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Shopping Bangkok’s Chinatown Market for Souvenirs

If you haven’t had enough of Bangkok’s spectacular markets (see my two posts on Chatuchak here and here), consider visiting a slightly different Thai market– in Bangkok’s Chinatown. While it might not seem obvious to visit Chinatown in Thailand, Chinatown is very much a part of the local Thai culture. I’ve visited Chinatowns in New […]

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Day Trip from Bangkok– Thai Puppets, Temples and Crafts at a Traditional Artist Village

Even in ancient cities like Bangkok, where the old and new blend so effortlessly, it can be hard to find traditions from the past that are still in practice today. But a quick long boat or taxi ride from Bangkok takes you to a traditional cultural village where artists create, children dance and puppets come […]

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Thai Elephant Pants: Can You Wear this Thai Souvenir Back Home?

Thai elephant pants are practically the official uniform of the female backpacker in Southeast Asia. Worn loose and flowy with a certain boho insouciance, the pants work perfectly everywhere from sacred temples to white sand beaches. Elephant pants are ubiquitous in Thailand– you’ll find these iconic printed pants with banded elastic cuffs at every market, […]

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Cinnamon-Scented Wood-Carvings from Thailand’s Lush Province of Trang

When I visited the coastal province of Trang in Thailand, I thought I knew what to expect. I had ogled enough online photos of turquoise waters, jutting rocks and silky sands to know this was a tropical beach paradise, rarely visited by Westerners. But what I wasn’t prepared for was the unexpected lushness of Trang. […]

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