My Name is Mai by J L Hall

Every time I climb the stairs to the Skywalk, I look for her. For Mai, small and filthy in her yellow dress. She sits here against a pillar, baht scattered and glinting around her, a tattered cardboard sign propped in her lap etched in marker pen that says: My Name Is Mai. I think she […]

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A Day Out on the Death Railway by Toni Marie Ford

‘This is the start of the Death Railway’, says Pai and I look back at Nong Pladuk station as we chug into motion and leave it behind. Sun-scorched yet saturated with colour, it’s a station in miniature. The walls shed snowflakes of blistered paint and clutches of jasmine and frangipani drip their scented sweat onto […]

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Signage Gone Wrong

Yeah, I’m kind of a boring tourist. Something wild and crazy could be happening to the left or to the right, but I’m taking a picture of a sign because “its” (possessive) is spelled with an apostrophe. When it all comes down to it, there are aspects of life that are much more important, so […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 5

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Not So Pretty in Patong

We have now been to Phuket and Patong beach–a tourist mecca for Who-the-Hell-knows-why–three times. To get to Patong from the airport on Phuket, you have to take a taxi for almost an hour with the final hurdle of a mountain that is the bane of many a bus driver. One of our bus drivers was […]

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Another Day on Phi Phi Island

Traveling in Southeast Asia right now. It’s hot, it’s buggy. We have at least 10 species in our bungalow on Phi Phi Island right now, but we also have a gecko and a mosquito net. Despite these little saviors, we also have plenty of bites. Ko Phi Phi Don is a haven for party-ers, mostly […]

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A Year in Wacky Signs

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) Do your friends walk 20 meters in front of you when you’re taking pictures of signs? Do they whisper under their breath, “Oh God, Chris is taking another picture of a sign.”?Do theymake gestures–signs of their own […]

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Bangkok is Sinking!

How Bangkok might look in 25 years? (Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) It’s true. Bangkok will be totally submerged in sea water within 25 years, according to a slew of academics and researchers in the GEO2TECDI (GEodetic Earth Observation Technologies for Thailand: […]

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