Chiang Dao Caves in Chiang Dao Thailand

When my bus arrived in the “city center” of Chiang Dao, a small community on the side of Doi Chiang Dao Mountain in a sleepy part of northern Thailand, I thought I had missed my stop. The word tiny is too large for that town. But there was a driver waiting with a songthaew, …

a solo traveler in asia

I couldn’t wait to learn to scuba dive while traveling solo in Thailand. But within two days of arriving on the island of Koh Tao, I threw in my fins and quit my open-water dive course. Yep. I’m a scuba-school dropout. I learned that I don’t like to breathe underwater, sure, but I also …

Feeding elephants at an ethical elephant sanctuary

If you are anything like me, when you think about your dream trip to Thailand, you are thinking about splashing in a river while you frolic and bathe a grateful elephant. But please… Don’t. Do That. And please, for the love of all things wild, don’t ride an elephant in Thailand, or anywhere. Note: …

Solo traveler in Thailand

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 do's and don'ts

“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 Grand Palace in Bangkok

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. I think I fell for every common scam in Bangkok! Regardless of what we may label it, the experience resulted in a …