Walking in Phnom Penh, Part One

As a life-long city dweller, my go-to is walking. I get to know a place by walking around it. And I did a little walking while I was in Phnom Penh, which— as anyone who’s spent any time in a Southeast Asian city will tell you—is not an easy thing to do.

On Blue Jeans and Hiking Boots

The eternal debate on how to pack for a RTW trip

A quick search of RTW or backpacker packing tips will generate tons of hits about how (and what) to pack for long-term travel of the backpacking variety.

The most common piece of advice (and surely the most universally applicable and accurate) is TAKE LESS STUFF AND MORE MONEY.

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.