Travel diaries

I went long at The Billfold about my trip to Thailand. Featuring coconuts, passive-aggressive lounge singers, “special” fees for foreigners, and the ineffable difficulties of tipping.

How to Spend Two Weeks and $1,400 in Thailand

"There’s always money in the banana stand." The Pattaya floating market in Thailand. Proof that frozen banana stands are indeed a Thing (and perhaps, that Annyong Bluth was right).

"There’s always money in the banana stand." The Pattaya floating market in Thailand. Proof that frozen banana stands are indeed a Thing (and perhaps, that Annyong Bluth was right).

The strangest and funniest airline safety video I’ve ever seen, courtesy of Bangkok Airways. The flight attendants lip-synching while doing the macarena, complete with the pull-out-your-back sexy sway, got me cracking up, but so many other things about this are also great: The pilot’s douchey dubbed English voice! The man at 1:38 who looks so satisfied to have returned his seat to the upright and locked position! The flight attendant at 3:45 who blows oh-so-delicately into his life jacket, as if he’s blowing out a candle and wants to avoid spattering any wax rather than actually trying to inflate something!

Strangely, even though the song and most of the video’s words are in English, I first saw this on an internal Thailand flight. It deserves much, much wider distribution.

The best Pride and Prejudice cover ever, in which Darcy is a highwayman with a sordid yet noble past, Elizabeth a swooning governess, and off-duty Harlequin Romance novelists went to town. Found in a Chiang Mai used bookshop.

The best Pride and Prejudice cover ever, in which Darcy is a highwayman with a sordid yet noble past, Elizabeth a swooning governess, and off-duty Harlequin Romance novelists went to town. Found in a Chiang Mai used bookshop.