Night Train Carnage in Thailand

Night Train Carnage in Thailand

I sat alone. Feet stretched into the bench seat opposite of me, eyes drooping. Kilometer after kilometer of rice paddies flashed by outside. The antique train taking me to Laos was a vintage classic and well past its prime. Rudyard Kipling once said, “The first...
Horseback Riding on the Beach in Koh Lanta, Thailand

Horseback Riding on the Beach in Koh Lanta, Thailand

“Ewww… your horse stinks.” It wasn’t exactly the response for which I was hoping after I plodded over to a couple of sunbathing backpackers who had waved at me. But I have to admit: he did indeed stink. Both myself and my steed had been sweating under the...
Shark Bay on Koh Tao, Thailand

Shark Bay on Koh Tao, Thailand

The first of the sharks appeared around 9 a.m. Or perhaps they had been there all along, circling in the cloudy water around us. Who knows. The safety of the beach, the only dry, horizontal surface for a long distance in any direction, suddenly seemed that much...
Bangkok’s Khao San Road Welcome

Bangkok’s Khao San Road Welcome

After dragging around Bangkok’s Khao San Road for almost an hour, I realized I was hopelessly lost. I stumbled along wearily through a midnight forest of neon. Khao San Road was flicking its forked tongue for the Friday night circus. Masses of vespertine clowns...
Celebrating 13 Years Out of the Cubicle

Celebrating 13 Years Out of the Cubicle

I am happy to report, that after 13 years since leaving for my first vagabonding trip abroad, still alive! Today marks the 13th trip around the sun for my odd, travel-centered, low-paying, high-reward lifestyle of choice. I left the despair of my stressful job in...
Siquijor Love Potion: Witch Doctors in the Philippines

Siquijor Love Potion: Witch Doctors in the Philippines

You learn a lot of useful things while traveling. I certainly did while searching for a Siquijor love potion on an island in the Philippines that’s purported to be home to witch doctors. For instance, I didn’t know that a manananaggal is a hideous,...