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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 1st 2014

Well my blogging buddies it is is time to bid a fond farewell to my home of the last month and head around the world again to my real home in the great white north. I can say without hesitation that Bangkok is a wonderful city to get lost in and enjoy all that it has to offer.I have felt welcome here and never once felt uncomfortable in my surrroundings or in danger or at risk. That is quite something for me to say after my last two international trips, but it is true. Friendly faces populate this city, a gentle people, perhaps stirred up at the moment, but that too will pass I am sure. Prapan, my landlord, has been helpful and his condo extremely comfortable and convenient and I would recommend staying here if ... read more
My Chinese friend
Takraw
The King

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 31st 2014

Happy New Year blogging buddies, it is New Year's eve, the year of the horse and I have a belly full of beer...am in the mood to tell you all about another wonderful day in Bangkok. My days are numbered here, leaving on Sunday, bright and early (4:30am taxi), and there is an irony to be celebrating a new year just as I am looking forward to going home to Nicole to celebrate new beginnings. I started my day fulfilling a promise to an old chinese man I met in my first days here. There is a temple beside the Taksin skytrain station I wandered into early on in my month here. From the outside it looked normal but upon entering it was clear the place was in transition. Let me rephrase that, renovation! Regardless of ... read more
The Year of the Horse
Festive faces‏
Festive faces‏

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 30th 2014

Hello again blogging buddies, I am sitting by the pool catching some afternoon rays and catching up on some walk abouts from last week. First off though on the security front, the situation is for the most part unchanged.The PM has said the Feb 2 election will proceed and the demonstrations continue in an attempt to change that course. The leader of the protest said the demonstrators would be on the move today in the hope of bringing traffic chaos to the city. I just came back from a trip out of town so have no true picture of what, if anything is happening. It is not unusually busy in front of my condo, so who knows. The other day I decided to take a walk to find the Golden Mount. At one time finding the ... read more
Let the bells ring out
Peaceful ascent
Peaceful ascent

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 28th 2014

Good evening blogger officianados from the state of emergency. Actuallly it is a fairly tranquil state so far with no apparent change in the rhetoric and the stalemate.The advance polls were all most completely disrupted in Bangkok but across the country they seem to have proceeded as scheduled. The demonstrators are still camped out at strategic intersections but Bangkok is definately not shut down! I have decided that I am done with temples and have turned my sights and walking shoes in the direction of other worldly pleasures like shopping and drinking! Well that is somewhat of an exaggeration, but I did decide to visit a very unique Bangkok locale and not a temple or palace in sight. Khao San Road is a neon lit united nations in the middle of the city. A unique melting ... read more
On the way to Khao San Road
On the way to Khao San Road
Grilled bananas at the Grand Palace Pier

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 27th 2014

Hello again blogging buddies,time to tell you again about one of my recent days out and about here in BKK.I am still referencing the Lonely Planet guide book for inspiration and direction and on their list of must sees in Bangkok, Jim Thompson's house. Jim Thompson was the man credited with taking the Thai Silk industry and revitalizing it by introducing it to the world. Thompson was an American architect who worked for the OSS (spies before the CIA).After the war he settled over here and discovered a small cottage industly, making silk.He saw the potential and developed the markets in fashion houses around the world, making him very wealthy. He loved Thailand and the region of SE Asia and decided to build a house in Bangkok.Not just any house though,he went across the country side ... read more
Jim Thompson House
Jelly beans? Not...silk cocoons
Dancer...Jim Thompson House

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 26th 2014

Hello again faithful blog readers, it is Sunday evening here and the advance polls were held today.The Bangkok Post reports a number of polls were forced to close or not opened at all due to interferance and intimidation by the demonstrators.I saw nothing in my travels today and will wait to read more tomorrow. I want to tell you about a a market I have been to a few times, open only on the weekends but what a place.Imagine all of Bangkok's Markets fused together in a seemingly never ending commerce -themed barrio.Everything is on sale here from snakes to teapots.It is hot, it is very very crowded and it is amazing. The market is set up in sections with numbers and signs indicating what row you are going down in a general sense, and there ... read more
Shoppers
Shoppers
Tuk Tuks and crowds

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 25th 2014

Hello again my blogging buddies, I can report all is well here under the emergency decree.So far I have not noticed any escalation of activities on either side of the conflict as the days count down to the February 2nd election.There are advance polls tomorrow and the embassy warns me that things could get out of hand around the polls.Not knowing where these polls are the warning is of little value to me, and I am certainly not hiding out in Thonburi. I have been wandering about the last few days and it is time for me to catch you all up on what I have seen.The Lonely Planet guide book is always my source of information on these trips and I am always amazed how thorough and precise they really are.Often they simply highlight a ... read more
The amulet market
The amulet market
The amulet market

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 22nd 2014

Hello there blogging buddies.I just wanted to post a quick blog to reassure everyone that I am fine here.The emergency decree now in place in Bangkok has not apparently changed anything.I was out and about today and saw a couple of the demonstration sites, still up and demonstrating inspite of the prohibition of assembly in groups of greater than 5.The numbers of demonstrators seemed to be down, from what I saw and there were no apparent changes to demeanor or strategy of the groups. I will be watching, there is advance polling this Sunday, and I am reading the paper and getting updates from the Embassy so I am good.No worries. Bye for now.... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 22nd 2014

Good day to you all again from Thon buri here in the great, though troubled city of Bangkok.Let me start this blog with a security update.Things are becomming a bit more tense here, with the Shutdown Bangkok movement into week two, starting today.and i am seeing an escalation in violent incidents.Twice this week there have been grenade explosions at two demonstration sites, many injured and one death.Both attacks have been in broad daylight, the latest occuring yesterday afternoon at about 1:30.No one has claimed responsibility and no one has yet been apprehended for the crime.The good news is the rest of the city, beyond the demonstration sites, is calm and undisturbed by what is going on.I am moving around as usual and there are no outward signs of any heightened tensions, police or military buildup so ... read more
Ferry crossing to Wat Arun
The Tower

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 17th 2014

Hello again, faithful blogging buddies.The first few days of 'Shut down Bangkok' are winding down and I can report all is well with the city and more importantly me. By the accounts I have read there has been only very isolated and random acts of violence, with nothing even close to resembling a move or change in focus of the demonstrators. That is not to say things could change as the waiting war grinds on without the stated goal of forcing the government to step down realized. The embassy is in touch and as I said before I am ever vigilant and of course fleet of foot should the need arise. My latest adventure, a visit to see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, begin as many of my adventures do, with a false start. A ... read more
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace




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