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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 [...]

Thai rocket festivals

Thai rocket festivals

In Thailand, Yasothon province is famous for it’s rocket festivals. Festivities will be held each year from May 11th till 15th. The tradition goes that rockets will help to kick off the rainy season needed for the farmers. The festivals are not restricted to Yasothon only. In neighbouring province Roi Et, villages organize their own festivities. [...]

Fire exit vs. burglary defense: 0-1

Fire exit vs. burglary defense: 0-1

As Paul Garrigan in his insightful blog suggests, Thai people in general seem to manage very well when dealing with ambiguity. This can be real eye opener for Western schools of thought, specially for those who are moving to a post Christian era. The Buddhist background more or less eliminates dogmatic thinking where it concerns having an [...]

Chiang Rai’s Dutch village street view

Chiang Rai’s Dutch village street view

During my stay in Chiang Rai I was surprised to find out Dutch expats seemed to outnumber those from any other local farang community. About 40 senior Dutch people enjoy a basic state pension from the Netherlands and are registered at the local Social Security Office. Many more are younger though and are making a [...]

I nomad

I nomad

Funny Chiang Rai

Funny Chiang Rai

Tourists learning about their future from alocal fortune teller No problem to marry an alien inChiang Rai Definitely the cheapest accommodationin town Rabbit hooked on ‘tabacco’leaves Oh no.. Google translate can really mess things up..The sign reads something like this: Text on sign  Meaning 1. The moustache is tiny squid roasts  Grilled small squid tentacles [...]

Tree with unstable childhood

Tree with unstable childhood

Siem Reap central market

Siem Reap central market

Seen in Siem Reap from our balcony: At night, the centre is a busy place with numerous food stalls, some open till 4:00 am In the morning at 8:00 am everything is perfectly clean, since the square and the pink building on the right co-function as a primary school. In the afternoon, after the school [...]

Bi-icicle

Bi-icicle

Seen in Siem Reap: Transporting blocks of ice with a bicycle:

A day at Ao Nang beach, Krabi

A day at Ao Nang beach, Krabi