Category Archives: Nature, Wild Life & Environment

If the jungle doesn't get you the mushrooms will

IMG_0011The villages of Northern Thailand are surrounded by densely forested hills (jungle to the locals). Apart from wild plants and herbs the damp dark tropical forest floor gives birth to numerous varieties of wild mushrooms. Many villagers, who seem oblivious to the possible dangers, still go deep into the jungle in search of the highly prized delicate fungi. The experienced know the terrain and regularly collect mushrooms to sell in the local markets. Cultivated mushrooms are considered a poor alternative to the wild kind. Continue reading If the jungle doesn't get you the mushrooms will

Why this year is so bad for Lam Yai farmers

A Lam Yai farm between young rice and mountains
A Lam Yai farm between young rice and mountains

August is annual harvest time for Lam Yai in Northern Thailand. The popular, succulent, aromatic fruit is the produce of forests of sprawling trees in the provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The month is also the middle of the monsoon but there are enough breaks in between the increasing downpours for the farmers to bring the ripe fruit down. Continue reading Why this year is so bad for Lam Yai farmers

Thailand's beaches return to nature

A massive clean up operation, by the ruling Military, during June and the first week of July has seen Thailand’s beaches restored to their natural condition. Encroachment on public property and private profiteering have been targeted but whether this is a temporary measure or a permanent move remains to be seen. Continue reading Thailand's beaches return to nature

How I recalled my 1980 safari by restoring old photos

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Leaving London prepared

In February 1980 I took a plane from London – Gatwick to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. I was about to spend one week at a tented camp in the Masai Mara – safari memories never to be forgotten. Continue reading How I recalled my 1980 safari by restoring old photos

Will Wat Rong Khun survive the earthquake?

The construction of Wat Rong Khun, which is also known as the ‘White Temple’, began in 1997 and is featured in my post published on May 11th. At the time of publication the extent of the damage, to Wat Rong Khun, caused by the earhquake the week before had not been reported.

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You must visit Chiang Rai – Here’s why

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Forest home seclusion

I decided, at long last, to take a trip to Chiang Rai (before the earthquake) and at the same time visit the famous Wat Rong Khun (aka The White Temple) about 10kms before Chiang Rai on Route 118 from Chiang Mai. Similar to Chiang Mai the population of Chiang Rai Province is under 1.5 million and Chiang Rai itself houses about 200,000 of those. Drive another 70 kilometres North and you reach Mae Sai and the border between Laos and Thailand. Continue reading You must visit Chiang Rai – Here’s why

Was Thailand's earthquake a lucky escape?

Maybe we have just had a lucky escape! The futility of man’s never ending attempts to control the world is never more in evidence than in the wake of a ‘natural disaster’. The complete domination of our planet by mother nature is something the human race still appears to have a problem coming to terms with for some inexplicable reason. Continue reading Was Thailand's earthquake a lucky escape?