The Singapore Question

As travelers, we are constantly looking to outside countries, cultures, and traditions to supplement our views of the world and ourselves. One of the most confusing places to grapple with this is the tiny, city-state island that is Singapore. The small, 30-mile country famously went from a poor shipping port to one of the wealthiest … More The Singapore Question

A Vacation within a Vacation: Southern Thailand Beyond Phuket

After the sensory assault of Bangkok, it is time for some relaxation, dramatically immersive beach jungles, and some fresh seafood. We take our travels to Krabi, and to the totally secluded Railay Beach in particular. The airport is almost entirely open-air and probably has less than five gates. We haggle with an independent cabbie because we think … More A Vacation within a Vacation: Southern Thailand Beyond Phuket

The Redolence of Bangkok: Sensory Overload in Thailand’s Capital City

Bangkok has an ubiquitous stench. The smell of inadequate plumbing is complemented by the nausea of sexual slavery. The royal stench pervades the ancient culture. Along every street, vendors sell grilled meats, noodle soups, and fruit. Durian, known for its unique flavor and awful odor, divides Thais and visitors alike as they debate its validity. Still, … More The Redolence of Bangkok: Sensory Overload in Thailand’s Capital City