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3 Things Not To Do In Phuket (And What To Do Instead)

There’s something exciting about going to a place and seeing it through fresh eyes. You get to make up your mind about things before being prejudiced by others. You figure things out for yourself and have an adventure. Unfortunately, Phuket is not one of those places. One of Thailand’s biggest

Hiking with the Elephants

Our guest photo blogger today is Tom who once worked in Northern Thailand for a month, volunteering with the NGO Global Vision International (GVI) to help with elephant conservation in the area. The pictures you can see in this post were all taken during one of his favorite things to do:

Khai Nui – Your Private Island For A Day

The ad at my local hostel said that, for 1,000 Baht ($30), we’ll get to stay in a private island for a day. Too good to be true, two of us booked it and set to go on a Wednesday (mid-week), when only few people will be around. That’s what

Thailand – Biking Around Ayutthaya

Andrei and I went to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital in the middle of 14th – 18th century. We took the first train at 6:40 a.m. and arrived exactly two hours later. It was the slowest train ride we’ve ever been in and it’s the ugliest, too. It’s noisy. We passed along the shanties and

The Grand Palace in Bangkok

China has Forbidden City in Beijing. Cambodia has its own Grand Palace in Phnom Pehn. Laos has Haw Kham in Luang Prabang. England has Buckingham Palace in London. South Korea has Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. Japan has an Imperial Palace in Tokyo. And Thailand has Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn

The climb to the top of Wat Arun wasn’t easy breezy even for the young at heart. The steepness would make you dizzy and if you look down while clambering up, you’d be scared. The far-reaching view of the city of Bangkok across the Chao Phraya river is a breathtaking

Young Monks in Bangkok

These young monks were waiting for a boat to ferry them across the Chao Phraya river on their way to Wat Arun. Just as I was exiting Wat Pho, where the Reclining Buddha is, they came out altogether from a temple where they just had a lesson. They were lively,

Thailand – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

“If you are a true fan of James Bond and have seen, The Man With A Golden Gun, then, you have already seen Damnoen Saduak Floating Market before,” said our guide. “In the movie, they chase here,” his hands pointing places here and there. Everyone was really fascinated by the houses

The Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

If you had tried a traditional Thai massage, then, you should know that such kind of massage was born here in Wat Pho where it houses the world’s biggest reclining Buddha. No, I’m not talking about that kind of “massage” offered by some around Silom or Khao San Road–with a

Top 10 Spectacular Things to Do and See in Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand known as the City of Angels. Most tourists enter the country at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and will pass through it prior to going off to other popular destinations such as Phuket, Koh Chang, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai. Bangkok is also famous for

Thailand: Patong Beach Sunset

From Saigon (Vietnam), I flew to Bangkok then to Phuket, the southernmost part of Thailand to relax at the beach. I heard a lot about this beach as the “flesh mecca” of all sorts of debauchery, in contrast to the nearby tiny islands which are good for island hopping. Patong

Kho Phi Phi and Other Islands

Bloggers note: A friend of mine will be backpacking soon to Southeast Asia. Hes gonna follow the trip I had around this time two years ago—starting from Thailand then to Cambodia and down to Vietnam. He asked me some tips and how I did. But, instead of telling him everything

Bangkok – Temples, Palace, Park and Tower

I woke up early and joined thousands of Thai commuters in the bus. Though I still have a bit of a hangover from last night’s debauchery, the excitement of going around Bangkok’s busy streets and tourist spots overwhelmed me. Word for the wise: When entering temples in Thailand, it is advised
KEEP CALM and WANDER