Travel Gear (Uncut)

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It’s the pastime of every soon-to-be-traveller, travel gear research. Internet searches, traipsing through travel gear shops, comparing prices, scouring travel blogs for reviews of what to buy and what not to buy. You try not to become obsessed by your upcoming adventure, but it’s fruitless. … Keep reading…

Cycling Doi Suthep- My Bright Idea

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I can’t believe it was my idea. I just threw it out there after dinner one night, like it was nothing. “Let’s rent bikes and cycle up Doi Suthep!” I exclaimed, in love with the idea of being adventurous, outdoorsy and active, even though I’m neither of those things. A visit to Chiang Mai isn’t complete without a visit to Doi Suthep (doi means mountain) and the temple of Wat Prathat, situated on the summit, 1676m above sea level. And since our friend Marty had bought … Keep reading…

This Is Why I Travel

Stupa

Annoyingly, I’m awake at 5am. It could be midnight, 1am, 3am, I wouldn’t know, as the streets of Chiang Mai are still dark. After staring out from the balcony for a while, I’m relieved that my phone shows 5:30am when I finally get around to checking it. … Keep reading…

Making A Splash At Songkran

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Coming back from the meditation retreat the other day, I asked my roommate when the water throwing would begin (we were catching up after sharing a room together in silence!). Moments later, a splash of water caught the back of our ‘songthaew’ taxi, giving our feet a refreshing bath. … Keep reading…

Ssh! Meditation In Progress…

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Yesterday I returned from a two-day meditation retreat run by the Buddhist University in Chiang Mai.  I signed up via email and had no idea what to expect, except that I would be taught some meditation techniques and that I had to wear white, modest non-transparent clothing. I decided to take my chances with the standard issue clothing, as if I were to pick out my outfit, I would surely choose something cute, and kind of defeat the purpose. Other than that, … Keep reading…

Market Day On The Outskirts Of Chiang Mai

Chilli

You must know by now that I’m a sucker for a good market. For some reason produce markets in foreign countries hold so much interest for me – it’s not that I’m a great cook or anything, but I’m an avid eater, so maybe that’s it. The market provides a rare glimpse of local culture, a place to gain insight into what makes a place tick, through the most universal currency of all, food. So when I was lucky enough to … Keep reading…

The Meandering Mekong, By Slow Boat

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Perhaps it was backpacker’s fatigue, or lethargy, or the fact that we really went to Laos for our Thai visas and were very much looking forward to hunkering down in Chiang Mai, but travelling in Laos was a weird time for us. I think it was a combination of everything, but more so the fact that we really wanted to be in Thailand, that perhaps we didn’t enjoy our time in Laos as much as we would have like to. It is … Keep reading…

Somewhere In… Luang Prabang

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Thought I would reflect on our time in Laos, and share with you some photos I took in the Unesco World Heritage listed site of Luang Prabang – an old town with a decidedly modern feel. A few of the restaurants and cafes there would not be out-of-place in Sydney or New York, beautifully designed with the high-end traveller in mind (and there were plenty of those), straight off a luxury Mekong cruise, or a long-haul flight from Paris. For us however, the town felt rather staged … Keep reading…

Good Things Happen When You Follow Your Dreams

Writing on the Mekong

Since starting this journey of following my dreams a LOT of amazing things have happened to me. They may not seem like big things to you, but to me they are small miracles, subtle sign posts that reassure me I’m on the right path. My ‘dreams’ are neither solid nor concrete. They’re not even that clear to me yet, and are forever growing and changing as I go along. They were born out of a deep discontent with the way … Keep reading…