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Sep 18 2014

Asia Scenic Thai Cooking Class: Cooking on an Organic Farm

One of the main draws of traveling to Thailand is the amazing food. What better way to take that experience home than to learn how to cook it yourself. Chiang Mai offers lots of opportunities to take a Thai cooking class and we decided to do our first course with Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School. We were excited about their philosophy of sustainable tourism and their classes offered on their organic farm. The owner and one of the class instructors, Gayray (or Gay for short), has traveled the world learning about...

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Sep 14 2014

The Golden Temple: Chiang Mai’s Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

The most famous temple in Chiang Mai is the golden Wat Phrathat perched on top of Doi Suthep, the mountain to the city’s west. The temple is usually referred to as Doi Suthep, but doi means mountain and is actually the name of the peak on which it sits. Regardless of what you call it, the wat is a stunning site and definitely worth the winding ride up to the summit.   Getting There There are a few options to get to the top. If you’re in the mood for a workout you...

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Sep 13 2014

Elephant Nature Park: Chiang Mai

Long before we decided to travel to Chiang Mai, we had a strong desire to see and interact with elephants and always knew we wanted to do it in a responsible manner. Wildlife tourism is something that should always be approached with skepticism and plenty of caution. Elephants, especially, are mistreated in Thailand. Elephants in Thailand Historically, elephants in Thailand were used in the logging industry. When the Thai government banned all logging in protected areas in 1989, thousands of elephants were left homeless. Mahouts, the elephant handlers, resorted to using their...

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Sep 04 2014

How to Get a Thai Tourist Visa

Long term travel takes a lot of preparation. Besides the more exciting aspects of planning a trip to Thailand, we also had to figure our how to legally stay in the country for as long as possible. Trying to find information about how to get a Thai tourist visa can be a very stressful and confusing experience. After researching the several available types, we decided to go the route of obtaining a triple entry tourist visa. The requirements for tourist visas change periodically and government websites can be confusing and sometimes contain conflicting...

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Sep 02 2014

How to find an apartment in Chiang Mai

When we moved to Chiang Mai, we knew that we wanted to rent an apartment for 3-6 months. After living in a small, old apartment in D.C., we also knew we didn’t want 75 layers of lead-based paint on the walls, nor did we want to live on the fourth floor without an elevator. We needed a furnished apartment, too, and we wanted to be close to the Old City. So we were faced with the question of how to find an apartment in Chiang Mai. After asking around, we learned...

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Sep 02 2014

Anantara Resort and Spa: Chiang Mai

Our stay at the Anantara Resort and Spa in Chiang Mai was thoroughly enjoyable. The pleasant and engaging staff, serene grounds and delicious food made us not want to leave the property at all during our stay. At night, the lotus flowers decorating almost every surface in the entire resort are replaced with candles, giving the property a quiet, romantic feel. The resort has become famous for its high tea and we can see why. Whether you are looking for some relaxing time to yourself or a tailored romantic experience,...

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Aug 31 2014

Fern Forest Café: Chiang Mai

Fern Forest Cafe was the first breakfast place we stumbled upon in Chiang Mai and we just keep going back. We were actually looking for (and not finding) another restaurant when we saw the sign for Fern Forest with an arrow pointing down a side road. We decided to give it a shot, and it has quickly become one of our favorite spots to work and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The seating is all outdoors and as you may have guessed, there is a forest of ferns with a small waterfall...

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Aug 30 2014

Good Morning Chiang Mai Café

We read about Good Morning Chiang Mai on several travel blogs that we follow. It came highly recommended so we were excited to give it a try. When we walked in we really wanted to like it. The decor is cozy and the treehouse layout has lots of little nooks to settle in, get comfortable and write or just enjoy a cup of coffee. We chose a couch upstairs and sat looking forward to a western breakfast. The indoor walls are almost completely made up of propped open windows and the loft...

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Aug 27 2014

Massaged by Inmates: Chiang Mai’s Women’s Prison

What comes to mind when you imagine a traditional Thai massage? My imagination once created a scenario in which a Thai woman twisted me into an impossibly complicated pretzel and drop kicked my spine. Maybe that’s what you pictured too, but let me clear this up a little: it’s not that bad. During my first visit to Thailand in 2008, my mom and I were too intimidated to try the traditional method, so we opted for massages that were more on the tame side. This time, I knew I couldn’t chicken...

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Aug 23 2014

Thai Spicy

“We like spicy foods,” we told our host. He laughed and said “Ok, we’ll talk in a few days.” I assured him we understood that spicy here meant put-a-hole-in-your-mouth spicy, but that we were prepared, and really, we do like dishes with a kick. Somehow we were still unprepared. Last night we ate at a small restaurant around the corner from our temporary apartment where the owner didn’t speak any English. After a series of hand gestures, nods, and lots of smiles, we ended up with two plates of a yellow...

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