Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Koh Lanta is PARADISE.

I have fallen in madly in love with an island: Koh Lanta. After three party-heavy nights in Koh Phi Phi, I needed a place where I could chill out, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet — but also get some work done.  Koh Lanta seemed like a good choice. It was beyond perfect. Of […]

The Asia Jaunt: Month One in Review

I’ve been on the road for a month now.  It has been nothing short of fantastic. Every day, I am reminded that I am doing the right thing.  It was time to grab my happiness, and I went for it. I’m happy.  I’m just so happy. Destinations Visited Bangkok, Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand Pai, Thailand […]

How to Enjoy Koh Phi Phi: Get on the Water!

The overwhelming volume of tourists makes it difficult to enjoy Koh Phi Phi. So, how do you enjoy the island? Get away — and out on the water. The best part about Koh Phi Phi was renting boats: first, we rented a kayak to explore the area, and second, chartered a longtail boat to visit […]

Ko Phi Phi Is Very Beautiful And May Kill You

Koh Phi Phi, an island off Thailand’s Andaman Coast, is most famous for being the setting of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach.  Most people come to Koh Phi Phi expecting a pristine island paradise. Don’t get me wrong – the island is beautiful.  Exquisitely beautiful.  But it’s so bloody overrun with tourists that it’s […]

My Life as a German Movie Star

Shortly after arriving in Ao Nang, Krabi, I met up with Backpacking Matt and Cody of Thrilling Heroics, pictured with me above.  Cody, having lived in southern Thailand for a number of months, awesomely offered to show us a good time. Starting with an offer to be an extra in a German movie called Tourist […]

Win An Australia Road Trip From HostelBookers and Oz Experience!

I’ve never been to Australia, but boy, am I dying to!  And being closer than usual in Asia right now, it makes me wish that I could just hop down to that amazing country. Australia seems like the one country that everyone wants to visit.  And why not?  There are great beaches, beautiful countryside, and […]

Rama Guesthouse: Chiang Mai Guesthouse Review

Looking for a guesthouse in Chiang Mai?  You won’t have to look far.  They’re everywhere and at every price range, with private rooms with bathrooms for as little as 150 baht a night ($5 USD). Of course, if you want cheap, you’ll get cheap: hard beds, loud music all night, wafer-thin walls.  So after two […]

When It’s Raining In Your Beach Paradise

I can’t tell you how glad I was to get back to Thailand. My Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur touched down in Krabi, and my spirits soared.  “Sawatdee ka!  Khawp koon ka!” I cheerily greeted the customs agent. Thailand.  God, I love this country — the smiles, the relaxation, the food, the incredible lifestyle […]

Can You Sightsee At A Mall? Yes.

For my 48 hours in KL, I had only two things planned: eat laksa and pose in front of the Petronas Towers. To get to the Petronas Towers, I took the metro to KLCC.  Rather than getting out of the station, I decided to follow the wave of the crowd — and found myself in […]

Kuala Lumpur: The Real Asia

It begins at the airport in Chiang Mai, where I’m about to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur. “Excuse me, miss?” I turn around and see a crowd of teenagers staring at me. One tentatively steps forward.  “You have something in your hair.” I reach up and pull off a red luggage inspection sticker.  “Oh, […]