Eileen Thai

Eileen Thai

Eileen Thai is an adjunct ESL instructor at Chattanooga State Community College. She has traveled extensively up and down the U.S. East Coast and throughout the United States, Asia and some parts of Europe. She is fluent in English and in a couple of Chinese dialects. When not traveling or teaching, she writes for Yahoo! Contributor Network and on her blog (Mai Thai Wanderings).
In addition to teaching and writing, Eileen has 18 years of experience as a software engineer. She has a BS degree in Computer Science.

Eileen, who lives on a power boat with her husband, is also an accomplished nature photographer with an impressive portfolio of photographs covering a multitude of subjects and geographical diversity.
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  • Tips on International Travel From a Travel Agent
    Travel agents deal with so many companies on a daily basis that they have all the latest information on the many great deals that periodically come up. A travel agent can provide insight about the customs and culture and offer suggestions on tours.
  • A Guide to Nine Tax Deductions for Your Small Business
    We all love a tax deduction, whether reporting our taxes as an individual or a small business owner. A tax deduction lowers our taxes, leaving us with more cash in our pockets. But do it wisely.
  • A Guide to 3 Hiking Trails in the Chattanooga, TN Area
    The Chattanooga area abounds with outdoor sports and activities. Now that spring is here, it is time to lace up your hiking boots and get outside to do some hiking and get in touch with nature.
  • Panama Canal Cruise on the Norwegian Star: A Review
    The beauty of cruising. You do not have to lift a finger if you don’t want to. Here's a review of my recent Panama Canal Cruise on the Norwegian Star, the cruise line that specializes in freestyle cruising.
  • Dinner Party Secrets
    With sweltering temperatures sweeping across the nation this summer, we try our best to keep cool. When it comes to entertaining, the best way to beat the summer heat is to cook on the grill outside (so you don’t create heat inside the house).
  • 5 Fabulous Shopping Destinations Around the World
    Do you love to shop when you travel? Are you always on the lookout for the newest fashion or accessories? These five fabulous destinations will inspire you to jazz up your wardrobe or decorate your home with unique keepsakes.
  • Spring Weekend Getaway: Memphis, Tennessee
    Memphis kicks off spring with its signature festival "Memphis in May," a month long celebration that includes a music festival on Beale Street (May 3–5), a World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 16-18), and an evening with the Memphis Symphony O
  • St Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia
    If you’re seeking a little warmth and a brief respite from your neck of the woods, what better place to visit than Savannah, Georgia? The city may not be on your radar of top cities to visit, but it should be.
  • Top 5 Things to Do in Sarasota, Florida
    Sarasota is a lovely and friendly city with arts and culture, excellent beaches and fabulous shopping.
  • 5 Best Places to See Holiday Boat Parades
    Take a break from shopping to see a boat parade. The reflection of the illuminated boats, festooned with colorful holiday decorations, gliding on the water under a blanket of stars is simply magical.
  • A Travel Guide to the Florida Keys
    Some visitors come to the Florida Keys for the fabulous weather and the opportunity to soak up some sun. Others come for the fishing, diving and snorkeling. Whatever it is you are looking for, the Florida Keys have something for everyone.
  • Best 5 Easy Hiking Trails in the Chattanooga Area
    Whether you are an amateur or experienced hiker, you will enjoy an invigorating hike outdoors, especially in the fall. Chattanooga is a beautiful city to hike, and here are the best 5 easy hiking trails.
  • Cruising the Chesapeake Bay: Solomons Island, Maryland
    Every time we cruised north from Florida, we had gone only as far as the Chesapeake Bay. There was so much to explore along the Eastern Seaboard that by the time we got to the Chesapeake Bay, summer would be almost over.
  • Best Northeastern Fall Weekend Getaways
    Fall is a lovely time to travel. Whether you are seeking history, solitude, quiet beaches, or a scenic drive in the country, these three destinations in the northeast promise culture, relaxation, and the simple pleasures of fall.
  • Where to Eat in Tampa Bay, Florida
    Tampa Bay is very international and historically rich with multi-cultural traditions. It offers a plethora of fine restaurants that are bound to excite your palate. Be sure to pack your appetite when you come visit.
