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So Long Hat Yai, Hello Songkhla

After two eventful days in Hat Yai, Achiranee and I have moved to her hometown, the historic coastal town of Songkhla for three days before we head up to Bangkok.It’s been some adventure, huh? Arrive in Hat Yai and two hours later there is a major bombing. Nothing like beginning this new chapter of my […]

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Hat Yai — The day after the bombing

One of the bombs exploded in front of a shopping complex at the end of the block from the Novotel Hotel. Where the bomb exploded. Usually this street is very crowded on a Sunday afternoon. How bad were the bombings in Hat Yai last night? In the Bangkok Post this morning, it was reported that […]

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Welcome to Hat Yai

On the night I arrive in Hat Yai, a car bomb explodes in a crowded shopping area one block away from the Novotel hotel where Achiranee and I are staying in. My first day in Thailand got off to a bang, literally when about an hour after I checked in the Novotel Hotel a car […]

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Bangkok Transit Lounge

After a five-and-and-half hour flight from Seoul to Bangkok, I am hanging out in a transit lounge waiting for my connecting flight to Hat Yai. Now is the time when I can start putting everything into perspective (as much as I am able to) and getting on with my life. It’s like what Penelope Cruz […]

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Books on Thailand — Very Thai

Very ThaiEveryday Popular CultureBy Philip Cornwel-SmithPhotographs by John Goss River Books, 2005; 256 pages Having traveled to Thailand many times since 1992 when I first visited “the Land of Smiles” I have always been intrigued and fascinated with Thai culture on many levels. While I have been impressed with Thailand’s trove of cultural attractions from […]

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One Night In Bangkok

When you’re too drunk to go anywhere else or make it back to your hotel, you can always sleep it off wherever you pass out. This poor soul chose the 7-11 next to Jimmy Wong’s shop.

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On Sukhumvit Road

It’s 2:30 in the morning and I am having a couple of Singhas with Ti Bo a French tattoo artist at one of these makeshift sidewalk bars on Sukhumvit Road that are set up every night after the regular bars close. I am waiting for Jimmy to finish up with a customer so he can […]

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Sawasdee Ronald

Got to hand it to McDonald’s for being cultural-friendly in Thailand when it comes to selling their burgers and fries by having this fast food icon, Ronald McDonald making the Thai “wai” with its hands.

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Wat Pho — Temple of the Reclining Buddha

When I first visited Bangkok in June 1992, I did as most first-time visitors do when visiting the city which was to make the rounds of some of the city’s more famous cultural attractions.

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Wat Traimit — Bangkok

BANGKOK, Thailand – There 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, the Golden Buddha is one of Bangkok’s must-see attractions. […]

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