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Songkran in Chiang Mai – love or leave it?

Chiang Mai
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Thai New Year or Songkran has the distinction (like Christmas for some) of being a beloved and yet dreaded holiday. My first year in Thailand, I was beyond excited to see Bangkok’s city water-fight while my roommate was battering down the hatches and stocking up on food so she wouldn’t have to leave the house, for no one […]

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A visit to the stunning White Temple

Chiang Rai
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13+1 Photos from Hang Dong District in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
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Today we escaped the house and explored our district, Hang Dong. Heading south on Canal Road we finally peeked in at the temple shielded by high walls. We were not disappointed. I probably say it every time, but Wat Khong Khao is my new favorite temple. With a wander around the grounds we were back […]

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Shopping extravaganza at Chatuchak Market

Bangkok
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The Chatuchak Weekend Market, or “JJ” as the locals call it, was a definite must to take my mother. It boosts 15,000 stalls, has competitive prices, and is a bit awe-inspiring. Each time James and I would go (for the past year), we’d joke that my mom would love it and that it would probably blow […]

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Check-in from Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
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In less than a week my mom will be visiting and I will be back to my “second home” Bangkok! I fear that lately I’ve not been terribly motivated to write about our mini adventures. We are settled in to Chiang Mai after being here a month and perhaps it feels a bit too much […]

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Kyoto afternoon

Japan
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My last Kyoto post left off at the Seiryoji Temple, in Arashiyama. From there we boarded a bus, still hungry from our failed attempt to find our desired restaurant, and my clever friend navigated us across town to the Philosopher’s Walk. With her navigation, the bus system was very easy and an all day pass equated […]

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Visiting Kek Lok Si & the Goddess of Mercy

Georgetown Penang
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Our time remaining in Penang is under a week so one of my “must-sees” was the Kek Lok Si Temple, that teased us months back when we visited Penang Hill. Luckily, a visit from a friend gave me a partner to check out “yet another” temple, as James thought. The temple’s name translates to “Temple of […]

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Bayon in Photos (highly edited photos)

Cambodia
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Bayon was one of my favorite temples in Angkor, (Siem Reap, Cambodia). It is well known for the 200 or so faces that dominate each of its tall towers. Unfortunately for us, we reached it about noon, 7 hours into our day. The heat and the sun overhead made for a ton of crappy photos […]

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