What to do when your train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok left you.

I haven’t experienced traveling via train for 13 hours, so, we decided to take one. A land travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. It’s a little bit expensive compared to a sleeping bus (which cost 596 THB), and 837 THB for the first-class train. Plus, a lot of people told us that it’s a very comfortable way of traveling and cheaper than a plane.

We were excited that we left our guest house an hour before our train supposed to leave. And that was a big mistake. Though our place is located inside the old city, it is quite near the station, normally a 15minutes travel, however, it was raining heavily that time and the traffic were so bad. In short, we were late and the train already left us 10 minutes ago. Continue reading

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SONGKRAN FESTIVAL: Celebrating Thai New Year.

The most awaited festival here in Thailand is Songkran; It is a public holiday celebrated on the 12th of April but the official holiday is on the 13th. In the afternoon of the 12th, people start to party and throw water to anyone! There is plenty of street battles and parties mixed with the traditional side of Songkran. But the intense heat level resulted into a very wet and sunburned festival for everyone yet still “sanuk mak!” (Thai for very fun). Continue reading

Travel tip: Affordable and accessible food in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I met other foreigners here in Chiang Mai and some of them are vegetarians or vegans. So I asked them if they don’t eat Thai food that is made of animal meat or dairies. They said they have to break their diet. One of them verbalized, “When you travel to other countries, you’ve got to eat their food. It is shameful if the locals will offer you food and you’ll not eat it, it’s rude. So I have to stop my current diet.

So yeah, let’s eat Thai food. For 6 months of staying here in Chiang Mai, I had scouted locations of markets where we can have good and delicious Thai food. Concerning the factors that contributed my list, I only considered 3 main categories: price, taste, and accessibility. Therefore I won’t include those that are located away from the main city although it is also delicious and cheap. Nothing beats their mouth watering street food and I will include on where you can buy ’em here.  Continue reading

A day with a vet and the things I’ve learned. 

Chiang Mai, Thailand. Last Friday, we are supposed to stay in our tourist house all morning, but our Thai friend Dr. Maew who is a veterinarian called and invited us if we could come with her to do a home service. She’s a few of the vets in Chiang Mai that does home services like vaccination, surgery, and other stuffs that is related to taking care of animals, especially dogs and cats.
Her clinic is at San Sai district which is the northern area of Chiang Mai. But as a home service vet, she has to go anywhere in Chiang Mai to meet her clients. So for today we went to Mae Wang district. It is the southern district heading to Doi Inthanon(click to see the video) which is very far from her place. Continue reading

Into the heights: DOI INTHANON.

Almost 2 hours ride going south from Chiang Mai center is the highest peak of Thailand. Soaring up to 2565m above sea level, it is located at Chong Thong district, and this mountain is a cousin of the Himalayas. Doi Inthanon is also known as “The Roof of Thailand,” basically because it is the highest mountain in the country. Continue reading