The best — and only — Thai food in Beaufort, SC

Back in January, as you might recall, my little brother C penned a guest post here at called “Top five restaurants in Beaufort, South Carolina.” C is a serious foodie, and unlike his older brother, he’s spent a lot of time in SC over the past several years. Though it didn’t make his list, […]

Unrelated train stories in today’s Bangkok Post

Here’s a cell phone pic of today’s Bangkok Post front page, which features two train stories. Glancing at the paper might give you the impression that the articles are related, but they’re not. The headline, “Train services return to normal,” refers to the recent strike by Thailand’s train workers. As the headline says, service is […]

The Economist on the state of Thai politics

A story in the current Economist sums up the political landscape in Thailand. Discussed here are PM Abhisit, the red shirts, the yellow shirts (and the PAD’s new political party), and the insurgency in Thailand’s south. Worth a read.

More on H1N1 in Thailand — the atmosphere in Bangkok, and how to follow H1N1 developments

A quick note about H1N1 here in Thailand. Infections continue to spread — the Nation newspaper tells today us that there are now 518 confirmed cases, up from just 16 last week. And the Bangkok Post has a breakdown by location within Thailand. Nevertheless, here in Bangkok — as you might imagine — life continues […]

H1N1 spreads in Thailand

H1N1 infections in Thailand have increased markedly over the past few days. Confirmed cases are now at 310, up from just 16 last week. Here are three recent stories: Nation: “Confirmed Type-A (H1N1) flu cases rise to 310” The confirmed case of Type-A (H1N1) influenza cases in Thailand has risen to 310, Deputy Public Health […]

David Carradine’s death — a few thoughts on media coverage

A few thoughts about David Carradine’s death and the subsequent media coverage: The image supposedly showing Carradine’s body in his hotel room As theories about the cause of Carradine’s death evolved from suicide to auto-erotic asphyxiation, a key element in the public’s perception of the case, it seems, was the surfacing of a photo that […]

David Carradine: update from Bangkok

Here’s the latest on “Kung Fu” and “Kill Bill” star David Carradine’s death here in Bangkok: Thai newspaper Thai Rath has published an image that allegedly shows Carradine dead in his hotel room. The photo supposedly shows Carradine naked, hung in a closet with his hands bound above his head. (Interest in the image spiked […]

More on Carradine’s death in Bangkok

AP: “Thai police: Carradine death may be accidental” BANGKOK (AP) — The body of American actor David Carradine, best known for the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu,” was found in a hotel room closet with a rope tied to his neck and genitals, and his death may have been accidental suffocation, Thai police said Friday. […]

David Carradine dies in Bangkok

Actor David Carradine, best known for his role on the 1970’s TV series “Kung Fu,” was found dead here in Bangkok today. Police have said that he was found hung in his hotel room. In addition to starring in “Kung Fu” and in many Hollywood movies, Carradine had a notable part as “Bill” in Quentin […]

The iPod-ification of Khao San Road

I was in downtown Bangkok’s Banglamphoo district yesterday afternoon, and I figured I’d drop by Khao San Road to see how it’s looking these days. You may remember that I penned a New York Times travel story in 2007 about how Khao San Road, long a gathering spot for backpackers, has become increasingly upscale. I […]