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Merry Christmas From Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Korea, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Wherever you are in the world, this week I want to wish you and yours the best of the holiday season. Welcome to week 307 (22/12/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Who says that Asia doesn’t do Christmas? When I arrived almost 16 years ago, that was the case. These days, throughout Asia, you’ll find beautiful lights and displays celebrating the season. Enjoy a few of the photos that I have taken from Christmas’s past.

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Bangkok’s Emporium knows how to dress for Christmas. The picture perfect trees change colors as the Christmas music plays. With the temps hovering close to 30C you need to pinch yourself to convince yourself that it is Christmas (or at least I do!)

 

Bangkok, All Decked Out for Christmas 1

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Best of Thailand for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Destinations, Hua Hin, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Best of Thailand

Enjoy the best of Thailand for week 305 (07/12/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Since I’m probably not traveling out of the country this winter I decided to do a walk down memory lane this week.  I’ve spent a lot of winters in Thailand over the years and here are a few of my best of Thailand posts from over the years.

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Best of Thailand

Taste of Thailand Food Tours 

From dining on the street to 5-star restaurants food is synonymous with Thailand and each area of the country boasts their specialties. Often the best way to experience the best of Thailand and the great flavors of Thai food is to take a food tour. Taste of Thailand Food Tours offers both full morning and evening tours. I chose the morning and sampled everything from street cart curry puffs and fried bananas to curry made for the royal family. You can drool over the food here.

 

Best of Thailand

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Bangkok: Cooking with Poo for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Bangkok, Destinations, Food, Thailand, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 30 comments

Welcome to week 220 of Travel Photo Thursday. I spent this past Christmas in Bangkok doing one of my favorite things…cooking school! You may have done a double take at the title, but yes the name of the cooking school is Cooking with Poo, and the lovely owner and brilliant cook is Poo (short for “Chompoo” or rose apple). Poo takes any teasing about her name in good stride, and is always quick with a joke or a funny comment. Enjoy today’s tour of her cooking school and the delicious food that was made (some of it by me) last Christmas Day.

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Poo and her assistant waiting for the final students to arrive. We all met in the same place, so that kept any confusion to a minimum.

 

Poo Waiting for Students

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Bangkok: Taste of Thailand Food Tours for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Bangkok, Destinations, Food, Thailand, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 21 comments

Taste of Thailand Food Tours

Wherever travelers wander in Bangkok, they’re surrounded by amazing food and local culture. However, the two aren’t always that easy to bring together, especially if you only have a few days in this fascinating city. Don’t despair, Taste of Thailand Food Tours are experts at uniting real food, real people, and a real community. You’ll be amazed at how much food, culture, community, and fun can be packed into four short hours. In this week’s Travel Photo Thursday (our 209th) photo essay I share my food tour experiences as we navigated Bangkok’s historic Bang Rak neighborhood; “The Village of Love.” On a side note: In case you’ve ever thought of getting married in Thailand, Bangrak is the most popular neighborhood for issuing marriage licenses, which peaks annually on Valentine’s Day 🙂

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Taste of Thailand Food Tours

Booking and paying for your tour is easy with Taste of Thailand’s online booking system. All tours begin at Saphan Taksin BTS Station (Exit 2). Tee, our guide for the morning, was ready to start promptly at 10 am. After a few quick pointers, our group of 10 was eager to savor our first tasty morsels.

Curry puffs were the first item on our tasting menu, and we didn’t have far to go. Six flavors are on offer, and we each chose two. Decisions, decisions! I ended up sampling a mushroom and a coconut. Both were mouthwatering good, surrounded by melt-in- your- mouth homemade puff pastry that rivals your mama’s and grandmamas.

Curry Puff Vendor/ Open 7am-12pm/ Saphin Tasksin/ BTS – Exit 3

Curry Puff Vendor, Bangrak, Bangkok,Thailand

Making the Curry Puffs, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok’s Amulet Market for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 30 comments

Bangkok’s Amulet Market

Join me this Travel Photo Thursday  (week 207) as we enjoy the Bangkok’s Amulet Market and all that it has to offer. Few tourists leave “The City of Angels” (aka Bangkok) without spending at least a few hours in the “Old City.” If you’re checking out a map, you may not find “Old City.” Instead, look for the area called Rattanakosin located close to the Chayo Phraya River.  Here you’ll find the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (famous for its Emerald Buddha, numerous other temples, and a few museums. I’ve visited this area several times over the years, and have taken in the sights. This week I visited again with a different destination in mind, and that was the Amulet Market. Although the market lies only steps away from the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, many visitors never give it a second glance. 

You’ll see evidence of Bangkok’s Amulet Market as soon as you turn onto Maharat Road. The easiest way to get to here is to take the BTS to Saphan Taksin, then head to the Central Pier (2-minute walk and loads of signs). Hop a boat to Tha Chang Pier, and, once there, walk through the outdoor market. If you’re like me, you might have to stop for fried bananas for some added energy! Turn left at the first street (Maharat Road), and you’ll immediately see evidence of the market on the sidewalk. On the left-hand side of the road are the amulet sellers. On the right-hand side, you’ll find a plethora of traditional medicines on offer.

 

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The stalls are basic with a table or two, and some stools. Some merchants even display their wares at ground level.

 

Amulet Market, Bangkok

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Thailand: A Bangkok Quickie

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 22 comments

Thailand: A Bangkok Quickie…

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Hard to believe we are at week 195! I am on the fly again this week. My best intentions flew out the window this week, and now here I am at almost 8pm just getting Travel Photo Thursday “out the door”. On my way back from Penang this past summer I had a sixteen hour layover in Bangkok. I cannot tell you how excited I was. I hadn’t been to Bangkok in at least two years, and the last time I was there was just after the riots and the burning of Central World. What was on my mind? Shopping, massage, and food…pretty much in that order. I headed to Central World, which the last time I was there was still burnt out, with plywood sheets covering the burnt out windows.  My heart was warmed to see all the changes and rebuilding.

 

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First thing I wanted to do was a bit of shopping. There were a couple of things I wanted, like my favorite soap and body lotion, and I was hoping to find an outfit to spruce up the fall semester. First I had to stop for a shot on my way from the Skytrain to Central World. This IS Bangkok. Love it or hate it! I don’t think there is an in-between.

 

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