Thailand Journals

Sewen

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A travel journal to Thailand by SeenThat

Read the Sign! Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand More Photos
Quote: "It looks like dried up bits of dirty-blond hair, but it tastes of juicy fresh meat." "Roads are more than a method of connecting between destinations..." "’Sorry, full’ may be the most discouraging welcome awaiting the traveller approaching a random guesthouse or hotel" What else can a traveller ask for?

On Thai Bus Terminals

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Mae Nam Kok Pier  Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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After travelling for a while in Thailand it becomes clear bus terminals are an important part of the towns, often to the extent of occupying their very center. Moreover, they all share the same design giving the feeling of having arrived home despite the town’s name or location. What else can a traveller ask for?Basic DesignIn an unexpected show of order, Thai bus terminals follow a very exact design. Understanding it ensures a smooth experience. Regardless their size, the central structure of most terminals is shaped as a "T." The horizontal bar is where the tickets offices, food plazas or stalls, police boxes and other administrative functions are located. The ti...Read More

On Water, Ice and Malaria

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Cross of Sacrifice Photo, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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In the 7-Eleven entry of this journal, I commented on the importance of water to the traveler in Thailand. Yet, knowing where to get it is not enough; sadly many misunderstandings exist regarding water and related issues in Thailand. Despite the negative information available on the issue, I found a different reality. I experienced problems with food and water in China, Nepal and ...Read More

Travel Free - On Thai Guesthouses

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Saphan Phla Port Photo, Ranong, Thailand
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While traveling in Europe, making hotel reservations before arriving at the destination is the normal procedure. But what happens if the traveler finds a more attractive spot or decides to change plans and move to the nearest city? Many unexpected things occur while travelling and hotel reservations may become an uncomfortable constrain. Serendipity should be given room on every trip.If letting go of these customs the traveler would discover a whole world of freedom; where even he – or she – wouldn’t be able to guess where the next day would be enjoyed. Thailand’s tourism infrastructu...Read More

Reading Thai Roads

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Read the Sign! Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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To the traveler, roads are more than a method of connecting between destinations; they are a goal by themselves. Paying attention to them may lead to useful insights into the culture that built them and – of course – prevent getting lost in the middle of nowhere.On Wars and Their Odd ResultsWars usually have unexpected outcomes. The American-Vietnamese War led directly to the development of the Thai roads network. In those days, the American had seven airbases near Thai cities – mainly in Isaan - and built a network of highways connecting them to ...Read More

7-Eleven

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Pak Khlong Talaat Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Ubiquitous in Thailand, 7-Eleven branches are one of the most distinctive memories I have from the kingdom. Maybe that’s because this was the first country where I met the chain; but it is not only that, Thai branches are highly distinctive and worth of a visit.Unusual NameThe unusual name of the chain refers to its working hours in the far past (7 AM to 11 PM), but more interesting is the fact that "7-Eleven" is a name that asks for troubles in Thai. The Thai alphabet was derived from Khmer, the last from Sanskrit and the Sanskrit adapted its...Read More

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