Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
A long weekend in Khao Takiab and Hua Hin
For Bangkokians looking for a few days away at a beach resort but not wishing to mess around with airport departure lounges or long train journeys, the choice generally comes down to either Pattaya or Hua Hin. Both resorts are easily reached in a few hours by car so it's a case of flip a coin, plonk an armful of clothes in the trunk and off you go.
A room with a view
From airless studio apartments to dingy guest houses
I was thinking the other day about how many different styles of accommodation or housing I have lived in during my years in Bangkok - rented houses, tiny studio apartments, dodgy neighborhoods - I didn't realize there were so many. So in chronological order, here are the places that have provided a roof over my head at some stage.
Holiday in Thailand
Singing the praises of Hua Hin
I’ve been to Hua Hin a number of times, I think five times in total, and I have to admit I quite like the place. It’s easy to get to and not too far from Bangkok.
The infamous Songkhran festival
The Songkran festival, which could also be called Water festival, is the Thai celebration of the Buddhist New Year and officially lasts for three days. Although it seems to be immensely popular with Thais, many foreigners, especially expats, thoroughly dislike it. Why is that?
BSc (1), Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
South African (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 50 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
Canadian (female, 25 years old, native speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Cameroonian (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 20 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 27 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), BSc (1)
Filipino (male, 40 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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