Entries by Graham Broughton

Nam Prik

You could never accuse Thais of being sophisticated when it comes to wine. For a start the wine selection in Thailand is pretty poor and expensive. The local wines are also not world class yet are very expensive. So Thais don’t really have close connections with the “finesse of the grape”.  They do however have […]

Wat Sanghathan.

When I came to retire in Thailand 12 years ago I lived in Nontaburi for a year.  Nontaburi is a nice area just a boat ride from Bangkok centre (if you don’t fancy the crazy road traffic). We lived in a house my wife owned very near to a beautiful park called Chalermphrakiat that had […]

Luang Por Wat Pak Nam

Luang Por Sodh Wat Pak Nam It is not uncommon for a great spiritual personality to be born in poverty in remote villages out in the country and to emerge from it gradually into the wider scope of the world at large. In any case, whether such circumstances and nearness to nature deflects such minds […]

My very first Thai mate.

 This is about a wonderful man and friend who passed away last year..How I made my first Thai mate. It was early days for me in Thailand -I had met my future wife and done the traditional things like taken her friends out for a meal and also taken her mother and two young daughters […]

Private island of your own.

When I was young I adored reading about shipwrecked island stories and of course Robinson Crusoe was the best, there were others  of course but what got me enthralled was the solitude and the ingenuity of existing-build a thatched house or a treehouse- catch fish-grow food collect coconuts and strangely “build a boat” to escape […]

Where the Faithful Worship Among the Tourists

JUST before midnight, the monks were still arriving. Dressed in long, flowing white robes, they resembled fireflies as they rode through the darkness on their motorbikes, descending on the towering temple at the heart of the Cao Dai holy land in southern Vietnam. Many were attending their fourth service of the day. Removing his sandals […]

Cheaper healthcare outside US.

Why is Healthcare So Much Cheaper Outside the U.S.? A recent survey reported that a single day in a hospital in the U.S. costs, on average, $1,514 (up to as much as $12,537), while in France it costs $853. An appendectomy in the U.S.—including physician and hospital bills—costs $8,156 on average (up to as much […]

Thailand diseases and dangers.

There are diseases and other health issues to watch out for if you are visiting or living in Thailand. Yes Thailand has malaria in some places but personally I have never had preventative injections before visiting and touch wood have not had any serious disease in the 26 years of visiting Thailand. I have family […]

Mae Kuan Im Goddess of mercy

Kwan Yin (Mae Kuan Im) The Goddess of Mercy In the past ten years, the Kwan Yin or (Mae/Mother) Kuan Im cult has become more popular among Thai people. There are now many more Kuan Yin images both inside and outside Theravada temples in Thailand. Many temples also have a “Welcome” sign related to the […]