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  • Asia,  Blog,  Chiang Mai,  Thailand

    Chiang Mai – Part 2

    We pick up our story from 2 days of tattoos, bar girls, temples and tourist scams in the paradise which is Chiang Mai. [visual-link-preview encoded=”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″] An Independent Traveller I had nothing planned for this day, therefore the perfect opportunity to tick-off other highlights worth seeing. I found one enormous bucket list opportunity, reminded every time I passed a tour service through the. That was a very well-known tribe that lived in the hills of Chiang Mai. A tribe which escaped persecution many years ago from Tibet, those were the Karen (Long-Neck) Hill Tribe. Instead of spending heavily on a tour, I was confident I could arrange it myself. I asked…

  • Asia,  Blog,  Chiang Mai,  Thailand

    Chiang Mai – Part 1

    During your travels, each destination fits in a unique category; would like to go again, never again, places suitable for a couple of days and places ticked off the list. However, the rarest of them all is finding the pinnacle of everything you’d ever want from a destination. Finding that perfect paradise that you could easily spend the rest of your life in complete and total happiness. Welcome to my personal paradise; Chiang Mai. The city has a reputation amongst travellers, not only being the main destination of Northern Thailand but a must-go for the entire country. For many years there’s been a constant stream of travellers from all walks…

  • Bangkok,  Blog,  Thailand


    Bangkok: a city with much expectation, which should of been its downfall. I made that mistake with Bali, such high hopes for somewhere which had been given so much hype as a paradise. Pegged as a highlight before my arrival, only to be thoroughly disappointed by the bleak mark of the tourist trade. Hordes of topless, beer-bellied, pink skinned, flip-flop flapping tourists parading the streets loudly extinguishing any sign of culture. That’s what I expected of Bangkok, I was wrong.   Arriving My journey from the airport to my hostel perfectly summarized my time and the vibe of Bangkok. I stepped onto the modern rail which ran from the airport…