About this Blog
I’m constantly curious about Thai culture, and I spend a lot of time researching and writing about the things that intrigue me. So, instead of just keeping all this in a folder on my computer, I created this blog to share information about the things that I find interesting in Thailand, with the assumption that some other people will find them interesting too. I travel in Thailand a lot, often to off-the-beaten-path places, and I’m fascinated by ancient sites, Buddhist temple art, folktales, Thai and Isan food, and traditional handicrafts. I won’t be writing about beaches, bars, or banana pancakes. I must give some credit to my wife Gukgai and friend Aui who both provide assistance for some of these posts.
I’m Tim Bewer. Born and raised in Wisconsin in the USA, I first visited Thailand in 1997 during a six-nation Southeast Asia backpacking trip. I returned several times after that for work and pleasure before choosing to make Khon Kaen my home in 2007. I began post-university life as a legislative assistant, but quickly realized that I didn’t have the ego to succeed in the political world (or the stomach to work around those who did) and I began a freelance life of writing travel articles and guidebooks and selling stock photography. I have updated Lonely Planet’s best-selling Thailand guidebook since 2006, as well as covering many other destinations for them including Laos, Mexico, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and the USA. Travel is my primary passion and I have visited all of Thailand’s 77 provinces as well as over 80 countries, including all in Southeast Asia. Since 2012 my wife and I have run the Isan Explorer tour company, leading slow travel cultural tours exclusively in Northeast Thailand.