  • Top Five Favorite Beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast
    Whether you are coming to Tampa Bay for the RNC or a last minute summer vacation, make time to visit the gorgeous beaches in the area.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A Weekend Getaway
    The arts scene has exploded in St. Pete over the last several years. Is it any surprise that readers of American Style magazine voted St. Pete to be the No. 1 arts destination among mid-size cities two years in a row?
  • Yosemite National Park: Tips for First-Time Visitors
    The recent rock falling at Yosemite National Park resulted in the closing of 18 cabins at family-friendly Curry Village. Will this incident slow down the onslaught of tourists?
  • A Guide to Summer Events and Music Festivals in Chattanooga, TN
    Chattanooga is not only a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, but also for music fans. Come summer, the city rocks with outdoor concerts, festivals, and events, many of which are free. Here’s a guide to what’s happening in Chattanooga this summer.
  • Keukenhof Tulip Garden in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, do it in the spring and be sure to visit Keukenhof, the world's largest garden. You can easily spend an entire day exploring the magnificent gardens. The pictures in the video were taken on May 3, 2012
  • Spring Weekend Getaway: Philadelphia
    If you can’t do Paris this spring, try Philadelphia. From now to May 6, you can see France from the eyes of Van Gogh at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. The exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close” showcases 40 pieces of the brilliant artist’s masterpieces.
  • Spring Weekend Getaway: Washington, D.C.
    Mercury rising, dogwoods flowering, and daffodils bursting with colors all signal spring is here, and what better place to celebrate spring than in Washington, D.C.? The city is magnificent any time of year, but come spring, it is exceptionally beautiful.
  • Best 3 Snorkeling Sites in the Abacos, the Bahamas
    If you’re looking to chill out on some secluded beaches, do some snorkeling, and sip a cocktail or two, check out the Abacos in the northeastern Bahamas.
  • St Petersburg, Florida: A Weekend Getaway
    The arts scene has exploded in St Pete over the last several years. Is it any surprise that readers of American Style magazine voted St Pete to be the #1 Arts Destination among Mid-Size Cities two years in a row?
  • A Jazzy Christmas in New Orleans
    Experience New Orleans this holiday season! With the comfortable temperature, the festive décor and jazz musicians playing Christmas tunes, New Orleans really sparkles this time of year.
  • Christmas in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Looking for a special place to spend the holidays? Let New Orleans dazzle you with spectacular holiday lights and Christmas music at every corner. Eat, drink, and be merry.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Hiking Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, Tennessee
    The Chattanooga area abounds with mountains and hiking trails, and fall is a great time to explore the outdoors. Come explore Tennessee's beloved Fall Creek Falls State Park!
  • Top 3 Beaches in the Abacos, the Bahamas
    With Old Man Winter slipping in earlier than usual, now is the time to think about a winter getaway. Why not choose the Bahamas? Did you know that The Abacos has some of the most spectacular beaches in The Bahamas?
  • 3 Favorite Caribbean Ports of Call and Excursions
    When the winter doldrums get you down, go island hopping on an affordable Caribbean cruise. Come discover these 3 favorite Caribbean ports of call and excursions.
  • Best Southern U.S. Destinations for a Fall Getaway
    Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons, and perhaps the least expensive to travel. Most people flock to New England to see the fall foliage. But did you know that the South also has some stunning autumn colors?
  • Best Three Asian Destinations for the U.S. Dollar
    Even though the U.S. dollar has been hitting record lows against many currencies, it still goes a long way in Asia. Here are three Asian countries than you can get the most bang for your buck.
  • My Favorite 3 U.S. Cities for Foodies
    Thanks to Food Network and recently, food blogging, gastronomic tourism is becoming increasingly popular. Here are my favorite 3 U.S. cities for foodies looking for their next culinary destination.
  • An Unusual Day Trip from Hong Kong
    Contrary to popular belief, Macao is not just about casinos. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Macao was a Portuguese colony with over 500 years of history. Senado Square, the city center, is testimony to the Portuguese influence.
  • Best Summer Vacation Experience in Washington, D.C
    My best summer vacation was my trip to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2001. My husband and I cruised from Norfolk, Virginia to Washington, D.C. on our boat Mai Thai and spent the month of August at James Creek Marina.
