Couchsurfing is a system whereby people can request to stay in other people's homes free of charge, worldwide. It is not about saving money. It is about spreading peace and knowledge throughout the world in a non-judgmental way and without barriers of race, age, gender or anything else. Some of my friends find the idea... Continue Reading →
Here is my friend from Bangkok "testing the waters" of Chiangmai. After a very short period of deliberation he decided to move to Chiangmai and is now my neighbour ! The conversations continue 🙂
Driving along a road in Northern Thailand Frank spotted this spooky deserted house. It is very old and made from wood. There seemed to be noone around to ask about it so we decided to investigate. Some people I know would advise not to go in there because of spirits and ghosts etc. but we... Continue Reading →
It all starts in the kitchen with Mom: A good meal is essential and plenty of sleep during the day since the match takes place during the night when the weather is finally cool enough: The match begins with a ceremony called "Wai Kru" which pays respect to the trainer and spirits. I was honoured... Continue Reading →
The Thai city of Kanchanaburi is famous for the "Bridge Over the River Kwai" which also became the title of a film showing how the bridge and railway line were constructed under devastating conditions during WW2. Instead of a photo of the bridge, I show you one of the many cemeteries dedicated to those tens... Continue Reading →
I spent some time paying regular visits to a Muaythai boxing camp on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. It was funded by donations and winnings from boxing matches. Training was tough but it kept the guys busy and fit: Time was needed to recuperate: One exercise involved dragging a lorry tyre through the streets !:... Continue Reading →
This festival is celebrated in the village of Dansai in Loei Province, Thailand in June every year. It's all about ghosts. Some people are afraid to go there. A huge crowd still goes and the place comes alive with a wonderful party atmosphere punctuated by clanging and crashing costumes. Read more about it here.
In Thailand there is a hermit tradition ฤาษี whose followers are not easy to find. They are seen as healers or shamans and are sometimes feared although their services are sometimes required. You can see the typical dress from the photo The man on the right in the photo had what looked like a skin melanoma... Continue Reading →