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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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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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Free Boat Trip to 9 Temples and Shrines in Nonthaburi

Free Boat Trip to 9 Temples and Shrines in Nonthaburi

During February, there’s a chance to join a free boat trip to visit nine temples and shrines in Nonthaburi province. This is mainly of interest to Thai Buddhists, but foreigners can join as well. When I went last weekend, there were about 1,500 people taking part. To register, go to the pier in Nonthaburi between 6:30am and 9:30am on either 12th or 19th February 2017. If you miss it this year, try again next year. The photos here were tweeted…

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Walking Tour of Central Rattanakosin in Bangkok

Walking Tour of Central Rattanakosin in Bangkok

During Januay, TAT Bangkok published a series of eight walking maps for the city. At the moment these are only in Thai language but they promise an English version soon. In the meantime, I’ve started working on my own English version using Google Maps. I’ve used their map as my inspiration but will add my own places if I can. The photos on this page were tweeted live while I explored this area. I’ll be back again as I only…

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New book about Thailand Tourism during The Early Days

New book about Thailand Tourism during The Early Days

A new book detailing the history of the tourism industry in Thailand and the pioneers behind its early development has just been published. Written by Thailand-based journalist and lecturer Mr Steve Van Beek, and edited by Mr Roy Howard, “Thailand Tourism: The Early Days” charts the rise of the industry since the 1950s and examines the people, places, institutions, hotels and agencies which have transformed Bangkok from the Venice of the East to a dynamic gateway to all the attractions the…

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Weekend Trip to Samui after the Floods

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 Samui to give morale support to the local people. This should have been their high season. I spoke to some…

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