Month: June 2017

June 29, 2017 Peter No comments exist

No visit to Thailand would be complete without a stay in Bangkok. The 2016 Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks the 132 most visited cities around the world, ranked Bangkok as the number one destination city by overnight visitor arrivals.  Bangkok was projected to receive 21.47 million international overnight visitors in 2016 followed by…

June 27, 2017 Peter No comments exist

In February 2015 the Smithsonian did some research into the World’s Most Visited Castles and Palaces. The Grand Palace in Bangkok came in at number 3 with 8 000 000 annual visitors. First was The Forbidden City (Palace Museum) in Beijing with 15 340 000 annual visitors, followed by The Louvre in Paris with 9 334 000 annual visitors.   The…

June 25, 2017 Peter No comments exist

We had purposefully avoided buying anything at any of the markets in Koh Samui, Phuket and Khao Lak as we knew our last stop would be Bangkok and we would be able to find anything we wanted at the markets in Bangkok. Simply choosing a market to visit in Bangkok is a task. There are…

June 17, 2017 Peter No comments exist

The island Ko Tapu – or James Bond Island as it is now commonly known – is part of the group of islands called Khao Phing Kan within the Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park. Prior to 1974 it was a relatively unknown island but that changed dramatically when it was used in the James…

June 12, 2017 Peter No comments exist

It is one thing to read and watch the Youtube videos about the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami sitting behind a computer thousands of miles from where it happened, it is something very different to do so where it actually happened. It has been almost been 15 years since the third largest earthquake ever recorded produced…

June 6, 2017 Peter No comments exist

It was with a sense of relief that we left Karon and Phuket. Between the awful beaches and the timeshare touts it really had become unpleasant. That the local authorities allow the tourists to be badgered by the timeshare touts is unacceptable. It was impossible to simply cross the road from the hotel to the…

June 3, 2017 Peter 2 comments

Illusion – “A deceptive appearance or impression” (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com) The internet is a remarkable thing. It allows for the marketing of products and services in a way that was previously not possible. Elaborate websites can now be set up using a multitude of visual media to entice potential customers to purchase products and services. Those who…

June 2, 2017 Peter No comments exist

“Food, Glorious Food”, written by Lionel Bart, is the opening song from the 1960’s West End and Broadway musical (and 1968 film) Oliver! It is sung when the workhouse boys are dreaming and fantasizing about food while going to collect their gruel from the staff of the workhouse. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food,_Glorious_Food). For us it is, “Food, Glorious…