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Laid-back Thailand

Two months in Thailand dealing with diabetes and seeking places I hadn’t visited previously. What I found was stunning: warm and friendly people and places, and a live-and-let-live approach to life that makes Thailand so rewarding to wander. Here’s the stories of Bangkok smog, the Death Railway from Kanchanaburi to Thong Pha Phum, Thailand’s largest wooden bridge, thieving monkeys in Lopburi, pizza and insect meals in Phitsanulok, and a new blood sugar meter from a Surin pharmacy.

Articles: Thailand 2011

Day 28

Pigs, roaches, and other tasty morsels from Phitsanulok

Street vendors in Phitsanulok, Thailand sell "regular" food but also some very weird items. I spent nine days trying what I could – but preferred the pizza.

Day 19

How to coexist with Lopburi's monkeys

I got to know the thieving monkeys and the breathtaking ruins of Lopburi, Thailand while balancing tasty street food, walking around, and insulin.

Day 14

A second visit to a town is nothing like the first

When you visit a place twice in one trip, like I did in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, you have a different relationship with it than if you'd only visited once.

Day 11

Ever-deeper levels of remoteness: Sangkhlaburi

Any journey includes an element of "remoteness" – and the further you go, the more remote and more rewarding places like Sangkhlaburi, Thailand become.

Day 8

Cheapo shopping in Thong Pha Phum

How I made some smart purchases and one terrible purchase in small-town Thailand. Sometimes you get what you pay for as a budget traveler.

Day 7

The Death Railway to Thong Pha Phum

The local names that you come across while traveling the globe are often one of the most interesting parts of a particular journey.

Day 6

Exploring Kanchanaburi's messy international ties

Kanchanaburi, Thailand is where tourists go to see the Bridge On the River Kwai, but there are other things to see in this haunted yet cheerful town.

Day 1

First days are so exciting: Bangkok again

The first day of a new trip is always dizzyingly exciting. At least it should be. On Day 1 in Bangkok I was ecstatic to be back in Thailand and on the road.

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