Thailand, Text

Cheapest way to read Financial Times

Back to easy life.
Want to read "Financial Times"? Grab a black and white Xerox copy on the street, it's practically free!

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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 »

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 »

Photos from Thailand, 2007 February

Most of the cringel.com visitors don't ask for text, they ask for images.

So I go out of the way and let the images speak for themselves:

Asian street signs series. Thailand, Ko Samet: Baht means local currency in Thailand. I was thinking for a long time what could be in that room (treasury?), but at last I understood that what they want to say is not baht, but bath.

Asian street signs series. Thailand, Ko Samet: Baht means local currency in Thailand. I was thinking for a long time what could be in that room (treasury?), but at last I understood that what they want to say is not baht, but bath.  READ MORE »

Is it difficult to update your blog while sitting on the seashore?

It is impossible, I can tell you.

Astonished and ashamed I am looking at the date of our last cringel.com update, which was January 28th, or 9 days ago.

If that was my job, and I should explain my boss what happened and what are the reasons for not updating the site, I would probably not have any explanations.  READ MORE »

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi - Ban-Phe - Ko Samet. First days of the trip

Meet me at my new office (yes, that's where I write this post)

Marius works in a new office now

Marius works in a new office now

So. We landed in a brand new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport, which is still under construction in some parts. Everybody passed the immigration without problems except Andrius, who wrote a wrong flight number in a form that we filled-in during a trip. But it took just a few minutes of explanations, and we were outside, waiting for our luggage.  READ MORE »

Helsinki - Bangkok. Full plane, 2 hours of sleep

Hello, Vanta airport.

Half an hour to go. A lot of Finns and Swedes waiting to get on the Bangkok plane. Some people already wearing flip-flops.

Bye-bye, Vanta airport.  READ MORE »

"Have you already had vodka this morning?"

That's what we ask each other right before breakfast.
Thai food is perfect, but we are used to quite a different cuisine,
so we do as our first aid instructor advised - drink a small shot of vodka in the morning and before we go to sleep, just to make sure there's no infection in the digestion system. Maybe it sounds a little bit too paranoid, but it's better to be on the safe side than to ruin a whole trip during the first month.

We have 5 plastic 0.5 liter bottles of Finlandia, so that should last for a month or so.  READ MORE »

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