March 2017

Thailand, Florida of the East

Bang Por Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Chuck Fri, 2017-03-24 11:48
We've been staying the last 12 days on Bang Por Beach on the north shore of the Thai island of Koh Samui. Look it up on Google Maps , if you want. It's a nice, peaceful, and gentle beach devoid of the kind of surf we've relished in the Bahamas before, with coarse pinkish sand and turquoise tinted water. The water is so calm, it's like a swimming pool tucked into one corner of the Gulf of Thailand. From the peacefulness of our beach blankets, it's wildly easy to observe the tides here: as the moon arcs overhead, tides go out and water flows west. The moon circumnavigates the earth, much as we...

The Rescue

The Rescue
Chuck Sat, 2017-03-11 04:55
Lakyim—her name in Thai means “dimples”—is taken from her parents just before her third birthday. They are shot trying to protect her and left for dead. Uncooperative and combative adults are useless, but the young ones, they can be molded, they can be trained to be valuable, they can be crushed into subservience. Lakyim is loaded into the back of a truck. Time passes, she doesn’t know how long. She arrives disoriented, sickened, and weakened from the trip and the ordeal of being taken from her parents. The men drag her into the woods; when she resists she is beaten with a metal-studded stick...

Travel: So Easy, Any Moron Can Do It

Air Asia A320 Loading
Chuck Thu, 2017-03-09 03:31
There used to be a time when you'd land in a foreign airport disoriented, jet lagged, unable to speak the language, where your precious greenbacks were pretty well useless, and the only way to let loved ones back home know you made it (at least without incurring a second mortgage to make a--gasp!--international call) was to mail a postcard that would arrive precisely two weeks after your return home. Travel sure has gotten easier. We noticed this recently when we landed in Bangkok--dude, that's in THAILAND, an oriental city where the city don't know that the city is getting the creme de la...