More Temples, More Jungle, More Bangkok

More Temples, More Jungle, More Bangkok

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in General Travel, Thailand | One Comment

Imagine an ancient civilization straight out of an Indiana Jones movie: an important trading hub lies at the confluence of three major rivers, surrounded by water on all sides, and filled with gleaming temples covered in gold leaf. Nearby, Dutch, French, Spanish and Portuguese settlements have sprouted outside the city walls in order to trade with […]

A Few Days in the Jungle and Happy New Year on the Beach

A Few Days in the Jungle and Happy New Year on the Beach

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in General Travel, Thailand | One Comment

After a long, sweaty minivan ride from Krabi (during which we were forced to wedge ourselves into the minuscule front seat with the driver, who then yelled at us when we tried to adjust the barely-functioning air conditioner ever so slightly), we finally arrived at our hotel in Khao Sok National Park a couple of […]

Para-, Para-, Paradise: Christmas in Southern Thailand

Para-, Para-, Paradise: Christmas in Southern Thailand

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in General Travel, Thailand | 3 Comments

When we were home for a bit in November of this year, Coldplay’s latest hit single, “Paradise,” seemed to be on every radio station everywhere we went. Knowing we were just a few weeks away from seeing Thailand’s famous beaches, I didn’t mind that it was the most overplayed song ever – each time I […]

Say Waaaaat?

Say Waaaaat?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in General Travel, Thailand | 2 Comments

Spend a significant amount of time in Thailand, and you’ll surely begin to experience wat-fatigue. Wats (aka temples) are everywhere – you simply cannot avoid them, nor should you. Most are beautiful and ornate, while others are simple or occasionally cheesy. Even if you manage to skip the life-sized wats scattered about most towns, you’ll […]

Nothing Says “Christmas”…

Nothing Says “Christmas”…

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Thailand | 2 Comments

…like Hello Kitty riding a reindeer. On the side of a bus. In Thailand. So Merry Christmas, everyone! We miss you all very much and we’re looking forward to next Christmas when we’ll be able to celebrate (in person) with you. Love, Robin & Pierre

We ♥ Elephants

We ♥ Elephants

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in General Travel, Thailand | 4 Comments

What is it about elephants? There is so much to find truly fascinating: their intelligence, their passiveness, their insatiable appetites, their itchy, leathery skin, the surprisingly soft and silent footfalls that belie their colossal size. Above all, there is something about their eyes that stays with you. They are sad, and wise, and just plain […]

Bangkok’s Got Us Now

Bangkok’s Got Us Now

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in General Travel, Thailand | One Comment

For years, people have been telling me that Bangkok is crazy, hectic, noisy, and that the traffic is just downright insane. In my mind, I began to equate Thailand with Vietnam or India (traffic-wise), and I expected to find a tangled mess of smoke-belching tuk-tuks, pedestrians, cars, trucks, and stray dogs. Instead, Robin and I […]