Visit to the Long Neck Karen Hill tribe

The Long Neck Karen Hilltop tribe is one of the top attractions that draws a never-ending stream of tourists to Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost city. Some time ago, I finally got to see the tribe in their village one afternoon. Thatched huts with rows of open stalls met our eyes, all filled with displays of…

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Tuk-tuk: Your Bangkok “ride of a lifetime”

    Do you remember that Visa card commercial back in 2002 where James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rented a tuk-tuk, those sputtering three-wheeled open air taxis  to cut through the traffic and catch up with his date Zhang Ziyi in Bangkok and how the tuk-tuk collapsed to the ground from fatigue? I always thought that…

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Three borders in one day

  A trip to the northernmost part of Thailand gives you a chance to visit the borders of three countries in one day—Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (formerly called Burma). Start your trip from Chiang Rai passing through scenic roads until you notice a dramatic change in the landscape as you get closer to Mae Sai,…

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A Charm called Chiang Mai

IN the northernmost part of Thailand is Chiang Mai, a city that caught my heart and became my instant favorite the first time I saw it from an airplane window. Chiang Mai is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. It is small and laid-back but packed with everything—from mountains to verdant…

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Chiang Rai’s Golden Toilet

IT is not a golden palace where a royal family lives, or a temple but it is a public restroom. The golden toilet at Wat Rong Khun temple is probably the most luxurious and the most photographed restroom in the world. I usually take sneak photos of everything and anything everywhere I go but I…

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