Bangkok's Penis Garden

Posted in Travel on Oct 24, 2012

The topic of “monuments to the male member” came up again recently on Twitter, so I thought it might actually make for an interesting topic for a continuing series of articles - there are a lot of penis statues around Southeast Asia, and I have pictures of many of them.

This article is about a little shrine in Bangkok called the Chao Mae Tubtim shrine. It's quite well known, and in most guidebooks, but it's slightly out-of-the-way so it doesn't get very many visitors. Well, not tourists anyway. More

Is Bali Ruined? Reflections On My Own Travels

Posted in Travel on Sep 30, 2012

I've decided to post a little more here on the general topic of travel. While I've written a few articles about some of the places that feature in my books, I haven't talked about travel in general, which is, after all, what I write about for a living (a very, very modest living, I might add). I've been thinking about this for a while, but this particular article was prompted by an article on Huffington Post asking, “Is Bali a Lost Cause?” More

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