Of bikini strings and wardrobe malfunctions

The next thing I knew, my bikini strings got loose and started to dangle down my thigh. There were no restrooms around and I wasn't about to just go into any restroom so I tried to ignore it Wardrobe mishaps that occur while traveling comes…

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Language Barriers, Ever

Street shot of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. (Travelwands.com) Language barrier is one of the biggest challenges in traveling, but it also provides some of the funniest and most unforgettable experiences anywhere you go. One time I joined a group of strangers in northern Thailand for…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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