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Ayutthaya on Two Wheels

Sauntering around Ayutthaya’s historical Unesco awesomeness sounds like a good idea. And it is! There’s loads of overgrown ruins, headless statues, meandering elephants, and serene buddhist thingamajigs to check out. But fuck me, if it ain’t the hottest most humid city in Thailand; Plus the modern parts of the metropolis aren’t that nice to walk around, anyway.


Chiang Mai, Thailand

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This is my final Asian blog past for the foreseeable future. I can’t say I won’t be returning, it has been an incredible journey of learning, adventure and self-discovery for the last four and-a-half years, and I scarcely believe that it has been that long, neither that it is over. I mentioned in my last post what I will be moving onto so I won’t repeat myself here, but it is safe to say that I only plan to continue the recent themes of my life, just in a different part of the world.


Blatant Pimping: The Worst Motorcycle in Laos

We usually don’t demean the fair cyber pages of this blog by something as base as promotion, but screw it, I’ll shed my secret identity and let the cat out of the bag: I, Chris Tharp, aka “Mr. Motgol,” got a new book out YOU should stop what you’re doing right now, click on the link below, and buy it. Hey, it can’t be that bad. After all, these guys had some nice things to say about it:

“In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos, Tharp takes us on a wild ride from the neon streets of Tokyo to the dirt tracks of Indochina. The essays are insightful, humorous and unflinching. A great read for the active and armchair traveler alike.”

- Michael Breen, author of The Koreans


Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia

Who needs money anyway?

I generally try to prepare as little as possible in all aspects of my life. I tell others it’s more fun this way, and that I like to see where the wind will take me. But to be brutally honest, I’m hideously lazy and utterly scatterbrained. So, I find anything involving any real forethought to be way too much effort and a monumental bore.

So with that fantastic attitude, I found myself unemployed and strangely brimming with cash earlier this year. I took off on a three month trip around Southeast Asia, and while a good time was had, I fell for some of the most common scams out there.

Therefore, I’ve decided to write up a bit of a guide for other travellers to Southeast Asia intent on squandering more money than they can afford.

Here’s four easy ways to get scammed in Southeast Asia:


A Boring Film of Bangkok

Bangkok is many things to many different people. For Kyeonghwa and I, it was at first a scary shithole after someone stole our bags from a Tuk-tuk.

However, after a few days I grew into the city. So much so that I eventually got bored of the place and was glad to leave.

Anyways, here’s an incredibly boring video of Bangkok which even managed to miss out on all the important sites! Enjoy

The post A Boring Film of Bangkok appeared first on Monkeyboy Goes.


Bangkok Waterways: Pixelated

Bangkok goes by many names and appellations, depending on who is speaking and how they feel about the city. The Thais call their capital Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning something along the lines of ‘City of Angels’. However that name is merely an abbreviation. Bangkok’s official title would probably take most readers half a year to pronounce.  


Saint Augustin Thai Restaurant

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Saint Augustin Restaurant Review 

 

Thailand…

When I think of Thailand I think of Paradise. I think of Escaping a dreary Seoul winter. I think of  Lazy days spent lounging on white sand beaches, sipping fresh coconuts topped off with Sang Som, riding elephants, and discovering some of the most stunning views I could ever dream of. But above and beyond, when I think of Thailand I think of their dynamite food!


Boats N’ Bitches: Koh Lipe Pixelated

This is Koh Lipe

A tiny Thai island adrift in the Andaman sea, Koh Lipe is licentiously beautiful. Any muppet with a Nikon – such as I - can take a fabulous shot of the tropical island. Honestly, it’s a piece of piss! Switch on your camera, point in any direction, and shoot. The envy of your friends is assured.

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A typical longtail boat on Koh Lipe


The Asia Fail

*This piece may have appeared on the web once or twice before, but we’re publishing it again here because we likes it, yes we do.

by Mr. Motgol

In the Old World, people went to the New World to start anew. Once America became settled, folks would head “out West” to shake away their demons, with destinations such as California and Alaska luring folks with promises of riches and rebirth. These were places where no one cared about your history or imperfect past. You were given a clean slate, and only as good as your current effort.


Is That An Effigy In Your Pocket? The Phallus Shrine of Railay

IT WAS ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL MORNING in Thailand. Except we were in Ao Nang. And Ao Nang is a shit town. So we caught a longboat over to Railay and rented out a kayak for a few hours. We scuttled around by the coast for a while, pissing about between the karst peaks in the sea, peering inside caverns, pondering the strange creatures under the sea, and all the while increasing our chances of skin cancer.

It was great.

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