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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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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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Air Show at Don Mueang Airport on 14 January 2017

Air Show at Don Mueang Airport on 14 January 2017

The annual air show on Children’s Day will be taking place this year on Saturday 14th January. The venue is Don Mueang airport in Bangkok. I don’t have too many details yet, but usually you can park at the airport and then take a free shuttle bus to the runway. Entry is free. I will update with more details here as and when I receive it. In the meantime, this is the schedule for the show: 08.15-09.05 F 16, AU-23…

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Vans the most dangerous public passenger vehicles in Thailand in 2016

Vans the most dangerous public passenger vehicles in Thailand in 2016

If you have ever taken a passenger van in Thailand, then it probably comes as no surprise that they have been declared the most dangerous form of public transportation during 2016. Speaking from my own experience, the drivers are often maniacs. They drive too fast, tailgate and overtake on blind bends and on the brow of hills. They always seem to be in a rush. In addition, many of the vans are overcrowded which means that even if the seatbelts…

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Full Road Accident Statistics for New Year 2016-2017 in Thailand

Full Road Accident Statistics for New Year 2016-2017 in Thailand

It is now that time of year when the Thai government publicize the daily accident reports from around Thailand. This year, the “Seven Dangerous Days of the New Year” is from 29th December 2016 to 4th January 2017. During the new year holiday last year, 380 people were killed in road accidents. The three year average is 52 deaths and 474 injuries every day during the new year holiday. The leading causes of accidents every year is drunk driving and speeding….

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1.38 Million cars left Bangkok at the start of the new year holiday

1.38 Million cars left Bangkok at the start of the new year holiday

The best time of year to drive around Bangkok is during any long weekends. The longer the better like what we are having at the moment. According to the statistics that were released today, a total of 1,381,470 cars left Bangkok on the main highways during the last three days. This explains why Bangkok’s road are so quiet this weekend. Most cars left Bangkok on the Outer Ring Road (40.77%), followed by Motorway (33.65%) and Burapha Withi Expressway (25.58%). Interestingly, the…

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Electric Trains in Bangkok Free over the New Year

Electric Trains in Bangkok Free over the New Year

If you are planning on celebrating the New Year in Bangkok, then there is some good news. The BTS Skytrain, the MRT Subway and the Airport Rail Link are all extending their operating hours until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. In addition, all three services will be FREE from mid-day on Saturday to mid-day on Sunday. What a great New Year’s present. 

Day 4 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 4 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

These are the photos that I tweeted live on the fourth and last day of my trip to Northeastern Thailand. I was visiting Yasothon for their annual Christmas Star Parade. Click here for Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. Also visit Thailand Photo Map for GPS coordinates of all the places that I visited. The last day was mainly traveling back home. But we did visit the national museum in Ubon and had lunch at a popular Vietnamese restaurant. The…

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