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Chao Phraya River, Thailand
In my opinion the heart of Bangkok is the mighty Chao Phraya River. The first time I visited I stayed at a hotel on the banks of the river and I got to know the area well through daily riverboat rides. Even though Bangkok can be chaotic, there’s a...
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2 Sanam Chai Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 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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214 Tambon Ao Nang, อำเภอ เมือง Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
Located on the southern coast of Thailand not far from Krabi, the Rayavadee resort is set amid pristine wilderness. A marine national park sits offshore while cliffs surrounding the property mean it is only accessible from the sea—you’ll be picked...
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Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
After eating amazing dish after amazing dish, I knew I wanted to leave Thailand knowing how to bring some of the flavors I'd experienced into my own kitchen. Silom Thai Cooking School was the perfect place to do that. Gung, our teacher, was...
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Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Gilded Royal barges, monitor lizards, and riverside communities—all can be seen in Bangkok along the city’s endless canals. The best areas to visit are on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi—an area still criss-crossed by...
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Ko Kret, Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand
Koh Kret is a small island just outside of Bangkok located in the Chao Phraya River. A taxi (about an hour from Silom) will take you to the boat where it is literally a 2 minute boat ride across the river. Koh Kret is a community of Mon people and...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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36-38 ซ.ประตูนกยูง ถ. มหาราช แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Whether you are wowing (or attempting to wow) a date or with a partner, Bangkok boasts several idyllic venues to tug the heartstrings. Rooftop venues such as Sirocco at Lebua Hotel and Vertigo at the Banyan Tree are always good bets for a stirring...
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Bang Kobua, Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan 10130, Thailand
To first-timers, the idea of negotiating the heat, congestion, and frequently homicidal motorists of Bangkok by bike may seem foolhardy. However, the city’s pancake-flat topography and multitude of quiet, traffic-free sois (side streets) make...
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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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Bangkok, Thailand
Jae Fai is a legendary street restaurant in Bangkok. Though more expensive than typical street food, it's worth every penny. Jae Fai is still definitely no-frills and only accepts payment in cash. Ms. Fai or Mom, who is ageless, still cooks every...
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Soi Rambuttri, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Rambuttri is Khao San's more attractive, well behaved sister. The entire horse-shoe-shaped road takes about 30 minutes to walk along. This street has a great mix of guesthouses, restaurants, bars and street food stalls. Most of the shops are...
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Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10900, Thailand
The mother of unique Bangkok retail experiences is undoubtedly Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thailand’s largest outdoor bazaar. Known as Jatujak or simply JJ, it has 15,000 stalls spread over 35 acres and sells almost everything under...
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Located in a former shipyard that is easily accessed by The Siam boat to the Pra Athit Pier, Sheepshank Public House's solid menu of rustic, farm-to-table food. Notable menu items include a rack of lamb with caramelized persimmons, brown-butter...
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41/5 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khwaeng Khlong San, Khet Khlong San, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Located at the Klong San Pier in a compound of converted old warehouse belonging to celebrity Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag, this rustic and cozy, airy dining room is a sophisticated space to enjoy well prepared and beautifully presented classic...
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60/1 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
Or Tor Kor market, on Kamphaengphet Road, has the most beguiling array of fruit: custard apples, jackfruit, mangoes, and lychees. Thais believe desserts are the pinnacle of their cuisine, and the stalls here are a testament to this faith. Durian...
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Wat Sam Phraya, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Thewet is known for its bustling vegetable market, however few tourists ever venture deep within the wet market buttressing the river. This is a great place to sample local foods and stock up on hard-to-find ingredients. Plan on doing a bit of...
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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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233 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Thai cuisine, with its balance of three to four fundamental taste senses, may be complex but that doesn’t make it difficult to pick up the basics. Bangkok has a plethora of cooking schools, some of which are attached to renowned Thai restaurants...
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Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
I was told by my friend who has lived in Bangkok for more than 5 years that this is perhaps the largest wet market in the city. A very active location with a large, devoted flock—chefs, housewives, husbands-in-tow, and even tourists. A must-visit...
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Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
In the days when Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East many people got around by boat and plentiful trade was done on the water. Though many of the canals have been filled in to make way for roads, the age-old process of buying and selling...
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2/88 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Bangkok's wet markets and independent groceries are more authentic, but for convenience and quality the Gourmet Market chain is hard to beat. They stock a full selection of Thai products, as well as items from all corners of the globe.
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หมู่ 9 Tambon Damnoen Saduak, Amphoe Damnoen Saduak, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
Definitely a market for tourists! That said, definitely go, anyway. The food is fantastic!!! I booked a private tour....it was like having a big sister show me around. We stopped for roasted coconuts along the road on the way.
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14, 29 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Sukhumvit Road is one of the busiest, most central, and most internationally oriented thoroughfares in Bangkok, so it’s a dream to find this colonial boutique oasis right in the heart of it all. The Cabochon's elegant façade is the...
