Interesting places

Bua Ban: Chiang Rai’s rising star

Bua Ban: Chiang Rai’s rising star

People who have recently visited the foodcourt in Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar might have noticed a change in the entertainment program. Since August 2012 a relatively new artist called Bua Ban, which translates as Blossoming Lotus, is stealing the show. Bua Ban (Real name: Witchapon Wongtong), aged 22, has a mixed program of stand-up comedy and [...]

10 little known facts about Laos

10 little known facts about Laos

Today Hillary Clinton is in Laos for a one day visit. This event will mark the first time in 58 years for a high ranking US official to do so. What do we actually know about Laos? Reports often start to state that Laos is one of the poorest countries in Asia or in the [...]

Sealand’s new marketing strategy

Sealand’s new marketing strategy

A birds eye view of Sealand Sealand, arguably the most succesful attempt to proclaim a man made structure at sea autonomous, a phenomenon also known as seasteading, hasn’t made the headlines for some time now. The  500-square-meter (5,920-square-foot) platform in front of the coast of Ipswich was constructed in WWII primarily for defence against German mine-laying aircraft to [...]

Culture & history vs Action: 0-1

Culture & history vs Action: 0-1

Is the atractiveness of the temples of Angkor in decline? Covering at least 1000 square kilometer (390 sq mi), Angkor was by far the largest preindustrial city known to man. The sheer size and beauty of what is left of Angkor’s estimated 1000+ temples at the city’s core have puzzled foreign travelers as far back as the 16th century. [...]

Dalat, some touristic musts

Dalat, some touristic musts

City center City center seen from the highest point of the crazy house Roundabout at the main square Dalat’s oldest tree in blossom (50 y/o) City center and Xuan Huong lake at night Dalat cathedral Difficult to orientate in the crazy house One of the rooms of the guesthouse Bao Dai‘s (the last emperor of Vietnam) Summer Palace [...]

Images from Hoi An

Images from Hoi An

A paddy field with so-called water morning glory Old-fashioned Chinese designs in a clock shop A band playing for a die ceremony, the deceased woman became 100 years old Mourning relatives

Great urinal

Great urinal

Seen in Pham Ngu Lao street, Ho Chi Minh City, at the top floor of Allez Boo bar-discotheque, a urinal with a great view over the city park.

Chiang Mai touristic musts part IV

Chiang Mai touristic musts part IV

Visit a silk-’factory’ where the ladies do their utmost to look busy. Entrance is free, but exiting without buying something in the big silk-shop is harder. Boil eggs at the Sanpamkaeng hot springs. But take care, the water is 105°C/221°F. Didn’t my physics-teacher told me the maximum temperature of water is 100°C/212°F?Anyway it took me 20 [...]

Chiang Mai touristic musts part III

Chiang Mai touristic musts part III

Orchid farm Butterfly garden at the orchid farm The 10 waterfalls of Mae Sa

Van Bar

Van Bar

Seen at Chaiyapoom Road in Chiang Mai, called Jack Van Bar, a 40 year old Toyota van has been restyled as a bar