In August 2014 I decided to change the format of this site to enable viewers to get to information, on the key locations in this region, a lot faster. Instead of wading through past pages, in the archives, to find what you’re looking for simply go to the address bar, at the top of the page, place your cursor on whichever country, or subject, which interests you and then scroll through the drop down lists.
Aside from the individual locations there’s also the ongoing series called “off the beaten track” and stories of journey’s into the bizarre, in this region, called “Dark Tales.” The “Off the beaten Track” series focuses on trips to non-mainstream tourist areas with little visited, or little known, attractions/sites being reported on. If given the opportunity I will also enlist the help of any expats living in the area I’m visiting. The benefit of this being, a local source of knowledge which improves the opportunities for visiting unique and interesting sites. My visitation to the “Crystal Buddha Cave” in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand was a recent example of such. I enlisted the help of local resident expat Jim Currie. Jim’s knowledge of the area was invaluable in sourcing, and visiting, attraction’s largely unknown to outsiders.
Dark Tales are stories, or reports, which concentrate on the unusual or bizarre in the region. These stories may or may not feature caves but there will be some local oddity as part of their content. A trip down to Hua Hin turned up one such unusual story. With the aid of Jim Currie (aka cave man Jim) I was able to visit a couple of remote temples and photograph the preserved remains of two monks Jim knew personally before they died. Hopefully, in the coming months, there will be more reports of the bizarre and unusual in the region.