The Big, Bad Baht and the Itsy Bitsy Dollar

One of our days in Bangkok, the headline in the International Herald Tribune read “Thai official appeals for global action on the dollar.” What international action you might ask from your ocean- or continental-induced isolation? Well, it seems that the value of a dollar has dropped so precipitously over the past year that small economies…

Trapped Behind the Taiwanese Earthquake Curtain

Just as soon as we got settled into our wonderful, wi-fi enabled home away from home in Chiang Mai, an earthquake shook things up off the coast of Taiwan, bringing much of Asia’s internet traffic to a grinding halt. Thankfully, there were no resulting tsunamis and loss of life was minimal, but an undersea cable…

A Thai Christmas Eve

After two months of life in communist, religion-restricted countries, we were THRILLED to once again attend church in Chiang Mai. A familiar building, traditional Christmas hymns, and a sea of friendly faces welcomed us at 9:00 am Sunday morning after our inauspicious entrance to the city the day before. We were handed headphones through which…

Three Nights in Bangkok and the World’s Your Oyster

Dax told you in his last post how we arrived in Bangkok. Overland travel is not for the fainthearted and certainly accounts for our most exciting travel days (just wait until we tell you how we left the city). As with Beijing, we were a little overwhelmed by the magnitude of the city’s hotel scene,…

Gettin’ Our Kicks on Route 6

After our little stay in Siem Reap we had decided to do as most travelers in the area and head out to Bangkok via busses or taxis…. After meeting some friends that we met in China we found out that there was a bus heading out at 7:30 the next morning, we didn’t really know if we could trust this bus (which we later found was a ‘mini’ bus that traveled in a squad with other mini busses) so we didn’t know if we should or shouldn’t take it…. Each gave us a different price for the same bus and taxi company, it seems no matter where in south east Asia you are people are just going to want to rip you off. We looked around for a little while longer and ran into some more people we had met previously, they were having trouble finding a hotel in Chang Mai for christmas, maybe a sign for the future…