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Thailand Travel Writer Richard Barrow

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 expats and repeat tourists ThaiTravelBlogs.com – news & events for tourists ThaiFestivalBlogs.com – all the latest big events & festivals MyThailandPhotos.com – explore…

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Trip to Phetchaburi for the International Kite Festival

Trip to Phetchaburi for the International Kite Festival

A popular beach destination for Thai during weekends is Cha-am in Phetchaburi province. It is about two hours to the south of Bangkok. Most foreign tourists skip Cha-am and head further south to Hua Hin instead. Although Cha-am beach can get very busy during long weekends, it is very quiet during the week. It is worth taking a look. During March of every year, the beach in Cha-am is host to the popular kite festival that attracts fliers from all…

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Day 3 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Day 3 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

For two nights and three days I stayed in Pattaya exploring family friendly attractions. Even though I visited a dozen different attractions, I only scratched the surface. There is enough to do here to keep you busy for several weeks. Click to see where I visited on Day 1 and Day 2 of my trip. I tweeted the following photos live during the third and last day of my trip. Good morning from the beach in Pattaya. It's expected to…

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Day 2 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Day 2 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

For three days I am in Pattaya, on the Eastern seaboard of Thailand. I am staying at AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa. Everyone knows this city as a center for nightlife. But, really there is more to see here than just Walking Street. So, I set myself a challenge to see if I could find alternative tourist attractions that are suitable for families. Click here to see where I visited on Day 1. The pictures on this page were tweeted live…

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Day 1 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Day 1 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Pattaya has been getting a lot of bad press recently by the international media. The Daily Mirror tabloid proclaimed that Pattaya is the sex capital of the world. They also claimed that there are 27,000 prostitutes here. I am not sure how they came to that number. Did they go around counting them? I am not going to stand here and say that there are no prostitutes in Pattaya. I will leave that to Thailand’s junta leader. However, I do…

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Trip to Songkhla and Saturn with Miss International Queen contestants

Trip to Songkhla and Saturn with Miss International Queen contestants

This weekend, contestants from Miss International Queen flew from Pattaya to Hat Yai in Southern Thailand. MIQ is a transgender beauty pageant that is taking place at Miss Tiffany on Friday 10th March 2017. I was invited to travel with them for this trip to Hat Yai, Songkhla city, and the islands of Koh Khai and Koh Lipe in Satun province. We flew by Air Asia from U-Tapao airport which serves people in both Pattaya and Rayong. The following photos…

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Watch 9 Classic Movies on the Big Screen in Bangkok during 2017

Watch 9 Classic Movies on the Big Screen in Bangkok during 2017

Good news for lovers of classic movies. A new season of  “World Class Cinema” is returning to the big screen in March. Scala Theatre in Bangkok will again be the host for nine classic movies which will be shown once a month until the end of the year. Each movie starts at 12 p.m. and tickets cost only 100 Baht. These can be bought at the box office a couple of weeks before the movie is shown. The movies are…

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Day Trip to the Giant Dragon in Nakhon Pathom

Day Trip to the Giant Dragon in Nakhon Pathom

A highlight of any trip from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom is surely the giant dragon that climbs up a tall tower building at Wat Samphran. I took a friend there at the weekend as well as to five other places of interest. We visited two riverside markets for food stops, an air orchid garden center, a temple where they specialize in traditional tattoos, and a transportation museum. None of these places had an entrance fee. The following photos were tweeted…

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Trip to Chumphon for the Phato Rafting Festival

Trip to Chumphon for the Phato Rafting Festival

One of the areas that was hit hard by the recent flooding in Southern Thailand was Chumphon Province. The people in Phato district said it was the worst flooding in living memory. Although the flood has now receded and the water in the river has returned to a normal color, the scars still remain. I met the owner of Malin Rafting Service in Phato. Her house & rafts were washed away in a flash flood. She spent the night in…

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