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Visiting Phuket Vegetarian Festival

By |2020-11-04T11:20:04-06:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Visiting Phuket Vegetarian Festival.  Always look for the silver lining.  I have been “stuck” in Thailand since mid-March.  While I spent a couple of months mostly quarantined in my apartment, by June Thailand had effectively opened up.  This meant there was time to explore parts of Thailand I had not been to before.  The added bonus [...]

Visiting King Power Mahanakhon

By |2020-09-24T03:15:15-05:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Asia, Must-See|

Visiting King Power Mahanakhon.  It is not an obsession, but I definitely enjoy visiting the tallest buildings when visiting a new city.  I have admired the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Petronas Towers in KL, the Taipei 101 obviously in Taipei, the Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) in Chicago, and the Bitexco Financial Tower in [...]

Visiting Kamphaeng Phet and Si Satchanalai

By |2020-07-21T02:17:44-05:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

Visiting Kamphaeng Phet and Si Satchanalai.  The Sukhothai Kingdom reigned in current northern Thailand for 200 years starting in 1238.  Sukhothai Kingdom was at one time part of the Khmer/Angkor Kingdom, the predecessor of modern-day Cambodia.  Sukhothai is considered to be the first capital of Thailand, followed by Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and with present-day Bangkok. Sukhothai has [...]

Visiting Grand Palace Bangkok

By |2020-07-13T08:15:19-05:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Asia, Must-See|

Visiting Grand Palace Bangkok.  The Grand Palace complex in Bangkok is by no means an off-the-beaten-path monument, but it is a positively a must-see masterpiece.  It is the 4th ranked Thing To Do in Bangkok on TripAdvisor with over 16,000 reviews.  The Grand Palace complex is the official residence of the King of Thailand (formally Siam).  [...]

Visiting Koh Mak

By |2020-06-28T03:43:26-05:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

Visiting Koh Mak.  Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi.  When travelers think of Thai islands, these are some of the islands where travel plans are made first.  And not without good reason.  There are some fantastic beaches, great restaurants, and awesome resorts.  But, these islands are overflowing with tourists who are scramble between a McDonalds and [...]

Visiting Wat Samphran

By |2020-09-12T05:03:59-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Asia, Must-See|

Visiting Wat Samphran.  The visitor to Bangkok will be introduced, whether it is via Tripadvisor or companies offering day trips, to the typical circuit of temples. The tourist will witness the glorious colors of the Wat Phra Kaew, the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, and the sun set behind Wat Arun. These are all amazing temples [...]

Boy Interrupted, Travel In The Time Of Covid

By |2020-03-19T22:37:05-05:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Advice, Africa, Asia, Europe|

Boy Interrupted, Travel In The Time Of Covid.  The spreadsheet had been tweaked and edited for months. Reviewed and rewritten. I had planned all my travels from January through October of 2020. And it was only October of 2019. I had set high ambitions for the year with a list of 19 new countries. And of [...]

Three Days In Brunei

By |2020-02-23T06:10:32-06:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Advice, Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

Three Days In Brunei.  Of South East Asia’s myriad and popular options, Brunei might be the least known country in the region (well, except for East Timor). Brunei is located on the island of Borneo, which it shares with Malaysia and Indonesia. The Sultanate of Brunei was an independent nation for some centuries, whose power waxed [...]

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