Category: City Life

Phayao. One Big Happy Family.

Jungle trekking- no. Elephant rides – no. Tigers – not really, but we have tom cats instead. Rafting, kayaking, diving, anything? No chance. The only place in Phayao where you can settle your adrenaline rush is the local hospital. No matter the day of the week or the time of the day this city looks […]



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 […]



Lampang. Thailand’s last Paradise.

Once they had granted us Pattaya, Phuket, Samui, Phangan, Koh Tao, Chiang Mai and part of Bangkok, the Thai people decided to grow magic walls around the places they want to keep whole for themselves and their successors. One of this places is Lampang, The last Paradise of Thailand, as they call it. Haven’t heard […]



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 […]



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 […]