Bringing Thailand Into Focus


Sleeping Tuk Tuk driver Unique Bangkok sign Looking into the Chayp Phraya river

Decorative Thailand Wat eave Coca Cola sign in rural Thailand Farm in Nakhon Phanom

Durian on the tree Sweetened sticky rice treats Tractors for sale in rural Thailand

Beautiful Thailand flowers Sand sculpture on the Mekong At the Thai Market

Eggs for sale at a Thai shop Monk on the streets of Pattaya Religious icons at the Thai temple

Too many Thai mailboxes Children at play on Pattaya beach Buddha watching over Thai restaurant

Advertising on old wall in Pattaya Thai Garuda protecting a shop Umbrellas for sale at a Thai market

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17 Comment(s)

  1. Talen, I drove past the Singha figures just last week. They are indeed striking.

    (much easier on the heart than looking up to see plaster figures about to jump off tall buildings)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: Telling Tails – Thai Ending Particles =-.

    Catherine | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. Talen a nice montage. I always enjoy looking at your photographs. I personally really like the main picture-shows the relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism. Very appropriate.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Naga Buddhist Temple Guardian Photo/Image =-.

    Mike | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. Cat, the first time I had passed them I almost walked into one of the figures and said “excuse me”. I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize they weren’t real.

    Talen | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thanks Mike, I really liked that statue of Ganesh…it really stands out against the streets of Bangkok.

    Talen | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  5. In Bangkok, I’m too busy making sure I don’t fall into holes or trip over something, so I’m sure to do the same.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: Telling Tails – Thai Ending Particles =-.

    Catherine | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  6. Talen, great photos , I am like Mike I always look foward to your pictures , you have a eye for the UNSEEN THAILAND Malcolm
    .-= malcolm´s last blog ..FLOWERS and MORE FLOWERS and MANGOS =-.

    malcolm | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  7. The picture of the wall covered with posters (Thailand-pictures-31.jpg) looks awfully familiar. Any chance you took that picture on a side Soi just off of Second Road ? My wife likes to go to the Boat Bakery on Second Road for breakfast. We park just around the corner and I swear I have seen that wall.

    The sweet sticky rice wrapped in Banana leaves (Thailand-pictures-14.jpg) should be called Thai Snickers. They sure hit the spot when I am “entertaining” the relatives in Nakhon Sawan and “not going anywhere for a while”.

    ChuckWow | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  8. ‘Thai Snickers’

    I used to love Snickers. I don’t eat many sweets, but when I’m in the UK I used to have a small snickers bar because they produce the best ever. I believe it has something to do with their milk? Devon cream? Not sure, but their caramel is richer, creamier, fresher.

    I have noticed that the longer I’m in Thailand, the less I enjoy Western snacks

    (So Talen, no tempting me with your boom booms and bang bangs and twinkies ;-)

    Except for popcorn. Nothing replaces a good bowl of popcorn. Local peanuts in a shell come close, but are too filling.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: Telling Tails – Thai Ending Particles =-.

    Catherine | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  9. Chuck, The wall with posters on it is on Soi Bukaow right at the curve before you get to the Tuesday.Thursday Market…you can get to second road right quickly from there so it very well could be the wall.

    The Sweet sticky rice is my downfall….Mama makes a large plate as soon as I hit town.

    Talen | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  10. Cat…you just reminded me of Thai popcorn that you get at the movies…mmmm, puts regular popcorn to shame.

    Talen | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  11. Ah. I’m getting hungry now…

    And don’t forget the cotton candy in sweet pancakes… it puts western cc to shame. Totally.

    I have a video here of the makings. Some day…
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: Telling Tails – Thai Ending Particles =-.

    Catherine | Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

  12. Your photos have just made me look up to my suitcase gathering dust on top of my wardrobe. Soon it’ll be time to clean it up and head back to Thailand.

    The papaya’s remind me of our village garden and the children on the beach of Pattaya. Both are places I’ll be visiting soon.

    The Ganesh photo reminds me of Kanchanaburi. Let me explain. The top tier of the Erawan Seven Tier Waterfall has a rock formation that resembles an elephants head. I never made it to the top but what great memories.

    Marvellous photos and a reminder to me that all my hard work has some reward at its end.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Red Red Whine =-.

    Martyn | Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

  13. Catherine you reminded me of the first time I had those pancakes.

    One of my first visits to my wife’s hometown happened to fall on my birthday. She decided to have a party for me at one of her rice farming in-laws homes and hired some entertainment for the occasion.

    The entertainment consisted of several dancers, singers, and a DJ. They set up a sizeable stage, complete with lights and towering speakers, in the communal area surrounded by five or six farmers homes.

    A little while after dark I noticed the road near the in-laws home was filled with people who had come from who knows where to watch the show.

    Soon after that a few food carts showed up to take advantage of the plethora of consumers.

    One of these carts sold a rolled crepe like product filled with whatever you wanted. This cart seemed particularly busy so I went to check it out.

    One of the kids ordered the “pancakes” filled with cotton candy. It looked tasty so I did the same.

    I have to say it was interesting. Kind of like eating fiberglass insulation.

    Very sweet and quite delicious though so I quickly got over any issues I had with the texture.

    ChuckWow | Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

  14. Talen I have always found the movie experience in Thailand to be far superior to that of America.

    The interesting items served at the refreshment stands, (Fresh Papaya and Mango, Taro fish snacks, etc…) the reserved seating, (Very important when you have some of the cousins in tow) and the incredible (Loud) sound systems all make for a much more enjoyable time at an extremely reasonable price. (Also very important when you have some of the cousins in tow)

    ChuckWow | Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

  15. Chuck,

    I could not have described the texture better! It is the richness of the flavour that keeps me going back. Not that I eat a lot of what I buy (most goes into the bin) but the taste has a smoky, burnt caramel hint that grabs my attention. Cotton candy in the west is bland sugar. This is so much more.

    I have the Thai name written down here somewhere… I’ll drag it out when I post the video of the pancake fixing…
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: Telling Tails – Thai Ending Particles =-.

    Catherine | Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

  16. Martyn, I too am looking forward with the reward at the end…unfortunately it will be a bit longer before I am back…was hoping to make Songkran.

    Talen | Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

  17. The Thai pancakes with cotton candy like filling are great. In Nakhon Phanom when they have a festival there are at least 5 sellers and they range in size from very small to very large. Mmmm

    Talen | Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

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