Tag Archives: Thailand

Book Review: Bangkok Belle

Bangkok Belle is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill hardboiled detective story. Indeed, what makes this novel fascinating and engaging is its exotic location and colorful characters. The author, Ron McMillan, who has knocked around Asia for a couple decades, offers much more than a “travel guide” story by dropping in a steady flow of Asian references, […]

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Umbrellas Drying in the Sun

Umbrellas Drying in the Sun.   And what is my most popular post at Triond? Believe it or not it is this photo I took of umbrellas drying in the sun at Bo-san Umbrella village in northern Thailand near Chiang Mai back in 1994.  Click on the link (don’t worry it’s safe) and let me […]

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The night I narrowly escaped a terrorist bombing

My vacation to Hat Yai in southern Thailand in September 2006 started off with a bomb when about an hour after I checked in the Novotel Hotel a car bomb exploded in a crowded shopping area at the end of the block from the hotel. I had arrived in Hat Yai a little past 7:00 […]

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Christmas in Asia

Halfway around the world in Asia, the celebration of Christmas is quite different than the way it is celebrated in the West. Although the true meaning and spirit of the season might be lost in the obvious commercialization and marketing of the holiday in countries like Japan and Korea, certain traditions and celebrations have evolved […]

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Eleven hours to Savannakhet and then on to Paksong

That’s how long it took On and I to get from Vientiane to her village—Paksong—about two hours south of Savannakhet.  We left Vientiane at 12:30 on the Vientiane-Pakse bound bus and didn’t get to Paksong until after midnight. It only cost On and I 80,000 Kip each for our tickets (about 300 Baht or $10.00), […]

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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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