Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paradise Driver

When I hopped in a Bangkok cab today, the first thing that jumped out at me were pictures of white sand beaches, tropical resorts, and the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. This driver, like many others in this city, are available to take you anywhere you desire within the borders of the country, including these breathtaking locales. I was tempted to abandon everything and tell the driver to take me straight to paradise. Instead, I decided I'd better go home, but I definitely jotted down the phone number of this cabby so I can call him next time I need to get away from it all.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

All Smiles

Here in the "land of smiles" as Thailand likes to bill itself, it's true that the locals seem to smile often. In addition to expressing pure bliss, the smile is used as a sort of defense mechanism and in tense and awkward social situations. After all, Thais avoid "losing face" at all costs. Even action figures in Thai taxis sometimes grin from ear to ear.