My favourite, still. Thailand is so much more than its beaches. I am still uncovering new and wonderful parts. Rural Isaan, Khmer temples, the mountainous west, ethnic diversity along its Burmese border. Chiang Mai has become a second home, and both the city and province have much more to reveal. Ancient cities dot the central plains, and more can be found further north. Khao Yai National Park has some very accessible and quality wildlife watching, and much more awaits in others.
The two years of Covid lock-outs was the longest I have spent away from Thailand for almost 30 years. There’s a lot of bytes in these pages. Some of these pics date from the early 1990s and 2000s, taken on various 35mm film types.
LANNA: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Sai, Phrae, Lampang.
CENTRAL PLAINS: Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet.
NATIONAL PARKS: Wildlife, forests, falls, camping, mountains, hiking.
BURMESE BORDER: From Kanchanaburi, up the mountain towns and villages, royal farming projects, immigrants stories towards the Mekong.
ISAAN (CAMBODIAN BORDER): Aranyaprathet , Si Saket, Khao Preah Vihear, Khorat, Meung Tam, Nang Rong, Phimai, Prachinburi.
ALONG THE MEKONG: Chiang Khan, Chiang Saen, Nong Khai
THE DEEP SOUTH: Beyond Ranong, through Phuket to the restive border provinces
THE UPPER SOUTH: Down to Prachuap Khiri Khan, the Gulf towns time forgot