No matter how many hours you spend researching and planning a trip, there’s bound to be an unavoidable regret or two. Riding elephants in Ko Phangan was not one of those. I regret doing it, obviously (as the title of this post clearly indicates). But what’s worse, is it was completely avoidable. Continue reading
Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua (aka the Tiger Temple) used to be the main tourist attraction in the region of Kanchanaburi. We did not know this was the most controversial temples in Thailand. Nor did not know what poor conditions these exotic cats were kept under.
And so, when we were in Kanchanaburi, after an early morning hike up to see Erawan Falls, we had our songthaew driver take us to the Tiger Temple to interact for the first time with one of our most favorite animals ever. Continue reading
I try to be as open and honest as I can about our travels. Hopefully, you’ve already noticed that for yourselves… You’ll find a number of posts on this site discussing the regrets and misadventures we encounter. The majority of them happen to be from our month in Thailand (and Laos). Does this mean that trip was a failure? Certainly not. In fact, it still remains one of my all-time most favorite voyages. Some of the highlights, like playing with baby tigers in Chiang Mai, more than makeup for all the broken down buses and dodgy hotels.
If you think regular kittens are cute (and even if you don’t), let me tell you, tiger cubs are a whole new level of furry cuddly cuteness! Continue reading
After a brief one-day stay in Bangkok, we headed 3 hours west to the chilled out river-side town of Kanchanaburi.
Here we found dirt cheap accommodation and cuisine; some of the cheapest we’d seen in the whole country in fact. You could stay on a floating hotel right on the famous River Kwai for next to nothing. Continue reading
I admire those who have adopted the backpacker’s way of life. I’m envious of their desire for adventure that drives them to travel independently with only a couple bucks in their wallet and all of their belongings on their back. They seem ripe with fearlessness and determination.
We have a few things in common: I want to travel the world 4 times over; I am not bound to my worldly possessions in the way many my age are; and when I travel I try to keep my packing list minimal so everything will fit into a backpack. Continue reading