My first visit to the Long Neck tribe near Mae Hong Son, Thailand was in November 1991 on one of those typical backpacker tours out of Chiang Mai that included 4 days of trekking, caving, and a visit to the Long Neck refugee village.
At that time, the village was … Read more
Since moving to Taiwan a few years ago, my primary transportation is my scooter and weekends are often spent cruising mountain roads and exploring small villages. This newfound love of riding has opened up new doors when exploring other areas of Asia and especially northern Thailand and the Mae … Read more
My friend Deborah and I fell in love with Ban Rak Thai last year during our brief 14-hour layover. Unfortunate scooter issues during our first trip into this magical village cut our time short. We left the village in a pick-up truck with our dead scooters in the back and … Read more
One of the best parts of traveling in Asia is the ridiculously cheap prices for “beautification” treatments – cheap massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. It’s wonderful spending a few hours pampering for a fraction of US prices. In the US, I consider it an occasional splurge. When traveling in Asia, … Read more
I hate snakes. I’ve always hated snakes. A few months ago, I saw one in my garden and I screamed like a little girl. I never imagined snacking on a snake, but when in Taiwan you gotta do as the locals do, so I headed to Snake Alley in … Read more
We were so close, only 13 kilometers from Ban Rak Thai when my scooter died. An hour before sunset in the mountains of northwest Thailand, it could’ve been an ugly ending for us – two adventurous “Biker Babes” taking a side-trip off the Mae Hong Son Loop. It could’ve been … Read more