About Thailand Awaits

Hi, we are Paula and Charles, two Thailand loving Aussies who hope to call Thailand home one day soon.

Paula and Charles in Bangkok 2023

Thailand Awaits was born from the idea of helping visitors to Thailand to discover what makes us love this country so much. We aim to help people discover the beauty that can be found beyond the most popular spots and connect with the Thai culture and the people.

We wanted to create easy to follow travel planning articles that gave quality content, clear and easy to follow writing, and up-to-the-minute local information to help our readers gain the confidence to explore beyond the resorts and malls the country is famous for.

We encourage people to explore independently, use public transport, eat local food, discover wonderful small hotels and restaurants and think consciously about their footprint while exploring.

Thailand Awaits is a part of the Expert Travel Media Group, founded by writer and publisher Paula Morgan and her partner Charles Akkary.

We love Thailand and have been visiting for over 20 years! We visit several times a year staying for a few months at a time. Supporting us is a small team of journalists and writers who call Thailand their home, so you can be sure you are getting up-to-date information about what’s happening in this diverse country.

On Thailand Awaits you can

  • Get inspiration – discover alternative places to explore
  • Plan an unforgettable trip
  • Design the perfect itinerary
  • Book with confidence with operators and properties we have used
  • Travel safely

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Meet some of our local experts

Stephen Christopher

Stephen, who was a travel agent in Australia, left home in 2016 with a one-way ticket to Thailand and hasn’t been back since. Seven years later, he’s “living the ex-pat dream”, married and settled down; he and his partner travel across Thailand competing in half-marathon running events and sampling coffee at cafes.
Stephen is our Central Thailand expert covering Bangkok, Hua Hin and more.

Stephen Christopher Bangkok

Richard Reardon

Richard (Rich) is a freelance writer and scuba diving instructor from England and now lives in Southern Thailand. “I have spent the last twenty years travelling and working throughout South East Asia. For around half of that time, I’ve been based in Thailand. Thailand stole my heart, and I hope my writing will encourage you to find out why!”
Richard is our Southern Thailand expert.

Brian Hammel

Brian Hammel, originally from the suburbs of Boston now lives and works abroad, adventuring, discovering, and writing. He has been based in Chiang Mai for 4 years and loves nothing more than jumping on his bike and exploring the less-known spots in Northern Thailand. On a day off work, you will usually find Brian jumping into waterfalls or finding a mountain to tackle.
Brian is our Northern Thailand expert

Brian Hamel Thailand Awaits writer