Category: Travel

Climbing Krabi

Krabi’s majestic limestone karsts stand as ever-vigilant sentinels looking over the verdant tropical landscape. To the adventuresome, the mountains call to be climbed. Climbing challenges us to overcome our fears, to patiently listen to our bodies, to move with planning and deliberation, and above all, to trust. Body and mind focus intently on feet and

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Elephant Camps and Waterfalls: Hiking Mae Wang

Mae Wang (แม่วาง) is a scenic mountain area winding along the banks of the Wang River–not to be confused with another Wang River (แม่น้ำวัง) which is one of the four northern rivers that flow into Thailand’s “Prince of Rivers”, the Chaophraya.  Mae Wang is really more of a mountain stream whose headwaters begin just south and

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Hiking Chiang Mai’s “Sticky Falls” — How This Rare Natural Wonder Got Its Super SpiderMan Power

Sticky Falls, or Namtok Buatong, in Chiang Mai is a rare natural wonder formed from carbonates that give a Spiderman-like grip even under the water. Take a look and learn how it got there!

Mediterranean Mosaics of Chaos and Order: How Arabic-Speaking Norman Warriors Produced Multicultural Marvels

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” –Carl Jung In the Mediterranean region, diverse cultures and religions of Africa, Asia, and Europe chaotically churn like turbulent currents beating upon a rocky shore. The pounding water brings destruction and change, gradually reshaping the land over the centuries. At the same

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A 10th Century Multicultural Eve, Serpent, and Adam

Today’s image of Eve, the Serpent, and Adam in our series on Serpents, Seduction, and Sin: “The Fall” in Art Through the Ages is another illuminated manuscript from the Iberian Peninsula. The Codex Vigilanus (named for one of the scribes), also known as Codex Albeldensis (after the monastery in which is was made), is a

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Learning the Secrets of the Ancients: Pre-Historic Krabi

The Wisdom of the Ancestors The dark dampness of the cave presses like a weight upon Little Red’s skin. The pungent smell of burning herbs, mingled with the damp earthy scent of moss-covered stones, stings his nostrils. A low groaning hum resonates from deep in the shaman’s throat, echoing mysteriously in the dark abyss. Little

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Mountain, Water, Coffee: Tara Coffee on the Road to Samoeng, Chiang Mai

The Chinese have a word for their dreamy landscape paintings: Shan Shui 山水 – “Mountain Water”. These landscapes are often graced by wistful poems for nostalgic travelers, such as this one: 今曉日兼雨  This morning there was sun and rain, 土芳當腳髒  The earth is fragrant, and it’s fitting that my feet are dirty. 故鄉隔天末  My home’s beyond the edge of

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Rhythm of the Rain in Had Yao, Krabi

We call it “The Green Season” now…because “rainy season” was misleading. There are many bright, beautiful days during the months of the Southwest Monsoon (about mid-May through October) here on the Andaman Sea coast of southern Thailand. But there are days of glorious, refreshing, cooling rains. Our perspective on rainy days is important…many might see

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