Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn

I spent 45 days traveling solo in Thailand. From getting lost in Bangkok to rafting through a bat-filled cave to meditating with monks in Chiang Dao, I learned the hard way so that you don’t have to! Here are the top 10 things I learned:

Full-Moon Party Ready

“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 …

Learning 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 …

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 …

Meditating at Chiang Dao Temple.

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 …

“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 …