• 28 Nov0
    Tough Times in Bangkok

    Tough Times in Bangkok

    I’m in Thailand for 11 days between my Joseph Van Os Photo Tours to Burma/Cambodia and to Sri Lanka, which starts in less than a week. While the floods didn’t inundate downtown Bangkok, the outlying areas remain underwater. After weeks of sacrificing to keep downtown dry, the populace is rising up, blocking traffic and breaking […]

     
  • 28 Nov0
    Girl in Burma, Then and Now

    Girl in Burma, Then and Now

      I first visited Burma in the spring of 2001. On the plain of Bagan, a site where hundreds of temples dot the landscape, I noticed a little girl who lived in a shack next to an undistinguished temple next to the grand Htilominlo Temple. I found her face riveting and arranged to photograph her […]

     
  • 28 Nov0

    A Selection of Burma Images from the Joe Van Os Photo Safari in November

    Burma retains its charm, the growing crowds a fraction of what has descended on Angkor over the last decade. Still, the hoards are inevitable, especially with the softening of military rule.  

     
  • 24 Nov0
    A New Day in Burma

    A New Day in Burma

    I’ve seen great changes in Burma (aka Myanmar) since my first visit 10 years ago. Crowds have swelled in Mandalay and Bagan. Internet exists. A modern airport greets on in Yangon staffed by friendly civilians in marked contrast to the bare hanger populated by unsmiling, armed military. However, this time I saw posters of Nobel […]

     
  • 7 Nov0

    Soi 34

    Soi 34 next to the Thong Lor BTS station is a small street food mecca. A couple dozen stalls off classics and the occasional surprise. Mango Sticky Rice is my favorite Thai dessert enhanced with coconut milk. Hip Thais transformed the neighborhood into an enclave for tony restaurants, but I gravitate toward this noisy, smoky […]

     
  • 6 Nov0
    Bangkok Flood Creeps Closer

    Bangkok Flood Creeps Closer

    The city is surrounded. The last highway to the south is closing and the water rises here as it subsided to the north. A storm should hit tomorrow. Yesterday, I took the BTS to Mo Chit at the end of the line to the north where water was beginning to fill the streets. An evacuation […]

     
  • 5 Nov0
    Bangkok Day One

    Bangkok Day One

      I touched down near midnight in the aqueous city of Bangkok, besieged by flood waters for weeks. Cars were parked on the shoulders of the elevated freeway into town, but the streets downtown were dry and the party rolling at impromptu bars set up on the sidewalks. I have a knack for arriving here […]