Thailand Homecoming

As I write this, I am sat at an outside table on Soi Rambuttri in Bangkok, sipping Pepsi from a glass bottle they stopped using elsewhere in the world circa 1985, watching hordes of travelers from all walks of life go by. Beside me, two armchair philosophers are...

Arriving in Dali, China

At first glance, I thought I had made a terrible mistake. I hopped off the bus from Kunming just before dark and was wanting to find a guesthouse to drop my things. My jaw dropped when I walked out of the long distance bus station. Dali looked exactly like every other...

Pai, Thailand: First Impressions

I’m currently in Pai, a small-but-lively town in the northwest corner of Thailand, very near Burma. Everyone I talk to has fallen in love with this place and I can see why. I have a gorgeous bungalow on the river here for US $5 a night, and there is plenty to...