The Koh Phi Phi Tsunami Scare

The Koh Phi Phi Tsunami Scare

The Koh Phi Phi tsunami scare was one of the strangest adventures that surprised me on my inaugural backpacking trip to Southeast Asia. I first wrote this in 2007, but even publishing it this many years later caused my hands to grow cold and clammy! Here’s the...
Songkran 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Songkran 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

To say that a 23-hour flight felt short sounds like madness. But that was my sentiment when I heard the roar of our landing gear unfolding above Bangkok. My flight with Taiwan-based Eva Airways was so enjoyable that I hated to see it end. I had an empty seat next to...
Goodbye for Now, My Sweetheart (Long Beach on Koh Lanta)

Goodbye for Now, My Sweetheart (Long Beach on Koh Lanta)

I am in love with Long Beach on Koh Lanta, Thailand. Even for the practiced, goodbyes are daunting. I apologize in advance for the clichés, but packing up has me feeling a little more sentimental than usual. Or maybe it was the witches’ moon last night, bathing the...
Full Moon Party Traveler Gets Burned

Full Moon Party Traveler Gets Burned

This post is about helping a traveler who was burned at the 2012 Full Moon Party in Thailand. And there’s a surprise update! The internet is a strange place, indeed. Thunder. Fire. Primal drums. Sweat and body paint. The full moon. Half-naked pagans probably did...
Driving a Scooter From Chiang Mai to Pai

Driving a Scooter From Chiang Mai to Pai

First, I apologize for writing retroactively, but such is the life of someone with too many irons in the fire. Walking home from lunch in Chiang Mai I saw a sign for motorbike rental: rent for two days and get one free. I knew what I had to do. Back in 2006, I sat on...
The Headless Buddha Statues in Ayutthaya, Thailand

The Headless Buddha Statues in Ayutthaya, Thailand

We travel to learn and discover new things. For instance, until recently, I didn’t understand why there were so many headless Buddha statues in Ayutthaya, Thailand. In fact, many Buddha statues throughout Southeast Asia seem to be missing their heads. Why? More...