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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. […]

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. […]