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Bangkok Fiction writers interviewed live by Keith Nolan

Keith Nolan’s a hard guy to miss if you’re around the Bangkok music and writing scene. He’s at the sound board every Sunday afternoon for the jazz jam session at CheckInn 99 on Sukhumvit between Sois 5 and 7 (blink and you’ll miss it, and you’ll be sorry you did). He also has a regular […]

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WoWasis art review: street murals in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is notable for its wall graffiti and subway art, but unless you’re in the San Telmo neighborhood or taking the subte, you may miss the best examples. Not so the street murals, which grace much of the city, in particular the Microcentro area in the heart of the city. These murals are lovingly […]

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WoWasis Bangkok jazz review: the Sunday jam session at CheckInn99 off Sukhumvit

Quite a few jazz musicians live in Bangkok, both Thai and expat. Without a doubt, Bangkok’s best jazz bargain is when many of them jam together every Sunday afternoon from 2-6 at Bangkok’s notable speakeasy, CheckInn99. You need three things to have a great jazz venue: good musicians, earthy ambiance, and inexpensive drinks. CheckInn99 has […]

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WoWasis visits Bangkok’s Calypso Cabaret ladyboy show

Bangkok’s famous Calypso Cabaret has just passed its 25th anniversary, and is now located at the Asiatique complex on the Chao Phraya river, having moved from its longtime theatre located in the Asia Hotel at BTS Ratchatewi. The new neighborhood is decidedly more commercial, as is the show, which is suited for all ages. There […]

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WoWasis’ Top 6 picks in Takayama, Japan

Takayama is a small jewel of a city located to the north of Kyoto, and makes a refreshing two day stop. It’s unrushed, and a terrific walking town. To get here, you’ll probably take the train from Nagoya. If you do, get a window seat, as the scenery around the Hida river is at times […]

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WoWasis book review: ‘The Strange Disappearance of Jim Thompson’ by Harold Stephens

Don’t let the title of the book fool you. There’s more here than just a story of the demise of the legendary silk king. Harold Stephens’ The Strange Disappearance of Jim Thompson and Stories of Other Expats in Southeast Asia (2003, ISBN 0-9642521-7-1), which originally was published in 1978 under the title Asian Portraits, is […]

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Top 5 palaces and shrines in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul’s palaces represent fascinating, colorful, and artistic elements of Korean culture

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Korean Hahoe Masks and Theatrical Performances

Hahoe masks and performances offer a rich cultural experience to travelers visiting South Korea

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Andong Maskdance Festival, held annually, showcases Korean and International mask culture

Andong’s annual mask dance festival is a major event in South Korea’s arts calendar

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Hahoe Folk Village outside of Andong: a Korean “Can’t Miss”

The annual Andong Maskdance Festival held in South Korea includes a nearby trip to Hahoe Folk Village

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