On May 5, 2014 while working on my computer, the desk and chair started to shake. I felt this a few years ago when there was a 3.2 earthquake so i knew what it was. After a short pause I heard a rumble and everything in the house began to shake and rattle. I made [...]
I spent four days with a crew from Destination Thailand TV and my friend David Unkovich filming two videos for their TV show and websites. We traveled to Khun Sa’s former camp and skirted the Myanmar borders. If you have about 16 minutes to spare, please have a look.
Have you seen scorpions glow in the dark?
Have you ever seen a “Vinegaroon”?
I hadn’t. Have a look……..
Read how I “crawled” into a strange, but quite interesting hobby.
There are some strange displays of Buddhist beliefs in Thailand. This is only a few kilometers from my home and for my friends that live here, it is worth a visit.
An unusual Kart Race in Thailand. Hmong Hill Tribes race wooden karts downhill at Hnomg New Year Celebration 2011.
We discovered a shrine to Japanese soldiers of the Second World War in a most unlikely place, but with a fascinating history. Photos and links.
I learned of a Kachin Manau festival being held near the Burma border, but I knew little of what it was about. It’s a nice village, with terrific views and friendly people, so I decided to make the trip.
This is the current travel and country information by the U.S. State Department. Click on their link to “Background Notes” for some interesting history of Thailand.
I was challenged to find this remote stupa, so I couldn’t refuse. It turned into one of my more enjoyable undertakings…….
Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand and many times called by guidebooks (incorrectly) the second largest city in Thailand. A major tourist center, it is an area of contradictions and confusion.
Here is a photo collage and a ‘Map Jack” tour of the Jewel of the North…
A nice ride through the mountains and National Parks to a quaint railway station and tunnel in the mountains.
This is the main line from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and carries hundreds of passengers daily.
Not everyone is familiar with S.E. Asia. Here you will find maps with waypoints to the main locations with links to an associated story. Just click.
There is a legend of a fighting monk (called “The Tiger Monk”) who lives in the Monastery of the Golden Horse. This monk allegedly gave up a successful boxing career, some 16 years ago, and took up the calling of the monkhood to start this remote temple. He fought and held off Khun Sa and his men until they relented and supported his teachings. He trains young orphans, Nens, in boxing and horseback riding. After hearing this tale I had to find the temple……
“Khun Sa”. The name strikes fear in some, admiration in others. Was he a freedom fighter as his admires claim? Or was he the biggest and most famous drug lord in S.E. Asia as claimed by the U.S, DEA $1,000,000 bounty on his head. Watch linked video “Opium Warlord of the World – Burma”.
Hearing of his death and a planned memorial service, what should a former Narcotics Unit Commander do? Head for Thoed Thai of course………
Just south of Chiang Mai is the Chiang Mai Go-Kart Speedway. They rent go-karts and hold some organized Kart races as well as Motorcycle races. Really great is the fact that they also let you rent the track by the hour or the day at a ridiculously low price by Western standards. No worries about insurance or liability. just have fun and enjoy yourself.
What is sometimes called “The Old Elephant Trail” is dirt/road trail running from the town of Samoeng to Mae Hong Son. This entertaining story by two of my friends tells of a 3 day dirt bike ride.
Every November the Sunflowers come into bloom around Mae Hong Son, Thailand. A popular year-round tourist destination, it is breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year.
It was a terrible dirt road. Now it had transformed into an asphalt road with breathtaking views………and mudslides, floods, and riders down!
This post is by my good friendJustin Sallows, a.k.a “Big & Tall”. So Silverhawk had heard about a wooden temple stuck in the forest in the Mae Wing valley somewhere. It sounded like a good enough reason to go traipsing through the jungle on motorbikes. The three wise men did not heed the call to [...]
Our goal was to try and find some of the damaged areas from the recent flood and mudslides. Torrential rains has caused flooding and mudslides over a vast area in this region. Although the exact toll may never be known it is estimated at least 100 people are dead and missing and 100,000+ left homeless and entire villages wiped out.