Mapped Morning Addition

No. 12 : Oh, LA

23 Feb 2009

Recommendations if Reading: please put on M83's latest release, Saturdays = Youth and only listen with good stereo headphones while ... read more

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My Adventures With Thai Pyromaniacs

When I travel to the Koh Phi Phi islands off the southwest coast of Thailand, little do I know that ... read more

28 Apr 2009
 

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SLIDESHOW: Thai Boxing, Fire Twirling, Songkran (Thai New Year)

Flattened bamboo creates the walls of many houses of the Karen people. Mosquito netting is pulled back before a group ... read more

08 Jul 2009
 

Insider Tips

Etiquette

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Watch your feet!

In most of Asia but specifically in Thailand, you must take your shoes off when entering a home. Also, when it comes to feet, do not prop them up on ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Food

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The International Stall of Pancakes

Thai pancakes (roti) are very popular and can be cooked to go. In small villages and islands, you can stop a motorbike-powered pancake stall and have yourself a roadside snack ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Books

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Southeast Asia On A Shoestring (Lonely Planet)

This guidebook is filled with helpful maps, history, and other info. To lighten the load in your backpack, I'd recommend making photocopies of maps and relevant pages. Also, while ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Getting Around

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In congested cities, take a motorbike taxi (and wear a helmet!)

Bangkok is a booming city whose traffic congestion can mean hours of wasted time in a hot and stuffy taxi. To get around more easily, take the SkyTrain for long ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Getting Around

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See Singapore via trishaw!

Trishaws are bicycle-powered carts for two people that are usually decked out with flowers, boom-boxes, and other personal memorabilia. Sight-see through town at this slow pace and you will not ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Getting Around

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Longtail boats open up new possibilities

On the islands in the Andaman Sea, many beaches are only accessible via hand-built flower-adorned longtail boats, or taxi boats. For certain beaches, there needs to be a minimum of ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Festivals & Events

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Songkran is not just about the water fight

During the Thai New Year, the northern city of Chiang Mai celebrates with five days of food vendors, crafts, and parades. Families and friends get together for this time, which ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Culture Shock

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Some days you may just prefer a squat toilet

Throughout Asia, there are variations on the squatter. Nightclubs, airports, and other large public establishments sometimes offer both the Western and the squatter. The key is to learn how to ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Must Do

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Floating down the Mekong Delta.

Want to see floating houses? When traveling in Cambodia, take a small ferry from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. read more

27 Jul 2009
Film

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"Dogura" offers unique view of Cambodian life

"Dogura" has no script, plot, or actors. As a feature-length film by French filmmaker, Patrice Leconte, it offers scenes of Cambodian daily life and cultural practice. Similar to "Baraka" and ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Religion

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Religious sensory overload

In Malaysia, the prominent religions are Buddhism and Islam. In villages and cities, several different calls to prayer sound out from the many mosques in each neighborhood. The sounds will ... read more

27 Jul 2009
Music

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Rainy day? Brush up on Thai pop culture.

Sick of hearing American pop music even when you are abroad? If you're ever stuck inside because of the rain of Thailand's monsoon season, turn the TV to ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Sports

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Looking for a full body workout on the beach?

Head to the islands in Southeast Thailand and you will find amazing rock climbing on the beach of Ton Sai near Krabi. From here you can take an ocean kayak ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Being an American

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Why can't I just look it up?

When in China, don't freak out when you find websites like Wikipedia blocked. The Golden Shield Project is essentially an Internet firewall using proxy servers that block access to ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Packing

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Pick it up as you go!

Don't freak out if you've forgotten some key travel essentials. You can find nearly everything you could possibly need in Thai markets, and for cheaper than you would ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Dating

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Be mindful of local dating taboos

Going on a date? You might want to leave that tank top in your suitcase. A bare-armed Western girl drinking in a bar with a guy is not a normal ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Health

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Consider medical tourism

Even though Thailand has seen a slump in its tourism since the United States issued a travel alert in late 2008, medical tourism seems to still draw many to the ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Slang

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Same same, but different

"Same same, but different" is a phrase commonly used to help farang (foreigners) understand what something is by comparing it to something they already know. It is also used in ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Nightlife

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Forget the Full Moon party. Find a jungle party.

When traveling to the islands in the South of Thailand, many will try to convince you to visit Koh Pah Ngan, where the Full Moon party takes place. The island ... read more

20 Nov 2009
Fashion

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Fashion forward thinking

When traveling and sightseeing in Bali, Indonesia, like other sacred spaces in Southeast Asia, be certain to wear modest clothing. For women, this means clothes that cover the arms and ... read more

24 Nov 2009
Politics

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King of the kingdom

As you drive around the streets of Thailand, you will see many photos of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, both popular figures. While neither holds direct power in Parliament ... read more

01 Dec 2009
TV

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Thai TV on demand!

Want to watch some Thai sitcoms or even a Thai reality show? Catch up on the latest in Thai drama online at Thaitv.tv. No need for a TV to ... read more

24 Dec 2009
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