Archive for the “Asia” Category

Jungle Trekking with Leeches in Khao Sok

Located in the south of Thailand, Khao Sok National Park has always held my imagination. It’s constantly rated as one of the best parks in Thailand with amazing trekking, camping, limestone karsts, cooling rivers, and a beautiful lake. Ever since I’ve been coming to Thailand I’ve been trying to visit Khao Sok, but the road bends in mysterious ways and for one reason or the other, I’ve never able to make it. But this time, I used my visiting friends […]

How to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway

This is a guest post by Katie Aune. The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the most famous train journeys in the world. For me, it was the highlight of the three months I spent in Russia. I traveled in reverse, going from Vladivostok to Moscow (most people start in Moscow) and went slowly, taking nearly a month to complete the journey and stopping in five cities along the way. Planning Your Route The traditional Trans-Siberian route stretches 9288 kilometers between […]

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, […]

Thailand’s Most Dangerous Island

This is a guest post by Sean Ogle. When you think of dangerous islands, you might think of earthquake prone and poverty stricken Haiti. Or maybe it’s Australia with it’s deadly spiders and snakes. Or perhaps it’s someplace even more remote like the jungle wilderness of Borneo. Yet there is an island out there that is far more dangerous and far less obvious. That island is Ko Phi Phi off the coast of Thailand. Ko Phi Phi is one of […]

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 […]