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Gianna Aleman’s Thailand 2014

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
The depth of things to explore in Chiang Mai were beyond what I was able to do within 6 weeks. Hardly venturing out of the 4 walls of the inner city, I road via motor bike just one hour on the outskirts to the most beautiful hidden cove where a...
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Ban Pong, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand
I really wanted to ride an elephant. Decades ago while reading a travel magazine I was mesmerized by a close-up picture of smiling tourists riding an elephant up to the Amber Fort. That was what I wanted to do, ride on top of an elephant. Walking...
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1 ถนน หน้าพระลาน แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace, which rests elegantly in the middle of the city on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. From the outside walls to the inside decor, the palace is positively dripping with vibrant...
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2 ถนน สนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
One of the largest wats in Bangkok and home to over 1,000 images of the Buddha, Wat Pho is most famous for this sculpture of a giant reclining Buddha. He's 46 meters long with feet inscribed with mother-of-pearl mosaics and a body covered in gold...
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Koh Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi, อำเภอเมืองกระบี่ กระบี่ 81000, Thailand
Maya Bay is no real secret - Leonardo DiCarprio's The Beach took care of that - but it is still one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The old Thai longboats that settle in on the beach help add to the atmosphere too. As far as pure...
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Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand
Soi 11 in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok is filled to the brim with street food vendors. But I can say with a little bit of certainty that this lady serves up the tastiest soup in the neighborhood.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of my most favourite travel experiences so far was the Loi Krathong festival in Thailand - and Chiang Mai is one of the best places to visit for this as they really go all out! It is held every year at full moon in the 12th month of the Thai...
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Thanon Khao San, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Busy day and night, Khao San Road is a backpacker haven with a down-and-dirty image. But it has evolved into a bustling market and nightlife destination for trendy residents and travelers. By day, you’ll find it great for all things...
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158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600, Thailand
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok's Yai district. It is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is one of the best known Thai landmarks. The mosaics which cover the temple create a pearly sheen during...
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Sukhothai, Thailand
Cows grazing by a small, ancient stupa surrounded with intricately carved elephants.
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Road Tambon Su Thep, Chiang Mai Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
On every trip, I try to ride my motorbike up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a beautiful temple on the top of the mountain just outside of town. The view of the Chiang Mai valley is breathtaking on a clear day. I go to the shrine in the back of the...
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Khlong Toei, Bangkok, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
The old Chinese market, its shop houses painted in bright colors, is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful and fun. As you wander, let your eyes search for crowded noodle stalls, try the famous sweets, or browse stands selling fresh vegetables and...
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand
For about $13 you can jump on a long-tail boat leaving from the main beach of Phi Phi Don and spend the afternoon island hopping. There are multiple tour companies, most offering a visit to Monkey Island, Viking Caves, Pileh Bay, and Maya Island...
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503 Thanon Samsen, Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
The place to go for curries—with lotus shoots or with crabmeat—Krua Apsorn is a favorite restaurant for me and for some members of the royal family. The decor is not very exciting, but the food is. Thanon Samsen, near the corner of Soi Samsen 9...
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1 Melrose St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
As you walk into the Melrose Arch hotel, turn left towards the Giant bucket where you'll find the March Restaurant and an equally giant buffet breakfast spread! Accompanied by a fantastic cappuccino (rumours are it's one of the best in town), the...
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135 West St, Sandown, Sandton, 2146, South Africa
Conveniently located at Mandela Square, and also a stone's throw from the Gautrain, the hotel offers amazing views and has easy access to many stores located in the mall next door. The renaissance styled architecture catches your eye from the...
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Alice Ln & Fifth Street, Sandhurst, Sandton, 2031, South Africa
Winner of multiple World Travel Awards in the Best Business Hotel category, the Sandton Sun hotel offers easy access to shops and restaurants in Sandton City Mall as well as easy access to the Gautrain. The 5 star hotel has luxurious amenities on...
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Chris Hani Rd, Klipspruit 318-Iq, Johannesburg, 1809, South Africa
100m up, where the wind catches your hair and you suddenly get this uneasy feeling at the bottom of your stomach... this is where you'll get one of the craziest views out over Soweto and Johannesburg. A few deep breaths and a couple of safety...
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Soweto, South Africa
Located across from Sakhumzi Restaurant and adjacent to Thali's Snack Bar I encountered wall art that captures the spirit of the people of Soweto and all of the once segregated townships. Walk up the street and you'll encounter vendors, dancers...
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Yale Road &, Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
The Origins Centre, located in Johannesburg's historically and culturally significant University of the Witwatersrand, houses displays and artworks showcasing the origins of humans. Full of interactive displays and assisted with guided or...
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R512 Pelindaba Rd, Hartbeespoort, Broederstroom, 0240, South Africa
The lion cub was licking my hand as if he were a puppy!
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Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -Nelson Mandela, June 1999 Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum is a powerful and extensive museum documenting the rise and...
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264 Fox St & Berea Road, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
When in Jo'burg definitely come to Arts on Main, a hub for the city's creative community to come together and share ideas, beverages, and each other's company. Every Sunday from 10am-3pm they hold a market where you can buy everything from ice...
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11 Kotze St, Johannesburg, 2017, South Africa
The court is housed in a beautiful building atop Constitution Hill. Outside is the old jail, the new Flame of Democracy, and the even newer bust of Ghandi (he was jailed here 4 times). Inside, the art is incredible. Worth the trip just for it.
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8287 Khumalo Rd, Orlando West, Johannesburg, 1804, South Africa
Make sure you don't rush when you visit the museum and its nearby memorial. Both are dedicated to the students' struggle against Apartheid. The museum is well designed, and although it isn't huge, there's a lot of information to take in. The...
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73 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
This semi-outdoor market on Juta Street in Joburg's Braamfontein neighbourhood is fun fun fun. Eat oysters from Namibia, drink craft beer from South Africa, and devour paella, gelato, cheeses, chocolate...a food lover's paradise! Open on...
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Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Parktonian All-Suite, 120 De Korte St, Wanderers View Estate, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Recently launched in Johannesburg, City Sightseeing tours has done a fantastic job of getting locals & tourists alike to the definitive parts of central Johannesburg, helping them learn more about the city where gold has had such a huge influence....
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University Corner, Jorissen St & Bertha St, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
An amazingly curated museum, the Wits Art Museum, fondly referred to as WAM, hosts a stunning collection of contemporary and traditional African art. It's located in a bright and airy space and feels relatively undiscovered. My favorite piece was...
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70 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Breakfasts are little godsends after a big night out, and Post at 70 Juta Street in Braamfontein is just the place to revitalise after a big night out and before working on your weekend party habits again. The Big Bomber is a drink combination of...