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Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

As part of my first solo trip abroad, I was pretty excited to put together a little vegan food tour of Chiang Mai. Because I usually travel with Stephan, a meat eater who loves to explore each region’s native cuisine, we typically seek out local hotspots for him to expand his adventurous palate. While I fully support this endeavor – as I am by no means an adventurous eater – for once, it was super fun to plot out my…

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Going Solo in Chiang Mai

Going Solo in Chiang Mai

After months of dreaming about returning to Thailand to volunteer with the Elephant Nature Park pups, I finally found the nerve to book the long flight across the world for my first solo adventure abroad. I don’t know if it was my approaching birthday, or the dissatisfaction I felt from not really challenging or inspiring myself over the past year, but I somehow silenced the angst-ridden flyer in me long enough to hit the yellow ‘purchase’ button on Expedia. A…

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Strangers on a plane

Strangers on a plane

Nelson Mandela once professed, ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’ As someone who spends countless hours struggling to overcome fear, Mandela’s creed resonated strongly with me. Traveling is one of my greatest passions. Unfortunately, though, this love of exploring is irreversibly coupled with a deep-seated fear of flying. I have to admit, it’s really…

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Behind The Blog

Behind The Blog

As our three months in Asia nears a close, it seems it’s about time for another behind the scenes peek at life on the road. 49 blogs and 6 countries later, the second leg of our trip is about in the books, and it’s mindboggling to think we’ve been gone for over six months now! Let us now take a moment to celebrate our successes by sharing some of our [not so] finer moments:   Some of our lavish transportation…

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Fast Facts: Thailand

Fast Facts: Thailand

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 30 days (under a visa exemption for U.S. citizens) Our basic itinerary: Bangkok (3 days) Khao Yai National Park (2 days) Bangkok (2 days, needed to catch overnight bus to Koh Lanta) Koh Lanta (4 days) Transit (2 days, bus/overnight train/daytime train to Chiang Mai) Chiang Mai (7 days) Elephant Nature Park (7 days) Chiang Mai (1 day) Chiang Rai (2 days) Stayed in private rooms w/ en-suites (apartments, townhouses), primarily booked through AirBnB, or…

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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

Our last stop in Thailand before heading across the border to Laos was in the far northern city of Chiang Rai. About 3 hours north of Chiang Mai, we decided to spend a day touring a couple of the well-known sites around the small city before grabbing a bus to Chiang Khong and crossing into Laos. Pretty much our entire reason for adding a layover in Chiang Rai was to visit the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), about 14 kilometers…

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Elephant Nature Park: Part II

Elephant Nature Park: Part II

Stephan and I excitedly dedicated a week of our Thailand adventure to volunteering at Elephant Nature Park. While I anticipated a really unique and special experience, I was completely unprepared for the emotional journey I was about to be embarking on… We departed Chiang Mai early Monday morning, and headed about an hour and a half north with a handful of other volunteers to the remote, forested, hillside sanctuary. As we neared the park, we noticed dozens of trees with…

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Elephant Nature Park: Part I

Elephant Nature Park: Part I

Tucked away in the lush, forested highlands of northern Thailand is a sanctuary that its founder lovingly refers to as ‘elephant heaven.’ Situated about 40 miles north of Chiang Mai, the 250-acre Elephant Nature Park is a true haven for Asian elephants, most who have been rescued from a life of forced labor and heart-wrenching abuse. In Thailand, the elephant is a sacred animal. But while nearly every temple, business, and street market is adorned with images of the revered…

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Birders’ Digest – Vol. 6

Birders’ Digest – Vol. 6

Though we probably saw fewer colorful birds than we expected throughout Thailand, this was partly due to the intense heat and drought we were experiencing, which often drove the birds into deeper foliage.   The one dedicated bird trip we did to Doi Inthanon was certainly fruitful, identifying over 50 species in a day. We kept on the move – more of a bird spotting trip than a bird photographing trip – but managed to capture a number on camera. As mentioned above, the…

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