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Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market: Sights, Sounds, and Smells.

In All Topics, Food, Thailand, Travel Photography by Ryan13 Comments

Everything sizzles and pops around you. Steam floats into the night sky like aromatic clouds carrying scrumptious smells of marvelous treats like various meats, or grilled vegetables, or spicy soups — all to the song from a lute; cracked leather-like fingers pluck the instrument, that long necked worn cherry-colored lute called the sueng, releasing a melody of ting-tang-tong-tang-ting to add sweet soundtracks amongst the chitter-chatter of the throngs. …

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24 Do’s and Dont’s When You Travel to Bangkok.

In All Topics, Guides, Thailand by Ryan17 Comments

Bangkok, capital city of Thailand and either a place you will love, or one where you can’t wait to leave the next minute. Booming with business, over-flowing with expats, bursting with debauchery, and filled with hidden culture and charm. One can be tempted jump right in head first, but there are some do’s and dont’s to know about before you go. I arrived in Bangkok at 2:30am after …

Weekly Photo: The Grand Canyon of Thailand in Pai

In All Topics, Thailand by Ryan11 Comments

Pai is a small town in the far north of Thailand and a place I escape to nearly every month from Chiang Mai. Besides being a hippy enclave, there are outdoor activities abound; surrounded by mountains on most sides, waterfalls everywhere you look, and more than a handful of different geothermal hot pools. Another “hidden” piece of Pai that makes it amazing is Pai Canyon, considered …

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Hospitalized During Thailand’s Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai

In All Topics, Lifestyle, Personal, Thailand by Ryan9 Comments

The fiery red protrusion on the back of my hand pulsated and throbbed like an angry volcano on the verge of erupting through the two dark holes in its peak — I had been bitten by a bulbous and shiny and demented creepy crawly something that could only have been birthed from the darkest corner of Hell. No, it was a sickness. A sickness that …

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Celebrating Songkran in Thailand, and Why I got Sick and Tired of it.

In All Topics, Featured, Mis-Adventures, Personal, Thailand by Ryan16 Comments

  Have you ever heard of Songkran? If not, you’re missing out. Songkran is the biggest water gun battle in the world — imagine World War III but with squirt guns and ice-cold buckets of H2O. If you have partaken in this end-all-be-all New Year celebration or have seen evidence of this epicness, you know exactly what it entails. If it was so damn awesome, …

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Mis-adventures of travel: That time I was a stripper, sang karaoke in a whorehouse, got in a knife fight in Haiti, and more

In Featured, Mis-Adventures, Thailand by Ryan8 Comments

There I was…staring at the gray lint from the inside of my pocket with a peppering of beach sand, a beer bottle cap,  and twenty New Zealand dollars  in my palm — my bank account had a dismal twenty-six U.S. dollars in it. Reality came over me like a mule hind-kicking me in the gonads, I had completely run out of money in a foreign …

Weekly Photo Mojo: An Anonymous Thai Protester in a V For Vendetta Mask

In All Topics, Thailand by Ryan6 Comments

Though I have no political affiliation to any country in the world, including my home country (I hate politics) the political protests in Thailand had overshadowed the media and my trip ever since I arrived in Thailand. The moment I landed in Bangkok mid-November, the town square was swarmed with thousands of protesters supporting or attempting to overthrow the current government — which made it …

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#TEFL Training Update and an Open Apology to You — the Readers.

In All Topics, Featured, Personal, Thailand by Ryan6 Comments

Dear Live Gnarly Army,   I wanted to send out a digital postcard today to apologize to you my friends and readers of this blog. This article touches mainly upon last week’s newsletter which was the first I’ve sent out in over a month — the last one being around New Years. That newsletter stated goals I wanted to accomplish; writing much more often on …

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Weekly Photo Mojo: A Thai man crafts bamboo rafts by the riverside in Pai, Thailand

In All Topics, Thailand by Ryan6 Comments

This weeks photo mojo comes from Pai, Thailand. Under the shadow of the mountains near Memorial Bridge, a local Thai man crafted bamboo rafts by hand. I stood there on that old iron bridge over that trickling river watching this man wrap and tighten twine around massive bamboo shoots. Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around …

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High school dropout becomes a teacher? I officially start my #TEFL training in Thailand!

In All Topics, Featured, Teaching English, Thailand by Ryan27 Comments

“A high school dropout who had a chip on his shoulder and resented his teachers is now becoming a teacher…” I said. My friend Zach chuckled at the irony. It was so strange making that statement, yet so exhilarating. BECAUSE IT IS OFFICIAL! I have finally signed up for my training and I begin Monday! When this trip began in early December, I knew one …

Weekly Photo Bubble: The Sliding Waterfall of Pai, Thailand

In All Topics, Thailand by Ryan6 Comments

Welcome to Moh Paeng waterfall, otherwise known as the “sliding waterfall” where the rocks are smooth and made slick by the flowing stream and waterfall cutting right through them — allowing you to slide all the way down into the lower pools of water. Immerse yourself in this panoramic photo bubble and explore the falls. *WARNING* There may or may not be disfigured captures of …

The Fight in my Hostel in Pai, Thailand

In All Topics, Mis-Adventures, Thailand by Ryan12 Comments

There was a fight at my hostel tonight in Pai, Thailand. An older Scotsman (45ish) who has been staying at the hostel for the past 6 months has grown a kind of “I run this place” ego over every other traveler and backpacker, as well as grown a disdain for humankind — which usually seeps out after a few glasses of whiskey. He always loftily …