Tourism

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 [...]

Surviving in Thailand: The hard truth

Surviving in Thailand: The hard truth

Many visitors to Thailand love the easygoing local atmosphere and notice that they get much more pleasure and value for money than at home. For me it took five years of dreaming to take bold decision to move over here. I remember back home I frequently visited the website escapeartist.com to check if I would be able to [...]

Thailand’s kuddle industry

Thailand’s kuddle industry

Welcome to the pagan Walhalla,  welcome to Thailand! Men are enjoying their days on the beach, drinking beer and having sex with any local they can get their hands on, whenever they feel like. Eventhough the stereotype of sextourism and sexpats in connection to the beautiful country persists, it is far from a catch-all phrase for [...]

Hotel survival part VII: Omelette

Hotel survival part VII: Omelette

Here’s how to fix a breakfast in the comfort of your own room Stuff needed from left to right: Prerequisites (Immersion) water boiler After a run to the shop Knife, fork or spoon (7/11) A Bowl* (7/11) Microwave proof plastic bag (7/11) Sauce/pepper/salt (7/11) Sausage (7/11) or any other things you like in the mix Eggs [...]

Photo: Miss Avan from the Khmer owned Temple Club, a popular bar and restaurant in pub street. The text on her shirt; "Khmer and Proud of it", underlines there's a new vibe of awareness.

Siem Reap is getting upmarket

Photo: Miss Avan, waitress in the popular Khmer owned Temple Club bar and restaurant. Slowly but steadily Cambodia is recovering from apocalyptic times. Besides NGO workers, in the late 80′s and early 90′s it was a place for adventurers, followed by backpackers in the last decade.  One of the musts for Cambodia goers is to visit the famous temples [...]

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

This week at 4:00 am monday morning a New Zealand tourist at Kata beach, Phuket saw his bank card swallowed by an ATM machine after he entered a wrong PIN code for the third time. He had to check out from his hotel and catch his flight, but he was left without the money he [...]

To obey or not to obey, that’s the question

To obey or not to obey, that’s the question

Today I read a moving story titled ‘In North Korea, a brutal coice‘. It is about a woman called Han who escaped from the country with her two daughters to China and was finally permitted to live in the US. Along the way she faced the cruel choice of leaving her 5 years old son [...]

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 [...]

Weird travel magazine

Weird travel magazine

Seen in a local magazine called Passport:15.000 copies are issued of this free tourist magazine distributed in Krabi province.Obviously quite some advertising space has not been sold and is filled up with nonsense, however some funny ads are real. Crappy service?The Chatchada House really exist in Ao Nang and no matter what they say, reviews [...]

The poor woman with the blind singing husband

The poor woman with the blind singing husband

Now that the poor man with the elephant or the man with the poor elephant is more or less being banned from Thai streetviews, another profitable franchise concept has emerged.The poor woman with the blind singing husband.For those unaware: A woman with a collection cup is being followed by her blind husband holding her shoulder [...]