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Visiting Koh Mak

By |2021-02-22T10:27:47-06:00February 20th, 2021|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 scrambling between a McDonalds and [...]

Spectating NLD – Aung San Suu Kyi Political Rally

By |2021-02-04T06:04:38-06:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Spectating NLD - Aung San Suu Kyi Political Rally 2012 Myanmar - Burma.  When the topic of travel is brought up, often the first question posed is “what is your favorite country?”  For those who travel extensively, this query can often result in mere pretense.  Most travelers I have spoken with or interviewed do not have [...]

Lopburi Monkey Festival

By |2020-12-22T03:01:20-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Lopburi Monkey Festival.  Everyone loves a great party and the monkeys of Lopburi are no different.  Think great conversation, abundant food, and some catchy music are you too can be celebrating at the Lopburi Monkey Festival. Lopburi, a town of 30,000, can be found a couple of hours north of Bangkok.  It is an easy drive, [...]

Visiting Phuket Vegetarian Festival

By |2020-12-22T03:00:15-06:00November 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 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 [...]

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