2017 Thailand and Laos Hill Tribe Tour

by Beth Whitman (January 15th, 2016)

Our women-only Thailand and Laos Hill Tribe Tour was so popular in 2014 (it sold out in very short order), that we’re offering it again in early 2017. I know, that sounds like a long way off, but time flies and tours sell out quickly. This tour is unique in that there’s a special focus […]

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Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand – Our Tour in Photos

by Beth Whitman (January 20th, 2015)

We ran our first ever Thailand and Laos tour in November. I’ve been so busy posting about the Snowman Trek, that I have not given this much exposure but I didn’t want to neglect such an amazing trip. We had a full group of 16 women on that tour. We toured Bangkok and then traveled […]

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Thailand and Laos Hill Tribe Tour Announced

by Beth Whitman (September 6th, 2013)

Many women over the years have requested that I do a tour to Thailand. I’ve resisted because, frankly, (to me) Thailand isn’t a super difficult place in which to travel. The people are delightful, there are many hotel and restaurant options, and there’s often someone nearby who can speak English if you get lost, stuck, […]

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Northern Thailand Tribal Women ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (April 26th, 2013)

On my visit to Northern Thailand last month, my guide brought me to a village north of Chiang Mai where different hill tribe groups live. Each tribe has a designated area where they have small businesses set up. There, they sell weavings, jewelry and other tourist-oriented items as well as some food items to the […]

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Photo of the Day: I Wanna Be Just Like You (Monks)

by Beth Whitman (September 18th, 2009)

I recently posted a photo of one monk taking a picture of another monk at a temple. On Facebook, I received a lot of comments from people who had seen monks doing things not so typical of monks (like buying cigarettes). So, I thought I’d put together some more photos of monks doing not so […]

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Photo of the Day: Bangkok Mannequins

by Beth Whitman (September 3rd, 2009)

Walking down Khao San Road in Bangkok is an experience, to say the least. Nightlife that never ends… transvestites at every turn… drug deals happening in the light of day… illegally reproduced CD’s and DVD’s for sale… vendor upon vendor lining every square inch of sidewalk. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this […]

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Photo of the Day: Monks with Camera

by Beth Whitman (August 21st, 2009)

I shouldn’t be surprised when I see monks doing things that laypeople do. But, I cracked up when I saw these two young monks in Bangkok in one of the temples near the Grand Palace. Just like the rest of us tourists, they were taking pictures of each other in front of a large Buddha […]

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How Not to be a Trashy Tourist

by Beth Whitman (June 15th, 2009)

My friend, fellow West Seattleite and videographer, Michael Murphy from Travel On Productions, sent me links to a couple of videos he recently produced about the trash problem on Ko Phi Phi in Thailand (see below). These videos reminded me of the impact we all have on local cultures and the environment when we travel. […]

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Photo of the Day: Longneck Woman – Thailand

by Beth Whitman (May 7th, 2009)

This woman is a member of the Karen tribe of Burma. When I took this photograph, she was living as a refugee in Northern Thailand. Unfortunately, she spoke neither Thai nor English and my (Thai) guide could not speak her language. As accommodating as this woman was by smiling for my camera, I never did […]

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How Dangerous is a Danger Zone?

by Beth Whitman (April 13th, 2009)

In less than a week I’ll be on a plane to Bangkok. BANGKOK. Where currently Thai military are clashing with anti-government protesters who are calling for the resignation of prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. I’m fairly confident that the violence will be settled in a week’s time. And given the fact that Bangkok is a big […]

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