Archive for the “Asia” Category

Hanging Out in Hong Kong

I’ve become a bit of a lazy traveler. I barely do any planning or research anymore. I hardly ever look into where I’m going until I get there. Sometimes that doesn’t bother me; just winging it has its benefits. But sometimes I regret not doing any research, because I never know what to see or do or even where to start, and I often end up missing sites and activities I know I would have enjoyed. And I didn’t do […]

11 Reasons Why I Love Thailand

I’ve been to Thailand more times than I can count. I’ve lived in Bangkok twice, and if I stay away for more than a year, I feel as if a piece of me is missing. It’s been 18 months since I’ve last been here, and my excitement oozes off me like sweat during a hot Bangkok summer. People often ask me why I return to places I’ve already visited instead of exploring somewhere new. Well, that’s an easy answer—it’s because […]

Coming Back Home

It’s been 18 months since I was last here. As I rode the new train into the city, I wondered what else would be different. The last time I was here the political parties were fighting. There were protests, bombings, and city-wide violence that turned one of my favorite cities into a war zone. Since my last visit, many of my friends have moved on to new destinations or returned home. But as I listened to the people around me […]

How to Spend Three Days in Bangkok

When people tell me they hate Bangkok, I can understand. When I first went to Bangkok in 2006, I despised the city and couldn’t wait to get out. It’s not the best tourist city in the world. Outside of shopping and a few temples, there’s not much to do. It’s dirty, and it smells. It wasn’t until I lived in the city that I really fell in love with it. Bangkok is not a city that opens itself up easily, […]

Why I’ll Never Return to Vietnam

Back in 2007, I took a trip to Vietnam. Upon leaving, I swore I’d never go back. The only way I’ll give this place a second chance is if I meet a girl who really wants to go to Vietnam or if some business trip takes me there. Who knows what the future will hold, but for the time being, I never want to return. And the reason for that is one of my most-asked questions. People email me several […]

The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Most tourists in Bali only ever seem to go to Kuta Beach. I’ve been amazed at the crowds in Kuta and equally amazed at how few crowds there have been elsewhere. With so many great places to see on Bali, you’d expect some people to venture off Kuta. Few do, which means you can explore the rest of the island in peace. One underappreciated place you should visit is the Jatiluwih rice terraces. One of the top ten things to […]

Back Home

I’ve been back home for over a week now. After two months in Europe, I’ve come back to my friends, good drinks, Cheap Charlie’s, amazing food, great weather, and chaotic excitement. Yes, I’ve come back to Bangkok. Though born and raised in Boston, I consider Bangkok home now. When people ask me where I live, I usually say Bangkok, even though I really consider myself homeless, since there’s no apartment waiting for me anywhere in the world. Such is the […]

Ko Phi Phi

This was my third time on the island, and as I was there, I was reminded of how much I dislike it. I hate Ko Phi Phi. It’s one of the most overrated islands in all of Thailand. I spent the last four days there with some friends of mine from Bangkok. Originally, we were going to go to nearby Krabi, but when it was too quiet for them, we moved to Ko Phi Phi. Ko Phi Phi is one […]

Eat Like a King in Bangkok

Thailand is known for its delicious food. Bangkok has some of the best Thai and international food in the world, and there’s nothing you can’t get (except Ethiopian as that restaurant recently closed). Whenever I leave Bangkok, I miss the variety of food I can get in the city. Within walking distance of my apartment is delicious local food, great Mexican, good Italian, and one of my all-time favorite sushi places. You can eat like a king in this city. […]

Back in Bangkok

I’m back in Bangkok. I’ve been here two weeks, and despite my desire to be productive, it hasn’t happened. At least, not to the extent I wanted it to. I made the mistake of staying right near the best and most popular hangout in Bangkok (at least for my friends)—Cheap Charlies. I’ve been staying at Suk 11 right across the street. If you’re in Bangkok and looking for a hostel that’s affordable, centrally located, and clean, this is the place […]