Thailand

Chiang Mai Recommendations – Places To Check Out In The City

We have been to Chiang Mai twice and this time, we got my mom fall in love with this place! She did her math and started thinking to take her best friend and stay in Chiang Mai for 2 months each year in order to escape from Shanghai's freezing cold and wet winter, especially because one-time Thailand visa for Chinese is valid for 60 days. This seems to be a pretty good idea! There are some certain places we went to for the second time or even multiple times but still would definitely go back if we are in Chiang Mai again in the future. (I am sure we will be!) Let me just wrap up these places...

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The Chiang Mai Thai Farm Cooking School

The 3 days in Chiang Mai with my mom were pretty flexible. However, attending a one-day course in a Thai cooking school was something set ahead of schedule, not only because we have had tremendous experience of eating Thai food and now would like to continue having the option of eating authentic Thai food no matter where we are, but also because my mom avidly loves cooking. As a matter of fact, her own cooking is insane! (We created a website for her catering business in Shanghai. It's in Chinese but you can see the food pictures here.) Her eyes were shining when she's told about the idea! Influenced...

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Bangkok Travel Tips

OK, we have talked a lot about Bangkok so far. Now it's time to get into some details and put up with some travel tips. Hope it will be helpful! You know we stayed in Bangkok for 4 days in total (2 days with my mom and 2 days with our friends). Infrastructurewise, the public transit in Bangkok is impressively well planned and developed. It was the most useful method for us to get around in the city. If you are a budget traveler like us, using the public transit in Bangkok will make your in-city transportation very easy and fast! Let's start from here. Public Transit -- BTS, MRT, ARL Systems Bangkok...

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Bangkok With Friends – Recommendations of Food & Night Life

Other than taking my mom to Thailand, there's another important reason that we planned for this 2-week Thailand trip, which was to be able to celebrate New Year's in Bangkok with our sweetest friends Stef and Eric from San Francisco but currently living in Shanghai. Our dearest friends Stef and Eric ----------------> While we were traveling at Bangkok and Chiang Mai with my mom (more on Chiang Mai later), they were having their solo relaxing vacation at the beaches in Thailand. We planned to meet up for New Years Eve in Bangkok. At this point, my mom's plane to Shanghai had taken off... Alrighty!...

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The Day With The Snakes

We were originally thinking about going to see one of the floating markets in Bangkok. In order to avoid the travel group crowd, it was suggested that we should arrive before 9 am, otherwise there would be a massive traffic jam. Since the floating market locates really far from the city plus I learnt that there's too much taxi scams online and taking a bus there one-way is going to take 2 hours, three of us were all reluctant. Getting up at 5 am in the morning after wandering around at Asiatique for a few hours the night before just didn't seem to be a good idea at this point. So plan changed! What...

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ASIATIQUE The Riverfront – An Unusual Night Market

"Hey welcome back! How's Thailand?" "Thailand was great! We went to ..." "Did you see ladyboys???" (Our friends didn't even let us finish answering the first question.) "No. We were in Chiang Mai. Didn't think about or plan to go see ladyboys. But we sort of came across a couple at the night market..." "How did they look? Are they pretty?" "Oh god! They are NOT pretty!" Han repeatedly saying no while shaking his head constantly. This conversation happened in Masse, our regular friends meetup bar in Shanghai shortly after we came back from our first Thailand trip. It did remind...

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Grand Palace – First Impression of Bangkok

Our first Thailand trip was during the first week of October 2012. We only had one destination at that time, which was Chiang Mai. Loved this fantastic small place so much that we wanted to go back again and again! We even thought about living there for a month or two. The math we did shows that by living in Chiang Mai, we can actually save money plus have a higher quality of life compare to living in Shanghai. (Shoot me an email or leave a comment if you are interested in the numbers.) So...2 months later, on Christmas Eve, when the temperature in Shanghai was around 0 degree Celsius, we packed...

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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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