Songkran, the Buddhist New Year. Mini guide on how to stay alive and dry.

A few words about the Songkran – the Buddhist New Year There are plenty to be said about the Buddhist New Year but if I start going into details about the origins and meanings of the rituals I would literally have to write a Ph.D. dissertation and this is not the place to publish that. [...]



The Golden Triangle. Thailand, Burma and Lao in one afternoon.

The following story, although on a much smaller temporal and physical scale, is a good reflection of the quality of experience one gets from the speed-traveling, which I personally prefer to call collectionarism. For those willing to sacrifice their free days and hard-worked saving just to cover their fridge in magnets, this article will probably [...]



Tham Lod. The Flawless Circle of Life.

Someone’s knocking at the mountain’s gate. – Who’s there? the mountain asks with an irritated voice. – It’s me, the Tham Lang river. – What do you want? – To pass. – Are you crazy? Do you want to destroy my unity? – What can I do? You are standing right in the middle of [...]



Huay Pu Keng. The place where I wasn’t born.

If I were born in Huay Pu Keng village, I would be a man of two countries: Myanmar, from where my ancestors had fled, and Thailand, the country that welcomed them as refugees. I would have to learn three official languages: Karenni, Thai and official Burmese. Besides these, I would study English, Mathematics, Geography and [...]



Doi Mae Salong. Prisoner in the eagles nest.

I am cold. From here to the Southern border of Thailand there is no less than 14 degrees in latitude. Probably the same in Celsius. The clouds walk around like it’s nobody’s business and then they run up the mountains and pour violent rains upon the village. It is the fifth time it rains today. It [...]