A Day of Expenditures in Thailand

Like most places in the world, you can get by spending a lot or a little. What I typically try to do is get the best value for my money.

As an example of what things cost in Thailand, I’d like to break down exactly what I spent yesterday.

Upon leaving my friend’s plush apartment in the upscale Sathorn area of Bangkok, I power walked about a kilometer or .62 miles to the closest BTS Bangkok Transit System or Sky Train station of Sala Daeng.

Health is Wealth

End of Inca Trail 1999 – Photo by Lisandro

I’ve had traveler’s diarrhea on at least a handful of occasions that I can remember in the last 16-and-a-half years.   Yes, I’ve been traveling on and off for at least that long.

It started back in ’94 in Istanbul. I awoke at around 4 am with a violent bout of the runs.  I remember running from my hostel room, down the hall and to the toilet every few minutes.  All the energy I had was sucked out of me.  Nothing more would come out even though my body was still trying to push fluid through.  It was my first ever occurrence with this discomforting and wretched watery bowel movement.  I didn’t know what was happening.  I didn’t know what diarrhea was because it was my first time dealing with it.

How Stashing Cash Backfired

It’s common for travelers to stash potential emergency cash in extra places. People sew secret pockets on the inside of their pants, shorts, shirts, and in their backpacks.

If you get creative, there are endless places where you can diversify access to money by hiding a bill or two in a secret location. If the rare instance occurs that you lose or have your wallet or money belt  stolen, and you have no access to cash, at least you’ll have something so you can eat, sleep and get to where you need to go.

A Floating City

Upon sitting in a tuk tuk in Cambodia’s third largest city of about 177,000, I felt as if we were driving into a river.  My driver turned around and said:

Just some water, lot of rain every day.”

He was smiling and managed to drudge through enough water to get me to one of a plethora of hotels offered in Siem Reap.

A Horrific History

I find myself in Indochina, in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh.

In addition to drifting  streets that are designed for motorbikes and not walking, I decided to check out some sites.

After meandering for a couple of kilometers, I made my way to the Olympic Stadium for a pleasant stroll and alternative view. Then I realized that I’d need to conserve some energy.  I departed the stadium and hopped onto the backseat of a moto or motorcycle with driver who acts as a chauffeur.

Random People of Chiang Mai: A Photo Essay

Of the 339 photos that I sifted through a few days ago, I didn’t make use of the best ones exclusively for the previous post.  I also used pics from that collection in the wats, massage, and fish spa postings.

I hate to be the ugly tourist who forces people to be in pictures.  Not everyone likes to have their photo taken.  That doesn’t seem to hold true in India, where people ask you out of the blue to take pics of them and you.  But this wasn’t India anymore.

Chiang Mai: A Photo Essay

While sorting through exactly 339 photos taken in Chiang Mai, I came across six outdoor day pics that I thought to be worthy of posting.

Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Great Things About Thailand

I sat during the short ferry ride from Koh Chang elephant island on the way back to the mainland, and thought: Thai people in tourist areas are jaded.  It’s easy to notice the aloof and glib look as a Thai toiling in tourism turns her eye.

Wats of Chiang Mai: A Photo Essay

Chiang Mai is loaded with wats or Buddhist temples. There are said to be over 300 of them in the relatively small city. They provide visual pleasure for travelers who make time to stop and gaze in awe.

When walking past temples or into their complexes, I couldn’t help but pull out my camera on many occasions. During my three weeks in Chiang Mai, I probably snapped around a hundred shots of these architectural wonders.

Fish Spa Therapy

While walking around Chiang Mai, I couldn’t help but notice the occasional fish spa. Although these alternative treatment centers aren’t in abundance like the massage establishments, these fish therapy salons are noticeably scattered throughout the city.

I was curious because I’d never seen or heard of this type of therapy before. One day I happened to walk past a place called Mae Ping Fish Spa. It advertised a low-season 50% discount.  I strolled in.