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  • How to not give up this time.. even if you already did
    Do you feel frustrated with yourself? Maybe you already broke your “resolution” for the new year or you “gave in” to Netflix and wine instead of what you thought you should be doing. Maybe you didn’t write down any goals but you still feel “the same” and you can’t figure out why? Or did you go in full force and… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • YouTube Channel: Fluent in Thai by Narisa Naropakorn
    Years ago, after getting fed up with the timesink of studying Thai courses only to be told that the phrases I worked so very hard to learn were incorrect (often laughable), I went searching for a Thai teacher who taught real Thai. Not the Faranged Thai or old-fashioned overly formal Thai found in some courses, but real, honest… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Old things in Thailand
    When I walked to the toilets of the school in our village I was not very impressed by the quality and hygiene. But when taking a piss I saw the old toilets and I was very happy they were not in use anymore.What reminded me of the fact that you see many times a new building (house / temple /… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • A Black and White Interview with Bangkok Entertainer Kevin Wood
    Kevin Wood is a talented man. I first met him at Checkinn99 four years ago. I got to know him a little bit during a rehearsal for a live performance he was directing and starring in for the The Rocky Horror Show. As he admits in this lengthy interview he is not one for small talk. So we went for… ... read more
    Source: Thailand Footprint
  • Train stations in Thailand, last station Hua Lumphon in Bangkok
    Hua Lumphon train station in BangkokI love traveling by train, it goes slow and it brings you in contact with real life in Thailand. So I took the early day train from Bangkok to Khon Kaen. It was a wonderful trip and I arrived in the afternoon. Along the way drinks & food was sold and I could walk around… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Lao Cafe – outstanding somtum and Thai-Isaan cuisine in central London
    I’ve said it countless times before, and I’ll say it again: somtum is the national dish of Thailand. This fiery papaya salad is what fuels the nation, and yet overseas it’s still green curry or pad thai that the country … Continue reading The post Lao Cafe – outstanding somtum and Thai-Isaan cuisine in central London appeared first on… ... read more
    Source: The World & His Tuk Tuk
  • Weekend Trip to Samui after the Floods
    Last week, Samui and much of Southern Thailand faced some devastating floods due to the northeast monsoon. On Samui they had continuous rain for nearly a week which made it difficult for the water to drain away. Some people say it was the worst floods they’ve had in 30 years. Once the floods had finally gone down, I flew to… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • The mighty Mae Nam Chao Phraya in Bangkok
    Photo taken from my hotel, probably in 2002. For me the Chao Phraya IS Bangkok. But maybe that is because I come from a city with a big river and a big harbor. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Just This
    Just this Just these sights Just these sounds Just these physical sensations Just these tastes Just these thoughts ... read more
    Source: Life, Health, and Addiction Recovery in Thailand
  • I am Wonder Woman
    Occupation: Amazon PrincessWhen I was a freshman in high school, about 14 or 15 years old, my younger brother and I wandered into a comic book store. It was located between Mililani, our home town, and Waihawa, the dead-beat-town-that-we-briefly-lived-in. We stopped there because my mom would visit her friend’s Thai grocery store. And like every other time, we kids tagged… ... read more
    Source: Life, The Universe and Lani
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Sixty Six: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน กีฬา – สิงโต Narrator: Episode – ‘Sing-dtoh’. เก้าแต้ม: สีสวาด มาดูสารคดีเรื่องนี้ซี่(สิ) มีสัตว์อะไรเยอะแยะเชียว Kao Taem: Si Sawat, come watch this documentary! There are so many different animals in it. วิเชียรมาศ: มีญาติเราด้วย มาดูซี่(สิ) Wi-chian maat: Our relatives are in it too. Come… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Sukhothai, the old capital of Siam
    Since I first traveled to Thailand I always liked Sukhothai and in the years that I am living here I did return many times. Of course Sukhothai is famous for being the first capital city of Siam (as Thailand was known until 1932). Nowadays Sukhothai consists of 2 parts, the new little city and 12km west of it the ruins of the ancient city… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Road condition update : Route 101 in Nan province
    13 January 2017 : With a deadline of 18 January they are working hard on the 18km road construction at route 101, just south of Tha Wang Pha. The 2 small bridges are more or less finished. The main bridge over the Nan River is far from being finished. This also means that about 900m meter of road is still… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Costs of living in Thailand over 2016
    Sometimes people ask me how much it costs to live in Thailand. Well that all depends of course how you spend your money. Some people spend a lot of money on entertainment or holidays or do buy expensive cars & motorbikes. But lets start with the simple things in life.The first 5 months of 2016 we were still living in Khon… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Making cotton for the traditional Thai Lue cloths in Nong Bua (Nan province)
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Lesson from a Past Life
    I have doubts about the reality of past lives, but I’ve also had experiences in meditation that make it seem at least possible. One of the most powerful of these was a vision of myself as a Benedictine Monk living in France during the nineteenth century. In the vision, I was a large fellow who looked quite stern and… ... read more
    Source: Life, Health, and Addiction Recovery in Thailand
  • Thai Time: Using Pronouns Like a Pro (Part 2: What Should I Call ‘You’)
    Using pronouns like a pro… In the previous post, Using Pronouns Like a Pro Part 1 (which was yonks ago—I apologise!), I introduced you to the world of Thai personal pronouns. We also broke the first person pronouns into factors and inspected the usage of each word. Now, in this post, we’ll talk about how to use the… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Beautiful flowers in Manupruek (Nan province)
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Two old Hmong ladies in Manipruek (Nan province)
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • What is here being dried?
