Travel Thailand: This is Koh Phangan

The ferry arrived at Haad Rin Nai Beach from Big Buddha at sunset. Legions of sybaritic party-lovers disembark three days before the first Full Moon Party of the year kicks off on Haad Rin Beach. This is Koh Phangan, island oasis for hippie backpackers looking for a good time. Continue Reading →

Photo Moment: James Bond Island, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. Tourists will recognize this as James Bond Island, but locals know it as Ko Ping Kan. You guessed it. This is the island where Roger Moore and Christopher Lee filmed “The Man With The Golden Gun.” For more information, please visit Travel Thailand: James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay.

Land Border Bus Scam from Thailand to Cambodia

Land border crossings are a pain in my butt. And the granddaddy of them all has got to be the Aranyaprathet/Poipet crossing between Thailand and Cambodia. Most people who cross at this border are heading to Siem Reap. Beware the Khao San Road Bus Scam! Khao San Road bus tickets are a complete rip-off. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you buy a cheap or expensive ticket, once you are out of Thailand and into Cambodia, the gloves are off Continue Reading →

The Standing Buddha at Wat Indrawihan

Wat Intharawihan, also known as the Temple of the Standing Buddha is on Wisut Kasat Road on the northern edge of Banglamphu in Bangkok, Thailand. This temple is known for a huge standing Buddha image called Luang Pho To. The gold Buddha image towers 100 feet in the air. It’s over 10 meters wide and was constructed in the reign of King Rama IV. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Standing Buddha. There are far more beautiful temples to visit Continue Reading →

Thai Garlic and Pepper Shrimp and a Cold Singha

Garlic and pepper shrimp is one of my favorite Thai dishes. This super easy dish takes about ten minutes to prepare. I like serving it on a bed of grated cabbage with a bowl of rice. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/4 cup water 1 cup shredded cabbage 1 tablespoon minced garlic 8 large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons sliced onion 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon soy sauce DIRECTIONS Continue Reading →

Thailand Photo Journal: The Grand Palace of the King

Stepping into the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok is like stepping into another realm. Strange and beautiful mythical creatures and demons seem to jump from every corner. The air sparkles and shimmers with heat, humidity and fragrant incense. Every surface is encrusted with jewels and mosaic inlay. Treasures of indescribable nature are housed on these grounds, including the legendary Emerald Buddha, which finds shelter in this immense complex. Millions of worshippers and visitors from far away lands make Continue Reading →