Category: Thailand

An Adult’s Guide to Enjoying a Full Moon Party

I accidentally attended the most infamous beach party in the world last night. Koh Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party attracts between 20,000-30,000 revelers whose median age likely hovers around 20. The oft-sleepy island balloons for a few days as the beach plays host to pounding electronica music, alcoholic drinks served in children’s sand buckets, and …

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What not to wear to a Wat (or any other place of spiritual significance)

When traveling outside of the United States, the “must see” sites often include churches, temples, wats, mosques, cemeteries, and other locations of spiritual significance to the local population. When I first started traveling, I was pretty ignorant to dress expectations. I figured that I was dressed pretty modestly by Western standards, so it was OK. …

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An Accidental Bucket List

I love the idea of bucket lists, I really do. However, I’ve never taken the time to sit down and create a checklist of the things that I’d like to do before I die. This is mostly because I don’t plan to die, so I figure I have lots of time. If I were to …

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The Top 5 Series: Best Sunsets Around the Globe

It’s been several months since I posted a Top 5 list but by-golly we’re getting back to it! As my time in Southeast Asia begins to wind down (two more months!), I’ve begun to reflect on the “best of” my travels thus far. I now present to you my TOP 5 ABSOLUTE BEST SUNSETS that …

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The Surin Elephant Diaries – Friends & Foes, Pachyderm Style

Watching the Surin Project’s all-female elephant herd interact is like observing a middle-school lunch room, complete with newbies, groupies, and one über popular girl. It’s hilarious, fascinating, and quite frankly gives me flashbacks. Allow me to elaborate: Baby Kwan (<2 years) follows her mother Ploy (or at least she’s supposed to— little rascal) due to …

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Photo Focus – Baan Tha Klang Elephant Village, Thailand

Sunsets over the Baan Tha Klang Elephant Village, home of the Surin Project, are nothing short of extraordinary. As elephants enjoy their final meal of the day, the brightly painted sky creates silhouettes of their immense figures. It’s quite the sight to behold. Here Nong Nun, a Surin Project elephant, shows off her perfect profile …

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