The “Truth” About Thai Smiles

So, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Thailand, often staying months at a time. And like many Westerners in Thailand, I often rely on the various online expat forums for information. The various Facebook groups—and even the old-school Thai Visa Forum—can be very useful resources. From help navigating Thai bureaucracy to finding a good hair stylist, such groups can be a life saver.

But they can also be a shocking object lesson in the bias, entitlement, and unchecked privilege of some folks in the various Western ex-pat communities of South East Asia.

The Hidden Costs of Budget Travel

Everyone knows that travelling in Southeast Asia is cheap. But, budget backpacking in the region is such a cliché that it has become far too easy for bloggers to oversell the point.

My Dirtiest Day in Thailand

Or, Our “Rumble in the Jungle,” Khanom Style*

So I had my first motorcycle accident last Sunday. It happened in slow motion. Literally. Just like my first and only car accident.**

The Incredible Pleasure of Going Back

Or, Why I Moved to Thailand

So, I’ve gone back to Thailand. I’m going to be a beach bum. I’m 10 years late on that score (and admittedly, I will be supported by a steady freelance income). But for the next two fiscal quarters, my social life will consist of hanging out at a beach bar with mostly twenty-something English teachers, ex-pats, and their Thai friends. And I’ll probably get a decent tan.

Terrifying Taxi Rides

There’s a lot of talk about safety and the solo traveller out there—but few people consider the fact that just getting on the road is one of the most dangerous things you’ll ever do when you travel, whether you’re a man or a woman, on your own or in a group. And sometimes the safest thing to do on any road is to go with the flow—even if the flow makes your head spin!