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Festivals by month in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the festival capital of Thailand. Every month, there’s a festival that’s fun, interesting, and should be an essential part of your Chiang Mai experience. Here’s what to look for in the yearly festival calendar:  January What: Winter Fair When: December 30 through January 8 Note: This fair combines food, dance, music, and […]

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Trekking, rafting, and ATV adventures near Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand, has loads of interesting things to experience, above and beyond merely enjoying th city. Here are a few exciting options: We’ve always thought those nifty ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) looked like heaps of fun, and finally had it confirmed one day in the Mojave Desert’s Dumont Dunes area.  In Thailand, you can experience […]

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The Good Manner: When the lady is a ladyboy

The Good Manner: Love & Relationship Advice from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: my grifriend is a ladyboy Dear Pa Farang,  As a twenty-year military man now stationed in Thailand, I’m faced with something I never encountered at home.  I’m writing to you, because I can’t discuss this with anyone at the base.  I […]

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Borobudur, Indonesia’s World Heritage Site in Central Java

In our opinion, a visit to the ancient temple of Borobudur on the island of Java is worth a trip to Indonesia in itself.  It’s on a par with any temple complex in SE Asia, as compelling as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, or Burma’s Bagan.  Built between 700 and 800 ACE, it consists of some 60,000 […]

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Top 5 travel sites in Laos

Tour Luang Prabang or tour Vientiane now! The ancient kingdom of Lan Xang is transforming itself into a country that has increasing amenities for the traveler, yet boasts delights that are still relatively untraveled.  Although increasingly popular, the royal capital of Luang Prabang remains one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia, and an […]

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Bangkok Taxi Cockpit: a drive to distraction?

Check out the cockpit of the taxi meter I just took from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.  He’s got a morlam vcd player going all the time so he can watch TV while he drives (it was a neat Siriporn morlam live show, too). His visors are loaded with other VCDs so he can select others […]

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