A restored section of 'Old City' wall & moat, Nakhon Ratchasima

Introducing Isaan Thailand is in the top 10 most visited countries in the world with 35 million annual visitors currently. Yet its largest region, equating to nearly one-third of Thailands land mass is still ‘off the beaten track’ as far as international tourism is concerned. And if tourists do visit it’s as a through …

Five-Sitting-Buddhas statue @ Phra Sorn Kaew, Khao Kho

The district of Khao Kho is not on any international tourist route though Thai visitors adore this region. This is a place for nature lovers. Soaring mountains, rolling hills, lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, gushing rivers, and two wildlife-rich national parks – all part of the attraction! Khao Kho is in the north-central Thai region …

Collection of Spirit Houses at front of Condo complex, Hua Hin

We were sitting in a café atop Rind Hill – a forested hill, park and viewpoint on the east coast of Thailand’s largest island, Phuket. Our outlook through the treetop canopy is of the coastal plains and ocean below. Seeing movement out of the corner of my eye I look up. A monkey (macaque) …

Grand family sized headstone & tomb @ Chinese graveyard, Kanchanaburi

Travelling around Thailand, we have sometimes seen unusual graveyards and wondered about their origin. On a recent trip to the region of Kanchanaburi, we came across such a cemetery. Not having the classical Buddhist type styling, statues or figurines, we wondered if their derivation was Chinese. Visualise this scene! A low hill backed a large …

Elephants roaming happily @ WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre

Ever wanted to get up close to elephants? Yet seeing them in the distance at a National Park just did not do it for you? Or perhaps you have ethical issues with trekking on, riding, petting or feeding, captive elephants? Well, we recently visited a place where you can spend a day amongst the elephants …

Street scenes @ Pranburi Night Market

Pranburi Saturday Night Market has been on our local ‘must do’ list for some time, and just a few weekends back we finally made it there! It’s only a short (25km) drive south from Hua Hin to neighbouring Pranburi and the Market only happens Saturday evenings.  This is definitely a locals market with genuine …

#BoutiqueFarmers

Recently we took advantage of an offer that, as foodies, was particularly appealing and required an out of town overnight stay. We didn’t have to travel far. Pak Nam Pran and Khao Kalok are neighbouring beaches in the Pran Buri region just 30 minutes’ drive south of our home in Hua Hin. And just …

# Catafalque party #Anzac Day 2018 #Dawn Service #Hellfire Pass

Descending through the lush tropical bamboo forest we hear the gravel crunch underfoot. We walk quietly through a twenty-meter-high rock cutting that’s carved out by hand. Bamboo lanterns throw eerie shadows, as people quietly make their way along the dark path. This is how Anzac Day at Hellfire Pass in the Kanchanaburi region of …

Monsoon Valley wines

Large red wine glasses, two rows of five, lined up atop the wine bar. Monsoon Valleys winemaker and their wine consultant on one side of the counter, Vivien and me on the other. A serious wine tasting happening right in front of us. The task for them was to choose the next Shiraz to take the …

Wat Phuttha Chaiyo - the nearest temple to our home in Hua Hin

This blog post looks at two connected religious holidays that have happened this last weekend. They mark the beginning of Vassavasa – a three-month annual retreat observed by Theravada Buddhists which in Thailand equates to over 93% of the population. Our new home of Thailand certainly offers near-daily opportunities for experiencing and learning something …

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