Archive for the “Asia” Category

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 […]

Bali’s Monkey Temple

One of the popular things to do in Bali is to visit the monkey temple in Ubud. I don’t really know why. It’s nothing amazing and you can’t enter the actual temples but the grounds the area is on are very lovely…and yes, filled with a lot of monkeys. I’m not a huge fan of visiting places where monkeys are used to people. Once in Lopburi Thailand, I got attacked by some food stealing monkeys (They snatched it right as […]

Balinese Dancing

Balinese dancing is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen and going to a performance was a highlight of my time in Bali. I saw the dance in Ubud, where most people end up seeing one too. It’s supposed to be the most traditional as well as one of the best places to see it. I’m not an expert on Balinese dancing so I’m not sure if that is true. However, what is true is that what I saw […]

Songkran: Thai New Year

Songkran is a 3 day water fight that celebrates the Thai New Year. It occurs between April 13th to 15th (which coincidentally is the hottest month of the year). All over the country, from big cities to tiny villages, Thais celebrate the new year by dumping buckets of cold water on each other. The holiday is meant to wash away the old year and bring in the new year.  It’s awesome to see little kids, seniors, and even police get […]

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 […]

Bangkok’s Khao San Road

Khao San Road is the infamous backpacker/tourist street in Bangkok. All travel roads lead in and out of there. However, it is more than just a transit hub for travelers: Khao San Travel Tips: The street food on Khao San isn’t good. For better food, go to Soi Rambuttri. There is a little group of food stalls outside the 7-11 and the Pizza Company restaurant. While Khao San closes at 2 am, Soi Rambuttri stays open all night long. Never […]

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 […]