Thailand: Islands and Beaches

Hua Hin: "Doing (Almost) Nothing"

Hua Hin Thailand

November 12, 2004

Dear Family and Friends,

Just a brief note to tell you that I have arrived safely in Bangkok. The flights were all on time and quite comfortable. So far I have done . . . well . . . nothing . . . or almost nothing. I got reacquainted with some friends and with my old neighborhood and the local merchants and food vendors.

Just down the Soi (small street off the large boulevard), I found another food vendor with a whole variety of chicken and fish concoctions, one more delicious than another.

Now I am at my favorite beach resort, at my favorite hotel, where the staff was happy to see me again, and here I am also doing next to nothing. Really, I haven't visited one temple or one museum. I haven't taken one picture. For the moment I am just relaxing.

Koh Chang: "Where is Barry?"




18 December 2010 


Please click on the image for photos of Koh Chang


Dear Family and Friends, 


My trip to the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand last week raised two questions: 


1.  On the island of Koh Chang:  “Where is Barry?” 


2.  In the city of Chanthaburi:  “Why are there rabbits everywhere?” 





I am back home in Bangkok, hoping for the best. #  

My trip to Hua Hin with my friend Noy was quite restful and even productive. 

In addition to beach time, we made a short bus trip north to Phetchaburi where we visited the Wat Mahathat Worawihan and the Khao Wang Palace.


Koh Chang: Jan and Joe and Chinese Tourists

Koh Chang


February 27, 2015

Greetings from the beach!

My Bronx high school classmate and friend Joe F. is visiting from Los Angeles. We decided to fly down to the southern island of Koh Chang and spend a few days at the Koh Chang Kacha Resort and Spa. *

Before we left Bangkok, I phoned my friend Tu who works at an optical shop at White Sand Beach. On her day off, we three took a ride through the mountains to Bang Bao on the southern tip of the island. We wandered down the shop-filled pier and had a delicious seafood lunch at the Buddha View Restaurant. I chose a dish of fresh fish in a hearty ginger sauce along with a watermelon shake. **