Pai is a marriage of all my favourite things about Thailand: scooting through the hills, climbing things we shouldn’t be, and eating street food. Just a few short hours by bus north of Chiang Mai, we again book a cheap hotel room as close as we can get to the night market and settle in for some good eats and good scenery. It doesn’t disappoint. Continue reading
Unlike most of our aimless, rambling travel across Asia, we have had today planned since the very beginning. And a good thing, too, since tickets run you $120CAD and you need to book weeks or months in advance. Where are we going that is so popular and costly, you ask? To an elephant “retreat” (read: retirement community) in Chiang Mai made famous by the endorsement of several celebrities (including local favourite Christian LeBlanc and travel blogger Nomadic Matt) and inclusion in Lonely Planet: Elephant Nature Park. Continue reading
Thailand has captured my heart in the most unlikely of dishes: Massaman curry. I knew I was headed for a whole world of pad thai, and did indeed live off pad thai and fried rice for the first few days (in Koh Phi Phi it was the cheapest thing on the menu) but then I discovered Massaman curry – fragrant, sweet but spicy at the same time, with big chunks of potato and chicken bubbling up from the murky red broth. #nomnom
As if sweet baby Jesus sent a treat down to our tummies: We arrive in Chiang Mai just in time for the famous Sunday Night Market. Night markets are, in general, #theshiz and we often book our hostels according to what is close to the night market. Continue reading
If you can measure success by how many countries you have pooped in during the last 24 hours, then I must be up there in the Forbes list – We fly Colombo, Sri Lanka to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand and I poo everywhere. Only in toilets tho, to be clear. #LikeALady
I love my beach bungalow as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just need a hot shower youknowwhatimsayin? Marc and I grabbed a longtail out into Tonsai bay to meet up with the Phi Phi Princess (lolz, pee pee) ferry and, after clamouring aboard quite gracelessly and scoring two air-conditioned seats below deck, snoozed our way to Phuket pier. Continue reading
Koh Lanta has been so good to us, but we felt the tug back to Tonsai. As we left on the longtail (the first time) and saw the little cove falling back in the distance, we knew we would be back. So much was left unfinished (because all we did was lay around at Chill Out Bungalows and, well… chill out).
Koh Lanta Yai is a well-travelled island in the Krabi province (insert crabby joke here) of Thailand bordered by the Andaman sea. From the West side you can see the twin islands of Phi Phi and outrageous sunsets while you drink your Chang on one of the thin mattresses rolled out on the patios of the numerous beach bars. We love Koh Lanta because it’s beautiful, less developed that its party-hardy neighbours like Phi Phi and Phuket (we don’t love Phuket) but still travelled enough that it’s easy to get around. Continue reading