Silk and gold 

Jim Thompson is the person credited with reviving the silk trade in Thailand. He was an architect, gifted designer and colourist. He fell in love with Thailand after being sent here as a military officer at the end of WWII and decided to stay. He used his knowledge of architecture and his love of Thai…

Cooking with Poo!

It’s obviously an eye catching name but behind the light hearted nature of this there is a very serious undertaking. The classes are the more public face of what is essentially a co-operative enterprise. The classes are still run in the slum area where Poo has always lived, she employs people from the area not…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

One of the very noticeable elements of life in Bangkok is the obsession in cosmetics with skin colour. I obviously spend a lot of time around these counters picking up beauty tips! Whilst at home the obsession for many, both male and female, is with fake tans and other ways of producing a bronzed look,…

Ayutthaya- Ancient Capital 

Early start on this day trip, up at 6am ( we kept reminding ourselves that back in our  “real lives” we did this every day!). Picked up at the hotel and taken to Khao San Road where we were then decanted into our appropriate minivan for our trip. Khao San Road is backpacking ground zero…