  • Weekend Getaway to Boston for the Solo Traveler
    If you're traveling solo and looking for a city that is safe to walk around, has lots of history, and offers the best clam chowder, fried clams and lobster rolls - this is your guide. Welcome to Boston!
  • Best three campgrounds in the Tampa Bay area
    Tampa Bay has some excellent campgrounds and camping facilities; many are near pristine beaches and scenic rivers. Camping is fairly inexpensive, and gives you the opportunity to escape from civilization (at least for a few days).
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  • Summer Events and Festivals in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Starting in late May, Chattanooga rocks with local summer time events and festivals, from Nightfall to Riverbend and Riverfront Nights
  • Free Things to Do in the Spring in Washington, D.C
    Spring is in the air. A wonderful city to visit this time of year is Washington, D.C. Its greatest spring time celebration is the iconic Cherry Blossom Festival. Combine your trip with visits to world class Smithsonian museums.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.
    Spring is here! Washington D.C. welcomes the arrival of spring with the Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from Mar 26 to Apr 10. Take a leisurely walk around the Tidal Basin to see the magnificent blossoms from 3,000 flowering cherry trees.
  • Hiking in the Spring in Chattanooga, TN
    Take a Hike! Now is the best time to go hiking and see wildflowers and other spring time blooms
  • Romantic Getaways in Florida
    February is around the corner, and romance is in the air. Here are three exciting cities in Florida to consider for a romantic getaway.
  • Dirty Vodka Martini
    Shaken or stirred, this classic, turned contemporary, cocktail is perfect for Mardi Gras, whether you are celebrating at home or partying in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
  • More snow forecasted for the Northeast
    It's not even February, and already three winter storms had hit the northeast. Hard. Just 8 days ago, a winter storm dumped as much as 2 feet of wet snow to the Boston area, wreaking havoc on the morning commute. Tomorrow, another one is on the way.
  • St Pete in Pictures
    With the grand opening of the new Dali museum this week, St Pete just gained another landmark to its already vibrant arts scene. If you are looking for warm weather, beautiful beaches, and some arts and culture, come to St Pete, Florida!
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve on Marco Island, Florida
    Don't wish for a warm weather vacation. Just do it! Come to Marco Island, the perfect destination to soak up some sunshine and to usher in the New Year.
  • Holiday Boat Parade in Cape Coral, Florida
    We were anchored in Bimini Basin, Cape Coral, Florida one December, and found ourselves in the middle of a boat parade! How cool is that?
  • Travel Experiences: Cruising Cumberland Island, Georgia
    One of our favorite cruising destinations is the Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, near the Florida border. We were awed by the giant oak trees, beautiful dunes and the abundance of wildlife on the island.
  • 5 Financial Tips From a Teacher
    "It's not how much you make, it's how much you save." This saying is true for all professions, not just teachers. The key is to budget, plan, keep track of expenses, and manage your credit. Here are 5 financial tips I have learned over the years:
  • A Guide for Traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the Holidays
    Blessed with miles of gorgeous beaches and a comfortable winter climate (high 60s, mid 70s), Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to rest and relax on, before, or after any holiday.
  • Tom Yum Shrimp
    Tom Yum is a simple soup, packed with some flavorful spices in a chicken broth. You can use chicken or any kind of seafood. Turn it into a meal by adding rice or rice noodles.
  • Black Eye Peas Salsa
    Let the flavor of balsamic vinegar and black eye peas tantalize your taste buds. This unique appetizer is not only healthy and but also delicious and easy to make. Black Eye Peas Salsa is great for cocktail or holiday parties!
  • A Memorable Thanksgiving in Turkey
    I love Thanksgiving. Many a year, I've hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house. A newsletter with an offer I could not refuse had my husband and I spending one Thanksgiving holiday in Turkey.
  • Fall Foliage Hiking in the Southern States
    There is still time to see the fall colors in the south (Tennessee, N and S. Carolina, Georgia) as the foliage is just starting to approach its peak. A relaxing hike in a park is a wonderful way to take in nature's splendor.
