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khao san road map

Map of Old Khao San Road – by Nancy Chandler

Sometimes its nice to have one of those big cartoony tourist maps of a place to walk around and explore with. Many of those types of maps were done by Nancy Chandler, including this one of our beloved Khao San Road area.

A map of Old Khao San Road done for www.KhaoSanRoad.com by Nancy Chandler in 2010. It is based on a much more detailed original sold at all the bookshops listed on this map! Cheers! Here is a link to the original PDF

farang guard wat pho

Then and Now: Wat Pho – Farang Guard

During a recent trip to Thailand we “retook” some pictures that we had taken about 10 years earlier. Great fun!

Farang Guard at Wat Pho (Temple in Bangkok, Thailand). Wat Pho has lots of archways guarded by statues of different people around the complex. Mostly they have Chinese or other Asian features. But one set of them are “farang” (caucasian), basically an exaggerated caricature of what caucasian features were thought of at the time. Big nose, round eyes, top hat, long coat and cane.

The picture on the left was taken in 2005 and the one on the right was taken almost 10 years later in 2014. The same people are in the same positions in the picture. The black mold/mildew/or pollution stains seem to be getting darker and darker.

Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์) is my favorite Wat to visit in Bangkok. It is very close to Khao San Road, just on the far side of the Grand Palace/Wat Pra Kaew complex. It is a bit more casual, less expensive, and less crowded than the Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew complex next door. The major feature is a giant reclining Buddha (initially built in 1832) that is 15 meters tall and 46 meters long (45 feet tall and 150 feet long).

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Then and Now: That’s a really big snake! (Bangkok Snake Farm)

Bangkok Snake Farm Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute

(or สวนงู สถานเสาวภา สภากาชาดไทย)

Kids are fearless.  These two just had to hold the snake by themselves, much to the shock and surprise of the other people around and the snake handlers as well.  This snake farm is a nice place for a little educational nature visit.  It is right in downtown Bangkok, but you wouldn’t know it once you enter the ground.  Many many varieties of snakes  and other reptiles are on display, along with an assortment of other small animals.   They have regular demonstrations of tapping the venom of some of the poisonous types.  These large Burmese pythons are not venomous at all (although they could probably snap a neck pretty easily).

girls holding big snake

We aren’t scared!

During a recent trip to Thailand we “retook” some pictures that we had taken about 10 years earlier. Great fun! I think they were more scared doing it as adults.  Kids are fearless!

Then and Now: Thai Iced Tea on a hot hot day!

Thai Iced Tea is a wonderful sweet tea (with a flavor reminiscent of maple syrup earthiness) that usually has condensed milk in it. One of the bags in the picture doesn’t have the milk. It used to always be served on the street in a plastic bag filled with ice and a straw. These days, it is becoming more common to get it in a normal plastic cup.

thai iced tea on a hot day

I love Thai Iced Tea, but I’m still hot!


During a recent trip to Thailand we “retook” some pictures that we had taken about 10 years earlier. Great fun! She was just as cranky in the heat then as she is now! Taken near Khao San Road in June.