Crossing the Malaysia Border at Sadao

In all honesty, despite the undeserved props I gave myself for inevitably braving the bombing capital of Thailand, I would much rather have spent the night in the Border town of Sadao.  Just the label itself – border town – it sounds exciting.  And indeed from the little I had read and even less that…

“Don’t go there. You’ll get blown up.” – Hat Yai, Thailand

“Oh, don’t go to Yala/Hat Yai/anywhere in the south.  You’ll get blown up.”  This seemed to be a common sentiment among many of my students and even my Thai teaching partner before I left Bangkok.  And then there was a bombing in Hat Yai a few days before my arrival that I read had killed…

Surat Thani from where I stayed.

A Michigan Island in Surat Thani?

  It’s odd how enigmatic random chance can be sometimes.  While the boat ride back from Koh Phangan was entirely uneventful and mostly just spent continuing the travelogue I hadn’t picked up since getting to the island, I was in for a surprise once on the bus back to Surat Thani. This bus was much…