Author Archives: Tom

About Tom

Traveling around Asia for a couple of years. Picking up just enough consulting contracts, expanding horizons, blogging, enjoying warmer weather and the other side of the world.

Easy to find, just rent a scooter and you will discover this hidden paradise.

The Virtues of Koh Samet

It’s always easier to write a blog post about a better than expected travel experience. This post is no exception as Koh Samet proudly falls in the better than expected travel experience category. Located  only 3 hours from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samet offers a convenient and close beach get-away holiday. Often overlooked […]

a small glance into the life of a soldier 900 years ago

Tour of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Ta Phrom Temples

This is a Review of the tour we took in Cambodia to see Siem Reap and its ancient Temples. I have learned to appreciate the benefits of taking an upgraded approach to traveling so we enthusiastically signed up for the Siem Reap 4 day tour. Arriving at the airport in Siem Reap, seeing the sign with our […]

3. The Mighty Wat

5 Architectural Marvels in Cambodia

With an intriguing history that stretches back many centuries, it is no wonder that visitors flock to Cambodia to learn a little more about the people and places that shaped the Kingdom. From the sprawling temple complex of Angkor Wat to lesser known sites further to the south, Cambodia is home to a sprinkling of […]

The complete khao chae set, beautifully decorated with elaborate fruit and vegetable carving and a traditional flower arrangement.

Khao Chae: Thailand’s Favourite Summertime Dish

Summer is approaching in Thailand and that means it’s time for the ultimate Thai summer treat: khao chae, a delicacy consisting of rice and several side dishes. Directly translated, ‘khao chae’ means ‘rice floating in water’ but it is so much more than that; it’s a complicated dish with origins in the court of King […]


Sunset Cruise Day Trip from Railay Beach in Krabi Aboard the Pla Luang

After arriving and feeling nicely settled in our tropical villa bungalow at the Sunrise Resort on Railay Beach East in Krabi, it was time to book some activities. We met Michael, the operator of Pla Luang, a Siamese sailing junk offering sunset cruises. Singing up for the 1/2 day boat cruise to various local islands […]

A vendor mass-cooking pad thai noodles.

Krabi Night Market

Night markets in Thailand offer a glimpse into the local way of life through individuals, the traditional craftsmanship of handmade products, and of course, a dizzying array of food. The Krabi Night Market also offers a specific insight into the province’s reputation as home to the kingdom’s oldest settlement dating back approximately 30,000 B.C., a […]


Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai

Spread over about 200 acres and located about 20 minutes from either the Chiang Mai Airport or downtown Chiang Mai on Rajapruek Road is this royal botanical park. I am not sure what the connection is to royalty, we couldn’t seem to find an answer to that while we were visiting but Thai people certainly […]


Baan Tawai Creative Village In Chiang Mai

If you’re looking for an interesting shopping experience while in Chiang Mai, look no farther than the Baan Tawai Creative Village located about 20 minutes from downtown on the outskirts in the Khunkhong sub district of Hangdong. The largest handicraft village of its kind in Thailand, Baan Tawai has a very large number of shops […]