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Enchanting Chanthaburi and community-based tourism

Chanthaburi is one of Thailand ‘s lesser-known treasures, with a beautiful church, the fascinating 300-year-old Chanthaboon River Community, gemstones and delicious fruit.

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Chong Changtune Live Eco-museum: A Day at the Spa

As you may remember, I’ve decided to say yes to everything… well, at least most things. Here’s the second episode in the sporadic series Sophie tries new things. Subtitle: Steam bath in a chicken coop. Outdoors. In 40° C. In a word: Awesome!

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Sophie tries new things: Thai massage in Bangkok

My first taste of Thai massage is equal parts pain and pleasure. My masseuse squeezes, kneads, pokes, punches, rubs. I’m bent and twisted and stretched in every conceivable direction – and some which were until now quite inconceivable.

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Day Out Bangkok: Royal Ayutthaya

I’m off to Thailand on Saturday, folks – and was reminded that I still haven’t told you about a terrific Bangkok daytrip I took last time. The old Siamese capital Ayutthaya is only about 70 km north of the Thai capital, and easily reached by bus, train or boat.

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Silent Retro Sunday: Woman weaving in Lombok, Indonesia

Woman weaving on the island of Lombok in Indonesia

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Silent Sunday: The Central Post Office in Saigon, Vietnam

The gorgeous Central Post Office in Saigon, Vietnam – designed by Alfred Foulhoux and Auguste Henri Vildieu in the late 19th century.

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12 Instagrams of Pyongyang

You know I like to visit the world’s curious places. Here on Sophie’s World we’ve presented a few cities and regions by Instagram – many of them a wee bit off the beaten track, such as Sofia, San Remo, Dar es Salaam, Tbilisi or Arctic Sweden. Well, things are about to get curiouser and curiouser […]

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