Small plane to a big country

Air Mandalay plane ready to takeoff from Chiang Mai airport in Thailand

Air Mandalay plane ready to takeoff from Chiang Mai airport in Thailand

 

Tickets to Yangon, capital of Myanmar, are in my pocket.
I am in an airplane the size of a pocket.  READ MORE »

Let thy kingdom come

Image of Thai king on a computer terminal in Chiang Mai airport, Thailand

Image of Thai king on a computer terminal in Chiang Mai airport, Thailand

 

There are a few things that Thais do not agree about. Politics and banished prime minister Thaksin.
Buddhism as a national religion versus ideas of inhabitants of southern provinces of Thailand.
There is one unanymous belief though, shared by most of the populace - the King. Thais love their king, believe and trust him. One can find images and pictures of His Majesty on many surfaces - framed pictures, big posters, drawings. The picture above is from internet terminal in Chiang Mai airport.  READ MORE »

Late night sales

Tailor waiting for customers at late evening in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tailor waiting for customers at late evening in Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

It's 9.30 PM, dark and rain showers the street. Still, the tailor in Soi 9 of Moonmuang Street in Chiang Mai is patiently waiting for customers, keeping his shop open.  READ MORE »

Best choice for breakfast

Bowl and chopsticks, Cat Ba island, Vietnam

Bowl with rice and chopsticks, Cat Ba island, Vietnam

 

I don't mind skipping breakfast or, sometimes, lunch, if that's the circumstances. Asians don't think so. Eating comes probably second in importance after family. It counts to have a proper breakfast and then lunch on time. Never dine alone.  READ MORE »

Premiership strikes Asian hearts

A boy with a football ball in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

A boy with a football ball in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

 

All of the Southeast Asia is crazy about English football Premier League. Live games on TV, merchandise in shops and discussion about the results.  READ MORE »

Eat all that moves

Palm sized butterfly sitting on the cable, Nam Noen, Laos

Palm sized butterfly sitting on the cable, Nam Noen, Laos

 

The great thing about Asia is abundance of wildlife. In mountains of Vietnam, plains of Laos, forests of Cambodia and underwater in Thailand.  READ MORE »

Family values

Gentle feelings between a grandmother and a child, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Gentle feelings between a grandmother and a child, Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

Family is a base of everything. It gives support when you need it, advice when in doubt and reprimands when misbehaved. One of the easiest ways to lose ones face is to throw a wedding with a poor selection of dishes and few guests. Even if the family is poor, the wedding has to be posh and rich, since it is a first step of a new family.  READ MORE »

Chiang Rai's violetization

A dog from violet dreams, found in streets of Chiang Rai, Thailand

A dog from violet dreams, found in streets of Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

Somebody has been experimenting with applications of Seth Godin's Purple Cow philosophy.  READ MORE »

Silverware or fakeware?

Silverware vendor in Chiang Rai's night market, Thailand

Silverware vendor in Chiang Rai's night market, Thailand

 

A lot of life and activities in Asia go on at late evening, in the street. The night bazaar of Chiang Rai is not an exception. Even though not so big as the ones in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, there are still a lot of nice things to be found.  READ MORE »

Don't you tie on me!

Colorful neck ties for sale in the market of Chiang Rai, Thailand

Colorful neck ties for sale in the market of Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

A huge selection of neck ties, so colorful and nice. Some of them pure silk. Costs just a fraction of what I'd pay back home. I would love to buy a batch and bring home, but I can't - the backpack is too small to carry everything, and I still have half a year of travels.  READ MORE »

How's the weather up there?

Trek supervisor, near Huay Xai, Laos

Trek supervisor, near Huay Xai, Laos

 

Spending most of his time in a nature, he was quite relaxed after long uphill trek. Even found time to climb into the tree and look around, overseeing us, sweaty and tired, walking last steps up.  READ MORE »

No beer, but plenty of bear

Baby bear in the forest, near Huay Xai, Laos

Baby bear in the forest, near Huay Xai, Laos

 

"After three days of exhausting trek in the middle of the jungle, we came to this sunlit clearing".  READ MORE »

Fly high in the sky

Lao guide zipping through the jungle on the steel cable, near Huay Xai, Laos

Lao guide zipping through the jungle on the steel cable, near Huay Xai, Laos

 

I live in the village, close to the jungle. I spend a lot of time each day zipping around on the cables. I have to bring food to those clumsy white "farang" (foreigners) and I have to show them around.  READ MORE »

The house made of one huge window

Early morning in the misty jungle near Huay Xai, Laos

Early morning in the misty jungle near Huay Xai, Laos

 

I sometimes complain about the habbit of my fellow countrymen - building houses with small, tiny windows. I think they make you too closed in the house, too much thinking "my home is my castle" and too egocentric.  READ MORE »

Bucket of worms

An old man producing handicrafts near Huay Xai Laos

An old man producing handicrafts near Huay Xai Laos

 

"Bamboo bucket is complete, now its just to produce the handle. Will be very handy in the jungle, while gathering worms for eating."  READ MORE »

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