Have you been to Thailand? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve visited one of their temples. Each one is intricately decorated with golden highlights. What you might not realize is that the golden highlights are in fact, gold. Real gold. How do they get these gold highlights on the walls and into the murals? They do it by hand. In today’s video, I wanted to show you a deleted scene from an upcoming video about Thai Temples. Here we see a temple employee carefully press golden foil into the design. It was pretty cool and special to be able to catch the entire thing.
This week’s Walk and Talk takes us to Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s the largest and most well known city in northern Thailand. The city sits along the Ping River and translates to “new city” and the home to many “digital nomads,” since it has a substantially lower cost of living than Bangkok.
So let’s get to the video! Today I satisfy a subscriber request to show some of the traditional markets. Since we were staying near a few of them, I thought it would be fun to take you through the markets. First up is the Wororos Market. It was by far one of my favorite places and I managed to get some great lunch there as well (mataba chicken). I then take you through one of the smaller markets – the Tonamyai Market.
If you’re looking to do some shopping, this might be one of the better places to do it, as the famed “night market” tends to be a little more expensive.
Welcome back to the QiRanger Podcast. Every week, I’ll endeavor to bring you important regional news and commentary and travel related stories. If you have something you’d like to add to the mix, please let me know. You might just find yourself in an episode!
The Spring 2014 Video Schedule
- Sunday – The QiRanger Podcast
- Wednesday – The Walk and Talk
- Friday – Travel and More
- Breaking News as it happens
- Daily videos on the VLOG channel
The News: WATCH
- Reunion talks – North and South Korea have agreed to hold separated family reunions from February 20th-25th at the Mt. Geumgang tourist resort complex in North Korea’s Gangwon Province… and just like last time, North Korea is already threatening to cancel them. The South Korean government always falls into the same trap of trusting North Korea. WATCH
- Park wants more tourism – President Park feels that a stronger domestic tourism campaign will boost foreign travelers. She’s wrong. WATCH
- The East Sea in US – The Virginia House has passed a bill requiring use of the East Sea and Sea of Japan in educational matters. Japan opposed the matter and lobbied against it. National Geographic has included (East Sea) since 1999. Japan threatens to pull out. WATCH
- Can NHK be trusted? Several senior members of NHK, Japan’s National broadcaster seem to be parroting the government’s stance on events, rather than being impartial. Is this the end of respect for the NHK? WATCH
- Abe offers to meet with Park. Since taking office, neither Park nor Abe have met. South Korea’s President has issued a statement that she will not meet with Japan’s leader until the nation makes a full and meaningful apology for its wartime actions. Abe says he wants an open dialog to mend ties, but if Park continues to stick to her guns, then no meeting will take place and Abe will win the PR war. WATCH
Take Me Away: WATCH
This week we’ll be discussing Sex in South East Asia.
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Greetings and salutations my excellent friends! It’s time for the last video from our Winter SEAsia trip (I know I’ve said this before, but this time I mean it). Today, I’m going to share with you part of our trip through Singapore!
Our adventure started off in Singapore’s Chinatown. It’s a really cool area and one that I really recommend. The old shop houses are totally cool and really capture the look and feel of the area. You’ll see these throughout many of the older areas in Asia, but none have really been as well as preserved as we have seen here.
The next area we walked past was Pagoda Street featuring the giant Gopuram of Sri Mariamman Temple (ornate entrance to Hindu Temple). It’s really cool to look at. Just a few hundred meters away is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
Out of all the places we visited in Singapore, this was our favorite. We actually went there every single day. It is an AWESOME place to go. The temple is built in Tang Dynasty style and is four stories high. It is probably one of the best museums on Buddhism I have ever seen. The tooth relic room blew my mind.
These three places can all be reached within 400m of the Chinatown metro station.
Then we went to one of the many areas where “hawker food” is available. Hawker food is the same as street food, but called hawker food because of the British influence on Singapore. We then saw a short film about Singapore and traveled to the Garden By The Bay to take in the Super Tree Grove and domes.
All in all, it was a fantastic day.
Okay, I apologize that it has taken me so long to get this out there, but we’ve had some pretty spotty wifi over the last 10 days or so. What I provide for you now is the latest video dump from our trip. As always, if you’re following me on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube you can get the videos as soon as they are released.
Video 1:No sex in the Thai minivan!
Video 2: Thailand’s Sang Som Rum!
Video 3: Thai Street Food: Banana Waffle!
Video 4: Doi Suthep Temple
Video 5: Singapore’s Red Light District
Video 6: Amazing Singapore Ice Cream Sandwich!
Video 7: My $2 Shave!
Video 8: Exploring KL’s Skyscrapers!
Video 9: Slow-mo Pigeon Romp
There you have it… all the videos up to now. Stay tuned for more!!!!
Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic day. It’s hard to believe, but Jo and I have been out on our SEAsia trip for one week at this point. While I have been pretty good at uploading videos each day to The VLOG Channel, I wanted to place them all on QiRanger.com as well. Each week, I will place an embedded list. So, without further ado, here is the first collection!
Video 1: Pandesal
Video 2: Chinese-Filipino Traditions
Video 3: Chinese Cross
Video 4: Wai Chan Noodles
Video 5: Happy New Year
Video 6: McDonald’s Chinatown
We’re about ready to start the final pack and get out of here. However, I did receive a question about budgeting for a long SEAsia trip and scoring cheap flights. To be truthful, Jo and I are not budget backpackers and like staying in moderate resorts. Comfort is primary for us. That being said, we also like to travel quick, safe, and efficiently. On our current trip, we have 11 legs that averaged out to $89 per person per leg. While there are cheaper ways to travel, than flying, we wanted to maximize our relaxation time, not spend it on a bus or train.
Seoul’s Subways are some of the most traveled in the world. So what happens in case of an emergency? Well, the fine folks running them are on top of everything and have plans in place. In today’s video, we take a look at the Seoul Subway Gas Mask closet. Not only do they have gas masks for smoke, but also for more severe (radiological) types of problems. What’s great about the Seoul Subway Gas Masks is that they’re easy to identify and the instructions are available in Korean and English with pictures.
Need a few things when going to the toilet? Well if so, then you’re in luck… at least in Seoul where you’ll often find a vending machine next to the public toilets. Just what will you find in the Korean subway toilet vending machines? Well aside from what you would normally expect, there are a few other things I find a bit odd, like candy bars.