Category Archives: Thailand

Bangkok (1)

New Prankhorn Hotel 139 Khao San Rd. Thursday 28th November 1985 Bangkok has to be the most traffic polluted city I have ever been in. Recent affluence, generated initially through the impact of the American forces during the Vietnam War … Continue reading

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Bangkok (2)

New Prankhorn Hotel 30th November 1985 With M, who has joined me for her annual holiday, I have become a tourist and today we visited the Grand Palace. ‘Grand’ is not the adjective that comes readily to mind as that … Continue reading

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The View at Koh Samet

7.12.85 Picture the scene. The coconut grove reaches down to the coral white sand. Stilted bamboo and palm frond huts are scattered around the Tomtub Restaurant which caters to the needs of travellers who have managed the three hour bus … Continue reading

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Thailand Trekking 1

Racha Guest House, Chiang Mai 16th December 1985 2pm I returned today to the ‘real’ world: traffic, newspapers and contacts with the encroaching western way of life. For 4 days, 3 nights and 650 baht I have been trekking among … Continue reading

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Thailand Trekking 2

The next morning, after coffee and toast, we set off and tested our stamina. The paths were muddy from the early morning dew so it took us all some time to find our rhythm of footing. We could tell when … Continue reading

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Thailand Trekking 3

The third day was for me the best. Getting our circulations going and removing the sleep from our heads meant that the first walking session was undertaken willingly. Although getting to the top of a mountain ridge may not be … Continue reading

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Thailand Trekking 4

Our third and final night was to be for an induction into opium smoking. But first, while the others were out in the cold playing with the village children among the tallest bamboo (coppiced) that I have ever seen, I … Continue reading

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Thailand Trekking 5

The old couple had smoked steadily together all evening. They were up at five, whether they were woken up by the rooster as I was or not, I cannot say. They said little to us or each other. The last … Continue reading

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The Golden Triangle

Boonbubdan Guest House, Chiang Rai Sunday 22nd December 1985 M. has rejoined me and today we visited the Golden Triangle. Maybe I should emphasis that: Today we went to THE Golden Triangle. I’m not sure what I envisaged. Tales of … Continue reading

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Letter 8 to Son No.1 (Chiang Rai)

Rashi Guest House, Chiang Mai December 26th 1985 Today is Boxing Day for Christians throughout the world, including Thailand. As the main religion here is Buddhism, the Christian community celebrates with church services and present giving on Christmas Eve, as … Continue reading

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