2011: A Year of Travel Firsts

Happy Holi from Dhaka!

Often, when people hear that we’ve been traveling for five years, they think we’ve “done it all.” This could not be further from the truth – the more we explore of this world of ours, the more we realize how big and diverse it really is. This is something to be celebrated.When we began 2011 we could not have even imagined where this year would take us. Not only … [Read more...]

Avoiding Theft at Airport Security

Uncornered Market on Facebook

As we prepare for our departure to Guatemala and secure the various latches on our gear, I'm reminded of being robbed by airport security employees in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport last year. Fortunately, miraculously - and somewhat shadily - I was reimbursed.A recent comment from a woman who had money stolen at airport security in Toronto, Canada served as a … [Read more...]

For the Love of Thai Food

If you were stranded on a desert island and could choose only one cuisine for the rest of your days, which would it be?Have you ever considered this? The thought of choosing just one cuisine for the rest of our days makes us break out in sweats.But change that question to: "What's your favorite place for street food?" … [Read more...]

Boom Boom Boom (Richard Marx in Our Room)

A Family Affair

If I were ever tortured, my captors would break me by playing the morning music from the elementary school next door. -- Dan, after the fifth straight day of waking up at 7:15 AM to enjoy a 45-minute syrupy Thai musical loop resembling “It's a Small World After All" followed by a live, 15-minute booming drum and bass cadence used to drive a herd of students to their … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve: A Ritual and a Rat

Wise Faces at Wat Arun

Early on New Year's Eve, before the festivities began, we dropped by a local cafŽe in order to perform our annual year-end ritual of reflection and looking forward. Although the specific exercises have evolved, the objective of our ritual remains the same - reflect on the past year and determine themes for the year ahead. … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve, Bangkok Style

Ringing in the New Year Bangkok Style

This is great! I'm getting kisses from random gender benders. -- Audrey, on our 2008 New Year's Eve night out in Bangkok.Last night, we found ourselves welcoming in the New Year in true Bangkok style - with a band, a late night street food nosh, and a swamp of kisses from a horde of Bangkok's third genders. … [Read more...]

Year-End Wisdom from Nine Sacred Places

By way of a Buddhist festival that we stumbled upon in Bangkok, we found some fitting wishes and words of wisdom for the new year. In the festival pamphlet, designed very much for locals with a nod to us non-Thai speakers, we discovered a list of wishes and matching offerings for each of the nine participating wats (temples). … [Read more...]

Krabi’s Cheap and Divine Eats

We've often been asked "What's the best food you've had in mainland Southeast Asia?" If forced to choose, we'd opt for an easy way out and vote Thai food as the king of cuisines in the region. And after eating our way through Bangkok, Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, and Krabi in the south, our vote more specifically goes to Krabi. … [Read more...]