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...
A Thailand Vagabonding Welcome: Songran 2016

A Thailand Vagabonding Welcome: Songran 2016

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...

Zen and the Art of Scooter Maintenance

Turning left onto Route 1095 in Northern Thailand is an unforgettable experience. Chiang Mai’s insane traffic is soon forgotten, a large green sign announces the distance to Pai, and a perfectly paved straight road stretches out in front of you. The throttle...

Full Moon Burns

Thunder. Fire. Primal drums. Sweat and body paint. The moon. Half-naked people probably did the same thousands of years ago on some pagan beach under a full moon. Only unlike us, they weren’t drinking from plastic buckets. At least I hope not. Somehow, I still...

Living on Koh Lanta Experiment

Let’s just pretend that there isn’t a gaping, one-month hole in my blog entries, shall we? I have finally realized my overall travel dream – but there’s a catch. Things are a little different with my traveling these days. Back in 2006 and 2007, life...