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Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand June 29th 2014

After Spicy Villa, we didn't get back to Chiang Mai until the late afternoon. Samart wanted us to teach him how to make pizza before we left (random...)! He had some sort of flour that just had a picture of a pizza on it, but it definitely was only flour, and I don't think it was really any sort of special pizza dough flour... He also didn't have cheese -- a small ingredient needed for pizza making! We decided to just go with it since he was so excited (they have some pizza places here but clearly it's not a big thing that is made at home). We mixed the flour with some water and oil (we had noo idea what as already in the flour mix, or what we were supposed to add because it ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand June 29th 2014

Landed in bangkok and jumped straight onto a 5 hour bus to kho chang. It was a really long bus ride but there was only 4 of us in the mini van so we could spread out. We arrived on the island quite late and tree to book into another tree house but unfortunately it is no longer open. We stayed at the lonely beach in our own little beach hut, it was a bit of a backpacker trap and we spent a couple of nights drinking vodka buckets and cheap beer. There was a lot to see on the island but we strated at the floating market, passing lots of monkeys and elephants. Nick eventually found the same restaurant that he and Allen went to (where you dangle your legs in the water). Then we ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand June 28th 2014

Last night was filled with jungle sounds. The cicadas were in full force and there was a rather constant fear of large insects creeping into the mosquito net. Getting up to go to the bathroom is a huge ordeal here because 1. it's pitch black 2. there are creepy crawlers that enjoy our bathroom area 3. getting out of the tucked in mosquito net means getting back in the mosquito net and being fearful that bugs entered while you were away. I'd say I woke up every hour or so BUT despite the lack of restful sleep, we awoke to the stunning Mae Wang countryside. We woke up completely covered from the legs down in little red dots with white heads...ALL OVER our legs. It looked like we had chicken pox...Apparently this is what they call ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 28th 2014

Photographing the Tai Chi Performers is in my bucket things to do in Bangkok. I couldn’t find any information online about public performances anywhere. It is information passed around by the locals. I haven’t been able to adjust my schedule to wake up early in the morning because most of my favorite things to do in Bangkok happen at night and I am up at pretty late hours. I tried to make the effort to be at the park by 6 am but I kept snoozing the alarm. I kept thinking that sunrise is at 6 am and that probably all the drunken partiers from Friday night would be still up and walking the streets and I didn’t want to deal with that. A girl walking alone with a camera in the middle of drunks wasn’t ... read more
Tai Chi in Lumphini Park- Bangkok FB-2
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Tai Chi in Lumphini Park- Bangkok FB-8

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand June 27th 2014

After Chiang Mai we were headed to the mountainous jungles and were spending two nights at Spicy Villa Eco Lodge, outside Chiang Mai city near the Mae Wang countryside. Samart, the owner of Spicy as well as our guide for the weekend picked us up from Green Tiger Vegetarian Hostel at 10 am sharp (blog about Ching Mai to follow -- I was too excited about Spicy, and had to write!). We enjoyed a nice breakfast in Chiang Mai before we climbed into the mud-covered, 4-wheel drive SUV. Our backpacks were strapped down to the top and inside the car we met a very friendly Australian couple who was heading up the mountain with us. They had been to Spicy before, one year ago, as guests, but now they were returning as volunteers to help Samart ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 27th 2014

Hi to everyone back home! I have just spent 5 amazing days in Chiang Mai, Thailand (I think one of my favourite places so far!). There were lots of beautiful temples to visit where all the locals and the monks were so very friendly and willing to answer all of my many questions. One of their answers seems to spiral into a load of additional questions from me! Chiang Mai, although the second busiest city in Thailand (after Bangkok) had a wonderful calming feeling about it. I think London could learn a thing or two from Chiang Mai. The highlight of my time in Chiang Mai was visiting the 'Elephant Nature Park', just north of the city. The park is a sanctuary for abused/ over worked elephants. I was very humbled and felt extremely emotional when ... read more
Elephant food!
Elephant food!
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Asia » Thailand June 26th 2014

Shopping, like whisky has been a true blue mood elevator for most of the people. So how do you gauge the mood of the vast populace swooping down in the weekends to a seemingly unending market with almost anything & everything on offer? We are talking about Chatuchak in Bangkok, the largest weekend market in the world and the mood out there is simply festive. A huge shopping extravaganza with 15,000 stalls spanning across 35 acres and 200,000 to 300,000 daily visitors on an average, this would certainly take your breath away! Come Saturday morning…it is not the smartly dressed regular office goers but fancily clad tourists, who throng the Sukhumvit line of Bangkok’s sparkling metro, christened as the Sky train. As the Sky train terminates at Mo Chit station just at the outskirts of Bangkok, ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 26th 2014

We woke up on the overnight train after 12 hours of travel not feeling especially rested, but not feeling all that terrible. It was already 8am or so, which meant we only had a couple of hours before we would reach the Chiang Mai train station. The entire train was about 14 hours, but thankfully we were able to sleep through most of the rocky ride. The scenery was spectacular. Some of the greenest mountains I've ever seen with rice fields scattered throughout, ponds filled with water lilies, and forests of green bamboo. We pulled up to the train station and hopped off with all our fellow 40+ backpacker roommates. Bombarded by taxi and tuk tuk drivers who all wanting to take us to our destination, we hopped into an open air type tuk tuk with ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 26th 2014

I moved on to the advanced class of fruit carving. Mint, my instructor and amazing fruit carving artist showed me two different techniques for carving flowers in a watermelon and a cantaloupe. I recorded in video some of the steps and when I have time I will upload to you tube and add them to this post.... read more
Fruit Carving Class-6
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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand June 25th 2014

DAY 2: Still very bothered by the fact that we were elaborately scammed on day 1, we decided to take the hotel's free tuk tuk to the Grand Palace. We relived Day 1's scam over and over and still cannot come up with a solid explanation. How were ALL of the people we spoke to in on the same scam!? They were all in different locations, but all saying the exact same thing! Our most recent theory is that it's like a drug smuggling ring and some how they coordinate it just perfectly. The funny part is we were aware of tuk tuk scams! There were even posters in our hotel warning us of these scams. The problem was, it didn't appear to be a scam until about half way through when Noi began begging us ... read more
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