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Breath-taking beauty in Bai Tu Long Bay

Vietnam
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The most frequent recommendation I heard while preparing for my trip to Vietnam was to go to Ha Long Bay. As it turns out, the best cruise in Ha Long Bay is actually to cruise out of it, and into Bai Tu Long Bay on the ship the Treasure Junk. Ha Long Bay is famous […]

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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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Crystal clear water in Krabi

Krabi
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My friend recently commented, “You two seem to be visiting the beauty spots of Thailand” and my visit to Ta Pom Klong Song Nam definitely fits. Located in Krabi Province, in the south of Thailand, it features crystal clear water and the cooling shade of a gorgeous canopy of trees. While the attraction is small, it […]

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How to make a kratong!

Chiang Mai
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Loi Kratong is the Festival of Lights in Thailand and a main component is the launching of hundreds of lighted kratongs which are little vessels decorated with banana leaves and flowers. The significance is to thank the water/river spirit for rain and bountiful harvests. Chiang Mai celebrates with a big outdoor festival where food vendors line the streets, […]

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Friday Getaway: Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

Krabi
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As a Friday getaway, take a quick trip to Ao Nang Beach in Krabi Province, Thailand. They have gorgeous limestone cliffs and curious wildlife that will check you out too. I loved Ao Nang Beach for its limestone cliffs and in off-season we had it mostly to ourselves. We headed there last August for my birthday and that […]

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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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Jump, even if it sucks.

Chiang Mai
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My tale of bravery (one whole tablespoon) – Sunday found us at a gorgeous quarry in Chiang Mai, with red ridges rising out of deep teal water. Where I was initially certain that I was absolutely not going to jump in, I soon found myself plunging in…and it sucked. I’d caught my first sight of […]

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Kyoto afternoon

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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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