Elephant Tourism – To Ride or Not to Ride, That is the Question

Standing in front of the herd at the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand

Not long ago, if anyone had asked me if I believe it is acceptable to ride elephants, my answer would have been a resounding “NO!” My point of view was challenged this past November, when the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) invited me on a press trip to learn more about the care of elephants … Read more

Why There is No Shortage of Toilet Paper in Thailand During COVID-19

Why there is no shortage of toilet paper in Thailand during the COVID-19 outbreak

Recently, the Prime Minister of Thailand imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. throughout the country. He added that a 24-hour curfew was under consideration if the number of infected cases didn’t begin to drop below 100 per day. No one knew what that meant. Would we be required to stay inside our … Read more

Why Foreigners in Thailand Should Wear a Face Mask During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Wear a Face Mask During the COVID-19 Outbreak

There’s a controversy brewing here in Thailand. In a nutshell, Thais are becoming increasingly upset about farang (Caucasian foreigners) who refuse to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 outbreak. For Thais, the decision to wear a mask is easy. Thai culture (and that of most Asian cultures), places the good of society above the … Read more

What it’s Like to Live in Thailand During the COVID-19 Outbreak

For the past 13+ years I’ve traveled the world to bring my readers stories about far-flung places. Eight of those years were spent traveling with no home base, just me and my suitcase, going from country to country and city to city. As many of my readers know, about three years ago I decided I … Read more

Consecrating my Bronze Buddha Statue in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Phrapalad Thanwa reads from Buddhist scriptures during the Buddha statue consecration ceremony

For years, I’d been searching for a bronze Buddha statue to place on my home altar. I knew the pose I preferred, the one known as Calling The Earth to Witness. It depicts Buddha sitting with legs crossed in full lotus position, left hand resting in his lap palm upward and right hand resting on … Read more