Beyond the Mango Juice Blog

Pattaya – A Stranger Comes to Town

It had been two years since I’d last journeyed to Thailand’s wild child resort Pattaya. I’d heard the girl had changed. Pattaya still sits seductively on the Gulf of Thailand’s east coast with her micro skirt billowing in the sea breeze. Her muscular, deep-tanned thighs and cheap market underwear exposed...

Fuzzyken’s Restaurant & Used Bookshop, Udon Thani

  August 2020 The story so far: I retired during 2004 & subsequently found myself in Udon Thani to meet a member of the opposite sex, as one does. It was a pity that the individual was not all she was cracked up to be, possibly a little cracked as...

Thai markets - Roti vendor

Thai Markets – Rats, Hats & Hard Yards

I wish I had a pound for every yard I have walked through Thai markets. I’d be a millionaire. Once in a while, you’ve got to do things that are hard yards and can question your patience but keep your loved-one content. I love going to a Thai market, but...

Inside Wat Neramit Vipassana

Wat Neramit Vipassana – Dan Sai

Wat Neramit Vipassana in Dan Sai District, Loei Province, got the better of me. No matter how many times I tried, I could not get a full-on photograph of the impressive-looking Ordination Hall (Ubosot). The hall is the largest of its kind in Thailand at 80 metres long by 40...

wooden carved elephant

A Few of My Favourite Things

Over the past 15 years or so, I have been collecting a few ornaments, pictures, wood carvings etc. from all manner of places. I call them my favourite things. The all manner of places being; markets, junk shops, souvenir stalls and even supermarkets. You get the picture. Anything, anywhere, whatever...

Black & white photo of a lady in a canal longboat

Black & White – Thailand Goes Back to the Future

I’ve turned the new into the old with some black & white, photo-editing. A one-click trick that’s a mishmash of ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘All Our Yesterdays’. Modern meets old-hat, and a throwback to how life in Thailand may have looked a full blue moon and more ago. The...

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