Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Ultimate Girls’ Getaway to Koh Lanta, Thailand

“What’s your favorite place?” I asked get that question at least once a day and often several times. It’s not an easy question to answer, as most travelers can attest. Our lists are long and we can’t pick one place above all. …or can we? Yes, it’s true — I actually have a favorite place in […]

How to Arrive in Bangkok

The first time I landed in Bangkok back in 2010, I did everything wrong. I was so excited, I didn’t get myself close to the schedule before I arrived. Even though I was arriving close to midnight, I slept on the final flight there. I gave my guesthouse address written in Thai to my driver, but […]

Is it Safe to Travel in Thailand During the Bangkok Protests?

UPDATE (23 May 2014) — As Thailand has declared martial law and a national curfew has been imposed, the situation has escalated from where it was during the protests. For current updates from an on-the-ground source in Bangkok, check this page. Good luck and stay safe. Over the past few months, I’ve been asked whether […]

Railay Revisited — Is It Still The World’s Most Beautiful Beach?

I’m going to do something different for this post. I’d like you to read an old post first and see what you think. Go, read The Endangered Beauty of Railay — it’s short — and come back here. Right. Let’s get started. In the first piece, I briefly mentioned Gone Walkabout — but I didn’t […]

SOTM Tour: Month Eight of Twelve

Are we really three-quarters of our way through the SOTM Tour? Holy hell. We’re getting into the home stretch! In just a few days, we’ll be flying to the US, which may end up being the final country of the trip (we will be in Germany and Malta later on, which we already visited early […]

Koh Lanta: Still Fantastic, Three Years Later

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite places in the world are, I always mention Koh Lanta. I fell madly in love with this little Thai island on my first visit to Thailand in 2010 and vowed to return someday. As Mario and I made plans to visit Koh Lanta for his birthday, Christmas, and […]

Khao Sok: Cliffs and Adventure in Southern Thailand

I had never heard of Khao Sok National Park on my first visit to Thailand three years ago — and now that I’ve been there, I am singing its praises to everyone I know. Khao Sok is home to some of the most visually spectacular jungle I’ve ever seen. Limestone karsts rise out of everywhere […]

On Islands, Snobbery, and Koh Phayam

“I don’t think the bags will fit,” I tell the motorbike driver apologetically. “No, it’s okay.” “No, I mean, we tried before and it was too big–” “No, okay now.” I had called our lodging ahead of time and asked about transporting my large wheeled backpack, affectionately nicknamed The Turtle.. I had read that there were no cars […]

The Nephew Trip: Adventures with Isaac in Thailand

As soon as we started planning the SOTM Tour, Mario and I knew we would have a visitor on our trip: Mario’s nephew Isaac. Isaac is 20 years old, lives in the small town in the Midlands (central England), and his international travels have been with his family, mostly to Malta. Mario and I wanted […]

SOTM Tour: Month Seven of Twelve

After six months of dashing like mad from place to place, Month Seven was the first month that Mario and I spent entirely in one country: Thailand, thanks to the two-month visas we picked up in Cambodia. It was also the month that we slowed down — way down. And it was so needed. I […]