Off the south west coast of Thailand, in the province of Trang, the largest underwater ceremony recorded in the Guinness book of world records takes place on valentine’s day every year. The couples put on their scuba diving equipment, and in the presence of the local district officer, make their vows among the fish and coral reef.
Chiang Rai is home to two unusual creations both built recently by Thai artists turned architects.
As soon I was leaving my first beach party on the island of Koh Phangan, I had to deal with the loss of my cherished blue hawaiana flip flops bought in Brazil, after someone with the same foot size must have run off with mine. I then ran off with someone else’s. By the end of my stay on the island I’d been through 3 pairs.
Buying a suit in Bangkok is a popular activity for many travellers passing through, with its reputation for kick ass threads and comparatively cheap prices to what they can buy back home. There is an abundance of tailors to be found in many parts of the city, and there will be no shortage of salesmen trying to get you into their shop at any given opportunity.
Having read the excellent advice given here, and researched independent reviews, I decided to go with Excelsior tailors. Their shop is somewhat well hidden off one of the main roads in Silom, so this was already an indication that they were a different class from the rip-off merchants found hustling customers on Kho San Road.
The owner, Sonny, of Indian descent was very welcoming, accommodating and arranged a free pick up from my hostel to take me to the shop.
On inspection of the photos on the wall I noticed that celebrities including Elijah Woods had frequented the tailor (apologies for the fuzzy picture below, unintentional!), and I suppose that with my visit they’ll have a new addition to this collection. Continue reading
Seeing as my sabbatical departure day is approaching, I booked myself for a dental checkup in London recently. The clinic I went to just next to Covent Garden had an impressive setup – Italian opera playing in the background, attractive eastern European assistants.. and matching prices too! I was told I needed 900 pounds worth of work done on 6 fillings..
After some research however it turns out that I will probably be better off having dental work out in Thailand which has a reputation for high quality dentistry for prices that amount to a fraction of what we pay over here. There are a range of Thai clinics that specialize in operations for overseas patients, some even arranging pickup and transport from the airport for people coming over with the express primary purpose of having their teeth done. According to a doctor friend of mine, the practice of medical tourism is rife these days, with people traveling to have top-notch cheap boob jobs in Colombia, getting heart surgery in India or seeing a shrink in Buenos Aires.