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Why I Don’t Delete Mean Blog Comments thumbnail

"You're a dumpster fire of a human, this is the worst blog on the entirety of the internet, and I hope you slip on a banana peel in a very public place with recording devices present." While this isn't technically a direct quote of any comment I've received in my five years of blogging at Alex…

Treasures on Two Wheels: Visiting Khao Yai National Park By Motorbike thumbnail

If you've been lucky enough to receive a postcard from Thailand, it likely featured paradise islands, charming provincial towns or perhaps the sparkling lights of Bangkok. The country's beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan big city are well documented, including here on Alex in Wanderland. But did you know Thailand also has one hundred and twenty-seven national parks…

The Beauty of Two Million Bats: Touring Pak Chong 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…

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