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, a desert dune in the Sahara, or on a scuba boat in the Andaman Sea, chances are, you will cross paths with a German. And in many cases, a slightly-off-their-rocker but highly competent and well-prepared German eager to speak German with you as soon as they learn you live in Germany.
I’d never seen a sunset like this.
“We have a map,” the man at check-in to our backpacker bungalow hotel tells 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 have seen that movie. So has everyone else who goes to Thailand. I didn’t believe him until we followed the map to a perfect secret beach, and I’ve got the pictures to prove it. Continue reading “A Secret Beach”
Beaches. Island hopping. Kayaking. Snorkeling and Scuba diving. Visiting 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 under the city’s spell in no time at all.
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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.
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”