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Guardians of Bangkok ~ Thailand


While on my bike tour in Bangkok a few months ago, we biked through this interesting and barely-known area of the capital: A Muslim village built on the water in one of the Chao Phraya River canals. These houses were built and generously offered for free to struggling Muslim villagers [...]

The Coconut Farm ~ Thailand


During a bike tour from Bangkok to Koh Samui with Beyond Boundaries Travel, we stopped at a coconut farm near Hua Hin. It was interesting to see how coconuts were harvested and cleaned before being sent to factories/markets. Basically, to pick up coconuts from trees, they either send trained monkeys [...]

Arabian Perfume Shop ~ UAE


~~oOo~~ The strong and spicy fragrances of Arabic perfumes come from a combination of incense and oils but without the alcohol base that is normally used in Western perfumes. The word perfume derives from the Latin “per fume” meaning ‘through smoke’. Perfume in ancient times was used in the form [...]

Temple Gong ~ Thailand


~~oOo~~ This is a close-up shot of a gong found in a temple in with a hanging mallet in Chiang Mai, North of Thailand. The gong is usually used for daily timetable. Early in the morning, a monk hits the gong in order to awake the other monks for prayer. [...]

White Karen Hill Tribe ~ Thailand


~~oOo~~ The Karen Tribe is by far the largest of all Hill Tribes in Thailand, representing about 300,000 people. Mainly concentrated in the North of Thailand, near the Burmese border, they are divided into many sub-groups like the Kayan Lahwi (also known as the long-necks), the Red Karen, the Black [...]

Khom Loy Flying Lanterns ~ Thailand


~~oOo~~ Thai people love Khom Loy lanterns. Actually Thai people and most visitors do. There is something special in seeing those huge lanterns filled with hot air gliding gracefully in the sky like giant jellyfish. It just makes people happy. Khom Loys are lanterns resembling hot-air balloons. They originated in [...]