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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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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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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