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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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Oak Alley, a classic Southern Antebellum Plantation

Have you ever visited a southern plantation? In New Orleans, I saw two. The first was the unusual Creole plantation Laura – very different from what we think of as a typical southern plantation. Now let’s have a look at the classic Antebellum mansion. Come with me to Oak Alley.

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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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Silent Retro Sunday: The colonial Hotel Polana in Maputo, Mozambique

The luxurious Hotel Polana – Maputo Mozambique

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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 Sunday: Trondheim Norway just before midnight in summer

Trondheim Norway – snap shot just before midnight on a summer day

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