Category Archives: Thailand

The cave

Like so many around the world, I have been riveted over the past two weeks by the story of the junior soccer team and their coach, trapped deep in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province for … Continue reading

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Life’s a beach

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of an anonymous handsome stranger (okay, he’s a member of my family) reading my novel The Dying Beach in Krabi province, southern Thailand. Most of the novel is set in Krabi, on the exquisite … Continue reading

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Not strictly speaking on location: Koh Chang

I spent the festive season up to New Year’s Eve on Koh Chang, Thailand’s second largest island, southeast of Bangkok near the border with Cambodia. While not strictly ‘on location’ for my PhD novel, I do have a part-drafted Jayne … Continue reading

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On location: Surin

Surin doesn’t feature prominently in the first draft of my novel. But I seemed to meet a disproportionate number of economic refugees in Bangkok from Surin province: taxi drivers, tuk-tuk drivers, bargirls, a fruit vendor near the railway line on Ploenchit Road, who’d … Continue reading

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On location: Sisaket 2

While Pra Wiharn remains inaccessible, Sisaket province is home to several other Angkor-era temples, the best preserved of which are the ruins of Prasad Hin Sa Kampaeng Yai, a temple originally built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. … Continue reading

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On location: Sisaket 1

It was largely on a whim that I decided one of the characters in my novel should come from Sisaket. I first became aware of this town in Thailand’s northeast Issarn region reading Janet Brown’s wonderful memoir, Tone Deaf in … Continue reading

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On location: Bang Saen Beach

After leaving the Wang Saen Suk Hell and Heaven Gardens, my friend Ying and I caught a songthaew to Chonburi’s Bang Saen Beach. (Ying asked me about the English word for songthaew. I explained that there isn’t one, because we don’t let people ride … Continue reading

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