• 26 Oct0

    Battling a ‘monkey mind’

    Post by jane

    Yesterday I visited Marina Abramovic’s performance art exhibition for Bangkok’s Art Biennale at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre to participate in her “stillness” performance. Upon locking all of my belongings into a locker, I entering a brightly lit room and was given a pair of noise cancelling head phones.  One of Abramovic’s assistants clasped […]

     
  • 10 Sep0
    What is community based travel?

    What is community based travel?

    Post by jane

    Last month I spoke to you about the great importance of sustainable development in Thailand, which has been guided by the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy that His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej conceived. The King’s aspiration for Thailand was to develop a more resilient and sustainable economic model (partially based on Buddhist philosophy) that would […]

     
  • 8 Aug0
    Alternative Economic Development, under the guidance of the Royal Family

    Alternative Economic Development, under the guidance of the Royal Family

    Post by jane

    Throughout his seventy year reign, King Bhumibol Adulyadej established numerous village based-community development projects nationwide that have brought incredible growth in rural Thailand and have welcomed small-scale tourism. His Majesty’s royal projects provide key insights into the King’s philosophy of a sufficiency economy and are innovative models for alternative economic development. Following in the late […]

     
  • 21 Jul0
    ONE-DAY BEACH ESCAPES FROM BANGKOK

    ONE-DAY BEACH ESCAPES FROM BANGKOK

    Post by jane

      Thailand’s ravishing southern and Andaman islands might be famously home to Thailand’s best beaches, but there are a few stretches of sand close enough to Bangkok worthy of a day (or two’s) escape. Here are the top picks for a sun-kissed sojourn. The royal beach town of Hua Hin offers a seaside break with a side […]

     
  • 28 Jun0
    What the street-food ban has really meant for Bangkok

    What the street-food ban has really meant for Bangkok

    Post by jane

      It has been one year since Bangkok’s street food “ban“ went into effect and the government started a mission to clear Bangkok’s major sidewalks of street vendors. Food-loving Bangkokians, with their go-to hookups for grilled pork skewers, wok-fried noodles and late-night bowls of rice porridge met the news with dismay. Many of us criticised […]

     
  • 15 May0
    How to be a sustainable tourist in Thailand

    How to be a sustainable tourist in Thailand

    Post by jane

    Thailand is a beautiful country to travel, yet, there are many cringe-worthy ways in which tourism has had a negative impact on the environment, ethnic groups, and marine life in Thailand. Animals are exploited for the benefit of tourists, pristine environments have been compromised, local communities have been taken advantage of in the name of […]

     
  • 29 Apr0
    Maya Beach gets a rest

    Maya Beach gets a rest

    Post by jane

    Made famous by the movie, “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Beach in the Andaman Sea has for many years been a chaotic place, lined with selfie-taking tourists and crammed full with speedboats. On any given day, numbers of visitors multiply by the minute as boats pour in and out of the bay, dropping off […]