A non-binary Thai journalist, Chayanit “Milk” Itthipongmaetee covers anything that represents Bangkok – from street protests and gender issues to weed and a wrecked liver’s worth of bars. They were born in Bangkok, grew up in Prachinburi, and found a second home in Oregon, where they exchanged for a year. Milk currently is a full-time reporter and freelance translator residing in Bangkok, often described by their colleagues to be a “noisy typer.” Milk is a lover of mountains, concerts, and anything sea salt and caramel. They accepted their fate to be living with carpal tunnel syndrome, and since then they cannot live without an ergonomic mouse and a monthly Thai massage.

What does a journey mean to you?
A journey is a growth process that happens when you keep one foot in front of the another. In each step, you focus on the now and make the most of it, sense your surroundings and appreciate what’s along the way. You will eventually learn to embrace change, thrive, and find your own rhythm – a path that’s uniquely yours.

Which country or location most inspires you?
So far, it’s Georgia (not the U.S. state, but the country). The country is an under-the-radar destination that I recommend anyone to visit in a lifetime. It’s a perfect blend of rich history, unique culture, and stunning natural landscapes – so much to offer for everyone. I was so fascinated by the Georgian language that I learned how to write, read, and speak some phrases before the trip, which really paid off. Don’t forget to try the Georgian wine, either – the country really lives up to its nickname “the birthplace of wine” with many to discover, and they come in bottles as cheap as 3 USD.

Where would you go back to and why?
I will go back to Georgia for more hiking routes and tasty wines

Top insider tip for Bangkok?
When it comes to Bangkok streets, trust your motorbike taxi instead of Google Maps.

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