  • Fall Festivals and Events in the South
    Fall has finally arrived in the south! The nice fall weather is great for hiking and leaf peeping. Many towns and cities in the south are gearing up for fall events and festivals. Here is list of things happening in the south:
  • Cruising the Chesapeake Bay: Baltimore, Maryland
    News of hurricane almost always take me back to my cruising days, when we were always looking for a safe place to hide. This particular summer, we were hiding in the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Travel Experiences: Banff National Park, Calgary, Canada
    Any season is a great time to visit Banff National Park! It is chock full of adrenaline-pumping adventure - hiking, biking, canoeing, skating, skiing, snowboarding, you name it.
  • Travel Experiences: Atlanta, Georgia
    Atlanta will surprise you with all that it has to offer. Come and experience it yourself!
  • Coolidge Park Tour in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Coolidge Park is a beautiful park along the TN River, a stone's throw from the TN Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga.
  • Free Things to Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Surrounded by mountains and the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga has a chock full of activities to offer you and your family. Read on for free fun things to do in Chattanooga
  • It is Better in the Bahamas
    The best way to discover the real Bahamas is to travel by boat. Go slow and savor everything the Bahamas has to offer - friendly people, excellent food (pig roast, Goombay Smash, conch fritters) and stunning beaches and scenery.
  • Travel Experiences: Cruising from Newport, Rhode Island to Solomons Island, Maryland
    Come along as we sail the East Coast from Rhode Island to Maryland aboard a 47-foot sailboat.
  • Travel Experiences: Celebrating the Fourth of July in Boston
    For a memorable Fourth of July Celebration, come to Boston to revel in the festivities with a free Boston Pops concert at the Esplanade, followed by spectacular fireworks.
  • Top Five Favorite Beaches on Florida's Gulf Coast
    Some beaches in Pensacola and Panama City are unfortunately tainted with oil from BP's disastrous oil spill. Further south along the Florida Gulf Coast, beaches are still pristine and open for business, so come on down and have fun on the beach.
  • A Local's Guide to New York City, New York
    New York City is an amazing destination that one should visit at least once in his or her lifetime. No other place exudes a more energizing vibe.
  • Travel Destination: Anna Maria Island, Florida
    Old Florida charm, sugar white sand beaches and stunning sunsets. Welcome to Anna Maria Island, the best kept secret on Florida's Gulf Coast.
  • Was Market Sell-off Caused by Greece or Glitch?
    The Dow plunges nearly 1,000 points in the late afternoon trading only to bounce back 500 points mere minutes later. In such volatile times, what is an investor to do?
  • Top Five Favorite Things to Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Located in southeastern Tennessee, Chattanooga has so much to offer. Check out these top 5 attractions in Chattanooga!
  • Travel Experiences: Paris, France
    If you haven't been to Paris, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and go make some unforgettable experience in this romantic city!
  • Top Five State Parks in Florida
    Florida is a state with an excellent park system. Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Gulf of Mexico on the other, Florida is blessed with miles of coastlines. You can find some of the best beaches in these state parks. Here are the top 5
  • Top 3 Bars in Nashville, Tennessee
    When it comes to live entertainment, there is no place like Nashville. The downtown is dotted with bars, clubs and restaurants, most of them with live music and entertainment. Check out these top 3 bars in Nashville
  • Top 3 Best Portable External Hard Drives
    Easy to use and reasonably-priced portable external hard drive is an excellent device to backup your precious data, photos, music, videos and movies.
  • Top 3 Weekend Escapes
    Looking for a weekend getaway? Here are three ideas to consider.
  • Travel Experiences: Cruising Jekyll Island, Georgia
    Cruising up and down the U.S. East Coast has been an unforgettable experience. Here we reminisce about one of our favorite cruising destinations - Jekyll Island, Georgia.
  • 10 Fun Non-Tourist Sites to See in Miami, Florida
    People flock to Miami for the weather and the beautiful beaches. If you are visiting Miami and looking for some non-touristy things to do, here are some ideas.
  • Best Family Beaches in the U.S.
    For many families, the height of summer vacation is a fabulous trip to the beach. From north to south, east to west, the U.S. is blessed with wonderful beaches. Here is a list of some excellent kid-friendly beaches in the U.S.
  • Waterfall Guide to Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park
    Spring is the best time to see some awesome waterfalls. Melting snow gushing down rocky mountains creates majestic waterfalls and cascades so beautiful they beckon visitors to come take a look.
