabang. Its name means Monastery of the Golden City.  Located in a tranquil garden setting … Continue reading

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Germany’s Contribution to Thailand’s Rail Network

On a recent visit to a private museum in Lamphun in northern Thailand, I stumbled upon a series of early 20th century photographs of the excavation of the Khun Tan rail tunnel. With permission, I re-shot them on a digital … Continue reading

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Enchanting People of Laos

For me, what makes a place special are the local inhabitants. I recently returned from a brief but amazing trip to Laos. The countryside was lush with flooded rice fields and glittering temples. The Mekong River is spectacular, the food … Continue reading

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Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan), Laos

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Renown as the most quirky park in all of Laos, Buddha Park (also known as Wat Xieng Khuan)  is a sculpture park well worth a visit. The park is located 25 km southeast from Vientiane in a meadow by the … Continue reading

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Saffron Coloured Robes: Buddhist Monks

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Location: Luang Prabang and Vientiane, Laos. Chiang Mai, Lampang and Lamphun, northern Thailand. Time: July 2011 – Rainy season, Buddhist Lent.

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