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Nov 12 2014

Celebrating Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Loy Krathong is a popular holiday in Thailand for tourists and has become known internationally thanks to the custom of releasing giant lanterns into the sky. Sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival, Loy Krathong is a time to let go of misfortunes in the past year and wish for luck in the new one. Celebrating Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai was a special experience. We were lucky to get to participate in one of the largest celebrations of the holiday in Thailand. Lanterns come in all shapes and sizes. Some...

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Nov 09 2014

Jim Thompson House in Bangkok

The disappearance of American architect and entrepreneur Jim Thompson transformed his home into a place of wonder and secured his spot as a modern legend. The Jim Thompson House is the former residence of the "Thai Silk King" and has been converted into a museum. Thompson fell in love with Thailand after visiting with the military and decided to remain in the country permanently. His respect for traditional Thai artesian silk and his faith in the industry led him to found the Thai Silk Company, giving Thailand world-wide recognition for its...

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Nov 07 2014

Thavorn Palm Beach Resort: Phuket

The Thavorn Palm Beach Resort's bragging points are its lush grounds similar to those at Thavorn Beach Village and Spa, and its five swimming pools. Jumping in and out of each you will find waterfalls, crocodile fountains, a swim-up bar, multiple lounge areas and kiddie areas all with a view of the ocean. The resort is in a great location in Karon Beach, Phuket, right across the street from the beach and surrounded by a few other hotels, restaurants and bars. At night tuk-tuks lit up with neon lights and fitted...

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Nov 07 2014

B-Lay Tong Hotel: Patong Beach, Phuket

The B-Lay Tong Hotel, an M Gallery Hotel, is an eye-catching design hotel in the perfect location at the north of Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Details like honey comb shaped mirrors and door numbers adhere to a loose bee theme. The throne in the lobby temporarily dubs those seated in it the King and Queen Bee. The gallery restaurant (The B-hive) features intricate murals by local artists and each room has a unique woven art piece above the bed. The overall feel is trendy and interesting without crossing the...

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Nov 06 2014

Diving In Krabi With Aqua Vision Dive Center

When we were first planning our trip to Krabi we realized that it would be the perfect opportunity for my first dive trip and it didn’t take long for us to realize that there are well over a dozen different dive centers around Krabi Town and Ao Nang. It seemed that they all offered similar diving classes and prices and traveled to similar diving sites. Then we happened across Aqua Vision Dive Center in Ao Nang. Their clean-cut website described how they feature small group diving using speedboats to arrive at...

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Don’t Look Up

Thailand is a country very in touch with nature. It is ingrained in their culture and made apparent through the presence and acceptance of strays in the streets, the number of restaurants that are essentially outdoors and even in traditional Thai architecture which allows many critters to come in and share the home. An occasional cat will wind its way through our legs while out at dinner and no one bats an eye. That being said, the Thais are incredibly clean. They remove shoes before entering homes, temples and some...

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Nov 04 2014

Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa

Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa is tucked away from the noisy street just around the corner from hundreds of bars, shops and tour operators and right across from the beach. You can see the beach from the lobby, yet the pool is in a quiet little pocket so you can easily relax. At night, the surrounding streets are crowded with tourists in beachy outfits buying souvenirs and enjoying the nightlife. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="1924,1925,1921"] The pool was surrounded by lounge chairs and had several water features that create some pleasant ambient noise....

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Nov 03 2014

Krabi Airport Shuttle Bus: Not The Quickest Option

We flew in to Krabi airport and didn't know at the time that only private taxi and bus companies operate there. We figured we would walk out to a taxi line and hop in the next one, like we do at pretty much every other airport. Getting to from the Krabi airport to our hotel proved to be quite different, however. In short, you either have already arranged pick-up through your hotel or you have to hire a car, rent a car, or take a shuttle bus. You won't be...

