Railay Beach in Krabi, Thailand – A Great Escape from Smoke Season in Chiang Mai

Longtail boats lined up, awaiting passengers on Railay Beach West

Every spring, when farmers burn their fields, a thick blanket of smoke descends upon my home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Most years, I’m traveling at this time, but this year COVID-19 put a crimp in my normal schedule. I could leave, but if I did, I couldn’t come home. I thought I could tough it … Read more

Celebrating Makha Bucha Day in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Moonrise over the 800-year old Viharn at Wat Jed Yod during the Makha Bucha Day festivities

It may have been nearly 14 months since I’ve been able to travel internationally, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting at home here in Chiang Mai. I’ve taken advantage of COVID travel restrictions to do something that’s long been on my to-do list: delve more deeply into Buddhism. Even though I embraced Buddhism as … Read more