Chanthaburi – Off the Beaten Path In Thailand’s Gem City

Chanthaburi is a province in the east of Thailand that is an easy 4 hour drive (245 kilometers) from Bangkok. It’s most famous for its gems and its fruit (especially durian). As the Gulf of Thailand runs along its border and the Chanthaburi River runs through it, Chanthaburi also offers some amazing seafood (especially oysters and crab).

I had the good fortune to be invited to join a few other bloggers for a sponsored trip by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). I felt very lucky for the opportunity, and the more I read about it the foodie in me got very excited!

Though Chanthaburi is a favorite destination for Thai tourists it’s not well known to foreign tourists and is rarely visited. Hoping to get some exposure, TAT put together a fantastic 2 1/2 day itinerary. I’m happy to share my experience with you so that you might be inspired to travel to this gem of a city! Continue reading “Chanthaburi – Off the Beaten Path In Thailand’s Gem City”

Kyoto, Japan – Where to Go, Eat, and Drink!

If ever you’ve read the book or seen the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” then you’ve probably put Kyoto on your bucket list of travels. If you haven’t then should. Kyoto is an amazing place to visit!

We decided to visit in July and time our trip to overlap the famous Gion Matsuri (Festival). It was crazy hot and humid during the day. But no worse than what we’ve experienced in Bangkok and at night it cooled down and was very comfortable. Another plus of visiting during the off-season was that we were able to visit the sights without throngs of tourists and never had an issue getting a table or bar stool.

In this article I’d like to share some of the must see sights of Kyoto. There’s tons of places to visit but I’m highlighting the places that you really ought to check out. I’m also giving you some great recommendations for places to eat and drink. Basically, this article is meant to be a solid roadmap for the DIY tourist wanting to experience Kyoto.

I wish I’d had this before going!

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Almaty, Kazakhstan – A Beautiful City To Explore!


Before my visit to Almaty the only thing I knew about Kazakhstan was what I saw from the movie “Borat”. I know that the satirical film was actually filmed in the small village of Glod, Romania and that it in no way reflected the reality of Kazakstan, but it did make me wonder…is it nice?

While traveling to visit some dear friends in Dushanbe, Tajikistan I had the good fortune to spend 2 days in Almaty and I’m happy to report that Kazakhstan is much more than nice. In fact, Almaty is an incredible place to explore! In this article I will highlight my experience, some interesting places to see, some tips for visiting the city, and of course some great eats! Continue reading “Almaty, Kazakhstan – A Beautiful City To Explore!”

Nakhon Phanom – Thailand’s Rarely Explored But Charming City

I was recently able to participate in the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 conference held in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. The conference is put together by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MCTO) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Their goal is to educate the public about great destinations in the Mekong region to drive tourism there and promote economic growth for these communities.

Understanding this it begins to make sense why they’d have a large conference of travel industry folks and bloggers in Nakhon Phanom. I mean, I’d never even heard of the place until this conference–and after the 5 days I spent in the area I just fell in love with it!

This article is meant to showcase the things to do, eat, and see that make Nakhon Phanom (and That Phanom!) special. I’ve included some off the beaten path things and some tips to help you plan your visit. I think after reading it you’ll be surprised at just how much the place has to offer, and put it on your bucket list of Thailand getaway destinations! Continue reading “Nakhon Phanom – Thailand’s Rarely Explored But Charming City”