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The Beauty of Two Million Bats: Touring Pak Chong, Thailand thumbnail

In a country with over twenty-five million visitors per year, can you have a unique experience? In a country you can barely count your own passport stamps from, can you still be taken by surprise? In a country beloved by bloggers, can you share something original with the internet? This was my year of attempting to…

White Rice and Wild Adventures: Five Tips for Picky Eating Travelers thumbnail

Years ago, I confessed to being a painfully picky eater. More recently, I reflected on how years of travel had opened up not just my mind but also my palate, slowly transforming mealtimes into something I looked forward to rather than feared. Yet my biggest takeaway from sharing that journey is that I’m not and was…

A Weekend of Beachfront Charm on Koh Phangan thumbnail

It was like clockwork: after a little over a month back on Koh Tao, I was itching for a mini getaway again. Nothing major, just a teeny change of scenery to scratch my travel itch. So it couldn't have been more perfect that I was already planning a weekend away on my neighboring island of Koh…

Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: The Dusit Buncha Trail thumbnail

I'd heard the rumors: there was a deep jungle trail that connected the northern tip of the island's main road to around the backside of my favorite Koh Tao viewpoint. If you look at a map, there's nothing between the two aside from hills and jungle. I couldn't find anyone who'd actually done it, just those…

Is Koh Tao Safe for Travelers? thumbnail

When I read about Koh Tao in the international media – a statement that has only been possible in the last two years or so – I literally feel like I’m reading about a place I’ve never been before. What is this terrible seedy island, full of sinister gangsters, riled up murderers and ominous threats? (Every…

Where To Eat and Drink in Siem Reap thumbnail

I'm not sure I can remember a single thing I ate or drank on my first two trips to Siem Reap -- aside, of course, from several gallons of cheap cocktails at Angkor Wat? nightclub. Those trips just had a different focus. But for my most recent return to the city, I couldn't have been more…

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