NEWS - Currently in Bangkok, Thailand
August 28 -September 11
Sometime between the above dates I'm going to take off with my cameras and laptop for a week or two. I'm leaning towards Pai, Chiang Rai and then over to the Isaan region, but the idea is to just take it as it comes and go wherever I feel like going.
Now working on my next book, getting through all my photographs and video footage from the past 4-5 months. In other words, I'm playing catch-up. This is good, because it means less money is being spent on traveling, at least for the time being.
In April, my mother, sister, niece and nephew came to visit. My mother, who only recently visited Ireland and Italy, has been to Thailand twice previously. My sister, niece and nephew have been to Thailand once ten years ago. So far we've went on a Tasting Tour, took part in a cooking class went to Jim Thompson's House and travelled to Kanchanaburi and Ko Kret. In addition, we twice visited Chinatown, played Escape Room on two separate days in MBK, went to the Crocodile Farm, the Kwan Riam Market and a few other places. In short, we have been quite busy. Videos of all these trips to come shortly.
On another note, I am slowly finishing up my latest book, Ask Me Anything, Letters from Farang. Traveling around has made time has been hard to find, however I do think the book will be completed and on sale by the end of April. The book is comprised of letters, emails, and personal messages from my viewers on my YouTube channel, An American In Bangkok. Included is all correspondence between the sender and myself, plus my unfiltered thoughts about the messages with a sprinkling of advice.
In March, I visited the lovely city of Sangkhlaburi with my friend Cory. Sankhlaburi is home of the Mon village and Mon Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. Located just past Kanchanaburi, the city is often overlooked by tourists—which is why we decided to go there.
In late March, early April I traveled from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh to Battambang to Siem Reap to the Preah Vihear temple. This time my friends Cory and Billy accompanied me for the journey.
Thailand and Cambodia have been fighting over the Preah Vihear temple for decades. In addition to the Preah Vihear, we also went to Am Pe Phnom, Wat Banan and Wat Sampeau. Although the Preah Vihear is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the bitter dispute over the temple between both countries continues.
We made the trip up the temple's 2552 steps, hoping for a clear view. Unfortunately , the sky was hazy and our view was less than optimal. Nevertheless, the Preah Vihear was well worth the visit.