Thailand

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HELLFIRE PASS

by Carmel March 20, 2014

Arriving to Kanchanburi, you would have little idea by looking at it of the small Thai town’s sordid history. We booked a short weekend visit because we had read about it as an option during our first visit to Thailand, but didn’t have time to make the side trip before heading north. Our return visit […]

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SPELLBOUND

by Shawn March 8, 2014

Fun fact #7: I love carnivals. County fairs, State fairs, Podunk festivals…doesn’t matter. I was introduced to the magical world of the carnival like most people, in my childhood. But unlike the many once wondrous things in childhood that eventually waned into the equally spellbinding land of nostalgia (professional wrestling and Thousand Island dressing, to […]

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HOW TO TAKE THE BUS FROM THAILAND TO LAOS

by Shawn January 22, 2014

There are a few ways to get to Laos from Thailand: one can take an airplane there although it’s expensive. Many people opt to take the slow-boat which typically lasts up to two days on the Mekong River. Carmel and I discussed this option at length. The notion of sitting on a cramped boat, as […]

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THE YUMMY FILES: THAILAND

by Carmel January 19, 2014

Welcome to The Yummy Files. We love a good meal. Whether it’s home cooked or out on the town, we want to share our favorite dishes and beverages while on the road. Come explore the food that has earned our highest praise, or what Shawn would just call yummy. Our very scientific yummy scale The […]

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PIRANHA FISHING IN PAI

by Carmel January 10, 2014

“Wait, did that say piranha fishing?” We were in our apartment in Chiang Mai, scrolling through a blog about Pai, Thailand, our potential next destination after Chiang Rai. Suddenly the word “piranha” came leaping out of the screen at Shawn. I scrolled back up to a photo of a girl sitting near a pond fishing. […]

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BLACK HOUSE, WHITE TEMPLE

by Shawn January 5, 2014

Chiang Rai hosts two of the more interesting sites that we’ve visited so far: The Black House (Baan Dam) and White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). These two places have little in common except they are located near the city and both products of highly imaginative visions from two distinct Thai artists. Located 839 kilometers from […]

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LOI KRATHONG

by Carmel January 3, 2014

“What are you doing for Loi Krathong?” – It was the phrase most often uttered during breaks in cooking class the days leading up to the annual Thai festival. Loi Krathong takes place in Thailand during the full moon of the twelfth month of the Thai lunar calendar. If you are interested in travel, you’ve […]

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BACK TO (COOKING) SCHOOL

by Carmel December 28, 2013

Bangkok was a welcome breath of fresh air (in a manner of speaking) after our little meltdown in the Philippines. We had an eventful few days in the capital city, but we were ready to move on to a quieter, slower pace in the popular northern expat city of Chiang Mai. Our resolve to change […]

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WAT TOOK YOU SO LONG

by Carmel December 9, 2013

Upon arriving to a new city, we like to spend some time perusing the Internet for suggestions on what to do and what not to miss. Being on the road long term makes it hard to really plan. We are lucky if we know what day we’re leaving and where we’re going – forget searching […]

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BANGKOK SNAKE FARM

by Shawn December 5, 2013

After some cajoling from me and compromise from Carmel, we decided to visit the Bangkok Snake Farm located right in Bangkok. Set on the grounds of the Thai Red Cross Institute (also referred to as the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) I initially thought it was an odd location to host a snake farm. However, I […]

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