Author Archive for Richard Barrow

Bangkok Police Bike Patrol

The streets of Bangkok are very congested with traffic which probably explains why there are no police car chases in the city. At the same time, there are also some very narrow lanes that are not suitable for cars or…

Novice Monks eating Lunch

The photograph shows a group of novice monks eating their last meal of the day. Many children become novices for a few weeks during the summer holidays. It’s not easy for them as they can only eat twice a day.…

Christmas Garden in Northern Thailand

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Loei Province in the winter months is the Poinsettia Garden. This can be found at the entrance to the Phu Rua National Park. The leaves of the poinsettia plant turn from green to…

Children’s Day in Thailand

There has been a regular Children’s Day in Thailand since 1955. It is held on the second Saturday of January every year. On this day, many places open their doors to children for free or at a reduced rate. For…

The Colours of Phuket Old Town

Most tourists who visit Phuket spend most of their time on the beach. In doing so, they are missing out on the beautiful Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket Town. These colourful buildings date back to the start of the 20th Century.  In 1994,…

Wat Phai Rong Wua

One of the most amazing temples in Suphanburi is Wat Phai Rong Wua. Around the grounds there are reproductions of buildings marking the locations of important places in the Buddha’s life. There is also the largest concrete Buddha and this…

Monk Ordination by Horeseback

It is traditional for Thai men to ordain as Buddhist monks at least once in their life. Some consider they are not real men until they have done this. In the past, men would ordain for three months when they…

Candle Festival in Suphanburi

The start of the three month long Buddhist Lent was celebrated in Suphanburi with an elaborate parade with traditional cultural performances. The highlights were beautifully carved candles on floats that took part in the parade. All ten districts in Suphanburi…

Cha-am Beach on a Week Day

A popular destination for Bangkok people at the weekend is Cha-am Beach, which is about 200 kilometers to the south. It can get very crowded with thousands of people in the sea and no deckchairs available. However, as this is…

Santorini Park in Cha-am

It’s becoming the trend in Thailand these days to build themed restaurants and malls. Santorini Park in Cha-am is a cross between a themed mall and an amusement park. Though there aren’t really that many shops of interest. Entrance is only…

Monkey Business in Thailand

On the surface, it may seem like a cute idea to have monkeys roaming wild around a tourist attraction. But don’t be fooled. These animals can be quite vicious. They are also very sneaky. If you are not careful they…

A Beach Vendor

One of the best things about going to a beach in Thailand is that you don’t need to worry about getting hungry if you are lounging on a deck chair. This is because beach vendors go up and down selling wares.…

Bangkok Taxi Driver

I met this Bangkok taxi driver in Cha-am, which is a seaside resort about 200 kilometers south of Bangkok. Taxis don’t usually go this far, certainly not on a meter. But people can rent them out for the day from…

Replica of Dusit Maha Prasat Palace

This is a replica of Dusit Maha Prasat Palace at Ancient Siam outdoor museum in Samut Prakan. It is based on an early 19th Century building found in the Grand Palace. What is interesting about this building for history buffs is…