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Nov 01 2014

Thavorn Beach Village and Spa

As you wander the grounds of Thavorn Beach Village and Spa in Phuket the resort’s history and legends about the area unfold. Statues of mythical and earthly creatures alike emerge from the dense tropical plants and fountains that are incorporated around the resort’s focal point, the lagoon pool. When Mr. Thavornwongwongse built the resort, the land was given to him by an elderly couple who used to farm the area. This couple told Mr. Thavornwongwongse that this property is the place where Naka the dragon-snake fell in love with a woman...

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Oct 31 2014

Poplar Travels Is On YouTube!

We have had some amazing experiences on our travels so far. Thailand has proved a beautiful and adventurous place. Not only do we have thousands of photographs already, we also collected some pretty awesome video footage. We decided you just needed to see it, so Poplar Travels has officially launched our YouTube channel! We are learning a bit of video editing as we go along, so things will only get better from here. Subscribe to our channel so you don't miss our upcoming videos from Phuket! Check out what we've uploaded so far...

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Oct 30 2014

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

Our last stop on our journey along the Andaman Coast was at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is located about 20 minutes away from Ao Nang across from a quiet beach and surrounded by palms and meticulously manicured grass. The Sofitel brand is famous for adding their touch of French art de vivre and local culture to their luxury properties. Somehow through the interaction of their attentive and friendly staff and the layout of the hotel, the 276 room resort felt small and cozy. Even while...

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Oct 29 2014

Ananta Burin Resort: Krabi, Thailand

We were welcomed to the Ananta Burin Resort in an open air lobby with free wifi and grouped seating. Several guests were still lounging there on their smartphones in the evening. We headed straight to the pool after checking in to escape the heat. The pool was refreshing, and with the resort surrounding it, it stayed very quiet and relaxing while we were there. A small pool bar was open outside during the day to serve anyone enjoying the lounge chairs. There is no gym on the property, but the pool...

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Oct 26 2014

Aonang Phu Petra: Mountain View Villas In Krabi, Thailand

After our short flight from Bangkok and our extremely long and slightly confusing bus ride from the airport, we arrived in the small and beautiful Aonang Phu Petra Resort in Krabi, Thailand. The drive in took us through the busy walking street and endless rows of tour operators in Ao Nang and turned onto a green residential road leading to the resort. The stark contrast of quiet leafy Phu Petra to the bustling beach town down the road emphasized the breathtaking view of the mountains in the distance. The pool, which...

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Oct 24 2014

The Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel

The Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel is located just minutes away from the best nightlife and shopping in the Sukhumvit business district. This hotel boasts classic elegance and sophisticated 1920s Italian-American design. The hotel has many well designed spaces including New York penthouse themed meeting rooms and a rooftop infinity pool with sweeping city views. During our stay we saw business travelers, families and couples alike relaxing in style in this centrally located luxury hotel. The rooftop infinity pool had a great view of the city, especially at night when everything lit...

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Oct 23 2014

Double Tree By Hilton Hotel: Sukhumvit Bangkok

Double Tree by Hilton in Bangkok is only about 1.5 years old. You can tell it is almost brand new by the trendy styling and pristine interior. The modern decorations follow a musical theme and include such funky details as a collage of cassette tapes and one made of vintage radios. Our room was on the smaller side, but sunny with marble floors and a spacious contemporary bathroom. The Sukhumvit location is close to Suk Soi 11, a popular nightlife destination in Bangkok with plenty of dining options. Around the corner...

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Oct 21 2014

VIE Hotel Bangkok

The lobby at the VIE Hotel Bangkok has a lounge-like atmosphere, but the rooms have strong traditional Thai influences. Silk pillow cases on the couches are from the historic Jim Thompson House nearby and the dark wood furniture resembles traditional teak. We were upgraded to a corner suite with expansive views of Bangkok through floor-to-ceiling windows. One of our favorite details at this hotel was the pillow bar. We didn't ask for any other than what was already in our room because the massive down and synthetic pillows on the bed...

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Oct 21 2014

Rock Climbing In Chiang Mai With CMRCA

Our Introduction to Rock Climbing Class with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) was just as amazing as our caving experience with them. I have taken rock climbing classes many times before in Colorado and the quality of CMRCA’s class and instructors was up to par. All their instructors are certified under American climbing standards and pay close attention to safety. We arrived at the office of CMRCA about half an hour before we were supposed to meet them so we could grab a quick breakfast and coffee at a nearby cafe....

