Thailand is a country we have visited many times over 25 years. It has outstanding beauty, inspiring sites, outrageously cheap food and a wonderful humility.

Our latest visit started with three nights in Bangkok, after which, we made it up as we went along.  Carrying small backpacks allowed us to cover a lot of ground, easily. We went to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Krabi town, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Chiangmai.

I know that Eastern Asia is the newest go-to area with adventurous travelers so much of this information will apply to nearby countries like Cambodia and Vietnam, though they have their own darker history which affects the people and the countries prosperity – more desperation and poverty.

Allow them leeway in trying to live up to western world expectations.  Try to fall in love with them instead, and see things from their perspective.