I fell in love with Northern Thailand when I first went there in 2015. I loved it so much that I even went back the next year before heading to Laos and Cambodia. Here’s an entry on golden temples that glow under the sun by day and stars and lanterns by night, the majesty of riding an elephant, and a glimpse into a culture so welcoming I felt I must have already been here before (in another life). Continue reading “Traveling Northern Thailand”
No matter where you find yourself in the world these days, whether in the middle of the Ecuadorian rainforest, on a lonely mountain road in the Caucuses, or on a scuba boat in the Andaman Sea, chances are, you’ll cross paths with a German. Here’s a story about speaking foreign languages while traveling and a badass German scuba diver who felt more comfortable diving into inky oceanic trenches than speaking English.
I’d never seen a sunset like this.
“We have a map,” the man at check-in to our backpacker bungalow hotel told us, lowering his voice slightly, his tone conspiratorial. “A map to the secret beach. It’s not that easy to get there, but it’s not far.”
Right, I’ve seen that movie. So has everyone else who goes to Thailand. I didn’t believe him until we followed his map to a perfect secret beach, and now I’ve got the pictures to prove it. Continue reading “A Secret Beach”
Beaches. Island hopping. Kayaking. Snorkeling and Scuba diving. Buddhist temples. Monk chat. Night markets. Street Food. Elephant sanctuaries. Hiking. White-water rafting. Zip-lining through the jungle canopy. ATV tours. Massage. Exploring ancient cities. Whizzing through traffic on a scooter. Finding the perfect beach. The Kingdom of Thailand is the top destination in Southeast Asia, and for good reason.
One night in Bangkok, at least for us, and surely for most people who come here, is nothing like the song. It probably was, three decades ago, but Bangkok seems to have since cleaned up its act and grown up. Here’s a story about arriving in Thailand and falling instantly under the city’s spell.
Continue reading “One Night in Bangkok”
How does that song go? “One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy.”
The same goes for Phuket. But one night in Phuket is one night too many.
This was one of the best things I did in Thailand: kayaking through the unnamed mangroves on Tha Lane Bay in the Krabi region on Christmas morning. Continue reading “Tha Lane Bay, Krabi, Thailand”