Thailand Adventure!

In January, 2014, I’ll be heading off for a 3-month trip through Southeast Asia. I’ll spend one month volunteering as an English teacher in a small town in eastern Thailand. Before that, I’ll travel through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, where I’m especially looking forward to a scuba/snorkeling adventure on a small island in the South Andaman Sea. After volunteering, my son Michael will come to Thailand and we’ll explore Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam together for a couple of weeks. When he returns home, I’ll travel to China to visit some places I’ve not seen before and to visit dear friends in Shanghai.

The trip is still 5 months away but requires a lot of preparation. One thing I’ve been doing is trying to become more proficient at using my new video editor application, Sony Vegas Movie Studio. Toward that goal, I’ve created a video overview of the trip to describe the places I’ll visit and the routes I’ll take. You can watch the video below on YouTube by clicking the play button. (If you cannot view on YouTube, a Flash video version is available here.)

Retired software engineer from New Jersey, USA, happily married to Grace for 30 years, proud father of Michael for 29 years, I am enjoying traveling and teaching English as a second language in my retirement.

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19 comments on “Thailand Adventure!
  1. Cathy Motteram says:

    Have been enjoying your Southeast Asia video all day! Is this where I would send you my comments while your traveling? Or hit the Reply button like I usually do? I don’t really know what I’m doing HERE. Feels like outer space! πŸ™‚

  2. Cathy Motteram says:

    I think I got it! Didn’t know my comments would be seen by all! Guess I better
    not misspell any more words! πŸ™‚
    Now, if you get this msg, I’ll know for sure I’m doing it correctly. Fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

    • millspau says:

      Haha – well, in the age of the internet, spelling has been tossed aside in favor of speed and inventiveness so don’t worry about it. You were right in noticing that the time of the comment seemed 7 hours “off” – there is a blog setting for time zone and it was set at the default Greenwich Mean Time – I’ve now updated it to use Eastern Standard Time so this reply to your comment should have a timestamp that makes more sense.

  3. Cathy Motteram says:

    Thanks for straightening out the time question I had. I lik yr idea that spaeling dosnt count. This will prbly help a lot!
    Btw, your avatar is precious! πŸ™‚

  4. Cathy Motteram says:

    Getting anxious for the trip to begin!!! It’s like waiting for water to boil! πŸ™‚

    • Haha – well, I’m looking forward to it but I also enjoy the planning and anticipation so I don’t need it to happen immediately. Actually, things have changed in my itinerary already as the company I was planning to volunteer with has shown itself to be unreliable in handling volunteers (long story) so I am in the process of applying to a different program in a different part of Thailand which will necessitate changing my travel arrangements. I plan to update the video but not quite yet.

      • Cathy Motteram says:

        Good luck, John!
        Hope you don’t have to cancel too many of your prior arrangements! Guess it’s better you found out about these problems now rather than later! It’s their loss, John. Bet you will find something far better & more intriguing…. you’ll find an exciting “tributary” you may have missed the first time! :). It’s no wonder you plan all your travels so far in advance ! We have to pull our hair waiting, but the results will certainly be worthwhile! Hope your new set of problems aren’t too difficult to maneuver around!
        Looking forward to your updated video! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  5. I have updated the video as I’ve changed my plans for volunteering. Rather than volunteer in northern Thailand with Travel-to-Teach, I will travel 4 hours east of Bangkok to work with a young man who is trying to get volunteers to come to a poor area which doesn’t typically see many westerners. Company is named ICCVTT and their website is

  6. Pat Bennett says:

    John…..what a fantastic trip you have planned! I will be sure to follow your blogs.

  7. Cathy says:

    Bon Voyage!! Gute Reise!! We miss you already !! The memories you make now will inspire you for the rest of your life. I know you’ll have fun and great adventures. You are a precious American resource… spreading goodwill and understanding wherever you go! Take care… be safe… and don’t break any bones!! ;-). Love, Cathy. XXOO

    • Thank you, Cathy! You must really love me as you don’t seem to hold me responsible for your broken arm πŸ™‚ I love you too and appreciate you are so interested in the blog – hopefully, when I overcome the fatigue brought on by just getting here, I’ll have something to say πŸ™‚

  8. Cathy says:

    Loved the paper horse on Bridge St.! Very festive and beautiful. It’s amazing you had the stamina for a city tour after such a LONG plane ride(s)! I’m so glad to hear you have great friends to help you out and GET YOU TO THE TRAIN ON TIME!! ;-). My plane from Newark today was also delayed due to a missing PILOT. I’m safe at home after my GLORIOUS three week Christmas visit with John and Grace. A beautiful Christmas in every way!! I miss you, John. You’re having another unforgettable adventure; one that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you! Lots of good wishes for a fabulous time! Cathy

  9. Margaret says:

    John, Great to have you as our personal “Globe Trekker.” Looking forward to sharing your adventure.

  10. Fran says:

    Wonderful blog! Almost like being there…without the jet lag and I don’t have to worry about eating street food…..

    Loved the video, which I just caught up with. When you get home, I am going to need lessons.

    Have a great trip!

    It’s warming up here….We are up to 12 degrees….

  11. Sam says:

    Glad you arrived well enough to go sightseeing already. Your photos are fascinating and remind me of AC but more upscale ;-). The meals sound delicious although I imagine I’d be too queasy to try them. Looking forward to the rest of your trip but your reports so far have exhausted me.