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Chiang Mai

Ancient Chiang Mai: Top 5 Must-See Archaeology Sites

Welcome to the Lanna Kingdom Chiang Mai was, for centuries, the cultural center of the Lanna Kingdom, one of several Thai polities existing concurrently. At its height, Lanna controlled or influenced the northern areas of what is now Thailand, as… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Destinations of 2018

Since leaving China at the end of 2017, I’ve been able to embrace benefits remote working more readily. It was also the first year I was able to travel beyond China with my girlfriend, who was now living and working… Continue Reading →

Elephants, Troubles, and the World’s Biggest Buffet: Surin’s Elephant Round-up

“If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” – Seneca Nothing like getting off an overnight bus at 7:00 am (where I hardly got any sleep) and then hopping on a motorcycle taxi,… Continue Reading →

Into the Northern Mountains: Chiang Mai Trek – Day 2

← Day One   A preluded apology: I took many, many pictures of the following events. However, somewhere in between riding in the truck back to Chiang Mai and returning to Julie Guest House, I lost it along with all… Continue Reading →

Into the Northern Mountains: Chiang Mai Trek – Day 1

Day Two →   A preluded apology: I took many, many pictures of the following events. However, somewhere in between riding in the truck back to Chiang Mai and returning to Julie Guest House, I lost it along with all… Continue Reading →

The Eightfold Path Underground – the Forest Tunnels of Wat Umong

“With each day passing, what have you been doing?” – Buddha quote at Wat Umong At the base of Doi Suthep is another temple that is unlike any others I have seen in Thailand.  Taking a left off of the… Continue Reading →

To the Mountaintop Temple: Wat Doi Suthep

“A willful man will have his way . . .” -sign on the path up Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep So it probably wasn’t the smartest idea to rent and ride a motorbike up a mountainside when I have never ridden… Continue Reading →

Chiang Mai Walks in Pictures

The best way to scope out a new city?  Walk it.  And all the better if you can make it an arbitrary path. Chiang Mai has an interesting design.  The center, old city is a large square, surrounded by a… Continue Reading →

Through Floods and Foggy Mountains to Chiang Mai.

After a night amidst the foreigner chaos on Khao San and the surrounding area, I had a good portion of the day to pass until my train to Chiang Mai left around 18:00. The place I stayed overnight did not… Continue Reading →

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