Category: Thailand

Turn Down for Wat: a Quick Tour of Bangkok

Turn Down for Wat: a Quick Tour of Bangkok

In Bangkok, there’s three things you can’t escape: temples, markets, and aggressive lady boys. Cue the Sesame Street ditty: “one of these things is not like-the-others…” The music stops: now, can you guess the odd one out? I spent a few days in the capital and tried to find out. In Thai, the term ‘wat’ …

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Finding Common Ground with Chiang Mai

Finding Common Ground with Chiang Mai

I struggled to find common ground with Chiang Mai. People have always talked it up. It’s Valhalla in the jungle, they said. Full of far-out peaceniks with a currency of love. The waterfalls are rainbows, and the rainbows are, umm…double rainbows. Yeah, they’ve got double rainbows! It sounded fanciful. Now here’s the truth… First off, …

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The Ethics of Underwear: a Journey in Central Thailand

The Ethics of Underwear: a Journey in Central Thailand

In Thailand, you’ll confront the big issues. But I’m not talking poverty, sex trafficking, or institutional corruption – I’m talking underwear. Yep. To wear, or not to wear: that is the question. Because, believe it or not, it’s illegal to be caught without it. Now, let me be clear – I’m a staunch anti-undite. I …

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November Summary

November Summary

Visit Cambodia: where anything’s possible. This, I quote, is what her profile said. Ok, sounds good Cambodia. I’ll call you, I told her. We’ll tee up a date, how’s November? It started in Phnom Penh, the capital. While tolerable, it’s hardly a destination. My highlights included surviving a spiked drink and the excitement of leaving. …

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October Summary

October Summary

October is a shit month back in Queensland. It’s a dead zone between the end of the rugby and the start of the cricket. The fishing’s poor and the surf drops off. My weekends would lack context. I’d saunter about in social purgatory, catatonic, moistened in a drool of lethargy. Time itself became viscous. But, …

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Bad Karma and the Unluckiest Girl I Know…

Bad Karma and the Unluckiest Girl I Know…

Once, I watched a bloke pull three grand from a poker machine. Fair dinkum. “Drinks on you mate, it’s your lucky day!”. “Fuck off – it’s karma” he snapped. Sporting one thong and fewer teeth – I had no cause to doubt him. So, since then, I’ve honoured his adage. Case in point: this girl …

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Trang and Krabi, Not Too Shabby

Trang and Krabi, Not Too Shabby

Trang and Krabi are strange neighbours – cultural antipodes but fraternal twins. With a short bus ride, you can taste the rainbow of southern Thailand in little more than a long weekend. Trang is a rural centre. There aren’t many tourists, and nothing’s in English – that’s what I liked. It’s a drift through a …

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Koh Lipe and the Opposite of Cynicism

Koh Lipe and the Opposite of Cynicism

What’s the opposite of a cynic? Maybe an optimist? Whatever it is, on Koh Lipe, I found it again. Now, this isn’t my first trip through Thailand. I know the score. It’s a place of acute natural beauty and of smiling sanguine people. Of which both, unfortunately, are being tamed by the tide of tourism. …

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