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Honored at Wat Phra That Phanom

Yesterday I received an honor which I am told is a first for a farang (the Thai word for foreigner) and even rare for a Thai citizen. But first, a little background is in order.  Wat Phra That Phanom (all three “h” are silent) is a sacred Buddhist temple complex located about an hour from […]

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Chinese Thai Buddhist Festival Features Major Body Piercings

Every year during the ninth Chinese lunar month, Thailand’s Chinese community celebrates the Tesagin Kin Pak vegetarian festival. The festival began in Phuket over 150 years ago; however, it is celebrated in Krabi as well by the numerous generations of Chinese who grew up in Thailand but still observe Chinese customs. During Tesagin Kin Pak, the faithful […]

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Requiem for a Dream

Sad Times for Tonsai Beach   Unlike the superbly performed  Ellen Burstyn film, this tragedy is a real life event.  Finding an unspoiled beach in Thailand becomes increasingly rare as the years go by.  Former unspoiled Eden’s along the Andaman Sea such as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi are now overrun and overbuilt with overpriced condos, […]

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THE REAL SONGKRAN: NA KAE, ISAN, THAILAND

When I awoke this morning I had no idea I would be writing this post.  After all, it was just yesterday that  I wrote about my last 10 days of family chilling in Isan, Thailand. This morning, Anna informed me that my services as a photographer would be required.  I was instructed to get my […]

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Life Slows Down in Isan, Thailand

Welcome to Isan, a region in the northeastern most part of the Kingdom of Thailand.    Isan consists of 20 provinces and is the largest region of Thailand.  It also has the lowest per capita income with agriculture being its primary industry. Muay Thai boxing originated here as well.  The primary language is Isan, a […]

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Diving the Similan and Surin Islands

Four Days and Fourteen Dives: A Photo Essay   The Similan Islands National Marine Park is routinely included in National Geographic’s and various SCUBA magazine lists of the world’s top ten dive sites.  Richelieu Rock in Mu Ko Surin National Park was recently rated the number four dive site in the world.  Both groups of islands are located […]

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THIS HIDDEN KRABI DAY HIKE ROCKS!

It’s strenuous.   It’s a bit hard to find.   It’s worth it!   Recently, I asked one of my dive instructors at Aquavision if he knew any good day hikes in the area.  I had been feeling the lack of exercise in my body and knew I had to shift the grid.  With a […]

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GETTING MY PADI ON, AO NANG STYLE

THE SCUBA CHRONICLES, KRABI, THAILAND   Back in May, I fulfilled a decades old dream by becoming a certified SCUBA diver.  Recently, I discovered Aqua Vision, a 5 star PADI dive resort in Ao Nang, a rather touristy beach resort area about 30 minutes by shared taxi (songtao) from Krabi.  I met manager Andy, an […]

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