Category: Thailand

Off the beaten track in Bangkok

You’ve already heard about our venture into the malls on New Year’s Eve. We returned empty handed – almost. Asia Books had a good map of Laos – one with both Laos script and Latin letters. Our day for exploring was more successful. Fai, our guide from Chilli Paste […]

Happy New Year from Bangkok

It’s difficult to imagine a city more different from my home town. There are fourteen million people in the metropolitan area – Napier has 61,000. In fact Bangkok has more than three times the population of my entire country! It’s winter in Bangkok now. Some locals are wearing […]

Bangkok Street Scenes

The countdown has begun. It’s twelve months tomorrow since our last trip to Bangkok. And it’s seven weeks tomorrow until we leave on our trip to Laos, which includes a stopover in Bangkok. I can’t wait but I’m a grown up so I have to. As my Mum […]

Elephant memories

When we visited Ayutthaya we took an elephant ride. The old city, now a world heritage site, was the capital of the Thai Kingdom from the 14th century until it was sacked by the Burmese army in the 18th century. High on the back of the elephant, beneath the […]

Singburi Transport

Mid-winter is nigh and, with the bite of the cold, Thailand is on my mind.  We’ve got another trip to the tropics in our sights –  well, we’ve promised ourselves that come July we’re booking the flights. Our hoped for departure date is not till after Christmas so, […]

Up close and personal in Bangkok

Travel Theme: Close-Up   An early morning start, a taxi trip across town, the first and the most cramped tuk tuk ever, and we  were in the middle of this. (The we on this trip was my husband, our daughter-in-law, both our sons and myself.) The welcome was […]

Why Go to Koh Wai

Twice, between the bus station at Trat and the pier at Laem Ngop, when fellow travellers learned we were on our way to Koh Wai and not Koh Chang they asked us why! It was as clear as the waters of the Gulf of Thailand they considered us […]