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Forced Recap: Chiang Mai 2014

Instead of being reminded by my regrets, I should be reminding myself by the way I wish to remember. It has been over two months since myself and the rest of my clan returned from our two month stint in Thailand. When we were there and after we returned we were sure that it was perhaps […]

The Big Chunky Charlie: Tourist Guilt in Maya Bay

I’D HEARD that the place was going to be busy. The weird moronic western dude behind the desk at our hotel told us as much when we enquired about the place. “It’s even busy during the rainy season,” the words stumbled in slow motion out of his mouth. “We went there in October during the rainy season and there were still, like, 40 boats in the bay.” It was probably his thick birth-control glasses, nervous demeanour, monk-like bald patch, and slow, slightly scouse – but also kinda german – accent that, at least for me, rendered his opinions worthless.

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Independence in Colonial Asia

To look at a map of colonial Asia is to see many colours. It is one with lines, shaded areas, dots on maps. These signify territories, treaty ports, zones of influence, railways, and other new introductions to a previously monarchical, rudimentary culture which had, in many respects developed of its own accord for thousands of […]

Korea in Chiang Mai

 

You spend enough time in Asia as an Irishman and you give up expecting to find Irish stuff. You know you’ll stumble across something here or there, but at the best of times all you can find is a can of Guinness and a Westlife song. Chiang Mai, despite its large expat population and even larger tourist numbers was no better than Korea, or anywhere else I’ve been. I had hoped for half a day or so, but any hopes I had were soon dashed by the obvious.


How I Got Scammed in Bangkok, but Came Out Winning

We have all read stories about getting scammed in foreign countries while on vacation. We’re also given all the precautions to save us from the embarrassment and loss of a scam. Then, we prepare mentally and physically for it. Preparing to spot that ominous, slim, shady character walking towards us with a trench coat on. Some even take karate classes in preparation for it.

Enough horseplay. If we knew how a scam worked, we wouldn’t get scammed.  And the scammers know this so they come at us like an innocent dove.

Have you ever seen the reporter doing a story about pickpockets, and this master pick pocket-er literally tells the reporter what he’s going to steal and then steals it by the end? It’s like that I suppose.


Archiving

Over the past couple of weeks I have been busy going through old photographs from travels long since finished and uploading the to my flickrpage.


The Bangkok Experience Part 1: Erawan Museum and Muay Thai Fight Night

Is this touristy?  Well, yes it is!
Going to Bangkok, Thailand for vacation showed me a couple things.  First, I really want to travel more.  Second, I really need to travel more.

The Bangkok Experience Part 1: Erawan Museum and Muay Thai Fight Night

 The Bangkok Experience Part 1: Erawan Museum and Muay Thai Fight Night
Is this touristy?  Well, yes it is!

Going to Bangkok, Thailand for vacation showed me a couple things.  First, I really want to travel more.  Second, I really need to travel more.


The Noob Traveler Packing for Bangkok

I finally decided to take the plunge and go to South East Asia for vacation.

Destination:  Bangkok

It's the second half of Summer break and the plan is for Bangkok.  To see the many different things that this gritty gem of a town has to offer.  Temples, fighting, museums, tuk tuks, it's all in there.

Speaking of all in there.  Packing is always an interesting part of travel.  I remember preparing to come to Korea.  2 huge suitcase, 1 medium, 1 carry-on, and 1 backpack.  Not enough.  Looking back I can only think of one question for myself.  "Self, why did you bring all this crap?!"  For any of you preparing to come to Korea and wondering what to leave behind, I did a vlog about it.  Give it a look before you start packing.

The Noob Traveler Packing for Bangkok

I finally decided to take the plunge and go to South East Asia for vacation.

Destination:  Bangkok

It’s the second half of Summer break and the plan is for Bangkok.  To see the many different things that this gritty gem of a town has to offer.  Temples, fighting, museums, tuk tuks, it’s all in there.

Speaking of all in there.  Packing is always an interesting part of travel.  I remember preparing to come to Korea.  2 huge suitcase, 1 medium, 1 carry-on, and 1 backpack.  Not enough.  Looking back I can only think of one question for myself.  ”Self, why did you bring all this crap?!”  For any of you preparing to come to Korea and wondering what to leave behind, I did a vlog about it.  Give it a look before you start packing.


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