Eighteen episodes, hundreds of street food dishes, dozens of new friends, a few romances, a couple of bouts with food poisoning, and countless beers. After nearly five months of full-time traveling and filming, I’m taking a break from Traveling for 20 … Continue reading →
We travel Koh Lanta, Thailand, a quiet island south of Phuket in the Andaman Sea. Here, we enjoy beach living to the max! 20 Dollars got us a Koh Lanta hostel, a motorbike rental, a full day’s worth of Thai … Continue reading →
We travel Bangkok, Thailand – get a room in a Bangkok hostel, eat amazing Thai food and Thai street food, hang out on Khaosan Road with Thai girls, world travelers, and ladyboys. Plus, we cross the Chao Phraya River on … Continue reading →
We travel Chiang Mai, Thailand for 20 bucks in this episode! For 20 dollars (700 baht), we got a room in a Chiang Mai hostel, ate a bunch of amazing Thai food and Thai street food, rented a motorbike, visited the Chedi … Continue reading →
As a warm-up ESL activity, I asked my students to think of one amazing thing that they’ve done and write it down on a slip of paper. After they dropped their responses in a hat, we drew them randomly to discuss as … Continue reading →
I’ve worked in Asia for more than a year, and up to this point, I’ve lived in obscure towns and cities far from the heart of lights and activity. After visiting the oriental metropolis of Shanghai for six days then returning … Continue reading →
If you’re a foreigner living or traveling in Asia, sometimes nature calls when you least expect it. And if you’re far from home, you’ll have to run to the nearest public restroom to take care of business. Unlike in western bathrooms, … Continue reading →
Let’s be honest. As a westerner, living in China vs. Thailand is an unfair fight. Thailand will win any day of the week because it’s geared toward outsiders and China is geared toward the Chinese. But before you totally discount … Continue reading →
Thailand is a place of great memories and hot humid air. For me, it’s a place of nostalgic comfort. I lived there for half a year and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Many of the … Continue reading →
On the surface it’s a simple question. I mean, it’s just food. But when asked whether I prefer Thai food or Chinese food, I sink into an epic quandary of dietary analysis and unnecessarily deep reflection. After all, it is perhaps the … Continue reading →
Less than a month in China and I’m already sobbing over the things I miss about Thailand. I mean, it was my home for nearly 6 months. Attachment was inevitable. If you’ve ever lived in Thailand, you get it.
I recently got a China Z visa in Bangkok. Despite what other online articles may say, it’s totally possible to get the Z (working) visa without any real hassle. Long queues and tedious paperwork make it a little stressful, but it’s … Continue reading →
For four months, I’ve lived in Pua Nan, a rural town encapsulated in the lush mountains of northern Thailand. 700 kilometers north of Bangkok, it’s a quiet hideaway untainted by the rapidly expanding influence of the western world.
Hercules beetles are strange, intimidating insects. Holding a string that acts as a leash around the beetle’s top horn, Thai children send their prized pet beetles to battle. On a bored Saturday night, I documented a clash of these ferocious … Continue reading →
All Thai people have nicknames. Their full names are really long, so this is a way to cut it down a bit. Nicknames are typically bestowed upon a child based on the interests, hobbies and occupations of their parents. Some … Continue reading →
As the MONKEY abroad, I’m a self-proclaimed authority on bananas. I eat them every day; sometimes up to 8 bananas in a span of 12 hours. Bananas are plentiful in Thailand, but let’s face it: they’re small. This observation, combined with the … Continue reading →
Reminiscent of ancient Thai Buddhist belief, this Thai food marketplace experiences a cycle of rebirth every day. Let me take you on a brief video tour of my local marketplace and show you a few of my favorite dishes and snacks.
Managing an English camp at a Thai school can be an exhausting trial of improvisational grit. At least that’s how I’d describe my first camp experience a couple of days ago. With very short notice, a few foreign teachers and … Continue reading →
Pai is a small town in far north Thailand with an attitude that exemplifies the entire country. It’s an isolated, sleepy community with a hypnotic energy that’ll make you forget what day or even what year it is. This past … Continue reading →
The best part about being an English teacher is creating and implementing ESL games to use in the classroom. That’s why I’m going to post a new Kick Ass ESL Game every week as a resource for other English teachers … Continue reading →