Celebrate the Thai New Year in the Isaan Heartland

Celebrate the Thai New Year in the Isaan Heartland

Songkran has become watered down in many urban centers, as you can see from all the malls where Buddha images are set up to be rinsed by patrons who go through the blessing motions with little heart and no soul. My favorite place to usher in the Thai new year is in...
22 Walks in Bangkok: A Book Review

22 Walks in Bangkok: A Book Review

A new book maps out more than 20 walking tours of Bangkok that show some different sides and rough edges to the pedestrian-unfriendly capital. Most visitors come away with the impression that Bangkok is not a city for walking. Vendors, stray dogs and food carts hog...
Aftershocks: 10th Anniversary of the Asian Tsunami

Aftershocks: 10th Anniversary of the Asian Tsunami

As a  journalist who covered the first wave of the disaster and went back for many subsequent visits to write about the recovery efforts and the survivors coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Jim Algie looked back on the 10th anniversary of the Asian tsunami in...