    Well of course it is food ... Thai would not take all this effort if they could not eat it. It is weed that comes from the Nan River. You will see it for sale at the local markets, but not all year around.And then finally a photo of the end-product being sold at the local market. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Bus station of Nan Town
    Just South-West of town is the bus-station of Nan. It is still an old fashioned chaotic bus-station. I love it, it really gives you the feeling of traveling. From here you can take the old "orange bus" to Thung Chang (passing Pua). And there are "Song Theauws" to bring you to town and other nearby villages. From this bus-station you can take… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • How to make 2017 your best year yet
    It’s been a week long series of the 2016 collection. I hope this week brought you some insight, inspiration and friendly reminders to find what makes you happy, treat your body right and never stop exploring the world around you. As we kick off 2017 one of my goals is to take my blog to the next level. I’ve… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Sixty Five: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน กีฬา – เถ้าแก่ Narrator: Episode 65 – ‘Tao-gae’. เก้าแต้ม: พี่เก่งเค้า(เขา)จะไปไหนหลอ(หรือ)สีสวาด แต่งตัวหล่อเชียว Kao Taem: Where is Pee Geng going, Si Sawat? All dressed up and looking good. สีสวาด: ไปงานหมั้นจ้ะ คุณพ่อพี่เก่งเป็นเถ้าแก่ด้วยนะ Si Sawat: He’s going to an engagement ceremony. Pee Geng’s… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • The Power of Vulnerability
    Trying to escape or avoid emotional pain, physical pain, or the discomforts that arise from interacting other people is a mistake. It is only by allowing myself to be completely vulnerable to pain that I can become free of this pain. It is only by remaining open to criticism and the consequences of my mistakes that life becomes easy to… ... read more
    Source: Life, Health, and Addiction Recovery in Thailand
  • View over Nan town
    My first photo of 2017, view over the valley of Nan seen from the Wat Phra That Khao Noi (started building in 1283) on a small hill (Khao Noi) just 2km south-west of town. Best visited in the very early morning for a sunrise view. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Original of “Art in Nan”
    A few days ago I did make a posting about "Art in Nan" with a new murual seen at a coffee shop. I thought it was the imagination of the coffee shop owner, but I found the original at the Wat Phumin in Nan town. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Floating temple at Queen Sirikit Lake near Pak Nai
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The 2016 Collection: Sharing Your Story
    Sharing your Story “Your influence is endless. Just like heart disease, cancer, alzheimer’s, you name it, mental illnesses can be deadly. People who suffer from mental illnesses deserve awareness, respect, support, empathy, sympathy and love. It doesn’t just affect those who suffer but anyone and everyone who cares about them. No, you may not understand what it’s like,… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Sunset and Sunrise at the fishing village Pak Nai in Nan province
    SunsetBoth photos are taken at Ban Pak Nai in Nan province and overlooking Queen Sirikit LakeSunrise ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The 2016 Collection: Finding Your Passion 
    Finding Your Passion “The more I encourage others to take risks, take action and live the life of their dreams the more I continue to do it myself.” “ Being healthy, active, busy, soaked in sunshine and helping other people as much as I can fills me up” “No one has an idea and knows where it will take… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Taking the ferry at Pak Nai to cross the Queen Sirikit lake in Uttaradit province
    The ferry comes First car on the ferrySecond car on the ferryFerry goes (20min to other side) ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Thailand Travel Writer Richard Barrow
    I have been exploring Thailand for over twenty years now. At first I was just doing it for pleasure, but in 1997 I became one of Thailand’s first travel bloggers. It is now a fulltime job for me. The following is a list to my recent trips and also blogs and social media accounts. RichardBarrow.com – news & events of interest to… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • Air Show at Don Mueang Airport on 14 January 2017
    The annual air show on Children’s Day will be taking place this year on Saturday 14th January. The venue is Don Mueang airport in Bangkok. I don’t have too many details yet, but usually you can park at the airport and then take a free shuttle bus to the runway. Entry is free. I will update with more details here… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • Nan Memories at the “Khum Chao Thep Mala House” in Nan town
    Photo taken in 2016Updated at 5 Jan 2017Nan Memories, to show you old photos of Nan province and to try to reproduce this photos now.Here the very sadly decay of an once beautiful mansion. Although it is currently under some kind of renovation. But this beauty needs much more as just some paint.Photo of unknown date & sourceThe photo above… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The 2016 Collection: Happiness 
    Happiness  “Between all these goals, plans and dreams for the future I refuse to forget the invaluable moments that are happening right now.” “Sometimes you just wanna set the cruise control button. But no one ever won a race on cruise control.” “Ask yourself what matters MOST to you and if you give that the MOST attention, not just in… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Index: Successful Thai Language Interview Compilation
    The First Fifty Successful Thai Language Learners… Well, that’s a wrap. For now anyway. Below are the first 50 interviews in the Successful Thai Language Learners series. My thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute. Just to let you know … I’m slowly making inroads into the second 50 interviews. So far there are 28 –… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • The vanishing fishing village of Pak Nai in Nan province
