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Araksa, Thailand: Tea Time

I don’t know why I expected a building with a lobby and reception desk waiting for me and other visitors seeking a tour at Araksa Tea Plantation, about an hour north-ish of Chiang Mai, in hilly northern Thailand. Instead, I was met by Charlie and Namee at an open-air structure of wooden poles with a […]

Bangkok, Thailand: How to Become an English Teacher

I was working at a beach bar in Sihanoukville, Cambodia when I met Senda, a Spanish guy on a week-long visa run from Bangkok, Thailand. I was intrigued by the fact that he taught there and asked how he’d found a job.  “It’s so easy bro, and because you’re English you’ll get a job easily,” […]

Chiang Rai, Thailand: The White Temple

Once I decided to be a world traveler, Thailand was my choice – my first choice and my only choice. I cannot really say why, but after spending a month in Chiang Rai it is my belief the universe whispered to me: Thailand is where you need to be. I am an educator, retired after […]

Shan State/Thailand Border: Exploding Monk

Little Minx had just got off the phone. “Bai leo. Sanook mac.” [Let’s go, it’ll be fun]. “What?” “The funeral.” It didn’t sound all that promising. But what did I know? I’d never been to a top monk’s funeral, and Little Minx seemed certain that it would be a great day out. We crammed ourselves […]

Chiang Mai, Thailand: A Temple on Every Corner

Another of my favorite cities in South East Asia, in addition to Bali, is Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a mountainous city in the north of Thailand. The reason why it’s one of my favorites is because there’s just so much to see and do! Also, if you compare the city to the rest of […]

Thaton, Thailand: Where to Find the Best Barbecued Rat

We’re in northern Thailand, right by the Myanmar border in Thaton, near Mae Ai. I’m fumbling for excuses. ‘Well, as a rule I don’t really eat rodents. It’s a cultural thing…’. I’m not even convincing myself. Besides, everyone else is positively slavering with anticipation (maybe there’s something to this barbecued rat business after all), and […]

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Lost in Thailand

Tourism trends are notoriously quixotic, but they can also be very revealing. Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai is a test-bed for shifts in the world’s power tectonics, and it all comes from the Chinese equivalent of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. You may not remember MBFGW, the 2002 feel-good romance set in Chicago, but […]