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Podcast Interview with Bangkok Photographer Steve Bonhage

Last week when I returned to Bangkok, I met up with photographer and MMA fanatic Stev Bonhage. We met nearly four years ago at the Overstay Hostel and have crossed paths several times since then. A year ago, Stev began… Continue Reading →

Roi Et: A Town Travel Guide

  As far as Isan (Northeastern Thailand) towns go, Roi Et is an exceptionally attractive one. It’s name translates literally as One Hundred One, though this is a corruption of an antiquated way of writing 11, as the old city… Continue Reading →

The Pagodas of Chongqing

  A signature of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a tower structure characterized by tiered levels of equal or slowly-declining width. And while the tradition of the pagoda structure seems to have originated in China, it is actually an extension… Continue Reading →

Shizuishan: The Hill of Chinese Stones

One of the odder attractions advertised in Shizuishan was the “Hill of Chinese Stones”, and no, I did not make that name myself. It is a self-proclaimed popular tourist attraction boasting thousands of stone images, carvings, and even a mysterious… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: Shibati and the 18 Stairs Gentrification

  In the old days of Chongqing, homes and businesses were built to adapt to the city’s steep and rocky geography. Built of wood and connected by an often intricate network of stairways, these closely-knit neighborhoods of stilt houses have… Continue Reading →

Chongqing Blogs and Information Guide

When I first accepted a job in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing in 2014, there were very few resources about it written by people who had lived there. Unlike Bangkok or more famous Chinese cities like Shanghai and Beijing,… Continue Reading →

I Should Have Stayed Home

Chinese public holidays are the worst time to travel in China. Why? Because it’s when everyone travels in China. Bus stations pack, train tickets become unavailable and plane tickets skyrocket. And while this is worst and most prevalent during the… Continue Reading →

Laos Mountain Roads

Laos looks small on the map. At 236,800 square kilometers, it’s only slightly smaller than the UK or my home state of Michigan. What these maps don’t show is a landscape the likes of which I had never really seen… Continue Reading →

The Road Not Taken: Revelations and Bus Stations

There are those moments when stark realizations overlay themselves on what you are experiencing in the moment. Perhaps they come from song lyrics. From a literary reference. Or maybe something passively told to you drunkenly at a bar. At the… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: A 13-Storey Pedestrian Bridge?

Getting there: Take the CRT subway to Jiaochankou or Xiaoshizi. From Jiaochankou Exit 4:  Cross the road and turn left. continue on the right side of the road until you come to the sign pictured below. Turn Right. From Xiaoshizi… Continue Reading →

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