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Bangkok’s New Hipster Hangout: Talad Rot Fai Night Market

One of my favorite things to do in Bangkok is visit the vibrant marketplaces — and you guys love to read about it! Some of my most popular posts are on Chatuchak Market, the Vespa Market, and the nighttime Flower Market. I was pretty crestfallen to learn that the Vespa Market is at least temporarily closed down — I wasn’t able to get much information from the security guards at the site.... read more

Travel Porn: A Review of Hotel Honolulu

Way back in April I introduced Travel Porn, a new feature in which I review books from my beloved travel literature genre. Since then I dropped the ball and only featured one other book! Well, readers, it’s time to  get back on track. After all, there’s nothing like Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar to make you want transport yourself to a hot sweaty train in Southeast Asia or J.... read more

A Weekend in Manchester

When you tell someone you are going to spend the weekend in Manchester, their reaction is usually, “Fun! What are you doing there?” When you respond that you’re going to hang out with a bunch of your ex’s closest childhood friends, their reaction is usually some serious side-eye. But lets back up a bit to how and why I got to the UK in the first place. Icelandair, one of the... read more

Travel Quotes: Eleanor Roosevelt

As most of you know, this week has been a challenging one for me. When I said goodbye to my girlfriends in Bangkok I was hit by a paralyzing fear: suddenly I was traveling solo, with no safety net at the other end of the journey. Where was I going? How should I get there? Who was I going to fret to when I didn’t know what stop to get off at on the train? Who was I going to eat dinner with? Who was... read more

New Year’s Eve Full Moon Party

Close your eyes and picture your fantasy New Year’s Eve celebration. Does it involve a white sand beach, a dress code of flip-flops, thousands of rowdy revelers and alcohol that is served quite literally by the bucket? Then I have the party for you. The Full Moon Party in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand has taken on legendary status among travelers. This monthly gathering centered around the lunar cycle... read more

Photo of the Week 40: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

St. Patrick’s Day in my hometown of Albany, New York is one of my favorite events of the year. When I realized I was going to be home in March I was overjoyed. I’m planning on writing a full post about this fun day at some point, but here’s a little sneak preview of the parade in the form of Photo of the Week… Photo A Photo B Alright, this isn’t a contender for Photo of the... read more

Photo of the Week 36

What a week! I’ve been a busy bee with Muay Thai boxing training, throwing a Valentine’s Day party, catching up on some blog projects, and keeping up with my “day job,” underwater videography. In fact, I have a bit of a confession for you this week, readers- Photo of the Week is actually going to be Video Still of the Week. I shot so much underwater footage this week and took not... read more

The Baackeses Take Bangkok Part III: A Thai Christmas

I woke up on our second day in Bangkok filled with happiness. With my Dad arriving late the night before, I finally had my whole family back under one roof. And that roof came with a rooftop pool and a view to die for, courtesy of the Shama Suites on Soi Sukhumvit. Our two bedroom suite was simple but spacious and came with the nice perks of a kitchenette and a washing machine. My Dad had requested one... read more

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