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2016 Review: A Year of Travelling and Learning

2016 has been an amazing year of LEARNING. My trips are much reduced this year compared to a few years ago. I can assure you that my passion for travel has not diminished, not even an iota, but work circumstances have forced me to scale down the number of trips. As a result, I had to learn not to have FOMO on trips – Fear of Missing Out – but be selective in terms of when and where I wanted to go. During the times that I stayed put at home, I was busy learning…learning the ropes of blogging –

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Best Places To Travel In Southeast Asia In December

In a matter of one week two weeks, the month of November will come to a close. After that, work slows down, schools are closed and people get into the party mood. December is typically a time for parties (lots of feasting and drinking) and holidays, and speaking of holidays, have you planned your trips for December? Perhaps you are seeking sunny days by the beach to escape from the freezing winter. Or if you are living in the tropics, you are seeking cooler climate, giving you the chance to show off that nice-looking jacket hanging in your wardrobe 😉 Well,

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

After a hiatus for sometime, I have come back to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge themes. This week’s theme is Look Up“all about taking a moment to check out what’s going above you”.  And that’s exactly what I did when I visited the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai. As I stood in the shade from the midday sun, I looked up and saw these cute little bells hung from the edge of the roof. *Related Post:

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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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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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