Thailand

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When Kids Grow Up On Tropical Islands Without Electronics

“They’re not attracted to the TV screen,” observed my 10-year old daughter in disbelief. Last week we stayed on the remote Thai island of Koh Phrathong where electricity only comes between sunset and 10 pm, so residents of Lions Village can socialize after dark. What my daughter said referred to the six village kids playing around her and her sister, ranging in age from three to 11 years. While adults next door gathered with sodas in front of a TV blaring Thai soap operas, kids simply played on. In fact, they spent hours with my girls with only hand gestures as a common language and it was one of the best times my girls had on the island.

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Bang Krachao: Biking through Bangkok’s Green Lungs

Bang Krachao: Biking through Bangkok’s Green Lungs

Bang Krachao peninsula, known as Bangkok’s green lungs, is a welcome breathing escape from Bangkok only a 10-minute boat ride from the bustling Klong Toey dock area. Think 11,810 rai of protected mangroves and orchards in Samut Prakan province just across the river. How come the area is so pristine and undeveloped? Totally out of […]

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Songkran 2009 in Bangkok

Songkran 2009 in Bangkok

The anticipation leading up to Songkran is much like Halloween’s. There’s something scary outside your door and you’ve got to gear up and fend for yourself. Songkran – the traditional Thai New Year – is a celebration of renewal, getting together and merit-making but it is popular for reasons not quite so lofty: getting doused […]

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Siam Niramit: Broadway in Bangkok

Siam Niramit: Broadway in Bangkok

Went to see Siam Niramit in Bangkok tonight. It’s my third time. Second for my girls. Great and grand, as planned. Although I’ve seen it before, I still get a thrill from the majestic scenes and the guy diving in the stage-long canal. The sets and costumes designers did a beautiful job at illustrating Thailand’s […]

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Kanchanaburi: The Bridge on The River Kwai and Erawan National Park

Kanchanaburi: The Bridge on The River Kwai and Erawan National Park

Only three hours west of Bangkok, the city of Kanchaburi is a gateway to no less than five national parks and numerous waterfalls set in surrounding mountains. However the city draws its reputation overseas from much darker episodes with the Death Railway, the War Cemetery and the bridge over the River Kwai. The Japanese camps […]

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