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Visiting The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

August 16, 2015

Visiting Thailand had been one of my dreams since spacing out during my high school math classes. I pictured myself drinking fresh coconuts and looking like a goddess as I rode on the back of an elephant through a tropical jungle. When I finally got the chance to come to Thailand, I had myself plenty of coconuts but faced shattered dreams when I realized the horrors that stem from elephant riding. After a whole host of research, it became quite…

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A Weekend Trip to Pai, Thailand

August 12, 2015

When I was still in America, living at home, weekend trips consisted of road journeys to the Jersey Shore or up to Mt. Pocono to fish at the trout farm. Don’t get me wrong, these destinations are interesting in their own right but dodging hoards of jellyfish and clumps of seaweed in the murky Atlantic gets old after twenty-some years. Now, temporarily stationed in Thailand, weekend trips have become much more inspiring. Pai is a small mountain town about a…

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A Coffee House in a Tree and a Buddha Adorned Cave: A Day Trip From Chiang Mai

August 4, 2015

Part of the fun, or rather, the point of slow travel is having the time to explore areas of a destination that you otherwise would have skipped. If I had just been traveling through Chiang Mai for a week or so, The Giant, a tree house coffee shop about 90 minutes outside the city, probably wouldn’t have made the cut on my travel itinerary. Despite the café’s uniqueness, the city’s Muay Thai fights, extravagant temples and bustling markets would have…

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