Of bikini strings and wardrobe malfunctions

The next thing I knew, my bikini strings got loose and started to dangle down my thigh. There were no restrooms around and I wasn't about to just go into any restroom so I tried to ignore it Wardrobe mishaps that occur while traveling comes in all forms and locations, and hits you just when you don't expect it. One that stays in my memory forever happened in Bangkok, Thailand late one afternoon.…

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Language Barriers

Street shot of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Language barrier is one of the biggest challenges in traveling, but it also provides some of the funniest and most unforgettable experiences anywhere you go. One time I joined a group of strangers in northern Thailand for a day trip to the Great Triangle, the border between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The trip included a short boat trip across the famous Mekong Delta to Don Sao…

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Visit to the Long Neck Karen Hill tribe

The Long Neck Karen Hilltop tribe is one of the top attractions that draws a never-ending stream of tourists to Chiang Rai, Thailand's northernmost city. Some time ago, I finally got to see the tribe in their village one afternoon. Thatched huts with rows of open stalls met our eyes when we emerged into the village. Stalls filled with displays of the most creative handiwork of the women. Colorful scarves, sarong, bags and…

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Pandan-wrapped fried chicken

Deliciously cooked chicken wrapped in pandan leaves ONE of the best versions of fried chicken I’ve tried and still can’t stop longing for it every now and then is the fried chicken slices carefully wrapped in packets of pandan leaves. The first time I had it was at an open restaurant at the Old Sukhothai City in northern Thailand. My travel buddy Rolly introduced me to it and the menus listed it as…

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Tuk-tuk: Your Bangkok “ride of a lifetime”

    Do you remember that Visa card commercial back in 2002 where James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rented a tuk-tuk, those sputtering three-wheeled open-air taxis to cut through the traffic and catch up with his date Zhang Ziyi in Bangkok and how the tuk-tuk collapsed to the ground from fatigue? I always thought that commercial was exaggerated but after I had my first tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok, I understood why James Bond picked…

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Taste of Thai Roti

  Roti, a paper-thin wheat flour pan-fried bread prepared in roadside food stalls is a very common site everywhere in Thailand. I call it the Thailand pancake because Roti is so similar to a regular pancake or tortillas fried in margarine. Roti is served as a snack and topped with sliced ripe bananas, sweetened condensed milk, white sugar and sometimes dashes of chocolate. I’ve watched street food vendors in Chiang Mai expertly prepare and…

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Three borders in one day

A trip to the northernmost part of Thailand gives you a chance to visit the borders of three countries in one day—Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (formerly called Burma). Start your trip from Chiang Rai passing through scenic roads until you notice a dramatic change in the landscape. As you get closer,  you end up in Mae Sai, the last town in Thailand at the border of Myanmar. Thailand-Burma border Across the bridge over…

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