I went to the Maerim Elephant Sanctuary in March, 2017. I’m skeptical about so-called elephant sanctuaries in Thailand or any other part of the world. Usually, these places are not sanctuaries, but grounds for making profits from mistreated elephants. I chose the Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (not to be confused with Maerim Elephant Home) because it was recommended by the … [Read more...]
Asia Travel Blog
Welcome to Aperlust’s Asia travel blog. Here you’ll find tips and stories about Asia travel. This blog includes posts from Japan, Cambodia and Thailand.
Most of Asia is inexpensive to travel. Hopefully, this blog encourages you travel more of Asia.
I needed to go from Patong to Chiang Mai and was contemplating flying with AirAsia. Since I had a checked luggage in the form of a backpack, I would need to pay extra for it. In order to save some money, I decided to take the bus from Phuket to Chiang Mai. From what I researched, Green Bus Thailand is the only bus company that travels from Phuket to Chiang Mai directly. … [Read more...]
When I first arrived to Patong by way of an airport shuttle, I saw a female motorcyclist with a shirt that read, “Good men go to heaven. Bad men go to Patong.” The workers are trying to get you into their bars and strip clubs. You’ll see signs for discounted beers at 70 baht or two-for-one specials. Then there’s the heaps of strip clubs or commonly known as ping pong … [Read more...]
The Phuket airport transfer booths are readily visible as soon as you leave the international baggage claim area. The shuttles go from Phuket airport to Phuket Town, Patong, Karon and Kata. From what I noticed, the prices are pretty standard. Even the airport transfer booths outside the airport were showing the same prices. Mind you, I didn’t look at all the prices to … [Read more...]
Looking through Facebook travel albums, a certain photo opportunity gives me a disturbing sense of déjà vu. Tourist after tourist takes pictures beside a majestic tiger, docile due to drugs. The allure of posing beside an exotic animal outweighs issues of animal welfare for many travellers. Any tourist who loves and respects animals should avoid Thailand’s tiger temple. Here’s … [Read more...]