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61 Phuket Rd, ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ อำเภอ เมืองภูเก็ต Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
This popular café is lovingly decorated in a seemingly random collection of vintage furnishings and is justly famous for its "Phuket Kopi," a rich and creamy serving of concentrated milk and coffee that, when served iced, makes for a welcome...
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206-206-1, Karon Road, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Muang, Phuket, 83100, ตำบล กะรน อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต 83100, Thailand
Situated right by the beach, Green Chilli Thai Restaurant is a great casual spot to stop at for a quick—and cheap—bite. Favorite dishes include the green curries, spicy tom yum talay soup, and tom kha gai chicken soup with coconut milk and ginger....
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21/4 Moo 1 T.Rasada A.Muang, Rasada, Phuket, TH-83 83000, Thailand
A tranquil resort on tropical Siray Island in Phuket boasting breathtaking ocean views from every room and a calm, secluded beach.
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1/18, 1/20 Moo 6 T.Kamala Kathu Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Located in a secluded valley on the west side of Phuket, Thailand, the Naka is the ultimate tropical hideout. All 94 villas have private pools. From $640.
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19/27 Moo 6, Soi Wasana, road T. Rawai, A. Mueang, ถนน วิเศษ ตำบล ราไวย์ Phuket, ภูเก็ต 83130, Thailand
Off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, in the Andaman Sea, a string of small islands plays host to a series of spectacular sea caves. Your guide will assist you, navigating your kayak between towering stone walls through a maze of narrow rock...
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62/5 Bangkok Rd, ตำบล ตลาดเหนือ Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Our driver Khun Kob brought us to this place, and we really appreciated his recommendation! It was a delightful restaurant tucked away somewhere near Phuket town. From the minute we set our sights on the overgrowth of vegetation at the entrance,...
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42 Krabi, อำเภอเมือง Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
My personal favorite destination on Phuket Island for spending a few good hours having good food and a decent walkabout is Old Phuket Town. It's not unlike other Straits Settlements, like Penang and Malacca, and is not always on mainstream tourist...
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Thanon Bangla, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Strolling down Bangla Road is almost a rite of passage for visitors to Patong on Phuket Island. Never mind if you don't drink or fancy the garish shows and the like. It's still interesting to take in the parade of characters that comes to this...
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90/10 บ้านแหลม หิน หมู่ 7 ถนน เทพ กษัตรีย์ อำเภอ เมือง ภูเก็ต Thepkrasattri Rd ตำบล เกาะแก้ว Tambon Ko Kaeo, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
We found a few amazing seafood restaurants in Phuket, but Laem Hin was by far the best. Tasty, authentic, and cheap!
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Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Sunset in Phuket is a beautiful blend of the colors yellow, pink, blue and purple. THe waves are perfect and the only view better than on the beach is a night swim in the ocean.
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Phuket, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Our elephants name was Patong and climbing on top of these enormous glorious creatures is an experience not to be missed.
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20 Prachanukroh Rd., Phuket, ตำบลป่าตอง อำเภอ กะทู้ ภูเก็ต 83150, Thailand
There is nothing better than a fresh pina colada in carved coconut. The bartender on Coconut island brings them to you while your on the beach all day long!
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70 หมู่ที่ 6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Rd, Tambon Chalong, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83130, Thailand
Wat Chaithararam—commonly known as Wat Chalong—is a stunning temple area on Phuket. There's little known about the Wat's original building: It's at least a couple of hundred years old and was apparently relocated at one point. The temple has also...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Town was once a major trading hub that made much of its money from tin mining. Take a stroll through the historic part of the town along Thalang, Dibuk, and Krabi roads. The beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture reflects the Hokkien...
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Ratsada, Mueang Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Koh Sirey is less frequently touristed than much of Phuket. It’s technically an island, yet it’s so close to the mainland, separated only by a narrow channel with mangroves. For authentic Thai culture, visit the friendly sea gypsies there, called...
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Thanon Talang, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
It took the owners nearly three years to restore this old Chinese shophouse to its former glory, and it was well worth the wait. Originally built in Phuket Town’s commercial heyday when Chinese laborers migrated to Phuket for tin mining, the...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tucked away on Soi Romanee you’ll find Glasnost, an intimate joint filled with jazz-themed artwork and antiques. If you’re feeling musically inclined, sit down at the drum set or piano, or pick up a guitar—the instruments are regularly used in the...
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26 Takuapa Rd, ตำบล ตะกั่วป่า Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Ka Jok See means “stained glass window” in Thai, and this place is as colorful as its namesake. Eccentric photos and local art line the walls, and as evening progresses, this internationally acclaimed joint turns from candlelit restaurant to...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
If you’re looking for an alternative to your morning cuppa Joe, look no further than this organically focused juice bar. Whether you’re after passion fruit, lemongrass, or pineapple, Juice Raw has an appetizing menu of fruit juice and veggie...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Town’s biggest and most boisterous weekend market takes place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Shoppers will find plenty of items to browse, from fresh local fish and produce, to clothes, accessories, electronics, and DVDs....
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Thanon Dibuk, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Similar to indie markets in the U.S., Phuket’s Indy Market is where the hip kids can hang out, sell handmade clothes and crafts, and see some live music. On Limelight Avenue off of Dibuk Road, the market is only open Thursdays and Fridays from...
