Category Thailand

30 Strange Minutes on Khao San Road

I just needed to get the shoulder strap on my backpack sewed back on. This is a task I thought would take awhile. But just around the block from our hotel near Khao San Road (the famous hedonistic and now commercialized backpacker street in Bangkok), there’s a little elderly Thai lady with a sewing machine […]

Wat Suan Mokh and ten days of silent meditation. Almost there.

8 Days of Silence in a Buddhist Forest Monastery

Silence was easy. It was the sitting that was difficult. Like painfully difficult. I had a two week vacation from work. The initial idea to go to Bali, Indonesia, and learn to surf wasn’t practical (flights were too expensive) and the Ireland trip was ill-timed (I’d need at least three weeks and the ability to commit […]

Take It Easy by the Eagles Tattoo

How an Island, an iPhone, and a Backwards Tattoo Changed My Life

The advertisement read: “Koh Phi Phi Island Tour: Visit Maya Bay (“The Beach”), Snorkel with Bioluminescent Phytoplankton, Cliff-Jump…” Cliff-jumping?! All that time spent entertaining the idea that one day I’d play Sylvester Stallone’s counterpart in the next installment of Rambo, cliff-jumping in Acapulco… well, this could be my opportunity. I paid 800 baht and signed […]

Palm trees and beachside lounging at The Sea, Koh Samui

Koh Samui: Local Charms in Paradise

Koh Samui may be famous for its luxury resorts, but there’s also plenty of local atmosphere – if you can tear yourself away from your swimming pool. This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Bangkok 101. Read it here.  Towering palm trees and flamboyant orange blooms of the Poinciana tree line the […]

Sarah and Chrissy at THe Chill Resort Pool on Koh Chang

Koh Chang: Backpacking, Luxury and Why I’m Back in Thailand

The “Every Island” adventure: Thailand has more than 300 islands; 100 of which are accessible to humans (read: they’ve been inhabited and developed to varying degrees). That’s over 2,000 miles of tropical coastline, guys. I’ve set a realistic goal of visiting all 100 of those which are accessible. And some of the inaccessible ones. (Just kidding, Mom and […]

Motorbike ride in Battambang

If I go missing: I’ve taken up a career as a motorbike driver.

There is something about being on a two-wheeled motorized vehicle that gets me all sorts of excited. Thailand must have known I was coming; they devised a whole public transportation system consisting of thousands of orange-vested men willing to taxi me from destination to destination on the back of their motorbikes for less than an […]

Elefin Coffee Shop in Bangkok

Cat Bites and Coffee Shops

This isn’t funny. I’m not even smiling. Do I deserve a place in society if I think this guy needs a declawing sans anesthesia? Am I dead inside for preferring to imagine this cat rigor mortis? I’ll argue that yes, I deserve to maintain U.S. citizenship even while thinking felines around the world would best […]