Enjoying Koh Tao, Thailand

Decisions. Decisions. Should I mash the little ant that is biting me or just flick it away? Banana or coconut shake? Should I duck out of the beach party tonight to actually get a dive or two in tomorrow? Yes, daily life on Koh Tao — a small island in the Gulf...

Ouch!

Ouch. Feet are important for vagabonding. Lieutenant Dan’s famous advice from Forrest Gump of “take care of your feet” rang through my head about the time I stepped on the rusty nail in Pai. Rather than step on the sharp point as I would have...

Driving Motorbike 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 motocycle rental: rent for two days and get one free. I knew what I had to do. Back in 2006, I sat on...

Flaming Elephants at Yee Peng in Chiang Mai

People periodically ask me why I love Thailand so much. Other than my usual Je ne sais quoi response, I always tell people that Thailand is tantalizingly unpredictable. Rather than be a good blogger and tell you retroactively about how fascinating the week-long Yee...

My Chiang Mai Living Expenses in 2010

Thailand didn’t exactly welcome me home from Vietnam with open arms. When I left here in October, I never expected that I was leaving before someone opened the floodgates to the busy season. Dragging through Bangkok after midnight on a weekend, it took me nearly...
Ayutthaya and the Missing Buddha Heads

Ayutthaya and the Missing Buddha Heads

We travel to learn and discover new things. For instance, until recently, I had no idea why there are so many headless Buddha statues in Ayutthaya, Thailand, and the rest of Southeast Asia. But more on that later. I love the overnight trains in Thailand. As Paul...