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Travel Tips – 5 Days In Chiang Mai

Based on our own experience from the 5-day trip in Chiang Mai, Thailand during October (which happens to be National Holiday in China), there are a few travel tips we would like to share with you. Hope it will help to make your journey easier and more joyful! Let me show you the itinerary first - September 30, 2012: Arrived in Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) at night October 1, 2012: Elephant Tour October 2, 2012: Chiang Mai City Discovery Ocober 3 - 4, 2012: Gibbon on Wheels (Mountain Biking) & Flight of the Gibbon (Ziplining) October 5, 2012: More city exploration and departure...

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Chiang Mai City Discovery

Seeing the city randomly was definitely a great way to relax and of course to discover the culture connotation of this historical city. Surrounded by green mountains, located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai city is a real charm! Plus one chill day between the Elephant tour and Gibbon on Wheels was totally necessary. :-P Let us show you around! Biking is probably the best way to get around if you don't want to miss the little small things in the city. It's nice to have the flexibility to stop by any places without worrying about transportation, isn't it? We didn't really have any specific...

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Flight of the Gibbon – Lunch & The Waterfall

For some reason, we felt that time in Thailand goes really slowly, a lot slower than anywhere else we have been to. It felt like that it's already evening when we arrived at the restaurant across the office for lunch after flying around in the rainforest for 3 hours. Couldn't believe that it's only lunch time! They Asked Us To Complain Music was on, tables were all set, waiters and waitresses were expecting us friendly when we entered into the restaurant with two lunch tickets given by Donatello. The people from the same group were arranged to sit together. By the way, they have special arrangements...

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Flight Of The Gibbon – Ziplining In The Rainforest

Are you a thrill seeker and nature lover too? If you are (I assume you are since you are reading this blog right now), this zip line tour I am about to tell you absolutely HIT THE SPOT for our entire Chiang Mai trip! Before I take you into the tropical rainforest, imagine yourself as a gibbon jumping and swinging between the treetops, overseeing the rainforest from a very high altitude. What do you see through a gibbon's eyes?! Got what the name implies now? :-) That's my understanding though. You might have a different insight after learning more about the background story of The Flight of the Gibbon! OK!...

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Flight Of The Gibbon – The Homestay

When we biked to the lake just as what Master explained about the itinerary back in the office in the morning, our mission had been successfully accomplished! Bravo! Exhausted but more importantly, it became one of these unforgettable days in our life! It's time to get some quality rest at the homestay! What does a cultural homestay look like in Thailand? With our curiosity, Tata brought us into it. It's about 2 minutes walk from the drop-off place where we met up for zip line on the next day. An amiable old lady was expecting us in front of a two-story local house. Tata introduced her to us as the host...

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Mountain Biking IV – Lunch At The Lake

It's such an ease feeling to bike on the concrete again. Compared to what we just went through in the mountain with the intense, nervousness, difficulties and most importantly the hardcore FUN, being able to bike while enjoying the scene at the lake without thinking about falling was like the best reward to me! Such a great feeling!!!! Would be nice to swim in the lake but we were pretty worn out.  Everyone we met in the office early this morning were gathered at the lake. We returned our bikes, helmets,  pads, gloves including my T-shirt that Master lent to me (didn't smell good anymore)...

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Mountain Biking III – Rock and Roll

The training and practicing were officially over. Time to get rolling! The Coffee Shop Where We Started Rolling Daniel took the lead to the coffee shop where the real route of the day started. Sam was riding at the end of the team not only to protect the little girl but to warn us with cars and motobikes by shouting out loud. We were told to slow down and go left every time we heard him calling 'cars' or 'motobikes'. It took us quite a while to get used to the different traffic rules in Thailand since we were used to stay on the right side of the road in our own countries. That's something really...

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Mountain Biking II – Training In The Mountain

Enough about the lecture, time to hit the road! Heading To The Mountain Trucks, drivers and guides were waiting for us outside of the office. All our bikes were already tied up on the top of the trucks. We were arranged to sit with an Australian guy and two Mexicans in the same truck. The guy from Australia is an obvious biker, who later we learned, has been biking in different countries for 4 years. He shared some of his interesting biking experience which made winding mountain road easy to pass. As we went into the mountain, the temperature started going down. Heading into the mountain.  The...

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Mountain Biking I – The Fulfilling Preparation

We don't bike often. Especially in Shanghai, the concrete city, biking on the street is terrifying. Shanghai is so urban that there's basically no place for biking for fun instead of for commute unless we get out of Shanghai by driving a few hours on weekends. Plus biking is such an expensive sport, you know, with the bike, gears, shoes, clothes, etc. Nah, don't see that's happening. To sum it up, we don't bike! That's one of the reasons that we wanted to seek the opportunity of biking in the mountain. As a result, we knew it's going to be a hardcore day for us. So we made sure we had a good night...

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Elephant Tour – The Afternoon With The Elephants

Getting close touch with elephants by feeding them in the morning as the first section of the training course was absolutely a great experience, which made us eagerly wonder what more exciting sections were prepared for us for the afternoon. Couldn't wait!!! Woody guided us to sit on the bench when he casually sat on the ground. The afternoon started with a whole lot of educational facts about elephants that we had never heard of before. Let's get started with some crazy numbers. Do You Know These Numbers? In average, an adult elephant eats 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of food, drinks 80-100 liters...

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