Thailand

A brief tale of romance and the world

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Flings, one-night stands, impulsive kisses, seductive enticing, flirty encounters, call them what you want, but romance is bound to be on the cards during trips, especially when they are far-flung and over extended periods of time. I was well aware of the ‘sleep around/kiss anything that breathes’ theme of backpacking before I left England, but as a ‘dignifi[...]

When the drugs don't work

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Picture this: You’re backpacking alone in a tropical exotic country, far far away from home with all its comforts, amidst language barriers that are amusingly out in full force, travelling with companions randomly met on your journey… then you wake up at 2am throwing up last nights stir-fried chicken and vegetables with a fever and feeling like you’ve been f[...]

Wheeling around Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Exploring a new place epitomizes all the excitement of traveling: discovering tiny corners and allies which reveal hidden treasures of cafes/stalls/wall art, places you would never have discovered until you got away from tours and strike out alone. However, it can also be tres boring if your trapped in the midday sun, traipsing around with a map that you dis[...]

Volunteering abroad

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A wonderful way of spending time in a 3rd-world country is by doing volunteer work. Countries like Bolivia, India, Cambodia, Ghana or Mexico require a lot of developmental help and you have what it takes to give them that help. Because you are smart, caring and a wonderful role model for all those who will profit from your support. During my world trip in[...]

Bangkok: To Khao San Road, and step on it!

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I knew it would happen, it was inevitable. As I had mentioned before, I definitely hadn't faced the reality of the extent of my trip and it all just seemed like a dream that would never be fully undertaken... until I peeped out the plane window and was faced with an alien Thai landscape. Then it hit me: the inevitable fear. Cue a mini stroke with the cold ha[...]

Bangkok: an ode to the Hareem Pants

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The whole Khao San Road area seems to require a certain uniform to enter it: hareem pants, parachute pants, drop-crotched pants- call them what you like, but if you ain't wearing them, you soon get seduced by the sheer scale of availability in the billions of stalls. You're likely to find yourself convincing youself that they're exactly what you need in y[...]

world trip journal: 2 weeks in, so far little is good.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005 10:52 PM subject: 24 hours. It's raining. And it has been raining from the day I set foot on Thai ground. I'm in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand where people go to trek in the mountains or to bungee jump or do all kinds of exiting stuff. The bus we're taking here from Bangkok is labled VIP and everyone on it is young and whi[...]

World trip journal - flashbacks of a trip around the world.

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When in September 2005 I embarked on a trip around the world I left with great plans and ambitions. To let all my friends at home know how I was getting on and about all the stuff that happened to me along the way I would email them - first regularly, then more and more scarcely. I will publish those emails here for you guys to hear my story. Maybe it'll ins[...]

Island life - tough, but someone has to do it

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It's time for showing off some holiday shots... Thailand has a few really great islands and whether it's beach, party or water sports you're into, all is available in plenty in places like ko tao, ko phi phi or ko samui. In my case, as I only had a short 7 days available I went to ko pha ngan for the wonderful beaches and the beach parties at night and[...]

Bangkok's Streets of Yum

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When visiting certain Asian countries, travel guides often warn about the potential dangers of eating off the street. While I can very much confirm this to be true in India, in Thailand I've never heard of any problems. Luckily, because eating off the street belongs to the highlight of any day spent in this gorgeous country. With Bangkok as the culinary c[...]

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