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Chris Backe is the blogger behind Chris in South Korea, Chris in Thailand, and author of four books. His most recent, Weird and Wonderful Korea, covers over 100 of the most bizarre destinations around the country. He currently lives in Thailand with his wife, and continues his search for Thailand's unusual destinations.

  • Ulleungdo – Korea’s True Getaway from the Hustle and Bustle

    February 21, 2014 by

  • Not to be confused with an easy-to-reach destination, Ulleungdo (pronounced ‘ool-leung-doh’) is perhaps a final frontier as Korea goes. You can travel most anywhere on the mainland in a matter of hours, but […]

  • Off the Beaten Path in Ayutthaya – the Former Capital of Thailand

    February 3, 2014 by

  • Ayutthaya had a history as the capital of Thailand centuries ago (1351-1767 AD), when Bangkok was below water. Thanks to its well-preserved buildings, its status as a UNESCO World Heritage will keep it […]

  • Bangkok’s Scams – How to Avoid Painting a Target on Your Back

    December 1, 2013 by

  • Whether you’re just off the plane, sitting down to eat, or trying to get home after a night out, tourists in Thailand have a target painted on their back almost any time they […]

  • Why Vientiane? 5 Reasons to Visit Laos’ Capital City

    November 27, 2013 by

  • It’ll make you feel like an adventurer even while on the main road I’ll be giving away my best tip first, but here it is: carry US dollars, Thai baht, and Lao kip […]

  • 5 Awesome Things to do in Seoul for Mu-Lyo (Free!)

    October 31, 2013 by

  • OK, so I’ve blogged about the cheaper side of Korea, but a few places are well worth visiting that have the best possible price of FREE. Disclaimer: we’re not talking about accommodation, food, […]

  • South Korea Budget Travel: $25 a Day for EVERYTHING!

    October 19, 2013 by

  • South Korea doesn’t come high on too many ‘cheapest places to visit’ lists, and rightly so. It’s hard to beat the beers for a buck in Vietnam or Laos, or the Thailand street […]

  • Things to do in Bangkok for Free

    October 9, 2013 by

  • Bangkok is already a fairly cheap city, so long as you avoid the tourist traps and the tuk-tuk drivers (believe me, they’re only out to take you for a ride). Plenty of stuff is reasonably priced, but the very best price of free applies to plenty of places around town.

  • How to Get Koreans to Buy You Drinks

    September 18, 2013 by

  • As guests in a foreign country, it behooves us to learn about the local customs… and the alcohols. Boy, are you in for a treat – Koreans love to drink, without a question, although I’ll […]

  • Jeju-do – The South Korean Island Full of… Sex Parks?

    September 3, 2013 by

  • Before you wonder further, yes, there are indeed a number of sexually themed parks around Jeju island, about an hour flight from Seoul. Each has their own take on the act, and while […]

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