Apr 05 2011

Songkran: History and background

Published by under Songkran 2011

Every  year from April 13-15 the entire country of Thailand (and neighbouring Laos) breaks out into a no holds barred waterfight. As a foreigner or outsider Songkran can appear to be nothing more than a nationwide party, but there is real history behind the soaking wet mayhem.  What has become buckets of water thrown from … read the full post

Mar 23 2011

Lunch in Bangkok: Kap khao restaurants

Published by under Food

Almost everyone in Bangkok eats lunch out. Traffic is too bad to get back home, and most people have short breaks, so lunch is for eating with the people. And eat they will — sizzling sausages, khanom jin (curries with fresh rice noodles), green papaya salad, bowls of soup, curries, and fried rice. Getting out … read the full post

Mar 19 2011

Book club: Letters from Thailand

Published by under Book reviews

Thailand is easy to put on a postcard. Find some palm trees in front of the Andaman sea, or an elephant holding a mango, or a bunch of smiling eight-year old novices in orange robes and you can go to press. Trying to understand what those kids are smiling about requires a bit more searching. … read the full post

Mar 17 2011

Getting a Thai SIM card

Published by under Phone & internet

The real benefit of social media is the ability to make friends and loved ones jealous of your toes in the sand from thousands of kilometres away. The first step to making that happen is to get a Thai SIM card and set it up to use the data network. Due to internal government squabbling, … read the full post

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