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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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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