Long Haul Flight With a Toddler

We are in preparation mode for what may well be the most challenging thing we, as parents, have had to deal with. Flying long haul. For 12 hours. With a toddler. The last time we flew with the boy it was a short hop down to Koh Lanta to attend the wedding of our friends. …

Heat

  During April and May the heat of Thailand is oppressive. It is not the gentle warming heat of the Mediterranean, nor the dry stone heat of the desert. It is a rolling, viscous omnipresent force. It sits heavily on the shoulders, creeps under the skin and makes vigorous movement hard. Seed pods crack, plants …

Izakaya

"You from?" he said, a little slurred. He looked like a telecoms engineer and had a bottle of Japanese whiskey, labeled with his name, sat on the counter top in front of him. The air was thick with steam and the smell of hot fat. The beer glasses were iced and hurt to pick up. …

The Cold

About this time of year Bangkok becomes a liveable, bearable - dare I say it - nice place to be. The swamping heat is replaced by cool breezes. First thing in the morning is refreshing and, mercy upon mercy, you can run. Outside. Without dying. People seem genuinely more relaxed - perhaps perception rather than reality on …

Flying Home

I am sorry. There, I said it. The reason for my apology? Well, if you happen to be flying from Bangkok to London tomorrow you'll see a youngish (and somewhat harassed) couple get on board with an infant and you'll know that, for the next 12 hours, you're going to be in earshot of a …