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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 [...]

The Tsunami ghosts of Khao Lak

The Tsunami ghosts of Khao Lak

During the Tsunami in 2004 Khao Lak, Phang Nga was hit the hardest in Thailand. According to Wikipedia,  the final death toll was over 4000, with local unofficial estimates topping 10,000 due to the lack of accurate government censuses and the mere fact that the Burmese population were not documented or recognized as legal residents. Bhumi [...]

Thai flood crisis hit non-affected areas as well

Thai flood crisis hit non-affected areas as well

A Bangkok beggar donates to the flood crisis. . Surely not one of the worst examples: An almost empty cigarette shelf in a 7-Eleven outlet in one of the dry areas, Ao Nang, Krabi. The severe Thai flood crisis shown in the news all over the world, let many people assume all of Thailand is [...]

Online Thai flood map

Online Thai flood map

For an up to date nation wide view of the Thai flood crisis click here. Another useful site is Google Thai floods crisis map.

Green frog and bullfrog concert

Ao Nang, KrabiWhen returning to my hotel last night I heard a strange sound coming from the kitchen.I first thought they had turned the TV on very loud with a show about Tibetan long horns or so, but that seemed a bit weird, so I went in to see what was going on.What I witnessed [...]

Showers in Patong

Showers in Patong

We were at a party in Otop area. The problem was: we couldn’t leave till the next day The situation, the next day (Photo thanks to Hans v/d Peppel)

Coral Island today III

Coral Island today III

Local showers coming (lasted 1 min.) Sea star (30 cm diam.) Hermit crab

Coral Island today

Coral Island today

Seen on Coral Island (Koh Hae), Phuket: In the morning: Cleaning the rooms.On the foreground: Somkid, the manager of housekeeping.And in my opinion the defacto daily boss of the resort.She works here since 2001 and told me she would like to die here on the island. Not a bad choice if one day this might happen, I think. [...]

Cannot eat fruit

Cannot eat fruit

This morning after breakfast we walked a bit around when I came across fruit which looked like green apples hanging from an unfamiliar tree. Usually Polly can tell me the name of any plant we stumble upon, so I asked her what it was.She answered that it was a ‘Cannot eat fruit tree’. She further explained [...]

Leave nature alone

Leave nature alone

Seen in my hotel in Chiang Mai, three trees grow through a small shed