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I know a lot of nooks and crannies. I know the name and prices for most Chiangmai hotels/guesthouses, as well as many in Bangkok (from basic to luxurious). I even spent a day in Bangkok visiting the grand dames--Oriental, Regent, Sukothai, Peninsula, Shangri-la, Sheraton Royal Orchid. (My top three would be the Oriental, Peninsula and Regent.) I can guide the adventurous through Thai and Chinese hawker food, or direct them to royal Thai food and elegant dimsum. I have visited almost all the grand monuments (including Chiang Saen, Sukothai, Ayutthaya, Phimai, Phanom Rung, Bangkok temples) and even have recommendations on photo excursions to picturesque old wooden temples in Chiangmai. I also know little-publicized sites like the Prasart Museum outside Bangkok, one wealthy man`s splendid obsession. (I can also recommend the best guide books.)

Experience in the area

I've traveled the length and breadth of Thailand, lived with locals, purchased crafts, eaten the local food...overcome a 20 yr. span...for as much as two months a year.


Bachelors in journalism and theater.

What do you like about this subject?

Thailand is a great combination, a starter kit for exotic culture. The temples are as fanciful as golden headresses, the food as unusual as mushroom salads with cilantro and lime juice. Yet, the people and culture are easily palatable and set up and waiting for the Western tourist.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I've been to Thailand about 30 times, to Bangkok, at least 50. I've seen Chiangmai amass traffic, the Mae Sot bridge go concrete and Ko Tao go from no accommodations to 500. But there are still areas left to their peaceful traditional ways that I'd like to explore. I'd also like to follow the thread of Thai silk artistry through Thailand.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Most Westerns search for the exotic in Thailand, but Bangkok is emerging as a first world city with astounding design talent and great international style. After you're done trekking with hilltribes, go see what's cutting edge and new by anyone's standards in Bangkok!

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2016-02-24 Presents for Thais:

My apologies for the delay, Matt! More than your average work week.    Interesting, and as Thailand gets more "Western" or at least acquires more foreign shopping malls, gift buying is an increasingly

2012-02-27 river kwai:

Well, Dianne,  Break it to your husband gently.  In his defense, you'd think it should be "kwi" because it's spelled like Thai which is pronounced similarly.  The problem is, as I'm sure you know is that

2010-02-28 handicrafts:

Hi, Julie!    Kind of depends on what particular types of handicrafts you want . . . but Gaysorn Plaza has some nice places . . . as does the Emporium . . . there are even some good ones in (the antiques

2010-02-26 Location:

Yes, Yaowarat and Charoen Krung both have jewelry shops.  But really know you're stuff before stepping into any of them!  And yes, I know the Newrotel, the location's good, but it's a very basic (in my

2010-02-24 Location:

Hi, Sammira,  For attractions, shopping and general convenience, as long as you don't mind being in a busy part of the city away from the river, I'd recommend the Siam Square area (where MBK, Siam Paragon


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