  • Top 5 Things to Do in Sarasota, Florida
    Sarasota - a big city with a small town-atmosphere, where arts and culture meet the sea
  • St Patricks Day Parade in Savannah, Georgia
    Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia! It is Savannah's largest annual celebration, and the second largest St Patrick's Day event in the United Sates. Here are some images taken over the years.
  • Vacation Guide 2010: The Florida Keys
    Whether you are looking for some sun, fishing or wildlife, the Florida Keys have something for everyone. Here are some travel tips for some of the most popular activities in the Keys.
  • Travel Experiences: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia
    If you are looking for a fun place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, come to Savannah, Georgia. St. Patrick's Day is Savannah's largest annual celebration, and the second largest St. Patrick's Day event in the United Sates.
  • Some of the Best Places to Visit in London
    Steeped in culture and tradition, London is a sprawling metropolis with lots of things to do. Here is a guide to help you choose the best places to visit while in London.
  • Travel Destinations: Thailand
    The air in Bangkok, Thailand's capital is polluted for sure, but nevertheless the city will dazzle you with its glittering temples, magnificent palaces, fiesta-like markets and a kaleidoscope of tastes.
  • How to Avoid Gaining Weight While on a Cruise
    Cruise ships are notorious for their fantastic all-you-can-eat buffets and 5-course meals. Here are some tips on how to avoid gaining weight while on one.
  • Food Art and Presentation on a Carnival Cruise
    Imagine being pampered with fabulous food like these every day for a week. No kidding! These are pictures of some of the food served on a Carnival cruise.
  • Chinese New Year
    Chinese New Year celebrations in Philadelphia and in Malaysia.
  • The Best Day Trips Outside of Jacksonville, Florida
    Located on the St. John's River in northeast Florida, Jacksonville is an interesting city with much to offer. If you are looking for best day trips outside of Jacksonville, here are some destinations, all less than an hour's drive away.
  • How to Throw a Chinese New Year Party
    Suffering from the winter blues? Spice up your life with a party! Celebrate Chinese New Year on Valentine's Day.
  • A Review of the Best Atlanta BBQ Restaurants
    Whatever BBQ style you are looking for, Atlanta's got it. Here are some of Atlanta's best barbecue restaurants.
  • Top 5 Romantic Restaurants in Boston
    View the list for the top 5 romantic restaurants in the Boston area for a memorable dining experience.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Restaurants in Boston
    Looking for a great restaurant to impress your Valentine? Here is a list of some great Boston restaurants.
  • Dancing the Electric Slide Aboard Carnival Cruise
    The Electric Side dance on a cruise ship.
  • Top 5 2010 Valentine's Day Vacation Deals
    Amazing deals on vacation packages for your Valentine's Day getaway
  • Best Five Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Boyfriend
    February is around the corner. You can feel the love in the air (and in the shops.) Here are the top 5 Valentine's Day Gifts ideas for your boyfriend.
  • Christmas Lights in Nashville, Tennessee
    Christmas lights at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Nearly 2 million Christmas lights will dazzle you this holiday season.
  • Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee
    Travel + Leisure Magazine name Opryland Resort one of the top ten places to spend Christmas in the world. Come and join in the holiday cheer and fun as the hotel celebrate its annual "A country christmas" with over 2 millions lights!
  • A Culinary Tour of Tokyo, Japan
    Tokyo was named culinary capital of the world by Michelin Guide in November 2008 when it awarded the city with a total of 227 stars, more than New York City, Paris and London. Come and discover what Tokyo has to offer!
  • Best Northeastern Fall Weekend Getaways
    What is fall without a road trip to see the beautiful fall colors? Take a drive to the northeast to see what mother nature has bestowed upon us this special time of year.
  • Boston: The Best College Town in the U.S.
    Boston is the best college town in the U.S. Every fall, hundreds of thousands of students come here to attend one of the 80 colleges.
  • Top 5 Spa Vacations in Europe
    Looking to de-stress and rejuvenate? A spa vacation is just what the doctor ordered. Here are the top five spa vacations in Europe that will recharge your batteries.
  • Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes
    It is that time of the year again - holidays and get-togethers. Here are some simple cocktail recipes that your guests can mix so you can focus on the important stuff, like the turkey at Thanksgiving.
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