Category: People

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 […]



Monkey School in Surat Thani, Thailand

Before anything else, you would have to buy a baby macaque. This will cost you something between 1,000 and 10,000 baht. Once you have your own little monkey, you take it to Kadaejae Monkey Training School, where Khun Luesak Papthanawat will teach it various things such as recognizing a ripe coconut, taking it down from […]



Surat Thani. The city hidden from the blind men’s eyes.

If I were to write a list of the most unjustly judged destinations, Surat Thani would make it to top ten. Lonely Planet considers the city solely as a transit point for the better promoted Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. In other words, a large bus station. Nothing to see. Wikipedia, in turn, reports it is “a town […]



An introductory lesson to the Thai language

As it’s wearily to keep mentioning every time “Haad Rin Beach” or “Ban Kiri Wong village”, I will make a few notes for a better understanding of this blog and of Thailand itself. Haad (or Had) means beach Ban means village or house A few more: Ko (or Koh) means island, so “Ko Kradan island” […]



Baan Kiri Wong. True colors.

Unirea got stuck for the first time on Khao Luang. The mountain roads were so steep and narrow that we stopped on a slope; could not climb, nor descent it. Luckily two villagers were passing by on enduro motorcycles, and they helped us move forward. What can I say, life is challenging. Difficult and beautiful. Beautiful […]