• First hours of Andrea and Nell's arrival, Chiang Mai
    First hours of Andrea and Nell's arrival, Chiang Mai
  • Paying our respects to Buddha
    Paying our respects to Buddha
  • Lighting incense and leaving prayers
    Lighting incense and leaving prayers
  • Taking a stroll with one of my favorite humans
    Taking a stroll with one of my favorite humans
  • A boy's paradise
    A boy's paradise
  • Sunset swim in the ocean
    Sunset swim in the ocean
  • Low tide sand bar, Phi Phi
    Low tide sand bar, Phi Phi
  • Swing, swing in the hammock
    Swing, swing in the hammock
  • Sharing a lemon shake
    Sharing a lemon shake
  • Waiting for the bus after an overnight train from Bangkok
    Waiting for the bus after an overnight train from Bangkok
  • Stunning limestone mountains rising from the sea
    Stunning limestone mountains rising from the sea
  • Two tall guys at sunset, Ao Nang
    Two tall guys at sunset, Ao Nang
  • Coconut milk at the weekend market
    Coconut milk at the weekend market
  • Swan boat ride in one of Bangkok's many parks
    Swan boat ride in one of Bangkok's many parks
  • Dinner of Pad Thai and Tom Ka. And of course, a Singha!
    Dinner of Pad Thai and Tom Ka. And of course, a Singha!

Entries from Thailand

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Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Two weeks with our pals from home! Thanks Andrea and Nell for meeting us so far away.

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Dreamland: Our week on Koh Phanang

Images from our week on the island of Koh Phanang in the southern part of Thailand. Our plan to stay at the resort of Dreamland for two days soon changed to four days, then six, then eight.

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Dreaming in Dreamland

It’s a Monday morning here on the beach of Dreamland. Thirty feet away is the ocean, and in the ocean are three swimmers in the placid sea. There are no waves. By that I mean, there are no waves. I

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Jimmy gets a haircut

Let me write about something important, something concrete and full of Thai culture.   Let me write about my haircut.   That’s right, yesterday I’d had enough—enough of Dolora saying m

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Life of the Iguana

It’s now Saturday, or Wednesday, or who really knows what day. In the Vortex of Delight there is little conception of time. There’s a rumor that today is February 1st but what silly notions are th

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Three Tickets to Paradise

I envy our life right now. While I am living it. That is the definition of an enneagram 4/neurotic.   I was beginning to have my doubts about Thailand’s famed beach experience. Krabi province a

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Dreamland

  We’ve entered the Vortex of Delight, and we’re not leaving.   It began a few days ago. We’d returned from a couple of days on Phi Phi, an island on the southwestern coast of Thailand

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To digress…

I’ll get to an update of our recent days in Thailand in a moment. But first, here’s a link to an article in yesterday’s New York Times about the air pollution in India:   http://sinosphere.

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Au Nang and Phi Phi Island

Images from our week in two southern beaches of Thailand.

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Phi Phi

We should’ve known better.   We boarded the ferry to Phi Phi island along with a hundred other whiteys like us, nearly all with backpacks that were tossed onto a tower of luggage. The tower gre

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Tropical Thailand

images from our time spent on the beaches of southern Thailand.

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The beaches of Thailand (part 1)

The SkyTrain over Bangkok is efficient and German, spotless and punctual. The SkyTrain connects many of Bangkok’s malls, that are modern and chrome and with names like Armani and Gap.   Thus we

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Lonely (Not) Planet

    You would think access to the Internet would solve any travel confusion you could possibly encounter. On this blog someone commented that we should check TripAdvisor and then we wouldn

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Leaving Bangkok

Monday morning in Bangkok, our last day here before heading south to the beach. While writing I have another screen open, an ESPN Gamecast of the 49ers against Seattle. The easy life, the modern life

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(Bang)Kok-a-Doodle-Do

We have spent a week in Bangkok. We arrived one day before the big anti-government protests began. “Take Back Bangkok” the signs and t-shirts read. Immediately, the opportunity to make money off o

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Bangkok, II

More images from our first week in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Wandering Bangkok

It’s afternoon in Bangkok, 5pm, the streets and sidewalks clogged with people heading home from work. I’m at an open-air patio at Starbucks overlooking the scene. Half of the sidewalks are for wal

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Onward to Bangkok

Images from our first days in Bangkok, especially of the street protests against the government.

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The Secret Life of…

Liam and I went to the movies in Bangkok. This is noted in many “Top Things To Do In Bangkok” lists. You purchase not only your tickets, but you choose the location and type of seats you want too.

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Protests in Bangkok

In the days before coming to Bangkok the report in the New York Times sounded dire. An anti-government protest had escalated into violence, and with a plan to shut down the entire city looming in the

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Eastward

And now: Bangkok.   Our impressions of a place are shaped by the places we’ve recently visited. Since early November we’ve been in the thick of the Indian subcontinent: India itself, Nepal, S