Chiang Mai

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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Elephant Tour – The Morning With The Elephants

October 1, 2012, it was a beautiful sunny Monday in Chiang Mai. Our plan to spend our very first day of our very first Thailand trip with elephants, the largest living land animal on Earth, was absolutely remarkable! Here we go! The exciting journey officially starts from here- Hotel Pick-up Like they promised in the confirmation letter (see how we booked it here), Baanchang Elephant Park punctually sent a van with air conditioning to our hotel in the morning to pick us up. A young man wearing sun glasses showed up in the hotel lobby. The first thing he did as he was walking  in was to put his palms...

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Gibbon On Wheels – Mountain Biking & Flight of The Gibbon

What Is Gibbon On Wheels? Gibbon On Wheels is a two-day trip package of mountain biking on the first day and zip line (Flight of the Gibbon) on the second day including one-night cultural home stay in a local house at the mountain. Interesting name,huh?! Absolutely amazing experience! How We Found Out About It? As we were looking into zip line when we were doing the research in our studio in Shanghai two weeks before our Chiang Mai trip. It was not until I found out about Treetop Asia (They offer tours including zip line with other alternatives from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya) than we decided...

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Elephant Tour – Elephant Training Course Booking

When we were coming up with our Chiang Mai travel plan, we found out that some of the activities such as elephant training was required to book online in advance because they only accept a certain amount of visitors in one day. Therefore, we booked the course in Shanghai two weeks before taking off. The booking process was pretty easy. Let me share some information with you. Choosing The Right Elephant Park There are actually a good amount of elephant parks offering similar elephant training courses in Thailand. After doing some comparison, we picked Baanchang Elephant Park for the stuff they...

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Chiang Mai, Thailand – How We Came Up With The Travel Plan

It was an early Sunday morning. As I planned to do some preparation of our upcoming Chiang Mai trip, I turned on my computer and randomly typed in 'Things to do in Chiang Mai' in Google search bar. That's when I started losing track of time... Two weeks before we left Shanghai for Thailand, I pretty much spent an entire day looking into the things we could do in Chiang Mai. Why an entire day? Because there're SO MUCH stuff to do, and I was having a hard time to filter out some of the activities. They all seem very cool! :-D The List Therefore, a list was created. I could still go on with the list...

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