What do Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Chang, Koh Samet and Koh Samui all have in common? They're all places at the bottom of my list of places to travel. I have been to all of them several times, but visiting previously is only part of the reason I do not wish to return there. The main reason is they are all places where tourists flock and all places that have been seriously impacted by the effects of tourism. Granted, it is getting more and more difficult to find roads less traveled, but there are more than enough difficult to reach places that tourists don't want to go to.
Logistically, Sangkhlaburi is a relatively easy destination to reach, but it is far less popular than Kanchanaburi. Save for the most curious of traveler, Sangkhlaburi is heard of, but a destination most ever visit. And this is why I wanted to go there and have already made plans to go back for the Mon festival next year.
Cory and I met in between our homes in Bangkapi at 6AM and took an Uber car to Thonburi. Cory was running late, traffic was thick, so much so we nearly missed the 7:50 train. We made it with a scant few seconds to spare, fortunately, paid the 100 baht fare and settled in for the ride. Three hours later, we were in Kanchanaburi. We then took a motorcycle taxi to the bus station, paid 175 baht each for our seats in the van going to Sangkhlaburi, hopped in and prepared for the four hour journey. By the time we reached our destination, we had been in transit for just over eight hours not including the two hours it took to get from our homes to the train station. For the journey back to Bangkok, we took a van the entire way home, foregoing the train and shaving off a few hours in the process.
my remaining years. Travel and photography have been in my blood since I was 16 years of age. In my teenage years I traveled to most of the fifty states and as I grew older, I traveled the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Nicaragua, Colombia, and throughout Southeast Asia. I am content, however, I am still far from satisfied.
There are many things I want to do, places I want to see and photographs I want to take. After four years of making what I consider to be crappy little videos, I am also ready to attempt to produce better videos.
I feel fortunate to have traveled around the world. And still, I yearn for more. This is an understatement and perhaps it is akin to a billionaire with a desire to make more money. Odds are I have around 20 good years left. Maybe less, maybe more, but I figure a good 15-20 years. I have a lengthy bucket list and want to cross off all the items.
Retired expats in Thailand are all talking about the newly proposed ten year O-A visa, also known as the retirement visa. The immigration department of Thailand has a habit of releasing incomplete information and this has caused quite a bit of distress among expats.
The ten year visa isn’t really a ten year visa though. It’s a five year visa that is renewed, or extended for another five year. This may seem like semantics, however, if you consider that most expats first are issued a three month O-A visa before receiving an extension of stay for one year, it becomes much more important.
Even though I have not had a Thanksgiving in over 25 years, I feel the need to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy it.
It's been about six weeks since the King passed away. People are still dressed in black and white and still very much in mourning and everything has been peaceful. This past week, a tribute to King Bhumibhol and his life's accomplishments is on display at the The Mall Bangkapi. Interesting and if you're in the Bangkapi area and need to do some shopping, it's worth coming to The Mall to check it out.
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