Thai Elephants on the Attack!

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Elephants are are a national symbol of Thailand, but lately these beloved animals have been generating some negative press. In the past few weeks, there have been numerous reports of wild elephants running amok in national parks, attacking cars and shops. In recent months there were also a couple cases of domesticated elephants turning on their mahouts. In one such incident, a large bull elephant trampled its handler to death … Continue reading…

America, You’re Doing it Wrong – Why Tipping in Restaurants is Stupid

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It’s pretty common for expats in Asia to bitch and complain about silly little things like road safety and breathable air, and while it might be unreasonable to expect people in every country to use turn signals and not burn down the forests, there are some things that Asian countries do get right that my homeland America gets totally wrong. At the top of this list is tipping—or rather the … Continue reading…

Get Ready for a Second Helping of the Thai Veggie Festival

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If you missed out on Thailand’s annual vegetarian festival this year, don’t worry because you have another chance to catch it at the end of this month. Vegetarians in Thailand have an extra reason to celebrate this year, as 2014 is scheduled for a double dose of the yearly vegetarian food feast. If you’re in Thailand this year, consider yourself extremely lucky—the double festival only occurs once every 180 years. … Continue reading…

DOs and DON’Ts for Your First Trip to Bali

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Bali is one of the most tourist-friendly destinations that I’ve traveled to in Asia. Usually, when traveling it helps to expect things to go wrong—that way you are better prepared to handle the situation when something does inevitably go not as planned. When planning a rough itinerary for a week in Bali, I jokingly added “visit hospital to take care of monkey bite” as a way to keep this in … Continue reading…

Kuman Thong – Thailand’s Golden Ghost Boy

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If you know anything about Thai people, you’ll know that they are seriously afraid of ghosts. That’s why it might be surprising to know that millions of Thais willingly invite a ghost to stay at their home or business. Of course this isn’t such a scary ghost like the distraught Mae Nak or the grotesque Phi Krasue—rather we’re talking about a cute little boy ghost called Kuman Thong. The name … Continue reading…

Thai Society Needs to Sort Out its Views on Rape and Capital Punishment

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Thai society has been shocked by a horrific crime this past week—one that is currently on everyone’s mind and lips. A 22-year old State Railways employe raped a 13-year old girl in the sleeper car of an overnight train headed from from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok. After raping the girl, he then strangled her and threw her out the window of the moving train. Two days later her body … Continue reading…

The Cheapest Noodles in Chiang Mai

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Fans of small portions and anyone hoping to hit the elusive $500 per month budget for living in Chiang Mai should check out ก๋วยเตี๋ยว 3 บาท Kuay Tiao 3 Baht – “3 Baht Noodles”. As the name suggests, a bowl of noodles goes for just 3 baht, which is less than 10 cents in American money. You can’t exactly expect a filling meal for under a dime—even in Southeast Asia—so … Continue reading…