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My list of Southeast Asia travel joys

My love affair with Southeast Asia was one of those opposites-attract scenarios: uptight, punctual hipster meets chaotic-bordering-on-crazy. Although brief, it was intense: it reminded me the act of breaking my rules can be its own reward. It...
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Postcard from Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai isn't as breathtaking as the islands in the Andaman Sea or as bustling as Bangkok; indeed, the northern Thailand city is laid-back and livable. The streets are lined with food carts attached to motorbikes, selling tangy papaya salad,...
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Postcard from the Bangkok flower market

A note to any potential suitors: fresh flowers are the one thing that I ALWAYS want. It doesn't matter if it's my birthday, an anniversary or just a rainy Saturday morning or a sunny Tuesday afternoon: a bouquet of flowers (anything but roses,...
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The details of the Grand Palace in Bangkok

"Look at this attention to detail, even where you can't see it. Steve Jobs would be proud." Sure enough, my friends--an engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, if you couldn't tell--were right: the craftsmanship was exquisite, even...
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Postcard from Tonsai

If Railay is paradise for outdoor adventurers in Thailand, then Tonsai is heaven for their dreadlocked younger brothers. It's the major budget alternative to the resorts lining Railay East and Railay West, with very basic bungalows reaching...
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What I really did in Chiang Mai

Lest you think that my travel life is one continuous stream of swim and surf, I'd like to share the week I spent in Chiang Mai in which I did nothing but write, eat and hang out with other bloggers. It was a recharging week that I desperately...
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Postcard from Ko Phi-Phi

It's easy to see why Ko Phi-Phi has been exploited as a backpacker heaven: it's the perfect paradise backdrop for a multitude of sins. Palm trees sway as reggae beats rock, bicycles navigate the narrow unsealed roads and the sky bursts into brilliant...
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Learning how to cook Thai: in the classroom and on the street

This is the story of two Thai cooking classes: one planned for and paid for and expertly executed, and other, an organic connection that sprung up on the street in Chiang Mai. At Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School, we learned about the...
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Getting healed by the Barefoot Doctor in Phi-Phi

“Open your mouth,” the Barefoot Doctor asked. I complied, stretching my mouth wide and sticking out my tongue. “Too much shu-ga!” he laughed as he peered into my mouth. Wait, how does this man know that I snuck in a coconut donut on my way...
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Railay: Thai paradise for outdoor adventurers

After the “backpacker heaven” of Phi-Phi and the sleazy unruliness of Phuket, the yet-to-be-completely-exploited vibe of Railay was much appreciated. It's an early-to-rise town, with many rock climbers scrambling up the limestone by 8 a.m. and...
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