Oct 24 2011

North Thailand’s ethnic minorities: the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen”

I won’t add this post to the “see and do” category, but being a generally positive sort of person I won’t add a new “don’t see and do” post category either for what is one of North Thailand’s more contentious “tourist attractions”. We’ll try and highlight a few of the pros and cons of visiting … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Bangkok floods: Defensive planning

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Day by day the flood waters seep ever closer to the heart of Bangkok. Tonight we saw photos of minor flooding on the lower sois of Samsen Road, which runs north-south toward Khao San Road. While the flooding was definitely in the scheme of things minor, it is nevertheless concerning to see flooding this close … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Evacuating from the Bangkok floods: a firsthand account

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by Hamish Chalmers The two or so hours we spent in our family home after I hit send with my dispatch to Travelfish.org about the inundation of our moo baan in Nonthaburi (on the edge of Bang Bua Thong and Pak Kret) were eerie and a little surreal. We felt uncommonly alone. The normal chatter … read the full post

Oct 22 2011

Bangkok not underwater, everyone stop it with the panic

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Following on from our post yesterday, our man on the ground Brock Kuhlman gives this update on floods in and around Bangkok. As of this morning, the flooding in Bangkok and surrounding provinces is following the script to the letter. Flooding that was expected in Lak Si, Don Muang and Sai Mai districts to the … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Floods at Bangkok’s gates but don’t cancel your trip

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You’re supposed to be arriving in Bangkok in the next few days and all you’ve read in the last week or so has centred on Bangkok’s efforts to reinvent itself as the true Venice of the East. You’re worried and thinking of cancelling your trip. Don’t — here’s why. Update October 25: Due to the … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Halloween in Bangkok, 2011

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The Bangkok floods have put quite a dampener on the month of October; as we write it seems Bangkok has been put on disaster alert so things are not looking altogether optimistic. We’re going to be upbeat though and still list what’s on for our favourite satanic holiday, coming up in only 10 days. Some … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Chiang Khong sunrise

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Chiang Khong … don’t think we’ve written about this charming little Mekong riverside town yet so to make up for our glaring omission here’s a series of colourful sunrise photos of this remote yet scenic border settlement. Actually first up are a couple of sunset pics taken from a vantage point above Chiang Khong town … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 20, 2011

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The flood threat to Bangkok — while many areas elsewhere in Thailand are already suffering from devastating inundation — seemed to edge up yet another notch on Thursday, with authorities told to selectively open the city’s floodgates to help drain water into the sea. “This problem is very overwhelming. It’s a national crisis so I … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 19, 2011

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Seven outlying districts of Bangkok were told to move their belongings to higher ground Wednesday and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called for political differences to be put aside as the capital stares down the threat of inundation. According to the BBC, a warning to move upwards or outwards went out to residents of Sai … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Living through Bangkok’s floods

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by Hamish Chalmers What’s it like to be living through Thailand’s floods? Every year we get these reports of areas up-country being inundated with the annual monsoon run off, and we think ‘how awful’. And then we carry on with our lives. Not so this year. I live with my wife and our eight month … read the full post

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