Thai-Lao Travel Magic Series

Thai-Lao Travel Magic

These books illustrate my travel adventures throughout Thailand and Laos to inspire your wanderlust. They combine on-the-road photography with a running narrative to recount the journey in a click-through visual storyline. They offer an insight into my zeal for international backpacking, from accepting exotic cultures and eating new dishes to overnight train rides and being comfortably lost.

Pro Tip: If you are planning a trip to SE Asia, I highly recommend touring Thailand by combining overnight trains and buses with day-rental motorcycles. The traffic in the capital of Bangkok is insane, but shorter day tours on a scooter in the countryside are a rewarding way to see the land of smiles. From mountain temples and sandy beaches to crowded markets and delicious food, Thailand has an exotic landscape and unique culture just waiting to be explored.

Thailand Travel Magic
Hiking Chiang Mai

Thailand Travel Magic: Hiking Chiang Mai

Are you dreaming about a trip to Thailand? Here’s your motivation to pack!

In this travel adventure story, we will be taking a night train from Bangkok up into the mountains of northern Thailand. From the historic city of Chiang Mai, we will follow the Monk’s Trail up Mount Doi Suthep to find an ancient Buddhist temple filled with mythological guardian sculptures and fluttering butterflies. We’ll continue uphill on the narrow jungle path until we reach the famous shrine at the summit with panoramic views.

Back in the Old City, we have dinner with some new friends, visit the night market, and get a relaxing foot massage. Extra side trips are offered, from visiting elephants to joining a monk chat and touring a world-class botanical garden. Join me on this journey of a lifetime to experience what adventurous travelers luck into when they step away from the typical tourist route while discovering the uniquely tropical Thai culture in the land of smiles.

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Extract: Following vague directions from a fellow traveler, I walked five klicks west from the city center to find the old Monk’s Trail up Mount Doi Suthep, used by monks before the modern paved road. As I trekked uphill along the narrow jungle trail, I noticed bands of orange fabric wrapped around the tree trunks to indicate the correct path at intersections. The fabric appeared to have some stitching, and it occurred to me that these were old cloth from a monk’s robe. They had been placed as signposts years ago as they were sun-bleached and weather-worn from age.

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Amazon Reviewer Wrote:
“I love how I feel like I’m really there. There is no covering up the distractions and difficulties. This leads to a realistic vision along with the benefits of the new experiences all around. I could almost smell the incense the monks had burning.” – Jeff

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“This book is a perfect fit for travel to Thailand. Highly recommend this book.” – Steven

“It was fun to read the travels from the viewpoint of a young traveler. The description of the train ride to Chiang Mai was fun and gives a flavor of what it might be like for a young tourist to immerse himself in a new culture without speaking the language. The descriptions of the hikes to the Temple and other areas, enhances the desire to visit this beautiful and friendly area.” – Janice

Thailand Travel Magic
Fasting Pai Canyon

Thailand Travel Magic: Fasting Pai Canyon

Are you seeking a paradise in exotic lands? Here’s your incentive to pack!

In this travel adventure story, we’re going farther up into the Thai mountains from Chiang Mai to discover the hidden paradise of Pai. We will be touring the valley on scooters to swim under jungle waterfalls and sip green tea while watching vivid rainbows over the canyon from Chinatown. We’ll encounter red-winged dragonflies at the natural hot springs, and be amazed by the colorful flowers and fluttering butterflies of Thailand.

Later, we’ll rumble down red dirt roads past verdant rice paddies to visit a massive Buddha statue with panoramic views. Along the way, you can follow my water fast to experience the rejuvenating effects. Join me on this journey of a lifetime to step away from the typical tourist route while gaining insight into the uniquely tropical Thai culture in the land of smiles.

