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Hidden depths of Mae Sai

It was as dark as dark could get; totally black; nothing to see but the glowing end of a thick cigar; nothing to hear but the puffing of smoke into the stale air, and the occasional drop of water from the rocks above. Our clothes were covered in mud; they smelled damp,...

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The serenity of Mae Salong

The ascent was gruelling, even more so considering it was five o’clock in the morning. My legs were punished with the crippling load of my fatigue and beads of sweat formed at my brow, trickling down my face like restless drops on a pane of glass. Spurred on by the sight of...

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Escaping the beaten track of Chiang Rai

Some wazzed out Reggae bar on the backstreets of Chiang Rai… I sat back in my chair gazing lazily over the room through the slits in my eyes, watching people’s movements, well aware that I hadn’t moved for the past hour – I’d no intention to either. I was happy with the...

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Where to eat in Koh Tao

Musings, tips and reviews of some of our favourite eateries on Koh Tao… ZEST Café Breakfast is not really something the Thais excel in and those simple things treasured by us “breakfastarians” such as cold milk on cereal and the browning of ones bread to signify it being toasted, seem to be...

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Celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai

Curious eyes followed my footsteps as I navigated the local market with growing confidence, although I still felt very much alone in such an unfamiliar setting. After a few rounds I was prepared to make Pad Thai. To the surprise of locals, I’d actually bought something instead of just browsing and taking...

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Through the eyes of a fisherman

Today I decided to visit Pa Sak Jolasid Dam which lies to the east of Lopburi. It looked huge on the map and was definitely worth the trip just to spend some time relaxing by the water. My journey on the motorbike was very positive. I felt so happy with how things...

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Forever chilling in Pai

Over the last five years Pai has transformed itself from a sleepy village into a touristic hotspot. Luckily though, its relaxed atmosphere has not been completely lost, and the influx of tourists has created a lot of competition, causing prices to plummet – great news for budget travellers. Encounters of the ladyboy...

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Motorbike journeys around Mae Hong Son

The bike chugged away as we ascended the steep hill into the hazy forest. Oliver – my French companion – was riding, and I was holding on, trying to remain positive as he accustomed himself with a motorbike for the very first time. The hair pin bends took us up and out...

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Backpacking alone – my thoughts as a solo traveller

I hear questions all the time about backpacking alone. Is it safe? Don’t you get bored on your own? Don’t you get lonely? How do you meet people? The types of people who ask these questions are usually people who struggle to be outgoing without the comfort of their friends. I used...

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Entering Northern Thailand through Mae Sariang

“What’s this?” I asked inquisitively. “Ki pa low maaan, holy shit, you’re so lucky to be here maaan.” Ladda was Thai-Canadian with a funky accent that always made me laugh. I’d met her and her friend Jan just a moment before she invited me for lunch, and now we were sitting around...