Top Thailand Blogs

The Lost Boy has put together a collection of the top 100 Thailand blogs. is currently in 15th, while 2Bangkok is justifiably in the top slot, with Bangkok Pundit in 3rd. Two of my favorite blogs from the region are missing, though: consummate food blogger/photog Austin Bush and Southeast Asia news blog New Mandala. […]

New Rules for Expats in China

Here’s a snip from an Andrew Jacobs story in today’s IHT: In little more than 100 days, this city will open its arms to an unprecedented deluge of foreigners, many of whom will be pleasantly surprised by the dizzying array of designer boutiques, painfully hip martini bars and libertine pastimes not readily associated with an […]

Breaking Travel News from The Onion

The Onion: “Southwest Airlines Now Taking Passengers To Destinations By Shuttle Bus” DALLAS—In what the company is calling a “bold new leap” in comfort, convenience and overall quality of travel, Southwest Airlines announced Monday that it would be replacing its entire fleet of passenger jets and planes with daily shuttle buses. The shuttle buses, which […]

Bangkok By the Numbers: Family Visit 2008, Early Numerical Status Report

My mom and step-dad arrived in Bangkok yesterday for a visit from the US. Here’s how their visit has shaped up, numbers-wise, so far: Thai Foot Massages Hour-long Thai foot massages enjoyed in the last 24 hours: 2 Combined hours of full-body massages planned for them for tomorrow: 4 Thai Cuisine Consumed Approximate number of […]

Asus eee pc: 10 observations

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. — Frank Lloyd Wright A gave me a supremely cool gadget for Christmas: The Asus Eee PC. I’ve been using this most compelling toy subnotebook productivity tool for over three months now. Here are 10 things you need to know about […]

The Next Sushi

Speaking of food, now that sushi has been globalized, GOOD Magazine asks: which regional dish will become the new new thing? I vote for mangosteens. Or bibimbap. Or dosas. (Via World Hum.)

Austin Bush on an Extraordinary Seafood Joint in Koh Samui

Thailand expert/foodie photog Austin Bush has this to say about Bangpo Seafood, located on the northern coast of Koh Samui: Throwing around superlatives can be a scary thing, but I think I’m justified in this case. I’ve been to many, many restaurants in Thailand, and have eaten some pretty amazing food, but Bangpo Seafood particularly […]

This American Life: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar

Don’t miss This American Life episode 352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar, by reporter Tal McThenia. The show aired on March 14. From the show notes: In 1912 a four year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering handyman […]