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Little bars of soap and heart-shaped beds, Part 2

In 1968 I was on a vacation with my grandparents that took us from Illinois to South Carolina including a visit to Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina where my grandfather had been stationed during World War II.   Twenty-five years later, maybe some of those soldiers who trained at Fort Jackson were on R&R […]

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All that Glitters really is Gold: The Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit, Bangkok

This was originally written on June 2, 2005There are many magnificent Buddhist temples awaiting travelers in Bangkok, but of all of the Buddhist images, none are perhaps more impressive than that of the Golden Buddha. Located in Wat Traimit at the end of Yaowarat Road near Bangkok’s Hualampong Railway Station—within walking distance of Chinatown—the Golden […]

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Jeffrey at 50 — Fifty Cool Places, Part 1

When people find out that I have been living and working overseas since 1989, I usually get a “Wow, you must have traveled a lot and seen a lot cool places.” That is true to an extent, but sadly I am embarrassed that I have not traveled as much as other people I know who […]

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Eight hours in Bangkok…

And miles to go before I sleep.  Sitting here in the CIP Lounge—the same one I sat in 11 days ago—having something to eat and drink for the next two hours. Then I will be asked to leave and I will have to find another place to hang out for the next five hours before […]

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Three hours in Bangkok and then on to Vientiane

After a delightful Thai Airways flight from Incheon to Bangkok, I now have three hours to hang out here at Suvarnabhumi Airport before flying on to Vientiane.  Just a few more hours and On and I will be together again. She’s coming on the bus from Savannakhet again. It’ll take her around 10 hours to […]

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Jim Thompson’s House — A

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Back to Korea later tonight

Of all the times I have been to Thailand the past couple of years, the past nineteen days were without question a most wonderful, perfect, and romantic holiday. Every minute was special and precious, not to mention very, very intense. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect holiday.

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Back to Bangkok for a few days

Got into Bangkok this morning around 3:30 from Mukdahan.Today, tomorrow, and the day after…then back to Korea. I can’t believe how fast this holiday has gone by. It’s been the most perfect holiday and vacation that I have had in a very long time.On and I got to Savannakhet early in the afternoon yesterday and […]

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Laos Bound Part 3 — At the bus terminal in Bangkok


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Laos Bound — Part 2

On and I get to Bangkok’s Northeastern Bus Terminal around 5:00 and buy at ticket to Mukdahan. We’ve got a ten-hour bus ride ahead of us, so we buy a ticket for a VIP bus to Mukdahan (490 Baht), which unfortunately doesn’t turn out to be a VIP bus, but an express bus. I swore […]

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