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Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

Running between Thailand's principal two cities is, unsurprisingly, Thailand's most popular railway. Stretching 751 km from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the mountainous north, Thailand's Northern Line is the perfect way to travel from the chaos of the capital up to the "new city".

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Fruit Barron, Bangkok

Is it a girl? Is it a boy? Too young to be the sole proprietor of a Bangkok mobile fruit stall, that's for sure. But give the young guy credit. It isn't easy running a business. "Especially with the way things are nowadays," he said.

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An Afternoon in Lumpini Park, Bangkok

In a town hardly renowned for its sedate pace of life, Lumpini Park is to Bangkok what Central Park is to New York. Located in the heart of the city's main business district, surrounded by skyscrapers and the humming of traffic, it is the haven of tranquillity in the centre of the urban storm; a green oasis in the midst of the chaos.

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Girl & Petals, Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

I'm not sure what to think about this picture. On the one hand I like it - the colours, the petals, the temple, even the pose. But you couldn't call it cute. The girl was with her mother and a photographer, striking practiced poses until they got the shots they needed. It made for a nice picture.

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The David Beckham Temple @ Wat Pariwat, Bangkok

I'd heard about Bangkok's David Beckham temple a while back. I'd read stories about a forgotten corner of a forgotten temple outside of town where a golden statue of his likeness had been built into the altar. It was a likeness that, by all accounts, bore only a passing resemblance to the man himself.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak market; market of markets; Bangkok bargain behemoth. No other place can claim such legendary status when it comes to Bangkok shopping as the 8000-stall labyrinth that is JJ. You can try and limit your time there. You can set yourself rules. But ...

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Jungle Fish Spa at Klong Plu Waterfall

The journey from Ayutthaya to Koh Chang had taken the best part of the previous day. After an early train to Bangkok and a five-an-a-half hour minivan ride some 350 km east to catch the ferry to the island, we embarked on mountainous, petrol-inhaling songthaew ride that had us checked-in and chilling out an hour or so before sundown.

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Ayutthaya: A Tale of Two Temples

There was a time when Ayutthaya was one of the largest cities in the world. At the beginning of the 18th century, a population of almost a million had made the city the most important trading post in Asia. Merchants from India, China, South East Asia and even Europe ...

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Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by Train

The ticket cost around 800THB - a second class, air-conditioned sleeper carriage for the 680km journey from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. After yesterday's morning with the monks at Wat Phra Singh, I'd said an emotional farewell to my trusty red devil before I was back in the back of another songthaew ...

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A Morning at Wat Phra Singh

Nothing good can come of waking up late when you’re travelling. I'm sure of it. Get up at 08:00, get there by 09:00, and by the time you've had chance to wish you'd woken up earlier, the sun's burning a hole in your back and the place is crawling with tourists.

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To Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on 115cc of bike

A 05:30 wake-up and still I hadn’t beat the sunrise. It was already light outside. Lighter than I’d thought it would be. Lighter than I’d hoped. If we were operating on monk time, it was already alms-giving hour, and those quiet lines of orange-robed novices would be filing out onto the city streets ...

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