We’ve all done it – bought the souvenir from abroad, which once opened at home, results in thoughts like “what the hell was I thinking?”

Beer tuk tuk

For me, nothing came remotely close to topping the Thai tuk-tuk carefully crafted out of a Singha beer can. I’m going to attempt to dissect, for your amusement, how I could end up buying such a souvenir, and massively overpaying for it to boot.

Bangkok’s Khao San Road is filled to the brim with souvenir stalls.  It is impossible to see every t-shirt design, let alone every form of cheap souvenir on offer, regardless of how many times you visit.  After several months of island-hopping in the south, I returned to the capital with the company of two new Canadian girl friends, Josie and Catherine.  It was their first time in the city, and like most women, they loved to shop!

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  • David Lee

    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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