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Tag Archives: Thailand

Taking Home the Intangibles

Travel is encountering a landscape of intangibles. Travel photography is an attempt to take them home.

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Lessons from Dance

We can hear their ragged breaths, like the mute tolling of ruined bells.

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Koh Chang 18 Years Later

“Jump in water,” says the boat operator, holding his hands above his head like he’s holding up a backpack. We all tie our sandals to our backpacks, put our wallets in the topmost pockets, roll up our shorts. And we jump into the clear water. We wade for about 70 meters toward a beach with […]

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Living La Vida Local in Ayuddhya

“Apart from the historical ruins and museums, Ayutthaya is not particularly interesting,” says my Thailand Guidebook. From the Kantary House Hotel, on Rojana Road, I can see the bus stop going to Highway 32 toward Bangkok. The bus stop is actually a shed with about six seats and a few shopping stalls. I walk for […]

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What’s in a Name?

“What’s in a name?” says Juliet to the night sky, in the famous balcony scene of Shakespeare’s play. I bet she did not know about a baby girl who was so fat that when she sat in lotus position on her grandfather’s lap, folds of  her flesh hung in layers, so he affectionately nicknamed her […]

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The Hottest Stuff in Thailand

Nittaya is an hour away from her 6.02 am tee time at a golf tournament in a resort 90 minutes out of Bangkok. She has ordered khao tom, a Thai breakfast dish of rice porridge with shrimps and green onion, and when it arrives, steam rising from it, she pours spoonful after spoonful of chopped […]

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Make the Most of the Floating Market

For a floating market that you can walk end-to-end in twenty minutes (and float in an hour), the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Rachaburi, Thailand has a lot of amusement value. I’ve been seven times, and every time, I get to see something new. Here’s how you can maximize your stay at the floating market. […]

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Small Streets

  May 19, 2010. My hands move to chuck a pile of old newspapers into the recycle bin when a headline catches my eye: Bangkok Burning. I draw my hands back and grip that one particular paper, allowing the others to fall into the bin. I cradle it and take it back to my desk […]

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