Archive for the “Asia” Category

How Much a Holiday in Thailand Costs

Thailand can be as expensive or inexpensive a country to visit as you want it to be. This is a country where you can stay in $3 USD rooms or $1,000 USD resorts. Street food for pennies or gourmet dinners for hundreds. Thailand really runs the gamut. When my friends came to visit last December, they budgeted $1,700 USD for their three-week trip. “No problem,” I said, “that’s more than enough for Thailand. This country is cheap.” But what I […]

Why Are Backpackers in Southeast Asia So Stupid?

Dear Backpackers of Southeast Asia, We need to talk. I love you. Truly, I do. I’ve been a backpacker for a long, long time now. I love being one and probably will consider myself one for a long time to come. But while backpacking through Southeast Asia over the last few months, I’ve noticed some disturbing behavior that we really need to talk about. To be blunt—why do you act so damn stupid sometimes? I’m asking because I’m a concerned […]

The Ultimate Guide to the Full Moon Party

When my friends began planning their trip to Thailand, they had one requirement: that we attend a Full Moon Party. They didn’t know a lot about the party, but they’d heard so much about it over the years, they knew they had to go. After all, the Full Moon Party is infamous. The mere mention of it conjures up images of a wild, alcohol-fueled beach party where people from around the world have a great time and dance until sunrise. […]

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 […]