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Nasi Kandar in Penang

You can always depend on a cabbie to keep your feet on the ground. When I told my driver the story about the young women in headscarves who rescued me at the ferry terminal, he responded, “Do you want one, … Continue reading

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The Bangkok to Butterworth Sleeper

I caught the 2:24 pm train from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station, construction of which was finished in 1916. It’s done in Italian style and is quite pretty. It is also in heavy use and passengers use all the available seating and … Continue reading

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Perils of the Package Tour

Another reason to avoid tours: people get killed on them. While I was in Vietnam 12 tourists drowned in Halong Bay when their excursion boat capsized in the middle of the night as they slept. While in Thailand an elephant … Continue reading

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Bangkok Temple Tour

I broke down and hired on with a tour company for a temple bus tour and river cruise back to Bangkok on the Chao Phraya river. A van picked me up and 6:45 am at the hotel and, after stops … Continue reading

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A ‘Massage Parlor Economy’

Here’s what Theroux wrote about Bangkok in 1975: When the American troops left Vietnam and all the Rest and Recreation programs ended it was thought that Bangkok would collapse. Bangkok, a hugely preposterous city of temples and brothels, required visitors. … Continue reading

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The Rodeo Drive of Bootlegging

I had to get up at 3 am to meet my 6 am flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, where I would transfer for the flight to Bangkok. I’ve been ill for over a week and couldn’t face … Continue reading

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