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GETTING MY PADI ON, AO NANG STYLE

THE SCUBA CHRONICLES, KRABI, THAILAND   Back in May, I fulfilled a decades old dream by becoming a certified SCUBA diver.  Recently, I discovered Aqua Vision, a 5 star PADI dive resort in Ao Nang, a rather touristy beach resort area about 30 minutes by shared taxi (songtao) from Krabi.  I met manager Andy, an […]

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Two Trips to the Tiger Cave Temple

Shortly after arrival in Krabi, I took a songtao (shared pickup truck taxi) to Wat Tham Sua, the Tiger Cave Temple.  This large working temple complex is at the base of a mountain.   I spent some time checking out the temple cave, where legend has it a tiger once lived.  It is also an […]

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DIVING AND CHILLING IN BEAUTIFUL KOH LIPE

I never planned to go to Koh Lipe.  I was going to visit Koh Tarutao and Koh Adang, two undeveloped islands in the Tarutao  National Park.  There I would rent a tent from the park service and camp on the beach for a week or more.  I had read that you could dive from there and rent kayaks […]

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FINALLY!

I always knew I would love diving.  I always knew I would love diving.  For years, as a young man, I had this recurring dream.  In it, I was swimming effortlessly through the deep ocean, breathing as you or I would on dry land without effort.  I would have this dream anywhere from two to […]

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SUKHOTHAI: THE FIRST KINGDOM OF SIAM

SUKHOTHAI:  THE FIRST KINGDOM OF SIAM The Sukhothai Kingdom was the first kingdom of Siam existing as such from 1238 to 1438 AD.  Prior to that it was part of the Khmer Empire.  The ruins are encompassed within a large historical park.  They have been partially restored and the entire Sukhothai Historical Park and adjacent sites […]

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Expense Report for Chiang Mai, Thailand

When I leave Chiang Mai in two days I will have spent three months and a day here.  I never plannned to be here this long, but you never know how travel plans can change.  I have really enjoyed the city and its culture and people.  I can get around easily on foot and there […]

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IN CELEBRATION OF PLANET EARTH

TODAY IS EARTH DAY!   For 43 years on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.     As an informed global traveler, I am acutely aware of the […]

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HIT BY A PICKUP TRUCK IN LAOS!

Bicycling Can Be Dangerous to Your Health   I always strive to be honest with my readers and today is no exception.  Due to the injury to my left (and dominant) hand, it will be a slow process to write this and I will go for brevity. I left Chiang Mai, Thailand on Monday for a […]

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MY THAI COOKING CLASS

A Review of my Recent Cooking Class in Chiang Mai, Thailand As a chef, as well as a long-term traveler, I have tried several cooking classes in my global wanderings.  So it was only natural that I would investigate the numerous cooking classes available here in Chiang Mai.  I digested (no pun intended) around a […]

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