Travel to Thailand, visit Bangkok, and the best locations around the country. Episode 16 brings us back to Asia. In this episode, I meet one of the first travel bloggers out there. Seeing a fair deal of the world, Barbara has chosen to live in Thailand. I picked her brain in this episode to understand her reasons. Of course, we touched on the usual subjects like FOOD, DRINKS, CULTURE, and WHAT TO DO IN THAILAND. If you’re curious, and I know you are, I invite you to enjoy this podcast about Thailand in Episode 16 of the Curious Pavel Podcast Sessions.
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Mentions in the podcast:
- Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (home of the Emerald Buddha)
- Wat Pho (home of the giant reclining Buddha)
- Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
- JJ (Chatuchak) Market (enormous weekend market)
- Longtail Boat tours on the Chao Phraya River and small side canals
- Shopping at the high-rise malls in Siam Square
- Sampling stinky Durian fruit
- Being alert about scams before going
- Riding the Sky Train and Metro
- Gorgeous beaches and tropical water
- Koh Samui
- Krabi and Railay Beach
- Koh Phi Phi
- Party places vs R&R places
Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand):
- Walled Old City, with its three important Temples
- Wat Chedi Luang (home of the City Pillar)
- Wat Phra Singh, and Wat Man Wats outside the city center that are important
- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in the nearby Doi Suthep Mountains
- Wat Suan Dok (where members of the Lanna Royal Family are interred within the chedis)
- Day tour to see the local crafts being made (lacquerware, paper umbrellas, hammered tin and silver, silks, celadon pottery, etc.)
- Night Market for souvenirs
- Walking streets on Saturday and Sunday nights (focus on crafts)
- Street Food!!!! Hot and spicy northern style food, fruit shakes, curries, Thai tea.
- Hill Tribe trekking
- The importance of respecting customs and traditions, like not pointing feet at the Buddha, covering your arms and knees in temples, not touching Thais on the head, etc.
I love the food in Thailand because of the exotic spices they use. Their style of cooking is unique to their culture and always amazing.Venus Williams
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After years of working 70-80 hours per week at jobs that paid the bills but brought no joy, a serious illness made Barbara Weibel realize she felt like the proverbial “hole in the donut” – solid on the outside but empty on the inside. In 2007, at the age of 54, Weibel walked away from her successful career, sold or gave away most of her material possessions, and began traveling around the world in pursuit of her true passions: travel, photography, and writing.
These days she makes her home in Thailand, which provides a base for traveling six to seven months each year. She writes about her adventures at Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel (https://holeinthedonut.com).
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