Travels in Thailand, 2004

by Michael Babcock

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Since 1992 Thai Map I have taken a yearly trip to Thailand with my wife, Kasma Loha-unchit. Kasma, of course, leads small group tours to Thailand, which explains why I get to visit so often. Although I often go on part or all of one of the tours, this year (2004) I arrived after the groups had returned to the U.S. so we did some traveling on our own.

Flowers in Water These annual visits have become a necessary part of my life, a time to step back from life in America in the 21st Century and to experience Thai life, in all its myriad forms. The trip lets me reconnect with the Thai part of myself — gentler, quieter and more in touch with the heart.

The writing here will be in the way of describing our journeying in Thailand, as well as musings and thoughts along the way. I’ve included thumbnails of many images (some of the pages may load a bit slowly) — you can click on each image to see a larger version. I hope that, together, they’ll convey some of the flavor Thailand, as I experience it.

All pictures were taken with a Nikon 4300 digital camera. All images were reduced in size and I’ve tended to sharpen many of the images as they became somewhat blurred in the resampling process (making them smaller to fit the screen). I’ve lightened a few images somewhat but otherwise I’ve not adjusted the color at all. We have identified the photographer, when possible. Because we (Kasma & Michael, that is) traded the camera around so much there are some pictures that may have been taken by either of us.


You can proceed in one of several ways. You can just walk through a slide show of images by following the links below. The best way to enjoy both the writing and the pictures is to read and click on each picture, which will take you to a larger image; then click on the larger picture to return to the article. Alternatively, you don’t need to see the larger images, although I recommend them, as many are quite nice and, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words and there’s some extra writing on the pages with the larger pictures, as well.

Click on the picture of the map to see a map of the area we covered.

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My tale includes many pictures. If you’d rather just look at the pictures, walk through the images by following one of the links below:

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