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Are we human?

As Koh Phuket suffers from deliberate crop burning in far-away Sumatra and Northern Thailand prepares itself for the same treatment in February and March each year, I wonder are we obsessed with fire?

Rawai Sunrise – September 2015

Air pollution drifting in from Indonesia changes the landscape in Rawai Bay, Phuket
Air pollution drifting in from Indonesia changes the landscape in Rawai Bay, Phuket

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The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (8)

THAILAND DIARIES – VOLUME 2 – DRIVING THAILAND

Driving Thailand is the second Volume of my Thailand Diaries and is now complete. But before I publish it as my second FREE e-book I have decided to post a selection of excerpts which I hope will encourage you to download and enjoy the whole book.

NORTHERN PROVINCES – CHIANG MAI & CHIANG RAI (Part 2)

Different regions, as in most countries, have their own food specialties and Chiang Mai is no exception and in some ways exceptional. Fruit and vegetables are plentiful as this is the main crop growing area which supplies Bangkok and the South. In the City there are many eating places some of which are apparently very famous. I have a strong suspicion you will not find them listed in Egon Ronay’s good food guide but tuck into Khao Soi Gai with pickled cabbage and you’ll forget Egon for a moment. Another delightful culinary experience from the north is Tod Man Pla (deep fried fish pattie). The small rural villages are very friendly and tidier than those of Isaan and it’s very easy for expats to integrate into comfortable country living.

Lemon Curd
Lemon Curd

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Who created The White Temple of Chiang Rai ?

Wat Rong Khun the ‘White Temple’ of Chiang Rai was damaged by the earthquake in May 2014 and closed to the public. It may now be visited again but access to the inside may be limited. So if you are planning a visit don’t miss out on a spectacular creation in progress.

The wishing well
The wishing well

Reviewer’s ignorance

We are all entitled to our opinions but it is disrespectful to write a review before having, at least, done some research on the subject under review. Having read a number of scathing reviews on Trip Advisor before writing this post it is evident that the reviewers have absolutely no idea of why Wat Rong Khun is being built or who the creator is. Fortunately most of the reviews are sensible and offer a wide variety of personal insight and observation which all adds to the mystique. Continue reading Who created The White Temple of Chiang Rai ?

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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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?

Is North Thailand a health hazard?

Early morning near Chiang Mai - November
Early morning near Chiang Mai – November

The beautiful, but polluted, North of Thailand

Arguably the most beautiful and interesting part of the Country, Northern Thailand is a potential health hazard between the months of February and April. I would strongly advise anyone contemplating a visit to avoid these months unless you want to spend your time in an air-conditioned room. Continue reading Is North Thailand a health hazard?