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 who had provided assistance for many 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.