    Originally it was a fishing village along the Nan River, but in 1968 they started to build the Queen Sirikit dam and by 1974 the village was along the huge water reservoir Queen Sirikit. Although I assume that the village had been on another location as now. For more information about the dam see WikipediaThe village became famous as fishing village… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The 2016 Collection: Travel
    Travel   “My biggest takeaway from all of my adventures living abroad in two radically different countries and returning back home to America in between, has been that the world is an absolutely captivating and magical place, if you allow it to be. Being open minded is the key to happiness, success, relationships and quite honestly, life.  I truly… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Vans the most dangerous public passenger vehicles in Thailand in 2016
    If you have ever taken a passenger van in Thailand, then it probably comes as no surprise that they have been declared the most dangerous form of public transportation during 2016. Speaking from my own experience, the drivers are often maniacs. They drive too fast, tailgate and overtake on blind bends and on the brow of hills. They always seem… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • Walking at a moon-like landscape at Sao Din Na Noi in Nan province
    Locally called "Hom Jom" this natural geological occurrence from soil erosion is located about 6km from Na Noi in Nan province. It is a bit difficult to find as following Thai tradition the signs at the last few km are missing. But worth the extra 6km side-trip to see this extraordinary and intriguing moon-like landscape of eroded sand pillars and… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Sixty Four: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน คำที่เข้าคู่กัน Narrator: Episode – Words that rhyme. วิเชียรมาศ: นกบินฉวัดเฉวียน แวะเวียนกระซุบกระซิบ หนอนคลานกระดุบกระดิบ ดุกดิกกระซิกกระซี้ สวัสดีจ้ะเก้าแต้ม หน้าตายิ้มแย้มอารมณ์ดีจริงน้า(นะ) Wi-chian maat: ‘Nok bin cha-wat-cha-wian’ ‘Wae wian gra-sup-gra-sip’ ‘Non klaan gra-dup-gra-dip’ ‘Duk-dik gra-sik-gra-see’ เก้าแต้ม: เพลงเพราะจัง ใครแต่งน่ะ Kao Taem: Such a melodious song! Who wrote it?… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Full Road Accident Statistics for New Year 2016-2017 in Thailand
    It is now that time of year when the Thai government publicize the daily accident reports from around Thailand. This year, the “Seven Dangerous Days of the New Year” is from 29th December 2016 to 4th January 2017. During the new year holiday last year, 380 people were killed in road accidents. The three year average is 52 deaths and 474… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • The 2016 Collection: Health
    Health “It is not selfish to work on yourself first, it is compulsory. You do not need to be perfect to help other people, I am so far from perfect it’s not even funny. You need to be willing to be both earnest and light hearted about this whole self-improvement business and speak from a place of genuine concern… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Art in Nan province
    Some temples in Nan province are famous for its centuries old murals made by Thai Lue artists. But along route 101 is a coffee shop that is famous for some other murals. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The 2016 Collection: Change 
    Change “When you focus on changing yourself for the better, everything around you gets better too. My goal is to continue to fight HARD to be the best me I can be. I am so happy with my life right now but that is a continual process not a finish line.” “I tried to get a few friends to… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • The 2016 Collection: Pain
    This week I’m going to hit you with all 7 themes I collected from reading & reflecting on my 2016 blog posts. All excerpts are from past blogs.  Before we move on and chase new horizons, it’s important to acknowledge all we have learned on the current journey.  Hope you enjoy the look back… I know I sure did  Pain… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Visiting Tham Pha Tub Forest Park in Nan province
    Tham means cave in Thai and Pha means something like monk / temple. So yes of course there is a cave with a temple in the this small range of limestone mountain that hat rises abruptly from the rice-fields about 10km from Nan town. Actually there are about 10 caves along a walking trail and it features a beautiful karst… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • 1.38 Million cars left Bangkok at the start of the new year holiday
    The best time of year to drive around Bangkok is during any long weekends. The longer the better like what we are having at the moment. According to the statistics that were released today, a total of 1,381,470 cars left Bangkok on the main highways during the last three days. This explains why Bangkok’s road are so quiet this weekend.… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • 21 things my journal wants me to remember about 2016
    Happy New Year! Ever since I was a teenager, I loved the idea of a fresh start to each New Year. Usually, I’d write down a bunch of beautiful goals and then promptly forget about them. This year, I decided to go back and look through my journals to see what 2016 was all about. Everything’s going to be… ... read more
    Source: Life, The Universe and Lani
  • Welcome to 2560 / 2017, the year of the Rooster
    Welcome to 2017 / 2560, the year of the Rooster. May this new year bring happiness, health and many happy travels. And for the people born in the year of the Rooster ... it might be the right year to visit the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun (North Thailand).Also this year I hope to travel all over my favourite parts… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi