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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai July 16th 2018

Today was our earliest non-travel day in Chiang Mai. We had signed up for a day-long tour of multiple attractions in the area. The tour had planned stops at a hot spring, the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), Golden Triangle, and a Long-Neck village. The bus showed up at 7:30 for an early start to the day. The hot spring was not what we had imagined. The spring was a couple of concrete pools where people could soak their feet. Kristy took a brief soak while Brad abstained. Surrounding the pools were many shops and vendors with typical Thai market goods along with some silver jewelry. The hot spring area was more touristy than we liked and proved to be a harbinger of the day. The drive to the White Temple was long and arduous. Our ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai April 29th 2018

As I sit here, sipping on my lemon ice tea and enjoying my cinnamon scroll I am left to think; am I still in Asia? Of course, I am. I'm in Chiang Rai and have 4 hours to kill before I jump on a bus to Chaing Mai and since I have all my bags with me, the thought of sight seeing just didn't appeal. Instead I thought to tease you all with another blog post on how I promise to write more on my trip but I think we all know that won't happen. I set the expectations way too high and now we are all left feeling a bit ripped off. This trip has been life changing and I don't really want it to end but, on the other hand, my whole life has ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 10th 2017

Today was a long travel day with several stops along the way. We left our resort hotel at 7 AM after a 5:30 wake up call. If this is vacation I must be missing something. Anyway, our fist stop was the White Temple. Unlike all the other temples we have and will visit this one is not old. In fact it is only 65% complete and the designer is still alive and working on it. It is not like any temple we have seen, it is more abstract and is a depiction of the soul F the dead leaving hell and rising up to heaven. It is a little bizzare arre to say the least. You first enter over a bridge where the souls are clamoring to rise up. You only see their hands and what ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 8th 2017

I landed at Chiang Rai Airport on the evening of November 6th, after a day of long connections and delayed flights. I took Bangkok Airways - who market themselves as "Asia’s Boutique Airline" - from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. They certainly live up to this name, with low fares, no hidden extras (checked bags, seat selection, meals are all free) and a lounge stocked with food and drinks for all passengers - you read that correctly - to enjoy. They served a hot meal on a 60 minute flight. You have to wonder how they make money. On the flight, there was a group of young Korean men wearing the same salmon pink blazers. Nobody paid special attention to them on the flight, but at baggage claim there were screaming teenagers waving Thai and South Korean ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai February 26th 2017

After checking into my room I set out walking around the town of Chang Rai. I visited another temple (loads of temples in this part of the world) and took some nice photos. This particular temple had a museum as well with some interesting artifacts from around the 17th century. Feeling cultured, and hungry, I then walked to the night market in search of some eats. It was here I introduced myself to a beautiful woman named Oksana from Lithuania. I invited her to join me for dinner and of course she accepted. We got to talking and turns out she was heading the same way I was. We hit it off well and made plans to travel East through Thailand together before crossing in Laos and eventually heading South. I love when things evolve on ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai December 9th 2016

Geo: 19.91, 99.83We started as most do, in Bangkok. After research and plenty of advice we were skeptical about this city. We wouldn't really describe ourselves as 'city people' so booked a couple of nights in a fairly central hostel (but away from backpacker central Kao San Road) and decided to have a look around while we were there and while trying to figure out where to go next. What we experienced in Bangkok was nothing like what we were expecting. We found ourselves surrounded by lovely people, amazing food and fantastic transport! We have no idea what everyone was talking about when saying how 'hectic' it is there! (We're wondering if these people would have a different definition of 'hectic' if they'd been to Delhi). In Bangkok we visited a few places such as the ... read more
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Temple of the emerald buddha, Bangkok
Fire Poi at the reggae bar

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai December 3rd 2016

First full day in Chiang Rai. As we hadn't done our homework on the area (guide books left on the truck :-( ) we thought the best way to explore was to take a mini-bus tour. It was well worth it. We started at a tea plantation owned by the man who also owns Singha beer. It was in a beautiful setting with fields of cosmos growing alongside the tea bushes. Next on to the Monkey Caves where we were armed with sticks when we arrived to fend off any aggressive monkeys, but we managed to feed them unscathed. Off to the White Temple which sparkles in the sun with millions of mirror fragments set into the building. While we were there some monks were chanting which added atmosphere. They also had the most OTT toilet ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai October 14th 2016

I started my car to go to my work on a chilly October morning. It is 13 October, 2016 in Calgary. My car radio crackled and the CBC news announced that King Bhumibol has passed away this morning at the age of 88. I stalled the car. I was stunned for a second. Should I? He was not physically doing well for the last 5 years and it was perhaps expected. Still, I paused for a few moments before driving away; the thought is still in my mind. I was merely a tourist when I first visited Thailand and still I am a foreigner whenever I set my foot in Thailand. If someone asks me “Tell me a couple of things that you love about Thailand”, undoubtedly I will say that it is the people and ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai August 19th 2016

An 8.00am start for what looked to be a packed itinerary. Our tour guide was a local gentleman called Addy and my travel companions 5 Italians and a family of 4 Spaniards. The first stop for the day was the White temple. Most Thai temples are very colourful things covered in red, gold and green as Boy George used to sing. Anyway this particular temple was in a very poor state and in need of major renovation when a local artist, named Chalumchai, approached the village elders and proposed rebuilding it providing he could paint it white. The elders agreed and the outcome is one of the most stunningly beautiful buildngs I have seen on my travels, a real architectural gem. The next stop was the Black House, known as Baan Dam in Thai, actually a ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai August 5th 2016

There are places in the world where you can physically feel yourself relaxing. This is one of those ! Just off the main highway through Chiang Rai, we followed a dirt trail, to what looked like a farmer's field.....................and then, before our eyes, a gorgeous, secluded resort, where the staff treat you like Royalty. I'll let the photos speak for themselves...... read more
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