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Extract: After wandering uphill along a series of switchbacks, I arrived at the famed Yun Lai viewpoint, greeted by an opulent vista across the valley with iridescent rainbows descending from distant rain clouds. The dropping air pressure brought down the ozone layer, filling my nose with the uniquely rich, earthy smell of petrichor, and I could feel a slight tingle of static electricity in the air. I got a pot of sweet jasmine tea for 20 baht ($0.8) and sat on the outer balcony to marvel at the impressive scenery over the Pai Canyon. It’s a sublime feeling to watch the rain without getting wet, and awe-inspiring to observe the rain clouds drift across the horizon with vivid rainbows bursting out from the everchanging cloud formations.

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Amazon Reviewer Wrote:
Very interesting book; learned a lot about Thailand. Loved the awesome pictures! Looking forward to the next Travel Magic book!” – Shirley

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Amazon Reviewers Wrote:
Traveling alone in a friendly country is not for everyone. I enjoyed the experience afforded by watching over David’s shoulder as he detailed his encounters with other travelers and still maintained his meditation and yoga practices. Lovely photos and descriptions kept my interest. I look forward to future adventures.” – Janice

“A fabulous read!” – Angie

Laos Travel Magic
Luang  Prabang

Laos Travel Magic: Luang Prabang

Are you daydreaming about Southeast Asia? Here’s your motivation to pack!

In this travel adventure story, we’re crossing into Laos and floating down the Mekong River to discover the ancient capital of Luang Prabang. This unique city has been a major trade hub for centuries, then remodeled as a French colonial outpost, and is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the break of dawn, orange-robed monks collect their daily alms of sticky rice from the locals, and every evening, the night market takes over the streets to offer local handicrafts and delicious food. Outside of town, we’ll climb up a 60-meter waterfall to peek over the edge, visit a rescue center for Asiatic Moon bears, and wander through a butterfly park. Join me on this journey of a lifetime to experience what curious travelers stumble upon when they step away from the tourist route while gaining insight into the Lao culture with a pinch of European charm.

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Extract: Luang Prabang is a sleepy town with a laid-back tropical vibe where dogs nap on the road and tuk-tuk drivers snooze in their hammocks. This ancient city was the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom during the 13th to 16th centuries and sits at the crossroads of commerce between the Nam Khang and Mekong Rivers. In the late 19th century, it was remodeled as a French colonial outpost, which left an indelible mark on the town’s architecture, cuisine, and culture. Now, it’s protected as a UNESCO site for its well-preserved French colonial architecture. The European infusion is undeniable as we wander past the white-washed stucco houses with wraparound balconies and steeply pitched roofs. Swiss chocolate shops sit next to quaint cafés while the distinctly delicious aroma of freshly baked bread fills the air.

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Amazon Reviewer Wrote:
“Scott has done it again! Taken us to an unparalleled journey of incredible sights few have been adventurous enough to attempt. His irrepressible joy and keen curiosity coupled with his athletic prowess leads us through worlds unimaginable to the armchair traveler, while also providing a guidebook for those irrepressible spirits and seekers like himself.” – Jeanella

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Amazon Reviewers Wrote:
Scott David’s travel books are always so enjoyable. No pretentiousness, instead a genuinely curious and adventurous traveller willing to drop the modern day ideals and explore. Beautiful photos, and entertaining commentary and observations. Highly recommend” – Carys

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Lighting The Path

I developed this site to inspire you to go explore this big blue marble and discover the transformative magic of personal empowerment. Guiding your wanderlust, there are regional maps of the world that illustrate some Magical Places among the multitude of tourist traps. 

To help you succeed, I created Travel Advice pages divided into:
1) Before You Go: Basics, Documents, and Medical;
2) What To Take: Luggage, Clothing, and Technology;
3) On The Road: Immersion, Philosophy, and Books.

Lighting the path, the Travel Magic eBook series shares my personal experiences and takes you away to exciting locations; joining me to go cycling across New Zealand and backpacking throughout Vietnam.

I sell these adventure stories as digital eBooks exclusively on Amazon.  Click on any book cover image to visit my Amazon Author Page.