Thailand

Travel planning

Travel plans, and how I can’t stick to them

Travel plans and I don’t tend to get along. I struggle to make them, and then as soon as I’ve...

Sukhothai elephants

Scenes from Sukhothai

Sukhothai, in north central Thailand, doesn’t tend to make it onto the itineraries of many visitors to the country.  It...

Sky full of lanterns

Yi Peng lantern release: Magic at Mae Jo

The first time I came to Chiang Mai in 2010, I didn’t even know what Yi Peng was.  Each year,...

Melbourne - Yarra

It’s weird being home

I’ve been back in Melbourne for a few days after finally, reluctantly leaving Thailand.  I’m only here for two weeks...

Dave at Songkran

Songkran 2012: now that’s what I call a water fight

The transition to a new year is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In much of the western...

Longtail on the beach, Koh Nok

The 11 Things I Will Miss Most About Thailand

I can’t believe it’s over. 175 days after I flew to Thailand last year, I’m finally leaving. All going well,...

Tsunami sign

Panic in Phuket: My Tsunami Experience

In a few seconds everything changed. An abrupt announcement over the loudspeakers. The strangely peaceful sound of many hundreds of...

Shopping strip in Bali

The Worst Tourist Traps of South East Asia

While I spend most of my time talking about how much I love South East Asia, there are some places that really just aren't that great...

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