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Oct 20 2014

Ibrik Resort: The Smallest Resort In The World

The Ibrik Resort in Bangkok is a cozy boutique hotel in the perfect location to explore the Grand Palace. The website describes this tiny hotel with only three rooms as "the smallest resort in the world." While we enjoyed our stay and the service was incredible, bed and breakfast might be a better descriptor. The entry to the Ibrik is easy to miss, so keep an eye out for the sign. A narrow alley squeezed between a private residence and a small office building goes back through the gate to the entryway....

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Oct 17 2014

Bangkok Tree House Hotel: A Green Oasis Inside The City

We began our first trip to Bangkok with a night at the Bangkok Tree House Hotel, an environmentally friendly, uniquely designed hotel in a quiet section of the city. We weren't exactly sure what to expect when we arrived, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. The mission of this small hotel is to allow guests the opportunity to connect with nature and provide an escape from the bustling heart of the city. However, this hotel goes far beyond ambient bird sounds and picture windows. One room option even...

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Oct 10 2014

Intro to Caving Course: Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventure

Our Introduction to Caving class with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventure (CMRCA) ended up being a lot more rappelling and scaling up ropes and a lot less crawling through holes than we expected. It was an unforgettable experience and the cave was an amazing natural phenomenon to behold. We met the team at CMRCA's office in the southeast corner of Old City where they fitted our gear and we filled out some short paperwork. The drive from the office out to Crazy Horse Buttress was about an hour filled with lovely...

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Oct 08 2014

Flight of the Gibbon: Zipline Through the Jungle in Thailand

If you have ever visited Chiang Mai, you've probably seen the brochures and banners promoting the zipline company Flight of the Gibbon around Old City, on tuk-tuks and in Cafes. We knew we needed to give this popular tourist activity a try, and we were not disappointed. We were pretty excited to fly through the jungle and spend a day eye-to-eye with the treetops of Thailand. Flight of the Gibbon picked us up from our apartment and drove us in a van with other adventurers about 45 minutes to the zipline...

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Oct 05 2014

Chiang Mai Sky Adventure: Taking Sightseeing To The Next Level

There are many fun activities to do and beautiful places to see in the city of Chiang Mai. I could easily sit down and write a lengthy list of the most interesting and breathtaking things to do on a visit.  I believe that my latest adventure could easily sit in the top of that list. I was not familiar with microlights nor had I even seen one in person before we drove up to Chiang Mai Sky Adventure airstrip a few Kilometers outside of Chiang Mai’s Old City. I have flown...

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Oct 02 2014

How to Extend Your Thai Tourist Visa in Chiang Mai

We previously wrote about how to get a Thai tourist visa and, with a multiple-entry visa, how to extend each entry. This time, we will go more in depth on the extension process which can be used to extend any 60-day entry for another 30 days. We have triple-entry tourist visas and we just extended our first entry (valid 60 days) for another 30 days (giving us 90 total days on our first entry). The extension is added to the end of your entry period, so you don’t have to go the...

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Sep 29 2014

Volunteering in a Hilltribe Village with Amigo Vision Thailand

Recently we had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Amigo Vision Thailand, providing free eye exams and glasses to schoolchildren in a Karion hilltribe village in Northern Thailand. Our experience brought us outside the city to a place where no one spoke English and introduced us to a wonderful group of like-minded fellow travelers and expats. Our trip was a unique one, spurred by grassroots efforts, word of mouth and chance meetings of people who came together to support a common cause. One night while eating at Mammary Delicious restaurant, we...

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Sep 23 2014

Basil Cookery School: The Thai Home Cooking Experience

We can’t rave enough about Thai food. We loved it at home in the States and we have tried so many new things here in Thailand that have only made us like it more. While it is easier and usually less expensive to run out and grab dinner every night, we are still excited to learn to cook for ourselves so we can share authentic Thai food with our friends. Our second Thai cooking class was with Basil Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai. After our host, Apple, picked us up...

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