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Mekong Tourism Forum 2018: Thematic Village Experience

During the last week of June, I was invited by Destination Mekong and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) to attend the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018) in Nakhon Phanom, a small city in north-east Thailand that borders with Laos, the Mekong River separating the two countries. It was my first time travelling to Nakhon Phanom – a destination that I never knew before – and attending MTF2018. The conference was held from 25th till 29th June but I was only able to attend from the 27th onwards due to prior engagements in Kuala Lumpur two days before. Although I

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4 Reasons to Visit Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

When I first learnt that the location of the 2018 Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF 2018) was Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, I wondered where this place was. Nakhon Phanom is a small city in the north-eastern region of Thailand called Isaan and it borders with Laos, the Mekong River separating the two countries. Being geographically close to Laos and Vietnam, the population of Nakhon Phanom – roughly 700,000 people – is a diverse mix of Thais, Thai-Vietnamese and Thai-Chinese. The main languages spoken here are Isaan and Thai but culturally, the city is more Lao as it was once part of Laos

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Guest Post: How To Go To Mae Klong And Back For 140 Thai Baht

This guest post was written by my friend Jack Lee who loves trains in Thailand. He contributed his first guest post sometime ago about his experience travelling from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train over the River Kwai Bridge. Here’s another one about Mae Klong and how you can do it cheaply..for 140 Thai Baht 🙂 Jack doesn’t have a travel blog but you may follow him on Instagram. Enjoy! ***** The famous railway market at Mae Klong (pronounced as Meh-Gong) is located at Samut Songkram province. Located just about an hour (or more depending on traffic situation) drive from Bangkok, it

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Karen Long Neck Hill Tribe Village: A Controversial Tourist Attraction Or Not?

I contemplated for a long time whether I should write this article or not. I signed up for the Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai, and the last tour on the itinerary is to visit the Karen Long Neck Hill Tribe village in Chiang Rai province. There have been an increasing number of articles written by travellers, advising tourists not to visit these villages. They say that these hill tribe villages are described as “human zoos” or purely set up by government authorities with tourist-friendly sounding name like “hill tribe cultural preservation centre”. I read those articles prior to

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The Unconventional White Temple of Chiang Rai

I signed up for the Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai, and one of the tour highlights was to visit the White Temple in Chiang Rai. The drive from Chiang Mai to the White Temple took approximately 3 hours. The official name of the temple is Wat Rong Khun but is popularly known as the White Temple because of the all-white exterior of the temple embedded with fragments of mirrored glass. Interestingly, the White Temple is actually considered as an art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple, privately owned by Thailand’s leading visual artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat who is

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A Quick Guide To Chiang Mai: Part 2

Here’s a quick guide to Chiang Mai Part 2 – activities that you can do in Chiang Mai especially if you have limited number of days to explore in this beautiful, laidback city. As mentioned in the Part 1 post, Chiang Mai is the fifth largest city in Thailand. I was surprised by the never-ending list of activities that one can do in this city of a million people. But then again, it’s Thailand, and the country certainly knows how to organise and showcase their tourism professionally so much so that there are activities for visitors with wide range of

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A Quick Guide to Chiang Mai: Part 1

A number of my friends have been to Chiang Mai and they sing praises of this city which made me feel excited about my trip but at the same time, a little concerned that I might have too high expectations of the city. Chiang Mai is known as the “Rose of the North” in Thailand and during the short drive from the airport to the hotel, I instinctively knew that this “rose” was going to be pretty. My initial reaction was how small the city was. Forgive my ignorance, I knew Chiang Mai was a smaller city than Bangkok but

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3Cs of Chiang Mai: Scenes From The City

Thailand is a beautiful country. It’s a great country for food, shopping, islands and beaches, jungles, mountains and wildlife, and not to mention, magnificent Buddhist temples. I was in Chiang Mai for a couple of days at the end of January, and some of the activities I did were temple visits, night markets and a day tour to the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province. Chiang Mai is situated in northern Thailand and also known as the “Rose of the North”. It’s a smaller city than Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, and is surrounded by the countryside and mountains, thus the city

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Review: 3Sis Vacation Lodge Hotel, Chiang Mai

I wanted to stay in a B&B in Chiang Mai, Thailand especially in the old historic part of the city. The main attraction of Chiang Mai is the old walled city where many of their beautiful Buddhist temples, night markets and cafes are located. I didn’t want to stay in in a location where one has to travel by public transportation albeit a short distance. After some research, I found this little gem called 3Sis Vacation Lodge Hotel. Do not be misled by the word ‘Hotel’ attached to its name. 3Sis Vacation Lodge Hotel is not a large chain hotel but

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In Pictures: Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. It is also the birthplace of Thai traditional massage. Located only 10 minutes walk from the Grand Palace, most visitors would visit Wat Pho as well, and is mainly to admire the Reclining Buddha. If one is awestruck by the grandeur of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, then the experience is also mind-blowing at Wat Pho. The temple is open daily from 8.30am till 6.30pm and the entrance fee is THB100. The Reclining Buddha is about 160 feet in length and is made of solid gold. The feet of

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