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Travel advice…

July 29th 2012

I get a lot of emails asking me for travel advice/suggestions/itineraries…I LOVE sharing my recommendations so don’t be shy!

In addition to the to-do lists that I routinely post, I’m going to start excerpting some of the emails that I send, as it doesn’t make any sense for them to live and die in my inbox.  In the post prior to this one, you’ll find a letter I sent an acquaintance about Bangkok.

I’m also going to post some of the amazing travel advice that other people have sent my way.  If you have anything you want to share on that front, please do! Next up is Vietnam and Cambodia for me and I’d love any recommendations. 

TO-DO (Bangkok, Thailand):

July 29th 2012

Hi Taryn,

Hope you’re having fun in Europe! 

I’m going to Bangkok in August and just wanted to see if you had any recommendations for me. Must see/eat/drink. Thank you!



I am obsessed with Bangkok. It is in my top five favorite cities in the world. I’ve been there four times on this trip alone and twice beforehand!

SO ok, here goes:

Shopping in Bangkok is AMAZING. The best spot for inexpensive clothes is Platinum Mall…it’s really three malls in one and it’s all wholesale clothes (almost everything is between $10 and $15). You definitely have to sort through lots of junk (the bags and shoes are not great), but I found cool Kain-esque tees and body con dresses. MBK is another good mall (lots of real and knock-off technology…you can get a fake iPhone or the craziest 7 foot camera lenses) with an AWESOME food court.

Speaking of the food court…MBK food court deserves it’s own paragraph. Asian food courts are always great, but this one is incredible…delicious pork with rice, roasted duck and tons of other cuisine all for verrrry cheap—like $2 cheap. This is actually probably my favorite place to eat in all of Bangkok. (Important note: make sure you don’t get confused…there’s an international food court on the 5th floor that’s gross; you want the asian food court—6th floor—and you’ll know when you’re in it.)

Also, I eat off the street in Thailand most days because it’s so cheap and good…there’s mini outdoor markets on almost every corner with great chicken and rice…plus pad thai is amazing no matter where you get it. Don’t leave without trying mango sticky rice!  Also, I drink about 4 coconuts a day. Lonely Planet posted this place on twitter a while ago, I’m hoping to check it out next time I’m in town.

If you’re there over the weekend you must visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It’s really fun (I’m fairly certain it’s one of the biggest outdoor markets in the world) and has lots of great finds and delish food stands.

Khao San Road is another must-visit. It’s super touristy but you should go there one night just to check it out…it’s a whole street of outdoor bars, stores, food stalls, massage parlors etc. It’s also your best bet for meeting other travelers.

Some other things to do: See a Muay Thai fight (there’s a big outdoor arena that puts them on, i forget the name but go to that one…and make sure you don’t go to an amateur one where they wear helmets and pads! The real ones are wayy better), check out the floating markets, sip drinks at Lebua (you’ll recognize it as the hotel from Hangover II).

Chinatown in Bangkok is great! It’s not as big as you would imagine, but it’s very pretty—red lanterns hanging everywhere, very colorful and delicious food! Find one of the delicious roast duck places and just sit outside and enjoy the view and the people.

Get a massage—or ten! SO cheap and amazing! Also—DO try the fish pedicures no matter how much they scare you. After you stop uncontrollably laughing from the tickle-y feeling, they are AWESOME.

Wat Pho is a cool temple with a giant reclining buddha. For me I had spent three months in India before coming to Bangkok so in all honesty, I was a little templed out, but it’s definitely worth an hour or two there.

Let me know if you have any other questions!!!

Have the best time!



My Thai Honeymoon for One

April 16th 2012

[Note: I wrote this post last month for mypostcardfrom.com, where it was recently excerpted. Here it is in its entirety:]

Oh hayyy. Apologies for the gratuitous ocean/palm tree/bikini/sunshine picture (of which I have about four hundred…and seventeen). I’m currently on my honeymoon and that’s what people do on romantic vacations—lounge around, take pictures of themselves, dine by candlelight. Except I’m single. And traveling solo. And kinda sorta not a believer in marriage. But I digress.

I’ve spent the past five months backpacking off the beaten path in India, Nepal and Myanmar. Now in Thailand, I’ve taken the road more traveled: Drinking Changs on Bangkok’s Khao San road, passing the requisite scuba classes in Koh Tao and pulling an all-nighter at the full moon party in Koh Phagnan.

So dive certified and still slightly hungover, I ferried over to Koh Samui, the honeymoon capital of Thailand. (If you’ve seen Meet the Parents, you may remember Operation Koh Samui as the name of Robert DeNiro’s covert honeymoon surprise gift…If you haven’t seen it, you totallllly should, it’s funny!) 

Lucky for me, I happen to know a guy who manages one of the swankier love nests on the island, Nikki Beach. I bypassed the hostels in the Chaweng district (which would have, under normal circumstances, been my go-to) and instead checked in to one of the resort’s 16 private bungalows, each complete with a California King sized bed and spacious shower. A staff to cater to my every whim. Not to mention the long stretch of private beach to stroll. 

The island is full of of top tier resorts all clamoring for a piece of the honeymoon action. There’s a Four Seasons as well as a W, InterContinental, Conrad and Banyan Tree, not to mention the hundreds of boutique hotels. 

No matter which one you choose, going on a “couple’s” vacation solo can feel alienating/awkward/depressing (take your pick). I lied on my lounge chair with my “date”, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden while people all around me made out in the pool, cuddled on chaises and strolled hand in hand through the sand. But when you get over the whole kinda, sorta a little bit lonely part, it’s also awesome: The hotel serves a Saturday night buffet on the beach with only tiki torches and the stars for light. Seconds and thirds? OBVIOUSLY, since no one’s paying attention to me in a bikini. Sleeping in a giant bed every night means more sprawl room and when it comes to watching the sunset, it’s stunning, with or without anyone next to you.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t wish I had someone to share certain moments with. But I’d also be lying if I said that a romantic style getaway—where reading, relaxing and room service are encouraged—wasn’t exactly what I needed after months of 20 hour bus rides, cold showers and bunkbed hostels. 

And now that I’ve already been on a romantic honeymoon, my actual one can be something a little more up my alley, like say skydiving in New Zealand? That is, if I ever get married. 

Thailand by the Numbers

March 17th 2012

5: Weeks in Thailand

0: People who’ve asked me if I’m part Thai

2: Muay Thai fights

1: Pub crawl

1: Ladyboy cabaret show

0: Ping pong shows

1: Full moon party

19: Years old, age of boy I made out with at said full moon party

9: Year age difference between us, yuup

4: Visits to Bangkok, one of my fave cities in the world 

18: Meters below sea level scuba diving

4: Helpings at the famous Nikki Beach Koh Samui Sunday Brunch party

1: Philippino chef who works there who is my new BFF

35: Servings of Mango Sticky Rice (approximately one a day for 35 days…)

17: Of April will apparently be a lucky day for me according to a Thai fortune teller

March 14th 2012

I’m on a honeymoon for one. (Koh Samui, Thailand)

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