Along-the Banks of the Mekong River – Day 2

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Along the Banks of the Mekong River – Day 2 The Mekong River, Laos It was a pretty gloomy morning in Pak Beng, as were all mornings along the Mekong River for us. The low hanging clouds were not helping our moral as we trudged down the piers and boarded back onto the Nagi of Mekong. We […]

Crossing into Laos – The Nagi of Mekong

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Crossing into Laos – The Nagi of Mekong The Mekong River, Laos I think the biggest internal conflict our group had in planning this trip was how we were getting from Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos. We knew about the public ferries down the Mekong River, but it seemed like everyone’s review online essentially said, […]

Motorbiking Chiang Rai

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Motorbiking Chiang Rai Chiang Rai, Thailand   Before going over, I was told to spend a lot of time motorbiking Chiang Rai. I’m disappointed I didn’t take that advice more seriously. I could have spent a week… We decided to rent some motorbikes and get out into the countryside for the day and find Wat […]

The Chiang Dao Caves, Chiang Dao

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The Chiang Dao Caves Chiang Dao, Thailand After we left the Tree House Hideaway, we figured we’d check out the Chiang Dao Caves since we would pass them going north to Chiang Rai anyway. The caves are one of the main attractions in Chiang Dao National Park and are supposedly made up of a honeycomb […]

The Tree House Hideaway, Chiang Dao

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The Tree House Hideaway Chiang Dao, Thailand After a few nights in Chiang Mai, our guide, Alex, picked us up in a minibus and sped north where we were spending a night in a tree house in a small village in the Chiang Dao Mountains. Alex and his wife, Oppy, run – a travel […]

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

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Wat Chedi Luang Chiang Mai, Thailand Near the end of the 14th century, King Saen Muang Ma began construction on Wat Chedi Luang (Phra Chedi Luang) to enshrine the ashes of his father, Ku Na, but at the time of his death ten years later, it was still unfinished. It was finally completed during the […]

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravada Buddhist Temple perched on (and named after) Doi Suthep Mountain 1,300 meters above Chiang Mai. According to legend, the site for the temple was chosen by a white elephant that was carrying a holy and magical relic up the […]

Chiang Mai – It Could Have Been Worse

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It Could Have Been Worse… Chiang Mai, Thailand I think the Rainforest Boutique Hotel in Chiang Mai was one of my favorite spots we stayed at over the 3 weeks in Southeast Asia. It’s on a very quiet side street off Charoen Mueang Rd and about 100 baht ($3.30) tuk-tuk to the Old Quarter or […]

Incredibly Chill Tonsai Bay

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Tonsai Bay Krabi, Thailand We could see the lights of all the higher-end resorts surrounded by the limestone cliffs as the faint bar music resonated offshore to the boat. It was about a half an hour past sunset as our longboat cruised directly towards East Railay when we made the driver stop the boat about 1000 feet […]

Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand

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Koh Phi Phi Don Krabi, Thailand I sat leaning up against a railing on the deck of the ferry with my bare feet hanging over the side of the boat – a slight breeze really doing nothing to offset the 30° humid air. As we started getting closer to Koh Phi Phi Don, I realized […]