• Rediscovering the Old vs. Inventing the New

    February 14, 2019

    Photo: CityLife One thing that’s puzzled us a bit over the last couple of decades in Thailand has been the unceasing construction of new temples. Don’t get us wrong – we love temples and what they represent – but many times we gaze in reverence at a beautiful new structure but then turn around to see the skeleton of a once-grand

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  • Changing Hearts and Minds on Elephants

    February 5, 2019

    We’ve all seen ideas change, traditions fall out of favor, and norms shift to the left or right, usually as a response to changing cultural or societal norms. As an example, it’s sometimes difficult to watch movies or read literature from decades past and not cringe a little bit at what we now deem as political incorrectness. As a response

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  • Best Vegetarian Experiences in Bangkok

    January 7, 2019

    Bangkok is known for a lot of things, but food is probably the thing that people write, blog, film, and talk about the most. It’s everywhere here – on the street, in shops, food courts, pop-up booths, hotel buffets and Michelin starred restaurants. The variety is endless, but there are a few barriers to entry for newbies trying to navigate

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  • Gift-giving Culture in Asia

    December 24, 2018

    As we head into the festive season, we take a look at cultural differences when it comes to gift-giving in Asia. In most western countries, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. Beyond the midnight masses, decorated trees and carols, the holiday is known mostly for giving (and getting!) gifts. But beyond Christmas and birthdays, gifts aren’t really a

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  • Food Driving Travel

    December 4, 2018

    Prawn Amok, Cambodia There are a number of things that are common to the human experience, but none has such an intense and ongoing fascination as food. Over the past several decades (and especially in the past few years) food has moved from a boring staple to a dynamic art form. (A similar assessment can be made of travel moving

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