Thailand

10 peaceful escapes in Krabi, Thailand

Sweeping, white beaches.  Lush, lively rainforests.  Crystal clear waters, peppered with limestone cliffs and unspoiled islands just calling out to be explored... It's little wonder that Krabi is one of the mos...

The overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

It was 4am. I was woken by a crack, piercing and metallic. My eyes were slow to adjust to the darkness. Fatigue had left me disorientated, and for a moment, I struggled to remember where I was. Lightening so...

Bangkok: A Tale of Two Cities

"And you're sure you want to go for five days?" asked the travel agent, his eyebrows creeping steadily skyward. There it was, that same assumption we had come upon time and time again.  Why would anyone who ha...

Teaching in Thailand: Touching down in Bangkok

 "Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin our descent into Bangkok." The announcement sent a flurry of activity through the plane.  Like bears coming out of hibernation, the passengers came to life.  E...

Teaching in Thailand: Getting our bearings (or not).

As we made our way through the network of sprawling freeways, we began to take in our first views of Bangkok.  It was late in the afternoon and yet the time of day seemed irrelevant as the sun lay shrouded bene...

Teaching in Thailand: Arriving in Wiset Chai Chan

Picture the scene.  It's hot.  You're crammed into the back of a stuffy people carrier.  The space where your legs should be is occupied by several oversized backpacks. You've been sitting far too close to your...

Teaching in Thailand: The School

It was two days before my friend Ciara and I visited the school we were to teach at for the next few weeks. Those two days had been set aside, supposedly, for the purpose of acclimatizing and getting our bearin...

Without a Paddle: Rafting in Chiang Mai

I cleared my throat and repeated the question: “Where are we?” The silence which followed sent a chill across my skin, despite the sun’s heat. I searched the faces of my companions, each lost in their own puz...
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