Category: People

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 […]



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 […]



Everything you want to know about Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai is a city of approximately one million people. The town spreads at the footsteps of Doi Suthep mountain. It is a charming town, big enough to find anything you need, and adequately small to let you breath. The local people are gentle and smile a lot, the streets are jammed with cafes, live […]



Surat Thani: theater, dance and good people

When King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) decided to baptize Surat Thani as the city “City of Good People”, back in 1915, he must have known Thepsin Pongkaew’s ancestors. Thepsin works for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and also helps the local radio and television stations, plus he manages a school where 40 young people learn about […]