Huay Sua Thao, the long-neck village

The asphalt road is the only grey line in this colorful landscape. The green of the forest shines so brightly that I have to put on my sunglasses. Yellow and blue butterflies fly out of the bushes and start racing my motorbike. The sign warns me of a possible elephant encounter. The butterflies takeover the [...]



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 [...]