Porn is Blessed (and other Thai names)

Thai people have a first name and a last name (which is new as of the early 20th century), but they usually go by an unrelated nickname.  The nickname is given to them at birth by their parents and is most often a monosyllabic Thai noun or English noun, but it can be pretty much anything that the parents choose. Common girls’ names that are … Continue reading Porn is Blessed (and other Thai names)

White Water Rafting with Mom

“White water rafting,” was mom’s response when I asked what she wanted to do in Thailand.  Really?!!!  This is going to be awesome! I didn’t see any reason to not go rafting.  Mom loves water.  She loves to swim.  This makes perfect sense.  Actually, it’s hard to believe that she had never gone before.  Meanwhile, Dad would enjoy a quiet day to himself.  In conditioning. … Continue reading White Water Rafting with Mom

It’s only 850 meters – A trip to Queen Sirikit’s Botanic Gardens

A free Sunday in Chiang Mai with the folks, and so I’m taking them to Queen Sirkit Botanic Garden.  I haven’t been there yet, but it’s suppose to be lovely.  Plus, I found a great Lonely Planet Thorntree post where someone explained how to get around local tourist site on public transportation. First we had to get from their hotel, in the middle of the old … Continue reading It’s only 850 meters – A trip to Queen Sirikit’s Botanic Gardens

Off Season in Koh Lanta

High season doesn’t officially start until November 1st, which makes October the perfect time to visit Thailand.  The weather is getting coolish, the beaches are less crowded, and the prices are lower.  The trade off is the increased chance of rain, fewer tours, and less restaurants and shops are opened.  I think it well worth it. Getting There During high season, there is a high-speed … Continue reading Off Season in Koh Lanta

Doi Inthanon, Waterfalls, and the Twin Pagodas

With the folks in town, I decided to take them to Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. Since it’s a 2 hour drive from the city, I hired a private car and driver to chauffeur us around.  I used the tried and true method of “hey facebookers, does anyone know…?”, and found a fantastic driver for 1200B ($48 CAD) for the day.  Our driver spent a chunk … Continue reading Doi Inthanon, Waterfalls, and the Twin Pagodas

Day Trip to Moncham & Insect Zoo

Moncham is a one-hour, twisty, steep, and scenic ride from Chiang Mai.  (If you doubt your vehicle can make the trip, it probably can’t!) At the peak, you’ll find the Nong Hoi Royal Project.  The Royal Projects are one of the King’s most admired achievements.  Over 2,000 projects throughout Thailand have been developed to help alleviate problems with deforestation, poverty and opium by promoting alternative … Continue reading Day Trip to Moncham & Insect Zoo