Welcome to Beijing!

I’ve arrived safely but exhausted in Beijing—I’m simply not cut out for overnight flights. I managed to get a taxi to my hotel and was only very slightly confused out of my change. Of course with the early arrival, I had to wait several hours before I could check in—so I hit the streets of Beijing in a bit of a daze, but thoroughly enjoying the crisp autumn air after steamy Thailand.

5 Tips for Cheap Eats in Thailand

If you venture off the beaten path in Thailand, away from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or the southern beaches, the English signs and menus start to fade away, and Western faces are fewer and further between. In a city like Surat Thani, where the few tourists are usually on their way to somewhere else, it’s not hard to walk a few blocks away from the hotels near the ferry pier and eat your fill for $5 a day.

5 Tips for Eating Like a Local in Thailand

The two things that everyone seems to know about Thailand are that (1) the food is great, and (2) the food is cheap. But, if you wander away from tourist areas and join the locals for a meal, you’ll find that the food is even better and even cheaper. If you want to eat like a local in Southern Thailand, here are a few things you should know.

20 Things that Are Awesome about Thailand (Surat-style)

I’ve been here in Surat Thani for just under two weeks. Been working quite a bit, and no matter how hard I try, it takes me all day to do half a day’s work here. Life is slow, and inexpensive, and Thai people are so pleasant that I can see why it’s so easy for ex-pats to get lost here, never to return (and I’ve met several of them—both men and women). Here’s a list of things that have made my two weeks quite enjoyable.

Look for the Thai Fonzie

Finding my way in Surat Thani

I managed to make it to Muk Thani 1, Soi 1 on my own, with some instructions from C&C, and the knowledge that the local residents of Surat Thani aren’t interested in taking farang for a ride. It took a few minutes to secure a tuk-tuk for a price that wasn’t too far over the going rate. But shortly after you’ve left the “tourist zone” of the bus station, where island-goers transfer buses and get tuk-tuks to the ferry pier, you seems to quietly slide into Thai life, a life in which you can’t speak the language and certainly can’t read the street signs.