Hugh first came to Thailand in 1969 as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and has visited many times since. Starting in 2001 he and his wife Pikun lived in Chiang Mai Thailand during the winter months and returned to their home in Seattle during the summer. Since 2007 they have lived in Thailand full time. Hugh writes a retirement column for Chiang Mai City Life magazine called “A Retiring Attitude”, hosts his own website, retire2thailand.com, and writes a column on Thai language for womenlearnthai.com called “Thai Language/Thai Culture”. He is also the author of the English language series Professional English for Thailand, Silkworm Press. When they have nothing else to do the Leongs have an endangered tortoise sanctuary, work in their garden, and travel when they can.