Thai Chefs: Who's On Top?

When it comes to Thai food, I'm very picky. My family is from there and I expect Thai food in America to live up to my expectations. Maybe they are too high but when you compare Thai food to what you ate at home, it should be.I decided to list some of my favorite chefs who specialize in Thai food below....more

Cultural Festivals in NYC

I'm not Thai, but I have a very strong love and adoration for Thai culture. I love Thailand and have visited the country many times (not to mention, you get 5 star resorts for really affordable prices - gotta love the currency conversion).When one of my friends told me about Experience Thailand, I was thrilled since it was happening in NYC....more

15 Fun Things to do in Thailand

1. Bathe with elephants...more

Jungle Living In Thailand (What I Learned When I Gave Up Running Water)

In the summer of 2005, I packed my bags and boarded a 747 bound for Bangkok. At the tender age of 20, I signed up to spend a summer in Thailand, teaching English among the Kui people of Northeast Thailand.What I learned went far beyond the teeming streets of Bangkok and touristy beaches of Phuket — it was a lesson truly realized only when I abandoned my perception of comfort and fully embraced my new home. In a nutshell, it was soul-shaping.Here are a few of the lessons I learned from my time living in Thailand’s Sisakaet Province....more

Fabulous Photos Friday: Images of Thai Buddhism

The images of Thai Buddhism will stay with me forever.  The Golden, intricate figures and images are somehow soothing, awe inspiring, and even sacred.  They are steeped in antiquity, history and worship.  Look at the peaceful faces of the Buddhas, and the sometimes fierce aspect of the protectors.  I do want to return to Thailand to see them all again....more

What to do in Bangkok: The Golden Buddha

I could have spent months in Thailand and not seen it all, but what I did see will stay with me forever.  I spent the second half of my trip with my daughter, Alexandra, who always said she never wanted to go to Asia.  As it turned out, she was not ready to leave when the time came!...more

Ethical Elephant Tourism in Thailand

Everyone who travels to Thailand wants to trek with the Asian elephants who are advertised for trekking, riding, and shows....more

Off to Thailand and Myanmar (Burma)

 Happy New Year! We will be on our way to Bangkok on New Years eve and day. We spend 2 days in Bangkok, then fly to Mandalay for a river cruise down Myanmar to Yangon (used to be Rangoon) Then back to Bangkok. I was involved in a yearly college weekend where all the foriegn students from then Burma, gathered for cultural events. I learned Burmese dancing.  I've  had a love for the country ever since. This is my first trip. It will be a good experince to be in a mostly Buddhist country and learn about that. ...more

Not Letting Fear Have the Final Say

by Mandi SchmittFear is a sensation I am most unaccustomed with. I sometimes joke that my fear threshold is broken or turned off, and that this could potentially get me into trouble, much like people whose pain indicators are faulty can hurt themselves without knowing it. Jetting off to a foreign land without a plan, jumping off a bridge with only a thin bungee separating me from death–these are things that most people find terrifying, mainly because they are so outside the norms of a typical lifestyle. But for me, well, these things are what make me feel alive....more

Mother of the bride:A diary