A Grenade Explosion in Bangkok

I arrived in Bangkok for a few days to go to the dentist, get rid of a lump in my leg that appeared in the last few months and fly to Luang Prabang. Given the current political situation, Bangkok was not a place I wanted to be in but it seemed like the practical choice as I was only a few hour’s drive away in Cambodia and it had a good hospital. I booked a hotel a few yards from the hotel so I would not have to move about very much, which was just as well. My leg throbbed if I walked too much and events in the city rattled me. Continue reading

My Favourite Memory

Elephant Sanctuary, Chiang Mai

The time has come to leave Thailand and to make a record of the things that have struck me the most. For one the number of bridal shops, they seem to be everywhere…how loud Chiang Mai frogs are, how nobody bats an eyelid at boys wearing make-up and how maps are not to scale and will randomly omit streets. Continue reading

To Fast or Not To Fast

The resort I am staying in is famous for healthy eating and it is the reason I chose it. Not that I am unhealthy but I want to create healthy eating habits and more importantly, I want to stick with them. I have a tendency for not eating anything for hours and then, starving, I reach for the first thing readily available, more often than not, biscuits or such like. I reckon one month should do the trick. Most people are on a detox mission. 3 or 7 day juicing or fasting.  After a few days here, the question is will I tackle the fast or not. An integral part of the detoxing is the do-it-yourself twice daily colemas (enema done on a board) which I am not wild about. The resort staff wear t-shirts with the slogan “shit happen” on the back (sic). Not sure if that puts me off or encourages me at this point. Continue reading

On or Off?

I am spidered out…this morning shrieked at what turned out to be my hair…

I have been here several weeks and I still have not completely understood the etiquette behind taking your shoes off. Before I left on my trip I read a lot about Thailand on the internet and I knew I would need to take my shoes off when visiting temples but nobody mentioned that I would have to take them off in other places like pharmacies, travel agencies, currency exchange booths, clothes shops, dentists, laundries or hairdressers. Most hotel staff will take them off when entering your room and it is interesting that now I am used to this I get quite peeved if they come in with their shoes on. Like they are not respecting my space. Once, totally justified in my eyes, I found myself getting exasperated when late at night security staff were fiddling with their shoes before entering my room and I was like “…never mind, forget the shoes, just come in…hurry and deal with the snake in the bathroom before it hides somewhere!!…”  Continue reading

Jungle Stay

The geckos in my room poop everywhere…the novelty is wearing off…

View from my Balcony, Koh Samui, Thailand

View from my Balcony, Koh Samui, Thailand

After 20 hours travelling I arrived at the health resort at Koh Samui and one of my first questions was “is there a Boots?”…I am missing some of the comforts from home already. I confess that the first few days I was unhappy. The resort was shabby and in need of some revamping, one of my bed sheets had holes big enough to put your entire hand through, but mostly because the staff didn’t really seem to care. It is frustrating when you can’t communicate and anything you ask always gets the same answer “What is your name?” “Yes”. Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Crossing the road is a hazard…not all cars  stop at red lights

Bell at Golden Mount, Bangkok

Bell at Golden Mount, Bangkok

I didn’t like Bangkok very much. Lots of traffic, chaos, pollution and someone trying to get you to part with your money at every corner. One morning I went to visit Wat Saket, the Golden Mount. At the ticket office I was served by two cute school girls who spoke some English. As you go up to the top, you come across bells of different sizes and you are supposed to ring them for good luck or to make a wish. I didn’t know and made my wish on my way down, let’s just hope this doesn’t turn my wish upside down!   Continue reading

Yes, I give way to roaches

(Listening to: Everybody’s Talking by The Beautiful South)


Local food is nice but very spicy, even when you say emphatically “not spicy” after two bites you will feel your mouth go numb. I have learned the hard way that not spicy simply means only one or two chillies are added, after all, they reckon, you need a bit of flavour!    Continue reading

Chiang Mai

Number of taxi drivers who today tried to charge me at least double: 5


There are so many beautiful temples and they are so different to what I am used to. The buildings are white outside but have an amazing array of colourful decorations. Really stunning. They feel very accessible and are not imposing. It is easy to just walk about and maybe come across a line of robes drying in the sun. One of the best meals I have had was in a restaurant at Wat Suan Dok temple. Probably the best vegetarian meal I have ever had. It blew my mind.  Continue reading