Hilltribe Trek – Ban Mae Jok to Pa Khao Lam

The hot midday sun beams down, enticing a longing for the river I see babbling next to me. Ohlala (my guide) throws a smirk in my direction as he lightly taps a lump in the hillside parallel to our path. The result? Hundreds of spiders burst from underground and begin scuttling upwards, tangling together in angry knots. I squeal and in my attempt to escape, my foot slips from the narrow dirt path and into the river, leaving my boot caked in mud.

I’m not your friend anymore” I childishly tell him whilst shaking my foot and Ohlala only howls with laughter in response. With the image of scurrying spiders permanently etched in my brain, my trusty substitute hiking pole (a bamboo stick) and I, continue the journey towards the next hilltribe.

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Chiang Mai – Temple Hopping & Late Night Shopping

Chiang Mai is a gold mine of experiences, there are thousands of options vying for your attention. From overindulging on Khao Soi to cliff diving at Hang Dong be sure to schedule extra time here– it’s easy to want to stay! I love the city and there is always something different to do.

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Chiang Mai – Police Scares & Morning Prayers

Thailand’s northern capital, Chiang Mai, may be better known for its easy going attitude and ancient temples, yet it has an ever-growing nightlife. With no shortage of bars, jazz clubs and live music venues there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Chiang Mai – Elephant Sessions & Muay Thai Lessons

In recent years tourism has progressively transformed Chiang Mai into a backpackers utopia. Artistic vibes accentuate the city and there is an aura of blissful calmness which is impossible not to fall for. In a place as saturated with tourists as Thailand, it’s incredibly difficult to find an authentic experience that hasn’t been blogged about or done before, so just try to enjoy what the city has to offer- and there is so much it has to offer.

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As the gateway to Southeast Asia, Bangkok has the important job of welcoming travellers from all over the world to the region. Midway through my time in Thailand, I found myself returning here, temperatures had began to soar and with the air in Bangkok becoming humid and sticky. I decided a teeny change of scenery was needed and stumbled across a half-day trip to a peaceful town called Kanchanaburi. Continue reading “Kanchanaburi”