Destinations

Why Every Visit To Thailand Should Include Chiang Mai

As soon as I arrived in Chiang Mai, I could feel it was a town that was going to grow on me. Having come from the chaos of Bangkok, it was refreshing that Chiang Mai was a walkable town full of activities and character. 
The character of the town seemed one of trust, health and skills. The small streets were lined with welcoming guesthouses, food sellers, laundrettes and second hand book shops. Cycle and motorbike hires were common and meant the whole town was in easy reach. It was the kind of place I could easily spend a couple of weeks. 
I learned how to give a Thai massage, how to rock climb, watched some live Muay Thai, zip lined through the forests and used it as my jump-off to the Elephant Nature Park, whose office is in the town. […]

Taking The Slow Boat To Laos

Completing a loop of Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia in either direction will always present an interesting question to a traveller –  “How do I want to travel between Thailand and Laos?”. Typically, and in my case, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang.
The options were…

Fly
Coach
Slow boat
Speed boat

In this post, I describe my journey from Chiang Mai, Chiang Khong, Huay Xai, Pak Beng to Luang Prabang taking the infamous slow boat. […]

Volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park

Last week, I volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park (ENP), just outside Chiang Mai, Thailand. I did my best to manage my expectations leading up to it, but I have to say, a week at the park is going to be one of the highlights of my trip.

Why?

Watching elephants roam free in front of you all day, meeting an absolutely awesome bunch of people and learning some new skills was a great experience.

I recommend ENP highly. Even if you can’t volunteer for a week, a day trip to the place should be on every Thai traveller’s itinerary.

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Bangkok Shenanigans

I was advised that travelling doesn’t really go to plan. So far, for me, it had gone very smoothly.

But when I left Hong Kong for Thailand, it wasn’t the smoothest transition I had imagined. I learned plenty from it though.

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Hong Kong and the Free(ish) Trip to Macau

My itinerary took me to Hong Kong for four nights. It was a stark contrast from my time in China. I landed on Saturday evening in the Yesinn Causeway Bay Hostel in a tall, 9 story building and headed straight out to the madness of Lan Kwai Fon. It was especially mad for two reasons. Firstly, it’s just how Hong Kong is – one big expat party, with some people claiming to work around the partying. Secondly, because it was the closest Saturday to Halloween, everyone took to the streets in fancy dress. Not just Halloween outfits either – I passed giant pandas, bananas, gorillas and even a Lance Armstrong (a guy sporting the yellow jersey, glasses and plastic needles taped to his arm).
I came to realise, Hong Kong has it all. Skyscrapers, nature, gadgets and places to relax all on your door step in an interesting blend of east meets west. Here’s what I covered in my four nights. […]