Chiang Mai Restaurants, Entertainment and Hotel

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Since we had a week in Chiang Mai, we had a chance to explore many restaurants and entertainment venues. First the food Rachamankha. Our first night we ate at our hotel restaurant where we shared two dishes. While the atmosphere in a outside courtyard was lovely, the food was only OK. [Read more …]

Learning to Cook Thai Food


One of the fun things to do when visiting a country is to learn how to cook their food. Since we love Thai food, we were looking forward to taking a Thai cooking class. Chiang Mai Thailand was a perfect place to do so. After some research, we decided to take a class with Basil [Read more …]

Getting Outside of Chiang Mai Thailand

Joyce sleep with tiger

While Chiang Mai is a beautiful and interesting little town, we also had time to venture outside of the old town area to visit some interesting sites just outside of the main part of the town. Tiger Kingdom, where visitors can see tigers of all ages and touch and take pictures of yourself with [Read more …]

Exploring Chiang Mai Thailand

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Although a visit to any new city certainly entails a tour of the sights, our primary objective is walking cities to get a feel for the town’s vibe. Chiang Mai’s Old City region is small and can easily be covered by walking in a day or day and a half. Two days if you stretch [Read more …]

Remember a Trip to the Hill Country in Chiang Ri Thailand

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Some trips are so memorable, that even if they took place before we started this blog, we wanted to go back into our memories and talk about them. Such was our first trip to Cambodia, and, in particular, a special trip we took out of Chiang Rai into the hill country. The trip started with [Read more …]

Eating our Way Through Bangkok Neighborhoods

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Bangkok is a vibrant city that is filled with lots of interesting foods. Wherever we are, we like to try lots of local foods. Tom is more adventurous than Joyce, although she tries more things than  she used to do—even if she still bulks at chilies. After all, life is too short to have a [Read more …]

Exploring Bangkok on Our Own


Although we relied on guides to provide us with historical perspective and explain the nuances of important sights in Bangkok on this trip, we these were supplements to, rather than replacements of our preferred method of learning cities–exploring them on our own. So while we took more Bangkok tours that normal, we still struck out [Read more …]

Seeing Bangkok Area By Bike: Floating Market and Coconut Farms

the real locals market

We both love to walk in new cities. Although it can become challenging dodging bikes, motorbikes, cars, trucks, buses etc. all come at us from all directions, it does give us a chance to see things better than if we were in a car or bus ourselves. The problem is that we can only cover [Read more …]

Bangkok at First Glance

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Bangkok, Thailand is packed with incredible historic and religious sights. The city and the surrounding area (especially the ancient royal city of Ayutthaya) has a long and complex history. Plus its food culture is as rich as its history and its art. Although we had visited this area many years ago, we felt [Read more …]