Tag: people

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 […]



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. […]



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 […]



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 […]