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The Effect of COVID-19 on International Tourism in Thailand

International Arrivals in Thailand are down by 75% so far in 2020 as the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown continues to impact tourism which accounts for around 20% of the country’s GDP. Read about the impact on Global and Southeast Asia tourism and hopes for recovery here That is according to statistical dataContinue reading “The Effect of COVID-19 on International Tourism in Thailand”

Live Music Bars

My favourite pictures #10 I love live music. Preferably in small venues or bars rather than stadiums or Arenas. At a gig with a band that you love there is that feeling of community, a shared experience, a hot sweaty mass of bodies all enjoying the music and atmosphere. Live music in bars is aContinue reading “Live Music Bars”

Andaman Sea

My favourite pictures #9 I have always loved water. My fearless antics around swimming pools as a 2 year old scared my non-swimming mother on many occasions. I did so many sponsored swims that by 8 years old relatives had said enough was enough, especially those who sponsored by distance. I have been a swimmingContinue reading “Andaman Sea”

Songthaew

My favourite pictures #8 I have ridden in many a Songthaew over the years. We have hailed them from the side of the road, used impromptu “bus” stops and jumped onto waiting trucks. I have always enjoyed travelling in the back of a Songthaew, with its open sides and back and the little sense ofContinue reading “Songthaew”

Street Food

My favourite pictures #7 I love street food. This picture sums up everything that is good about street food for me. Wander around a street market in many places in Southeast Asia and you will see all kinds of street food vendors. The whole experience adds up for me. Gazing at their menu trying toContinue reading “Street Food”

Chang Tower

My favourite pictures #6 First of all I would like to point out I am not a big drinker. I like to drink but it is an every now and then thing usually, and not too excess. We first discovered the Chang Tower in Chiang Mai. In fact it was the same night that weContinue reading “Chang Tower”

Dusky Leaf Monkey

My favourite pictures #4 During our first visit to Ao Nang I thought it would be a good idea to head down to the end of Ao Nang Beach and over the Monkey Trail. It would be a nice walk, we would see another beach at the end of the trail and, hopefully see theContinue reading “Dusky Leaf Monkey”

Thailand Protests and the Return of Tourists

Anti-government protests have continued in Bangkok but have not prevented the first tourists from entering the country. The Return of Tourists Tuesday 20th October is the date that will be remembered for the return of foreign tourists to Thailand. As initially reported in our Thailand Tourism Update on 18th September and added to in theContinue reading “Thailand Protests and the Return of Tourists”

Ao Nang Beach Bar

My favourite pictures #2 In the second of a series of pictures that have some sort of significance to me, we look at the humble beach bar. In our first installment in the series was focused on Thai Rolled Ice Cream. If you are looking for other great pictures, we have recently published features onContinue reading “Ao Nang Beach Bar”

Thailand Tourism Update

In 2019 tourism contributed around 20% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Bangkok is the world’s second most visited city. This year Thailand was predicting record numbers of tourists, 40 million of them. I was one of those back in February before COVID shut the world down. Now some estimates predict just 8 millionContinue reading “Thailand Tourism Update”

South East Asia Flights

We recently published an update on South East Asia Airlines and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on them. We also shared a post looking at the latest flight price trends to the region (mostly downwards). In this post we will look at some of the top routes in South East Asia and the effectsContinue reading “South East Asia Flights”

Thailand Sunsets

Who doesn’t love a spectacular sunset? Every evening seems to be a photo opportunity in Thailand as an incredible sunset after incredible sunset seems to be the theme of your trip. There is nothing better after a hot day than relaxing with a beer as you watch Here are some of our favorites from Krabi,Continue reading “Thailand Sunsets”

Grand Palace Bangkok Gallery

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a must see for all visitors It’s busy and it’s hot but the incredible temples, statues and artwork make the trip more than worthwhile. Here are some of our favorite pictures of the Grand Palace. Advertising and affiliate links help to support this site. We never tailor content toContinue reading “Grand Palace Bangkok Gallery”

Scuba Diving in Krabi

We have visited Thailand on a number of occasions, always with the intention of spending some time scuba diving, but for various reasons it never happened. Finally in February 2020 we were determined to dive on our trip to Ao Nang in Krabi. We were aware that as we had not dived for a numberContinue reading “Scuba Diving in Krabi”

My Favourite Places

While I wait for the global coronavirus pandemic to ease, and travel to re-open, I started to reflect on the places I have visited before. There are a number of places firmly planted in my mind as being places I loved to visit and would like to visit again. Here they are, and unsurprisingly thereContinue reading “My Favourite Places”

My Least Favourite Places

Earlier this week I wrote about my favourite places, those that I loved and wanted to return to. Today my thoughts turn to those places that I found underwhelming and would never want to return. The French Riviera Not all of it but Nice, St Tropez plus near neighbour Monaco. We were on a drivingContinue reading “My Least Favourite Places”


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