Paper umbrellas, lanterns, cotton scarves, silk pillow covers, table mats, handbags, slippers, Thai spices, herbal remedies, handmade soaps, natural cosmetics, jewelry, Buddha statues, elephant statues, toys, silk ties, clothes, incense holders and
As I park my bicycle next to a 7/11 and a collection of souvenir shops, I realize Ayutthaya is not going to be the step back in time I hoped it would be. It feels more like a history theme park. Before I came to Ayutthaya – the old capital of
My first thoughts, when I enter Wat Pho in Bangkok, are extremely non-spiritual. There are too many people. They all stand in my way. Despite big signs that ask visitors to "dress respectfully", many Western women have decided to turn up at a
In the mountains of northern Thailand, not far from its border with Myanmar, lie countless tiny villages as far metaphorically from frenetic Bangkok as the earth is from the moon. Many of the people who live in them -- members of the so-called "hill
I had thought I could find my way by retracing my steps through the highlights: The silk fabric shop, the market stall with the thousand Buddha statues, the little booth with the mango wood carvings. But a hundred silk fabric shops later, a hundred
Our guide approaches us, his nose seemingly buried in what looks like an instruction manual with the words "trainee instruction book" handlettered on the cover. He is holding it upside down and wearing a big grin. The upside-down part, at least,
The limestone juts straight up into the sky, precipitous as a Manhattan skyscraper and just as tall. If you want a mental image, think of James Bond and "The Man with the Golden Gun." That cliff you remember, the one that soars out of the sea?
DoDo is my responsibility for the day. A big responsibility, four tons of it. He stands seven feet tall, and measures a good ten feet long. "He is a champion elephant, this one," says Teerapat Trungpakan (Pat, for short), owner of Patara