Thailand Blogs – April 2010 Review
Was there any other news to come out of Thailand last month apart from the UDD red shirt protests in Bangkok. The drama in Thailand’s capital gave a media soaking to the country’s New Year Songkran Festival as the ongoing political crisis made all the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
This month’s posts have a heavy weighting towards Songkran and the red shirt protests in Bangkok with a little diversity in between. Once again a big thank you to the blog authors who have allowed me permission to publish their photographs on this review.
Songkran made the headlines in Mike Rose’s home during Thailand’s new year festival last month. Mike and My Thai Friend have an unwanted guest in Cultural Divide when a phone call to Mike’s home reveals one of his partner’s family is not only coming to stay but they are already on the bus and on their way. The self invitation for once gets good natured Mike hot under the collar.
Staying with the Songkran Festival theme, Ben, wife Sutiya and their young son Aiden enjoyed the Thai new year in Suphanburi. Ben joined in with the family’s annual traditional bathing of grandma (photo right) and young Aiden enjoyed a cooling dip in the Songkran water himself. Ben also took a drive through the wet and wild festival celebrations in Ayutthaya before settling his wife and baby down to a meal at a restaurant on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The Thai Pirate is host to A Safe and Soaked Songkran which has some good photographs tagged to the post.
Guest bloggers are not uncommon on blog sites but those who are given the honour have to come up with a special kind of post. Last month Esme Kwiatkowski was handed the privilege of posting on Thai Life in Phana and her entry tells of her holiday in Thailand and especially in the Phana village she stayed. Esme is a young English schoolgirl and on her return to school life in the UK put her holiday experiences into a booklet. Guest Blogger in Phana is the post title and blog author Lawrence kindly posted Esme’s lovely booklet on his site. Make a young girl’s day and have a read of Esme’s wonderful work.
Women Learning Thai…and some men too manages to combine all three of the themes mentioned so far in this month’s review into one. Thailand’s Songkran Festival and Bangkok’s red shirt protests are blended together as one (photo left) by guest blogger Bernd Meshsner in An Expats-eyewitness Report: Ratchaprasong Resort. Outstanding would be an understatement in summing up this one and it is in my opinion a post which will take some beating in the remainder of 2010 by any Thai blog site out there. Left click now for an expats view of life living in the shadows of the red shirts protest camp in Ratchaprasong Resort.
Songkran on Koh Samui lasts just one day and Songkran 2010 on Koh Samui has photos to prove what a fun and water filled day it is. Camille’s Samui Info blog starts the day in more traditional ways before heading to the island’s popular beach resort Chaweng Bay to snap a few photos of the water fights amongst the festive crowd.
Red and Yellows: dining at the last chance saloon from Johnnie Foreigner picks up the red shirt theme and adds a touch of yellow to it. Two friends meet for dinner and their attire caught more than a few second glances. Jon was there to take full advantage and caught the two buddies on film. If you’ve been following the political drama in Bangkok then have a read of this one for a little light relief.
If you like a blog post with a strong opinion and one that’s written with a fine hand then look no further than The Blood on Thaksin’s Hands. Thailand, Land of Smiles looks at how the red shirt protests turned from peaceful demonstrations to mob rule resulting in blood and death on the streets of Bangkok. With over 30 comments so far on the post that says it all about this one.
They say two’s company and three’s a crowd so what words might describe 150 people holidaying together. Absolutely fabulous according to Retired In Thailand and Loving It hosts Malcolm and Ciejay. The loving twosome set off from their district community with 148 others as company in A Long, Long and Winding Road (But it was Worth the Ride) to Phuket. The trip is business as well as pleasure and an opportunity for Wang Pho’s residents to share ideas and view projects which have improved local communities en route. The post has lots and lots of photos attached.
