17 Interesting Facts About Thailand

Interesting Facts About Thailand

Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world. Yet, there are many facts which people might not know about the “Land of Smiles”. Even though I’ve spent almost a half year here in total, there are still things I’m learning about the country. 1) It used to be called Siam For most …

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You Just Choose – Musings on the Religions of Thailand and the NFL

Wat Hup Ta Khrot temple left an indelible mark on my psyche. Not only because it was the first major temple complex we visited in Thailand, but it also introduced me to Thai polytheism. The idea that different gods and even religions could be worshiped together, side by side in peace and harmony simultaneously baffled and inspired me with their freedom to choose.

Musings on the Religions of Thailand and the NFL

The freedom of choice isn’t limited to this one temple or time, it’s present in all of Thai culture and history. For example, the Unesco World Heritage site of Sukhothai has over 193 temples excavated and restored. These temples have Hindu and Buddhist beliefs living side by side.

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Visiting a Thai Hospital

Last summer my father passed away. I only mention this because his illness forced me to spend far more time in hospitals than I ever hoped to spend. He spent almost three months in ICU unites, regular hospital rooms and nursing homes. He received kidney dialysis, CAT scans, X-rays, and almost every procedure you can …

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Sitting in a dark room in Bangkok

I came to Thailand to work. I had no idea, however, just how far behind I’ve gotten and how much work it would be. I’ve spent the last several days in my dark hotel room editing photos. My hotel room because the bandwidth is good and it is better than any other options for working …

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Return to Thailand!

I’m back in Thailand! Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I’d be leaving the country when I took off for Niagara Falls/Seattle/Hawaii. I had entered a competition for bloggers to visit Thailand for medical tourism and I sort of forgot about it. Just before I arrived in Hawaii I was notified that I was one of …

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Visiting Refugees in Bangkok

This guest post was written by Jodi Ettenberg who blogs at LegalNomads.com. Jodi is one of the most accomplished travelers I’ve met in the last three years. She left her job as an attorney in New York City to pursue her dream of traveling. I met Jodi in Bangkok in 2010 and visited the Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok with her several times.

I have been in Bangkok for several months now, and like many other transplants, I only planned on staying a week, maybe two. Though I had ample opportunity to visit Thailand’s capital as I crisscrossed Southeast Asia, I never truly felt at home here and, in looking for a place to plant myself for a few months, I expected to end up in Chiang Mai or Kuala Lumpur. However, after a glorious six weeks in Burma, I returned to Bangkok in time to meet with a large group of fellow Tweeters, most of whom were either travelers in transit or ex-pats who had made Bangkok their home. They were a great group of energetic, fascinating people, and their creativity and enthusiasm made me want to make Bangkok my temporary home too. Among them was Dwight Turner, behind the incredible organization In Search of Sanuk, which seeks to alleviate urban poverty here in Bangkok.

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Bye Bye Bangkok

I'm looking forward to being able to walk down the street and not worry about what color shirt I'm wearing
I'm looking forward to being able to walk down the street and not worry about what color shirt I'm wearing.
My tickets have finally been booked, the ash cloud is favorable, and it appears I’ll be in Spain in about 24 hours.

I’ve spent almost three months in Bangkok which is more time than I’ve spent in any other city since I’ve started my travels. While I have been here I didn’t visit a single temple or tourist attraction. I did something totally different from what I’ve been doing the last three years: living as an expat.

Normally, because I travel alone, I meet people but never develop any sort of friendships. Usually, I don’t even get last names. In Bangkok, I was able to meet a large group of people and was actually able to experience something resembling a social life. Almost every night I could find something to do with a group of people somewhere in Bangkok. I probably drank more in the last three months than I did in the last three years combined.

Just some of the people I met in Bangkok include Jodi Ettenberg, Greg Jorgensen, Cody McKibben, Sean Ogle, Kevin Revolinski, John Berns, Sarah Lipman, and Richard Escobar. I’m going to miss many of the people I met in Bangkok and hope to meet them again.

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New Washington Times Photo Essay – Songkran

My new WashingtonTimes.com photo essay is now online and available for your enjoyment. You also might want to read my companion piece on the celebration the Thai New Year (Songkran) if you haven’t already. Songkran is the craziest celebration I’ve yet experienced traveling.