An example of an Akha village, with the traditional thatched roofs, found in Laos and Northern Thailand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Hill-Tribes in the north of Thailand are industrious, quiet and respectful people. Theirs is another world away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and rural towns. They live their lives in the mountains, forests and hills that make up most of the landscape of northern Thailand bordering Myanmar and Laos. Continue reading How the Hill-Tribes of Chiang Mai sell their wares
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 1)
Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal. Elizabeth Aston, (The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005) Continue reading The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (7)
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
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?
Before I begin let me say that this is not a tutorial, otherwise I would have had to post in episodes which I didn’t want to do. If there are any aspects you would like more detail on please comment and I will do my best to explain.
I started with a triangular piece of land, about 350 square metres, that had six overgrown and fruitless Lam Yai trees, nine clumps of untidy bamboo which was starting to get out of hand and plenty of rubbish, not just organic. Continue reading How to make a tropical garden in Thailand for only $400
During my life there have been many unusual and often strange occurrences so nothing really surprises me any more even though it may be shocking. Every young man dreams of being asked by a beautiful woman if he would like a fuk. In fact every old man probably dreams about it a lot more as his chances are pretty slim. The first time I was asked if I would like a fuk, in Thailand, by a pretty lady I was taken aback but thought ‘maybe this is the way they do things here’. Then I realised that as she was about to cook me a meal there could be another meaning to the word ‘fuk’. Continue reading Don’t be alarmed, excited or offended