Here are the top 10 things I learned:Continue Reading
And learn to laugh when you do get scammed.
It is too kind to call what I experienced – as I attempted to navigate my way to Bangkok’s Grand Palace – a “detour.” It was at best a detour by design. But it’s safe to say that the appropriate word is “scam.”
But, regardless of what we may label it, the experience resulted in a lot of laughs, a new friend, and an epic day.Continue Reading
Upon arrival at the Cave Lodge, I knew that the small hassle to find this remote place in the wilderness of the Pang Mapha district was well worth it. I walked onto the main patio and was immediately transported back in time to the summer camp of my youth.
Backpackers lounged in hammocks and chatted.Continue Reading
I didn’t see much of Chiang Dao before my bag and I were whisked into a waiting songthaew bound for a 10-minute ride up a winding hill to Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows.
There was nobody in sight, so I stooped to pet a tail-wagging dog and waited, still recovering from the efficiency that had brought me so quickly from bustling Chiang Mai to this remote bungalow on the side of Doi Chiang Dao Mountain in a sleepy part of northern Thailand.Continue Reading
It’s never fun to admit failure, but it’s true that I threw in my fins and quit scuba school.
In doing a little soul searching in the wake of dropping out of my (non-refundable) open-water scuba training, I can take the unpleasant admissions one step further: I just didn’t fit in on the island of Koh Tao.Continue Reading
“Have you even been to Thailand if you haven’t been to a Full-Moon Party?” This was the question posed to me sometime around dawn, as the sun threatened to break the horizon, ushering away the moon and the last of the revelers on Haad Rin Beach.
“I think so,” I said, swaying to the beat of the music still thumping behind me and gazing out toward the oncoming daylight. “But you certainly missed something.”Continue Reading