Photo Essays

Living in Pattaya: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


A very crowded Walking Street at night in Pattaya, Thailand. Tons of clubs, go-go bars, and restaurants line both sides of the streets. Bar girls and tourists crowd the neon-lit street.

There are very few places I’ve visited that match the strangeness of Pattaya. At first, I never really contemplated visiting the infamous city of sins. I’d heard so much about its rampant sex industry that it just turned me off. I really thought living in Pattaya was reserved for none other than retired sexpats looking… Read More >>

Living the Dream in Koh Samui


A picture of the sea water crawling up on a Koh Samui Beach. A palm treet leans into the picture. Cover photo of: Living in Koh Samui.

I remember that day quite well, the Monday I packed my bags and went to the airport without a flight or hotel reservation. At the behest of a close friend, who would not stop painting Koh Samui as an island paradise, and that it would tremendously help my novel-writing, I obliged and found the first… Read More >>

Ao Tonsai and Railay Beach: A Visit to Remember


Ao Tonsai on Railay Beach in Krabi Province, Thailand. A small, isolated beach, cupped against a shore with lush mountains close behind.

If one looks at a map of Thailand’s coast, it almost seems like the list of Thai beach paradises goes on endlessly. Island upon island dot the long East and West coasts, which themselves host a great deal of beaches from the likes of Ao Nang Beach and Phuket, to Pattaya and Hua Hin. Very… Read More >>

Ao Nang Beach: Living in Paradise


Longtail boats moored on beautiful Ao Nang Beach in Krabi province of Thailand. The water is light green and shallow, the sky blue. Beautiful living in Ao Nang Beach.

Four years ago I visited Thailand’s Krabi province for the first time, and I was mesmerized by what I saw. Back then, I really considered living in Ao Nang Beach, it had everything you could possibly want. Idyllic beaches, islands and islets, and even a decent entertainment complex called Centerpoint. Granted, club-goers may find living… Read More >>

Living in Phuket: Patong Beach


Patong Beach in Phuket Thailand. A great reason to be living in Phuket: a stretch of beach full of sunbathers, blue waters, and a lush hill rising in the background.

One of the promises I made before arriving in Thailand was that I’d visit as many beaches and islands as possible. Considering the transportation infrastructure in Thailand is quite advanced, there was no excuse why I couldn’t beach-hop to at least ten different paradises. I’d always considered visiting, or possibly even living in Phuket, but… Read More >>

My Disappointing Visit to Hua Hin


My visit to Huan Hin beach: commercial umbrellas and mattresses on a beach that looked polluted with green waters.

When I arrived in Thailand, my plan was to visit the Northern mountainous provinces, then visit the country’s idyllic beaches. Since I’d previously been to a few beaches already, I thought I’d start with one which came highly recommended: Huan Hin Beach. But I’m not one to shy away from speaking my mind: my visit… Read More >>

Visiting Pai: A Backpacker’s Haven


A blurred landscape of Pai's beautiful mountains and valley. A yellow bouquet of flowers is in the foreground focus. Photo I took when visiting Pai.

In 1996 a young author by the name of Alex Garland published a novel called The Beach, which would quickly become a backpacker cult classic. The novel retells the journey of a young backpacker in search of a hidden beach in Southern Thailand. I didn’t quite connect the beaches in Southern Thailand with the novel… Read More >>

Visiting Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai With Two Hearts


A beautiful picture of the white temple, Wat Rong Khun, in Chiang Rai Thailand. The temple is defocused in the background and the earthquake damage can be seen--one of the minarets is hanging loose.

When I look back at my journey through Sa Dec and my arrival in Chiang Mai, I’ve come to a conclusion by which I stand steadfast. Some places are devastatingly romantic and meant to be visited alone. Others are meant to be visited with a special someone. Two days ago I had a spontaneous idea:… Read More >>