Holiday Season in Asia

I have never been a person that liked routines. I understand how they can ground someone or add a sense of order in an otherwise hectic world but if anything they make me uneasy. I crave variety, adventure and a diversity of experiences. Routine, to me, is boring.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boat

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boat

Last fall when I moved to Asia I really didn’t know what the holidays foretold. I had never set foot on the continent before and was mentally prepared for anything. For Christmas I was in Bangkok and wanted to treat myself to a little luxury so I set out to see what over the top things I could discover. I a few of them and started at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. I couldn’t afford to say there but definitely enjoyed watching the boats having beer and lunch at the famous hotel on the Chao Phraya River where some of my literary heroes Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Tennessee Williams, James A. Michener and many others once romped.

    Sunset View from the Sky Bar in Bangkok

Sunset View from the Sky Bar in Bangkok

As the day went on we opted to try something a little more modern and took a cab to watch sunset from the worlds highest open air restaurant, Sirocco and have another cocktail at the attached Sky Bar. Traditional? Definitely not but it was definitely an amazing contrast to many other wonderful Christmases past.

Chiang Mai New Year 2012

Chiang Mai New Year 2012

For New Years Eve I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand and opted to do something a little more down scale. It sees that entertainment in centers around the Thape Gate on Chiang Mai’s 800 year old moat. Even though this was just the first of at least three of Thailand’s New Years celebrations (Western, Chinese and Buddhist) the atmosphere was in full on revelry! There was music, fireworks, street food vendors and people launching paper lanterns in what felt like one giant neighborhood party. We opted to get a few beer Leos from 7/11 and join in on the fun. It was a complete opposite type experience from Christmas but I loved them both.

 

 

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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