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Samantha Brown is an Australian freelance writer who has lived in Thailand for more than three years. She came for a holiday with her partner and they never quite managed to go home, thanks to their arrival in the middle of Thailand's biggest ever currency crisis. After snaring what turned out to be a dead-end research job at the Australian Embassy in the political and economic section, she thought she might be interested in a career in diplomacy - and even went back to Australia for an interview. They didn't want her, so she tossed them and headed to the Nation newspaper, where she worked for a year as a subeditor underneath a subzero airconditioning unit. When the frostbite finally got to her, she decided to freelance for good. She now writes for a number of publications - newspaper, magazines and websites. The highlights of her freelance career so far have been writing an encyclopedia entry on the Southeast Asian environment, and giving a BBC radio report on Israeli female sex tourists in Bangkok. She's also supposed to be writing a masters thesis this year but has yet to hit on a topic.

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Bangkok / Singapore

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Until landing at swish, efficient Changi airport last weekend, I never realised that Bangkok's Don Muang was such a dump. Sure, I've gone to other flash spots from Don Muang before, but usually...

Destinations: Singapore
Topics: Travel

A World of Its Own

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Was that gleaming green and beige train, that symbol of romance, mystery and luxury, deliberately placed at the platform furthest from the waiting room at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong railway station? I...

Destinations: Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | Thailand | Singapore | Bangkok
Topics: Economy | Food | Travel

The Bettering of Bangkok

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Think of Bangkok and you'll probably think of sex tourism: the neon of Nana Plaza, the pingpong shows of Patpong, and the sleaziness of Soi Cowboy. But these are merely three modest strips in a...

Destinations: Thailand | Bangkok
Topics: Economy | Food | Travel | Working Abroad | Performing Arts | Music | Shopping | Art | Architecture
A Penang Wall, Georgetown, Malaysia.

On the run in Georgetown

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History lives in the colonial streets of this multifaceted town, the capital of Malaysia's Penang Island. What immediately strikes the first-time visitor to Georgetown is the seemingly endless number...

Destinations: Malaysia | Georgetown
Topics: Food | Travel | Architecture
A vendor carries coconuts on the way to a nearby floating market.

A Breath of Fresh Air

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The small wooden boat bobs around precariously as the three of us clamour aboard. The boat pilot revs the engine, we each sit back on our little flat bench and we're off, exploring the narrow khlongs...

Destinations: Thailand | Samut Songkhram province
Topics: Travel | Women & Travel | Agriculture | Nature
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