Exploring the Bangkok Temples: Stylish clothes, travel buddies, and…Snoopy?

Having gotten a small bout of food poisoning the first time I was in Bangkok, I was looking forward to being able to do a bit of exploration of this fun and crazy city. And lucky for me, my friend Babs, who I’d traveled with briefly in China as well as in Nepal, was going to be in Bangkok at the same as me!  Travel buddies reunite! Neither of us had been Continue reading Exploring the Bangkok Temples: Stylish clothes, travel buddies, and…Snoopy?

Koh Lanta’s 4 Islands Tour: Longtail boats, snorkeling, and emerald caves

Once again, in an effort to actually DO something while living the beach bum life on the island of Koh Lanta in Thailand, I decided to take a tour of some of the surrounding islands for a day. The ‘4 Islands Tour’ whisks you off to several islands within an hour boat ride for a bit of snorkeling and a delicious lunch on the beach. For 800 baht, or about Continue reading Koh Lanta’s 4 Islands Tour: Longtail boats, snorkeling, and emerald caves

Exploring Koh Lanta by bike: elephants, rubber trees, and solitude

After far too long being a beach bum on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, I decided to do a bit of exploration.  Wouldn’t be proper to spend two weeks on the island and only see 1/4 mile of it. The main way to get around the island is by moped.  Everyone does it and the vehicles are widely available for hire, usually for around 200-300 bhat per day (about Continue reading Exploring Koh Lanta by bike: elephants, rubber trees, and solitude

The sunsets of Koh Lanta, Thailand

Earlier this week we had the joyous occasion of digging ourselves out of 36 inches of snow here in Massachusetts (gotta love winter in New England). That is just so many levels of not ok…I’m still sore from shoveling So naturally, while spending 3 hours shoveling in bitter cold and wind, it makes me think of warmer days.  More specifically, Koh Lanta in Thailand. I talked a bit about Koh Lanta Continue reading The sunsets of Koh Lanta, Thailand

The cost of travel – December 2014 budget roundup

Sorry this post is a bit late – things have been crazy with unexpectedly flying home and a change of travel plans.  So without further ado my December travel budget roundup! THAILAND (Koh Lanta, Bangkok) I spent 13 days in Thailand during the month of December (on top of the 10 I spent in November) including 3 days in Bangkok and 10 on the island of Koh Lanta. Total time: 13 days Continue reading The cost of travel – December 2014 budget roundup

A Thai Thanksgiving: New friends, massages, and bananas in the slide

The commute from Bangkok to the island of Koh Lanta was a long one, but during the 3 hour drive from Krabi to the island itself I had the pleasure of sitting next to Andrea, an awesome American from California who was traveling around SE Asia with her friends Christian and Sebastian. We chatted a good portion of the ride and when the subject of Thanksgiving came up (which would Continue reading A Thai Thanksgiving: New friends, massages, and bananas in the slide

Koh Lanta: An introduction to paradise

One of the main reasons I was heading to the southern islands of Thailand only a few days after arriving in the country is I needed a break.  A big one.  After getting sick in China and never really recovering and then 3 weeks of trekking through the cold and dusty Himalayas, I was absolutely beat and needed a bit of recuperation time. And what better place to do that Continue reading Koh Lanta: An introduction to paradise