Ziplining in Chiang Mai

Ziplining in Chiang Mai

While I’ve been lucky enough to do several more daring activities such as skydiving and bungee jumping, ziplining is an activity that I previously never had a chance to do.  Since Chiang Mai offers a plethora of adventure activities, all at affordable rates, I knew I could not pass it up this time. After researching several of the different companies and comparing reviews and pricing, I chose to go with Zipline Skyline Adventure, and did not regret it.  They picked me up at my hostel early in the morning around 8am,…

Buddhist Meditation Retreat in Chiang Mai

Buddhist Meditation Retreat in Chiang Mai

I had heard about an overnight introduction to a Buddhist meditation retreat in Chiang Mai by a local Buddhist University.  Always looking to try something new and experience the local culture, I researched further into it and decided to give it a try.  It is only held once a week, starting on Tuesday at 1pm, and ending around 4pm the following day.  Luckily, I had planned to head back from Pai Tuesday morning, so it fit perfectly into my schedule. To be perfectly honest, I did not know much about…

Helpful Tips for Motorbiking around Pai

Helpful Tips for Motorbiking around Pai

Pai is a sleepy little hippie town, located about a 3 hour drive northwest of Chiang Mai. The population is extremely small, only about a few thousand people. In recent years, it has become very popular with travelers and tourists, and has a similar vibe to Thailand’s island minus the beaches and sand. One of the best things to do besides chill out in Pai is to rent a motorbike and go motorbiking around Pai to see its famous sights, all located within biking distance of the city center. It…

Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai-Thailand’s Next Top Chef!

Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai-Thailand’s Next Top Chef!

Taking a Thai cooking class was something that was high on all of our lists. As there are a lot of different and cheap options in Chiang Mai, we decided to do one here versus in Bangkok or in the touristy islands. After reading some great reviews, we decided to take the evening half day cooking class at Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School. I highly recommend this place, as we all had an enjoyable, informative, and delicious evening! To start the class off we had some short introductions. In addition to us…

Full Moon Party on Ko Phangan Survival Tips

Full Moon Party on Ko Phangan Survival Tips

Inspired by my friend Dan Sellers’ post about “How to Survive a Full Moon Party”, I compiled a similar list of do’s and don’ts from my experiences at this iconic event, which takes place on the beach of Haad Rin on the island of Ko Phangnan every full moon, so once a month. the beach transforms from a peaceful hangout spot to a chaotic party. Surprisingly, there is a great clean-up process in place, and the beach is often back to its old form within 48 hours. Tip #1: Make…

Touring Bangkok’s Temples

Touring Bangkok’s Temples

An Exciting Reunion As I mentioned in my previous post, my friends Alex, Alex, Matt, and Laura, were coming to Thailand for a 2 week holiday.  After not seeing any familiar faces for a few months, it was great to see them again and we had a quick catch up before touring Bangkok’s temples. Legends of the Hidden Temples Bangkok is home to hundreds of temples, where the devout Buddhist people go to pray and offer homage to Buddha, “the Enlightened One”.  As visiting the many temples can get repetitive (think…

Exploring Bangkok’s Sights

Exploring Bangkok’s Sights

After 99 incredible days in Africa, I was off to my next destination, Thailand!  While not originally in my travel plans, when I heard that my friend Alex and a few others booked a two week holiday in Thailand in late January, I made plans to meet up with them.  I had previously heard many great things about Thailand-the beautiful beaches, delicious food, plethora of activities, and cheap (compared to Western) prices!  My first stop was to Bangkok, often known as the gateway of Southeast Asia, where I would have…