• Songkran

    April 1, 2005

    Songkran is without a doubt the number one festival in Thailand; an event locals look forward to all year long, much like westerners count the days until Christmas holidays. Officially from April 13th to April 15th, but running unofficially for up to a week in northern parts of the country, these three days represent the last day of the old

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  • The Spirit Festival of Dan Sai

    March 4, 2005

    by Daniel Fraser In late June a group of us friends from Bangkok made a 14-hour journey up to the remote northeast section of Thailand, known as Isaan. Our destination was the small town of Dan Sai located in Loei Province, where we would take part in one of the most interesting and unusual Thai festivals in the Kingdom, known

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  • A Stab at Thai History 101

    February 13, 2005

    by Scott Coates In an ongoing effort study Thai history, I ventured to the first Thai capital of Sukhothai with some family and friends. Located 450km N of Bangkok, Sukhothai was the Thai capital (or Siam, as it was known in the day) from the mid-13th century until mid-15th century. Covering 45 sq km of ruins, Sukhothai Historical Park is

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  • Tsunami

    January 19, 2005

    by Scott Coates “I lost my five-year-old daughter, and five cousins in Phuket,” he says, trying his best to concentrate on the road. “I just got back from my daughter’s funeral in Phuket last night. I stayed there for two days, but my head hurt too much. I had to come back here and get back to work, back to

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  • Calgarian turning heads in Thailand

    April 2, 2004

    Scott Coates for the Calgary Herald When Daniel Fraser moved to Thailand he never thought he’d become a movie star. But that’s exactly what happened when he landed a role in The Garuda, a Thai movie that recently opened in Thailand. “I came to Thailand in 1999 to start an adventure travel company, Smiling Albino, that leads unique, service-oriented trips

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