Northern Thailand’s Own Sakura Cherry Blossoms

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Living in Japan for seven years, one seasonal event that I always looked forward to was the brief, but spectacular blooming of the sakura, or cherry flowers. So naturally, I was excited to find out that Northern Thailand has its own variety of wild cherry that grows in the mountains and creates fabulous pink blossoms each winter. The variety of sakura growing in Thailand is the Wild Himalayan cherry (Prunus … Continue reading…

Koh Lanta – Thai Muslims, Jellyfish, and Magic Mushroom Shakes

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The island of Koh Lanta is kind of a strange place. It’s the sort of place where Swedish families build sandcastles next to beach bars that serve up psychedelic milkshakes for customers who party all night and won’t fall asleep until after the neighborhood mosque has announced the dawn call to prayer. Coming from the north of Thailand, it really is quite a change up to see the majority of … Continue reading…

Weekend Trip to Chiang Dao

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Doi Chiang Dao is the 3rd highest mountain in Thailand at 2,186 m. It’s also just 72 km north of Chiang Mai and has a cool cave to explore. This all adds up to an ideal weekend trip. On very clear days I can actually see the outline of Doi Chiang Dao from my 10th floor balcony on the northwest side of Chiang Mai. While Chiang Mai is dominated by … Continue reading…

How to Fly Gangnam Style and Avoid Bangkok in the Process

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I’m currently living in Chiang Mai and I wanted to go back to the good old USA to visit family and friends over the holidays. Bangkok is a well-known international air traffic hub, and I do like to visit the city from time to time. However, when you are scheduling yourself a certain amount of time to spend visiting people you don’t get to see all that often, the extra … Continue reading…