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They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

Barb and Ben Dietrich, who live on a family farm in southern Ontario, Canada, retired from their jobs, rented out the land on their farm to others, and set off for 3 months in Southeast … Read entire article »

Finding Chiang Mai’s magic

Finding Chiang Mai’s magic

I first visited Chiang Mai when it was one of the must-see places along the hippie trail through Asia back in the 1970s. It was a long trip there by bus from Bangkok but probably … Read entire article »

5 tips for leaving Bangkok with a smile

5 tips for leaving Bangkok with a smile

The Thai people refer to their capital as the “City of Angels” but for visitors it can be anything but angelic. It’s a mega-city. At mid-day it can be unbearably hot, particularity if you’re coming … Read entire article »

Jim Thompson’s house and garden, Bangkok, Thailand

Jim Thompson’s house and garden, Bangkok, Thailand

Down a narrow, nondescript Bangkok lane, the graceful red roofs of a traditional Thai residence rise above a lush tropical garden, in serene contrast to the city’s modern clamor all around. This is the home … Read entire article »

Thai festivals to plan your visit around

Thai festivals to plan your visit around

Thailand is well known for its festivals. Many involve making merit at Buddhist temples so it is an ideal time to get-thee-to-a-temple, fade into the background and be part of the Thai culture. Festivals can … Read entire article »

The spirit houses of Thailand

The spirit houses of Thailand

Outside virtually every house and building in Thailand there is a miniature structure that looks like a little temple or old style Thai house. This is where the spirits that inhabit that particular plot of … Read entire article »

These are not your typical Thais

These are not your typical Thais

The word “Thai” means free and Thailand stands for the “land of the free”. The country was only named that in 1949 and it was previously known as Siam. About 95% of Thais are Buddhists … Read entire article »

Monk spotting in Thailand

Monk spotting in Thailand

Where most men spend at least a short time in the robes I had just arrived in Thailand and in fact was leaving the Bangkok airport when I spotted my first Buddhist monk. He was dressed … Read entire article »

A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Have you ever considered spending time with elephants on a remote reserve north of Chiang Mai, Thailand? Stephanie Jack did just that. I’ve always liked elephants and since I was planning my first trip to Thailand … Read entire article »