Even though I love Thailand and have visited Bangkok on several trips, until recently I had never been to one of the country’s most popular cities for visitors – Chiang Mai.
What better way to get inspired about an upcoming trip than to indulge in some local literature. There is also no better way to glean even a little insight into local customs and culture than searching out some great destination readsbefore your trip.
I’m no stranger to Bangkok, in fact it’s one of my favorite cities in the world. One reason for that is every time I visit, I discover new reasons to love the Thai capital and on my most recent trip it was learning about the food culture that impressed me the most.
Langkawi is an archipelago consisting of 99 islands situated in northern Malaysia near the border with Thailand.
The earth looked cold as my plane descended toward the city of Ubon Ratchathani, in northeastern Thailand’s Isaan region. I knew this was an illusion—unlike most other countries this side of the equator, Thailand gets warmer and muggier the further north you go—but the coniferous look of the trees and the shade of green they gleamed in the morning light suggested frost more than sweat.
It’s a city of contrasts. You can sample delicious cheap street food next to Michelin starred restaurants. Shop in the local market or one of the mega malls, but at the heart of it all is a city full of deeply rooted culture and tradition.
In the mood to destroy yourself? Well some Muay Thai training in Thailand will do the job. To be honest I didn’t plan to do any training, I went to visit a friend who had signed up to a 1 month course, but I decided to tag along for some lessons and got quite...
If Southeast Asia Backpacking is a college degree, Bangkok is your 101 course.
Smack at the heart of Thailand, Bangkok is widely regarded as the epicenter of the backpacking culture in Southeast Asia. First of all, it is cheap, one of the cheapest travel hubs in the world. Many other destinations in ASEAN can be easily accessed from Bangkok: Vientiane is just a bus-ride away.
My wife and I were in Nakhon Si Thammarat visiting some of her relatives, and one day we decided to drive over to Sichon (สิชล) to check out a local fish market that I had heard about.
Sichon is actually an entire district within Nakhon Si Thammarat province in southern Thailand, and Sichon is also the name of the town within Sichon district.