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 photos from my stay fell through the cracks, so I complied some of them in this Thailand photo essay.
Arrival in Thailand. The first 3 days in Phuket, I lived in this small seaside bamboo hut.
A small puppy curled up next to my hut.
Naiharn Beach, Phuket, Thailand on a beautiful day.
Naiharn Beach on a stormy day.
Take your shoes off when entering a Buddhist temple.
That’s one massive Buddha.
Getting a Thai massage can be a painful experience.
Posing for the camera atop the highest peak in Phuket.
Outside the temple on the Phuket mountain, there’s a different Buddha statue for every day of the week.
The Buddha statue for Saturday was easily the coolest.
A strip of road overlooking Naiharn Beach in Phuket.
The ATI crew poses for a group shot. We’re just a bunch of ragtag ESL teachers-in-training.
My first taste of Bangkok and its outrageously delicious (and spicy) street food.
A van converted into an American-flag-themed bar-to-go.
Tourists relaxing next to a familiar roadside van converted into a bar.
The pharmacy in Thailand is a candy store for those looking to score prescription meds over the counter.
The King. If you ever visit Thailand, prepare to see this man a lot. Like everyday, at least twenty times.
The bright streets of Bangkok. Click here to see 30 photos of Thai people on the street in Bangkok.
A modest Buddhist shrine next to a modest Thai home.
A fence separating elevated roadway from farmland in Pua, Nan, Thailand.
This woman cooks waffles here every day.
What’s on the menu? Let’s see… Fried fish, fried pig guts and fried chicken livers. Delicious.
Doi Phu Kha National Park, about an hour’s drive from Pua, Nan.
Rustic hotel rooms available at Doi Phu Kha National Park in northern Thailand.
“Do not change the environment that you are entering, but please allow it to refresh your soul!”
My trusty ’87 Honda Dream motorcycle.
Time for class! Teaching ESL was a great part of living in Thailand.
As you can see, students take my class very seriously.
Two girls. I mean, boys. I mean, kathoeys.
A drawing on the wall in one of my classrooms. It’s a little girl poking at a pile of steaming shit.
An anti-drug poster at Pua School. No smoking! Also, no cowboy hats!
Many outdoor gyms in Thailand feature ancient equipment like this elliptical machine.
What’s this illegal substance?! Oh. It’s just miang, the caffeine-charged Thai snack.
Emmy, AKA the greatest chef in Thailand, cooking her signature Pad Kra Pao Gai Kai Dao. There is definitely a big smile under her mask.
Want to try some durian? This stinky fruit is everywhere in Thailand.
Me posing with some stinky durian!
Avocados grow on trees during the rainy season in Thailand.
My friend James standing shirtless in Doi Phu Kha National Park in the pouring rain. This wasn’t the first time we were stranded in a torrential downpour.
The road to Doi Phu Kha National Park, northern Thailand.
A relaxing getaway to a Chiang Mai lake during a break from school.
Some friends from the ATI course in the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand.
Oh, good times were had.
If you’ve ever gotten drunk from Hong Thong then you know what a real hangover feels like.
Insanity often results in the overconsumption of Thai alcohol in Chiang Mai.
We took a trip to Pai, Thailand’s far northern artsy tourist town.
The fattest dog in the world sleeps in Bangkok.
Bangkok, the land of tuk-tuk’s and taxis.
A girl smiles for the camera in a Bangkok night club.
Lampang (near Chiang Mai) is home to one of the oldest wats in Thailand, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang.
The leader of the Burmese platoon that invaded this wat in the 19th century was assassinated by a lone gunman, according to legend. The bullet holes remain in the railing as proof.
Is this bullet hole story real? I’m a little skeptical.
A man prays to a Buddhist shrine.
Many decorative miniature statues and trinkets line the walls of a small temple.
An elephant trying to steal a bit of sugar cane from my hand.
“Do you know me?” That’s my good friend JeJe and her daughter Pai.
A barbed-wire fence around a wet rice field.
A horse wanders closer.
Three people on a single motor bike is a common sight in Asia.
Pad Kana Moo (Thai Pork with Kale) is a $1 Thai dish that’s heaven on earth.
Useful bamboo piled up on the side of the road in Pua, Nan.
Hey, where are you going? I’m trying to photograph you!
Stunningly ornate temple decorations. What is it with Buddhists and gold?
James and I are paying our respects to the Buddha.
A huge Buddha statue overlooks Nan, Thailand.
Two thumbs up from Pai!
Two hercules beetles battle it out on a strip of sugar cane.
An outdoor stand featuring all types of colorful tropical fruits.
I lived in Thailand for six months. Not nearly long enough, if you ask me. I hope to return to the Land of Smiles at some point in my life, but until then, all I’ve got are nostalgic photos and sweet memories.