The story of Jim Thompson is a fascinating one, and in fact has prompted the writing of several books on his life. An American soldier and spy, Jim was sent to Thailand towards the end of the war and fell in love with the country. He returned after his service had ended and made a life for himself. Particularly interested in the cottage silk industry, Jim was a key influencer in promoting the Thai silk trade and helped bring this product to the global market. He was also very interested in Asian culture and design, creating a beautiful teak home filled with locally sourced artwork, furniture, and inspiration. Continue reading
Conveniently located just off of the Chitlom stop on the BTS Sky Train, Erawan Shrine is a must see destination for tourists in Bangkok. You can actually smell and hear the shrine before you see the statue itself. Incense and smoke waft down the street and the heady scent of flowers combine with the heat of the day. The sound of Thai chanting and the faint jingle of bells grows louder as you approach, and finally the scene explodes in a riot of color and chaos. Local dance groups are stationed around the shrine singing and performing traditional dances in brightly colored fabrics. Continue reading
Living in New York City, it’s easy to accept that riding the subway, while an efficient method of transportation, is not a hygienic nor a pleasant experience. Yet every time I leave New York and use the metro systems of other countries, I am astounded. Who knew it was possible to have such a clean, quiet, and enjoyable experience while being shuttled in an enclosed space with numerous other strangers? Continue reading
As Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai is teeming with options for all budgets and interests. Located in the northern region of the country, options like elephant rides and jungle treks replace the southern district’s beach destinations. With a thriving craftsman community and a collection of memorable temples, this Thai metropolis is a mixture of colors, tastes, and sights adding a diverse and cultural layer to your trip to Thailand.
Here are some options to do, see, stay, and shop for on your trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Where To Stay:
The perfect location, particularly if you are staying with a group, the x2 brand can be found throughout Thailand as a luxury hotel destination. This location however is a private villa complete with pool and kitchen staff. Enjoy your own private oasis when you’re not immersed in the chaotic city scenes. Continue reading
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep has a legend behind its existence. There are many variations to the story, but all agree that a white elephant led the way to the now site of this temple and fell to its death. Some say the elephant carried a relic of Buddha, while others claim it was a reincarnation. Continue reading