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For the adventurous or even faint-hearted, sunset at Pai Canyon can be taken in from various points along the terracotta canyon bridge -- or simply enjoyed from the safety of the main overlook.
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90/2 Moo1 BaanMaeYen, MaeHee, Pai, Mae Hong Son 58130, Thailand
I stayed at The Countryside Pai hotel, great cheap bungalows to stay at. All the rooms have stairs that go to a deck on the roof. A great way to chill at night and look at the stars while drinking a beer or see the sunrise & read a book. (see link...
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Pai District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Wandering around Pai in Thailand I found it best not to plan out a place to stay ahead of time. Stopping inn to inn searching for an open room I found a little hut with an amazing view and a mattress on the floor with a couple of hammocks that I...
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ถนน ราษฎร์ ดำรง เยื้อง ที่ว่าการ อำเภอ ใกล้ 4 แยก ไฟ แดง กาด แลง เทศบาล ปาย ต เวียง ใต้ อ ปาย, ปาย อำเภอ ปาย แม่ฮ่องสอน 58130, Thailand
Everyone knows and loves mango sticky rice (khao niaow ma muang), Thailand's ubiquitous dessert. A great way to sample a variety of others is to step off the tourist path and head to a local market. Displayed in rows, neatly-tied bags of brightly...
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Pai District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
North West of Chang Mai is beautiful little Pai, Mind you i was here 4 years ago and i went on the OFF SEASON(Beginning of March) with little to no annoying western trashy tourist to keep me from enjoying the quiet nature. A small cool hip artist...
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Tham Lot, Pang Mapha District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
After your guide takes you in to the caverns of Nam Lod Cave, you will feel a sense of awe...like you were welcomed to "the garden of eden". This 1-hour or so cave trek involves a bamboo boat ride, walking on sometimes slippery terrain and...
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352/22 ถนนเจริญราษฎร์ ตำบล วัดเกตุ เมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand
The owners claim that this 70-plus-year-old restaurant burns through 60 pounds of noodles a day. The khao soi is indeed that good. Richer than most, the broth is particularly full-flavored thanks to a generous amount of curry paste. It’s so good,...
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If you can get beyond perching on a tiny plastic stool at this mess of a restaurant—raw aluminum roof, piles of dirty plates, and an ancient radio—you’ll eat well here. The broth has just a little coconut cream and is spicier and more sour than...
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Thailand, ตำบล ช้างม่อย อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand
Ricker’s favorite in the city, the spartan Khao Soi Prince offers a subtly spiced bowl blessed only at the last minute with coconut cream. Bonus points for the housemade noodles and tender beef shin. 105-109 Thanon Kaew Nawarat, 66/(0) 53-242-446...
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135 Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Truly a hidden treasure, this Wat has incredibly unique structure an setting. It was originally a forest retreat for King Mengrai and built in the 1200s. I had a very difficult time photographing this, as I am a opposed to a flash. However, after...
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209/2 Sridom Chai Road, ตำบล กื้ดช้าง อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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59/1 Moon Muang Soi 6, Tambon Sri Phum, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand
Living in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thailand I would often end my nights with khanom krok – miniature coconut pancakes. I parked my bike next to the south gate of the old city and bought trays of pancakes from a little old woman who...
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Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
For anyone that enjoys the journey as well as the destination then whilst there is nothing fantastically remarkable about Wat Doi Suthep the 15km ride up the mountain really puts the cherry on the cake, a stunning piece of tarmac which snakes its...
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Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
There I was, minding my own business, wandering the ferret warrens of Chiang Mai, when boom - I find myself smack dab in the middle of Northern Thailand's largest tourist market. It wasn't all bad, though, despite the fact I had told myself I...
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30 Moon Muang Rd Soi 9, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai is one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations. In fact, during the busy season, it feels like one of the most visited places in all of South East Asia—yet visitors generally stick to the main attractions, the busy routes,...
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90/3 Sridonchai Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
If you know me at all you know that I'm not much of a backpacker. Don't get me wrong - I love hiking, camping, trekking, and the outdoors more than most people. What I don't dig is sitting around ramshackle guesthouses with 20-something tourists...
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Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
I've been to Thailand half a dozen times over the last four years, but until November I had never visited during the Lantern Festival. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be quite as amazing as it actually was - Chiang Mai was transformed for a...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Every year, on the evening of the full moon of the 12th lunar month, thousands of paper lanterns are launched into the skies above Chiang Mai. At temples all across the city, monks help tourists and residents alike light their lanterns and send...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai has around 300 wats, or temples, in and around the city, some of them dating back 700 years. Each is seemingly more ornate than the last and you could spend hours exploring the details and observing the monks that reside there in their...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
I'll just go ahead and say it. This is on my "Top Five Best Experiences" list. There's too much to describe what happened to us in two days, so here's the gist: - Tourist police - Waterfalls - Hot Springs - Geysers - Strenuous hikes - Incredible...