Bangkok’s Best Temples

Living in Asia, one can develop a “seen one, seen them all” attitude towards temples and other popular tourist attractions. I will admit to feeling this way sometimes and every now and then I need a reminder of just how stunning Thai temple architecture is. I also tend to be a big wimp when it comes to the heat and I hate trekking around all day in crowded spots just to get a few nice photos of pretty buildings.

It is for these reasons, I wrote this temple guide. These spots are the excursions which are worthy of your time and make for an excellent day out without over-exerting yourself (ppsst golf cats are THE BEST).

Travelista published my article and photos here for you to check out! 

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8 Reasons Koh Chang is the Best

We have visited the island of Koh Chang so many times! it is pretty close to Bangkok, yet feels a million miles from the bustling metropolis. You can get there in a cab, or save money and take a bus. The island is huge and provides travelers with any kind of vacation they need. With bars and nightlife, as well as total seclusion, crystal clear waters, and rigorous waterfall hikes. This place is just perfect.

Check out my article on the Travelista website here! 

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5-Star Luxury on Koh Kood Thailand

Completely spoiled and ridiculously pampered. When we got the opportunity to visit the amazing Soneva Kiri Resort on Koh Kood Island in Thailand’s northeast, we could hardly believe our luck. The hotel’s private plane picked us up at Suvarnabhumi Airport and in just over an hour we were landing in paradise.

The hotel is just magical, and Koh Kood is heaven. Our massive villa had its own pool, we were given a own golf buggy to cruise around on, and everything we ate was perfection.

Travelista published my article about the experience here! 

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Chinatown, Bangkok – Drinking and Dining

For amazing food, hustle and bustle, old timey vibes, and hipster bars, Chinatown “Yaowarat” in Bangkok, Thailand is the place to go.

For our anniversary, Tyler took me on a staycation to Chinatown where we stated at the Shanghai Mansion Hotel. Appropriate since we met in China more than 10 years ago.

We roamed the streets and found that Soi Nana is the perfect location for a pub crawl with dozens of awesome bars along one short block.

Thanks to Travelista for publishing my Chinatown guide. Read about it here! 

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Kaeng Krachan National Park

When one lives in a tropical paradise like Thailand, it can be hard not to just go to a beach for a long weekend. Now that we have been here a while, we are starting to explore more of the countryside areas and trying to find places that are popular with Thai local tourists. Kaeng Krachan is a gorgeous dam, reservoir, and national park southwest of Bangkok in the province of Petchaburi. We also visited one of Thailand’s few, ethical elephant and animal sanctuaries Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand.

Check out my article published by Travelista here. 

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Bangkok Food Delivery – Better Options


They Have Failed Us

Recently the expat and foodie community in Bangkok has been really angry with the biggest restaurant delivery service. They are unreliable, always late, orders get cancelled for no reason an hour after they are confirmed. Restaurants and diners are hurting because of their actions.

Below is an evolving list of numbers and website links for all of the restaurants I could find with direct delivery…

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Thailand Koh Samet Guide

Instead of wasting a whole day of your vacation going to one of Thailand’s islands in the south, you can hail a taxi from Bangkok and be on Koh Samet in just a few hours!

Thanks to Travelista Club for publishing my article about my favourite tiny Thai island. This guide comes with the wisdom of someone who has had way too much vacation time this year and went to Koh Samet 3 times in about 6 months. It is that nice and that easy.

Read all about it here!

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Learning Thai – Study Tips Part 1

Thai Consonant Classes – High and Mid

Reshaping My Brain

After almost 16 years (give or take a year here or there) in China, speaking Mandarin every day, learning the tones, the characters, the bad words, the Beijing slang, and generally being pretty Chinese, I have had to turn off that part of my brain. Every day, I have to try to silence the little part of me that is desperate to communicate with locals in Chinese. The language I have spent so long trying to figure out is useless now, but my idiot brain is having a hard time realising that, and when English fails, it automatically wants to use the other language it knows to get the point across. I find myself constructing sentences with taxi drivers here in Bangkok, and while all the key vocabulary is in Thai, the conjunctions, articles, particles, and pronouns all slip out in Chinese before I can stop myself.

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