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    Operation Longcloth (2016)

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    One of the three people in my family who influenced my decision to live as an expatriate was, in an odd sort of way, my grandad. It is an odd way because he spent almost his entire life in a tiny village near York in the UK, called Barmby Moor. However, as with most British men of his generation, he was called up to fight in World War II. I will go into more detail about his stories in other posts, but the important part is that he spent 1941 to 1945 in India and, as it was then, Burma.

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    First Impressions: Singapore

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    My immediate first impressions of Singapore were actually kind of jarring, but in an unusual way. I’ve lived in Thailand for rather a long time; I am used to its kind of scruffy appearance, its messy streets, crumbling paintwork and flaking façades. In honesty, it is a part of its charm. Getting on the bus from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) and driving towards the city centre was therefore quite an unusual experience because Singapore is absolutely nothing like that. Everything is neat and clean.

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    First Impressions: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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    The very first impression of Cambodia was obviously of Siem Reap International Airport (REP) which, I was astonished to find, was quite a modern and fancy affair. Granted, we did have to walk across the apron, from the bottom of the steps from the aircraft across to the terminal, but being only a few hundred metres, a bus would have been frankly insulting. Once inside the aggressively air-conditioned building, everything was neat and clean and modern.

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    Songkran 2016: Wedded Bliss

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    The third and last of my Songkran travel aims was ticked off a couple of days ago and I’m now back in Phuket and back to work. My few days in Pattaya were a peaceful and very enjoyable way to end my journey, catching up with friends and family and sharing in the joy of a wedding.

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    Songkran 2016: Playing in Bangkok

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    I have now completed the second objective of my Songkran travels – celebrating the festival in Bangkok. It was exactly as chaotic as I’d been led to believe, but it was a lot of fun and a worthwhile experience.

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    Songkran 2016: Mad Dogs and Englishmen

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    I am delighted to report that I have completed the first of my main objectives for this bout of Songkran travelling, though at quite a significant cost. I came dangerously close to suffering from sunstroke and my camera is now inoperable.

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    Songkran 2016: A Waking City

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    Well, it’s fair to say that the bus was a terrible idea for my Songkran travels. Should definitely have taken the plane!

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    Songkran 2016: On the Road Again…

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    As I write this article, I am on the bus bound for Hua Hin on the first leg of my Songkran travels. It’s a 10-hour journey, so I have plenty of time to get to work on the task of turning this blog back to the travel theme it was intended to have, instead of the photography journal it seems to have become!

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    Air Travel: Tips, Tricks and Hacks

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    As with all things, experience makes air travel easier. You begin to recognise the patterns and see where you can exploit them to make your journey more comfortable. I’m not going to say that this is any kind of comprehensive list of tips and tricks; this is just the few little pieces of advice that I have picked up, mostly as a result of bitter experience or pure dumb luck. As more occur to me, there may be a ‘part two’ in the future.