A combination of work and blogging leave very few hours for leisure time. I know that only too well myself. Siam Rick is well pleased with the increased hits to Behind the Noodle Curtain but is finding inspiration for new stories difficult to find from his home base in Toronto, Canada. Long work days and hours spent staring at an uninspiring keypad are a disheartening thing. Behind the Noodle Curtain: By the numbers and more gets deep into Rick’s mind as he considers whether to continue with his Thai blog. I for one hope he does.
Expat Udon Thani is back home in Bang Dung. After a good Songkran soaking John has a taste of things to come. The rainy season in Thailand is fast approaching and John takes refuge in one of his favourite Ban Dung watering holes as the skies open and a heavy storm brews and stews before delivering a deluge of wind and rain Thai style. After a precarious night time drive back home to his village, the next morning reveals the extent of the storm damage in storm udon thani province / ban dung issan.
I hope you enjoy my picks for this month’s Thailand Blogs Review.
Hi Martyn, many thanks for the mention … Esme will be thrilled!
Your reading is certainly very wide and has introduced me to several bloggers I hadn’t come across before. Thanks for that.
Getting near your next trip? I hope so for your sake, and Wi’s, and for your readers.
.-= Lawrence´s last blog ..Pic of the Day 26 April – 2 May 2010 =-.
Just what is going on with these ‘Red’ protesters?
Not very Thai it seems?
.-= Adullamite´s last blog ..May =-.
Martyn, what can I say… you are totally fabulous at reviews. Each month I get to catch up on those I missed.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand word, and Bernd’s guest post meshes both beautifully.
I had a difficult time selecting photos from his amazing stash as they are all wonderful. In fact, if anyone saw his post when it first went live, then kept refreshing the page, they would have witnessed a slide show of change 😀
I stopped taking photos of the events (mostly) at the appearance of blood, so like a lot watching the events, I too depended upon the Bernd’s of Bangkok.
.-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: Tone Twisters =-.
Martyn thanks for the mention(and phone call) glad you are safely in LOS.
I’m off to Samut Sakhon to this weekend where I attend a monk ordination- so I shall make a point of calling in unannounced on certain folk!
That said they will probably be at the do anyway.
.-= Mike´s last blog ..Indian Roller Birds of Thailand Photo/Image =-.
Martyn, as always thanks for the mention of Retired in Thailand and Loving It ,lots of folks have e-mailed me as a result and I have gained a few readers , I really enjoy blooging and reading all the great stuff the folks have to write , and that was quite a post from Talen sent it to my Brother who loved it . thanks again and maybe we’ll run into each other on your next trip to the LOS . Malcolm
.-= malcolm´s last blog ..FOOD TO GO (TAKE AWAY) =-.
Martyn, Hopefully you are relaxing and having a good time in Thailand at the moment…anonymously of course 🙂
I always look forward to your monthly roundup and any link is always appreciated.
Make sure you come back with lots of pictures and more great story ideas!
.-= Talen´s last blog ..Sex in Thailand’s Universities =-.
As it’s been a few days since he’s checked in, I do believe that Martyn is off having a whale of a time 😀
.-= Catherine´s last blog ..Topic Thailand: Keeping up with Thai Politics =-.
Lawrence – I hope Esme’s happy with the write up and she gets a few more comments to her post.
I’m already in Thailand. Thanks for the read.
Adullamite – Behind the Thai smile hides many things. Suppression has caused frustration and anger to Thailand’s working class.
Catherine thanks for the positive write up. You were right, Thailand is hot hot hot. You just forgot to add bloody bloody bloody before each one. Sweet dreams from one insomniac to another.
Malcolm – If you’re getting emails about the review then it must be getting more popular. Great post with some wonderful photos.
Mike if you’re plotting revenge then make it an expensive one. Eat the fridge clean of all food and drink (If they have any). Enjoy Samut Sakhon.
Talen – Pattaya was unbelievably hot, I just sweated like crazy for four days but I really enjoyed it. Nothings changed it’s still purely a money for honey city. Cheers.