Markets have been tremendously popular since ever in Thailand. Here in Bangkok the increase of markets over the last 10 years I've been living here has gone from; floating market and weekend market to farmer's market, vintage market, hipster's...
There's so much to tell about this incredible country and I want to stay true to Japanese minimalism, by describing the country with few but hopefully well chosen words.
I was given the best birthday present ever....TIME... on my own.. in Paris!!!. I had no obligations, I woke up whenever I wanted, I ate when I wanted and definitely no dinner preparations, those things I do in my everyday life in Bangkok. I was wandering the streets of Paris, enjoying the museums and the several hours I spent at the cinema. I met up with friends which is always so lovely, but mostly I spent my time home.
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If I had a house on the Mekong River..... It would be this one. An archaeologist and a mathematician, about three years ago, put down their luggage in just this beautiful house straight on the Mekong. The town is Vientiane the capital of Laos. A small town in a small country, but rich in extraordinary nature, culture heritage and craftsmanship. It might be a hidden gem, one hour-flight from my bustling Bangkok.Silence overwhelms you when you come here, well if you don't count the neighbour's annoying dog barking sometimes or the communist party's "el Jefe" of the community, waking you up at 7.00 am telling the people to be happy and get up to go to work...... but silence, peace and mindfulness on the Mekong is bliss, absolutely bliss. I could have stayed so much longer than my 4 days, 2 weeks minimum to visit Vientiane and see all the small temples and back streets, find the craftsmen, see the beautiful arts of weaving and just sit by the Mekong and read and watch and listen to the sound of silence and occasionally a small long-tail going up or down. The air is lovely and smelling the rain on the leaves and hearing the wind whisper softly.My days were filled with coffees and lunches at cute small places, window shopping at designers/creators shop house like, Birds Follow Spring , the very famous American Carol Cassidy and her textile house Lao textiles Carol Cassidy , visiting friends of my friends seeing more beautiful houses along the Mekong, drinking tea on the verandah....
I always come back to Koh Kood Island; because it's just a lovely place!, the nature is splendid and still quite untouched... in comparison to Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Chang and etc. The difficulty to get here also might make the number of visitors to go down.