What to Expect During a 10 Day Silent Retreat

I don’t exactly remember when I decided I wanted to attend a 10-day silent retreat. I think I read about one online and found the idea challenging and exciting all at once. The idea stuck, and soon it made it onto my bucket list. I decided on Wat Suan Mokkh in southern Thailand, which is extremely well known to Buddhist all over Thailand. On the website is a schedule, but without any past experience it was hard to know what it actually meant. I thought I’d share exactly what happens in...

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Learning Muay Thai aka Kicking People with My Shins

I'm officially making my mom proud by taking a class where I learn to kick some booty. I think the proper term would be "self defense", but that doesn't sound nearly as fun. Learning Muay Thai is probably one of the best workouts and therapy anyone could ask for. This form of martial arts originated in the 16th century during battles. One particular fighter was so great, that when he was captured they offered to let him fight for his freedom. After winning, he became famous and the style of...

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Two Days & One Night in Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park Cheow Lan Lake Overnight Tour

My favorite experiences always seem to be the ones that I don't know that much about. I research everywhere I go, but sometimes you see too many photos and reality doesn't live up to it. Other times, you only get to see a few photos, and you end up being totally blown away in person. That's how my trip to Khao Sok ended up. You can read about how I fell in love with the tiny little town here, but this post is about my time in the Khao Sok National Park and Cheow Lan Lake.

I decided to do...

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Thailand’s Best Kept Secret: Discovering Khao Sok

When people think of Southern Thailand, their first thought seems to be the beautiful islands, scuba diving, and the nightlife scene. It’s exactly what I thought of Southern Thailand too. It seems to be the hottest new tourist destination, and there aren't a lot of unspoiled spots left. Unless you head to Khao Sok.

Khao Sok isn’t totally off the grid. In fact, it’s an incredibly cute little tourist destination. The main street, which is one of the only streets, is lined with...

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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Northern Thailand

How much it costs to travel in Northern Thailand - Backpacking Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Bangkok

I’ve read so many blogs about what it costs to spend a day in Thailand. Some said $10 while others said $50 and I couldn’t really decide where that left me. How much should I budget? Where do I even start? Everyone has different spending habits and the person spending $50 a day seemed extravagant while the person claiming to spend $10 seemed a little out of my comfort zone.

I knew that once I traveled I wanted to write a really in-depth post about how much everything cost so that...

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8 Common Questions About Hostels Answered

Green Sleep Hostel Chiang Mai Thailand

Hostels are a funny thing. Once you’ve stayed in one, you wonder why you ever questioned them. But prior to that, you have at least one million questions. No joke, I’ve answered more questions about what it’s like to stay in a hostel than what it’s like to stay in a country. No judgment, I asked all the same questions about hostels too. So what is a hostel like? I can best describe it as a college dorm made for travelers. Here’s the answers to the questions I’ve been asked the...

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Everything you Need to Know About the Northern Train in Thailand

There are certain things that seem insanely daunting before you start backpacking. For me, one of those things was transportation. On a very limited budget, I’d be forced to take trains and buses everywhere. I never even conquered the New York City bus system and I lived there eight years. So how would I figure out public transportation in a foreign country in another language?!

Everywhere I looked online directed me to a timetable, but I never found much more information than that....

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Getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand

Deciding whether or not to get a Sak Yant

“I’m going to get a tattoo in Chiang Mai. I thought you should know.”

“You’re what? Why?”

“Oh, and a monks gunna do it…in a temple”

“Huh?”

That’s how most of my conversations went before getting inked in Thailand. Well, except my sister. Her response was egging me on more than anything. In fact, she was the one who convinced me to...

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Everything You Need to Know When Visiting Thailand

Before leaving to visit Thailand, I did an insane amount of research. I read every blog I could find, and every article that was emailed to me. I read a 1,000 page informational guide on safety in the 10 countries I'd be visiting. Never has a person been more prepared than me in the moment before I left. If there was a common scam, I knew about it. If there was an area that wasn't safe, I researched it. Had there been a pop quiz on the plane, I would have aced it! Here's the highlights of...

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Exploring Thailands Second Longest Cave

My time in Pai has been, well, interesting. Arriving here is like stepping back in time. Women with dreads, kombucha on tap, and an array of vibrant color packed stores. In a country known for its modesty, the rules don't seem to apply here as westerners walk around in swimsuits, and oddly, the locals don't look appalled. Probably because the only locals here are business owners. It's as if I've entered California in the 70's or maybe Colorado in present times. My hostel is across from the...

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