Monthly Archives: February 2015

At the Top of Thailand

At the Top of Thailand

When Thai people find out where we’re from, they often ask “It’s cold there, with snow?” Thinking of recent reports from our friends back home, we answer an emphatic “yes.” Such is Thais’ fascination with the idea of cold weather that in January they’ll drive to the top of the country’s highest mountain, 2,565-meter (8,415-foot)… Read More

Northward Bound

Northward Bound

After getting our visas renewed in Phuket, we decided to head to the city of Chiang Mai in the far north of Thailand—a journey of almost 1,000 miles. We broke it up by staying for a few nights in the completely untouristed towns of Surat Thani and Phetchaburi. Both had wonderful night markets to stroll… Read More

Andaman Sea Kayaking Gallery

Andaman Sea Kayaking Gallery

Here are scenes from an amazing day-long kayak trip we took with John Gray’s Sea Canoes Company in Phang-Nga Bay (part of the Andaman Sea east of the big Thai island of Phuket). The trip featured visits to hidden lagoons inside limestone islands reachable only through sea caves at low tide. Along the way, we… Read More

An Extraordinary Day

An Extraordinary Day

It’s not every week that you get to kayak through a cave into a beautiful hidden world—that is, unless you’re a guide for John Gray’s Sea Canoes. For decades, this company has been taking people on nature tours in Thailand’s gorgeous Phang-Nga Bay and has earned a great reputation. While we were in Phuket, we… Read More

Phuket Gallery

Phuket Gallery

Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, draws millions of travelers each year with its huge beach resorts and party atmosphere. After two weeks on much smaller islands, we went to Phuket for more prosaic reasons: Read More

Rats and Rabbits and Goats, but Why?

Rats and Rabbits and Goats, but Why?

One thing we’ve noticed on some Buddhist temples in Thailand is unexpected animal symbols. Elephants, monkeys, and peacocks all show up regularly in temple carvings or murals, and all have royal or noble associations. But what about the temple we saw that had large carvings of white rats around it?  Read More

Back to Normal Life for a While

Back to Normal Life for a While

Four months of traveling seems to be the point at which life on the road starts wearing on us. Interesting as it is to always have new experiences, our brains are feeling full to bursting from navigating a new country every month and trying to learn about its culture, history, and language. Read More