Banjasiri Park and Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

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Do you know the real Thai name of Bangkok? Of course you do not! But don´t worry! I guess not even the average Thai or even Bangkok citizen knows it because it is long. Very long: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Actually this is the longest city name on earth. And that is probably why the Thais just call it Krung Thep … Read More

Visit Singapore but stay in Indonesia

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Singapore is an expensive city, even for western standards. When I decided to visit Singapore and searched for a hotel I was pretty shocked and distracted by the hefty prices you have to pay for a moderate middle class hotel. And if you look at the reviews it did not sound very promising either. I was already thinking about deleting Singapore from my list of destinations for this year´s Asia trip when I came across Batam. Batam is … Read More

Arab Street and Chinatown in Singapore

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After I had been so disappointed by Little India yesterday and not to forget the rain, I asked myself, why not giving Singapore and its ethnic districts another chance?! So I went to the Arabian quarter around the Arab Street. On my way there I passed by the Parkview Square building on North Bridge Road. It is a really beautiful and very impressive skyscraper with great architectural details. It was designed in the classical Art Deco style of … Read More

A Rainy Day in Singapore

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You better don´t visit Singapore during November and December when it is the most rainy time of the year – the monsoon season! But I did! And will never ever do so again! I wanted to go to Little India. If you expect to be beamed into a real kind of Indian flair and atmosphere, you better forget it. Little India in Singapore is just as sterile and clean and orderly like all of Singapore. When I left … Read More

Day Trip over Phuket

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Well, after ten days of more or less doing nothing apart from lying on the beach it was time now to rent a motorbike and make a little tour around Phuket. The only problem was once again that my driving license actually does not allow me to drive the 125 ccm engines which is standard here. My license is limited to ridiculous 50 ccm only. The friendly hotel owner recommended to me that in the case the police … Read More

Never mess with Thai beach boys

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Although Patong is the main tourist hot spot on Phuket and consequently you encounter a few more people on the beach, a pretty peaceful and cheerful atmosphere prevails. Essentially contributing to this atmosphere are the Thai beach boys, who rent out Jet Skis, work as lifeguards or generally take care of the well being of the tourists. They collect the fee for the beach chairs, place your parasol just as you like it, serve you a coffee or … Read More

Impressions of Patong Beach, Phuket

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Today once more I was on Patong Beach to shoot some photos using the warm light of the late afternoon sun. But today was also the day of the high season opening on Phuket when all hotel owners go to the street as part of a big parade alongside the beach road. A number of cars tuned with magnificent sound systems up to the roofs and playing deafening techno music are heading the parade and passing by the … Read More

Asia No. 5 – Where to go this Time

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On 10th December I will take off to Asia once again. This time I will head towards the following destinations over a period of roughly eight weeks. At first I travel to my favourite island Phuket, where I will hang out a lot on the beach and tour around the island to take lots of photos. On Christmas Day I will fly on to Singapore and then take a ferry to Batam, an island belonging to Indonesia. There … Read More