Thailand

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 certainly had its downsides, mostly of the insect variety: bedbugs, cockroaches, mosquitoes. Long bus rides, a lack of toilet […]

April 9, 2012 Continue reading…

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, piping hot steamed pork buns, smoothies of every fruit persuasion. There are countless wats duck […]

April 5, 2012 Continue reading…

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, ANYTHING but roses) is all it takes to make me happy. End […]

March 29, 2012 Continue reading…

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 tucked into a corner. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is dazzling from the peaks of its golden wats […]

March 28, 2012 Continue reading…

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 from the beachfront deep into the jungle. Dotted with coffee bars and rife with the sweet smell of […]

March 22, 2012 Continue reading…

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 needed: three months on the road was […]

March 21, 2012 Continue reading…

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 colors as the sun sets over the sea. It’s a far cry […]

March 15, 2012 Continue reading…