Bangkok

Independence in Colonial Asia

To look at a map of colonial Asia is to see many colours. It is one with lines, shaded areas, dots on maps. These signify territories, treaty ports, zones of influence, railways, and other new introductions to a previously monarchical, rudimentary culture which had, in many respects developed of its own accord for thousands of […]

How I Got Scammed in Bangkok, but Came Out Winning

We have all read stories about getting scammed in foreign countries while on vacation. We’re also given all the precautions to save us from the embarrassment and loss of a scam. Then, we prepare mentally and physically for it. Preparing to spot that ominous, slim, shady character walking towards us with a trench coat on. Some even take karate classes in preparation for it.

Enough horseplay. If we knew how a scam worked, we wouldn’t get scammed.  And the scammers know this so they come at us like an innocent dove.

Have you ever seen the reporter doing a story about pickpockets, and this master pick pocket-er literally tells the reporter what he’s going to steal and then steals it by the end? It’s like that I suppose.


The Bangkok Experience Part 1: Erawan Museum and Muay Thai Fight Night

Is this touristy?  Well, yes it is!
Going to Bangkok, Thailand for vacation showed me a couple things.  First, I really want to travel more.  Second, I really need to travel more.

The Bangkok Experience Part 1: Erawan Museum and Muay Thai Fight Night

 The Bangkok Experience Part 1: Erawan Museum and Muay Thai Fight Night
Is this touristy?  Well, yes it is!

Going to Bangkok, Thailand for vacation showed me a couple things.  First, I really want to travel more.  Second, I really need to travel more.


The Noob Traveler Packing for Bangkok

I finally decided to take the plunge and go to South East Asia for vacation.

Destination:  Bangkok

It's the second half of Summer break and the plan is for Bangkok.  To see the many different things that this gritty gem of a town has to offer.  Temples, fighting, museums, tuk tuks, it's all in there.

Speaking of all in there.  Packing is always an interesting part of travel.  I remember preparing to come to Korea.  2 huge suitcase, 1 medium, 1 carry-on, and 1 backpack.  Not enough.  Looking back I can only think of one question for myself.  "Self, why did you bring all this crap?!"  For any of you preparing to come to Korea and wondering what to leave behind, I did a vlog about it.  Give it a look before you start packing.

The Noob Traveler Packing for Bangkok

I finally decided to take the plunge and go to South East Asia for vacation.

Destination:  Bangkok

It’s the second half of Summer break and the plan is for Bangkok.  To see the many different things that this gritty gem of a town has to offer.  Temples, fighting, museums, tuk tuks, it’s all in there.

Speaking of all in there.  Packing is always an interesting part of travel.  I remember preparing to come to Korea.  2 huge suitcase, 1 medium, 1 carry-on, and 1 backpack.  Not enough.  Looking back I can only think of one question for myself.  ”Self, why did you bring all this crap?!”  For any of you preparing to come to Korea and wondering what to leave behind, I did a vlog about it.  Give it a look before you start packing.


Vacation Planning Adventures of a Travel Newbie (Beijing and Bangkok)

Aside of deciding on the countries and cities I wanted to vacation in, the three biggest things to plan for were flights, hotels, and what to do once I'm there.  I have never been a huge travel bug.  The biggest outing before coming to Korea was a flight to Florida from NYC when I was living in the Big Apple.  I stayed with family, got picked up and everything was pretty much vanilla.

Now I live in South Korea, and I will be vacationing in Beijing and Bangkok come summer break in August. This is huge for me.  Since being in Korea I've visited Tokyo and Seoul, but nothing other than that.



Vacation Time is Coming

My current contract ends in late August which means summer vacation falls within the current cycle.  In EPIK we receive 18 days vacation to be split between winter and summer breaks.  It all works out well because those are pretty close to the actual number of days available after summer or winter camps are finished.  The way it worked out this year, I have 8 vacation days available for summer.  This break I knew it was time to get away and actually go on vacation.  When I first arrived in Korea, THAT was a vacation in and of itself.  Traveling abroad.  New surroundings.  Foreign land.  Vacation!

Two years later, Korea is now my home away from home and time away is needed.  I think any long-term foreign teacher needs to get away just to recharge the battery a bit.  I love Korea - don't get me wrong.  This experience has been the greatest.  Sometimes though, the "Korean'ness" of Korea can get a little too Korean and you just need to check out for a while.

Two weeks, two Thailands. Part 1: Bangkok

Since I have been living in Asia I have traveled to numerous countries and been continually impressed, inspired and had my expectations exceeded. The Philippines was serene, laid-back and beautiful; Vietnam was incredible from the French colonial streets of Ho Chi Minh to the deserted island of Phu Quoc; Japan was culturally stimulating and life happened at 5x the speed that maybe it should; Taiwan brought incredible people, stunning landscapes and peacefulness and of course living in South Korea has been a unique experience offering challenges, happiness and personal development. It was therefore expected that at some point I would come across a country that let me down. That country was Thailand.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a generally enjoyable holiday in Thailand. I just felt I didn’t come away with anything positive from it. Something that wowed me, taught me something or opened my eyes. Well at least in a positive sense.


Koh Samet: I wish you were here, or maybe not.

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I have no intention of making you jealous, but I have to inform you that I am writing this blog post from a beach chair 4 feet from the water on the small island of Koh Samet in Thailand. It is late afternoon and the beach area in front of my resort (My bungalow is $20 a night!) is starting to clear out for the day. I personally think dusk is the best part of a beach day. The sky’s color is spectacular, the sun isn’t as intense as it was a few hours prior and I can finally tell by looking at my skin that yes, I in fact did manage to tan and not burn after hours of frolicking in the surf.


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