The different flights to Chiang Mai, from the various backpacking destinations in Asia   When backpacking in South-East Asia, flights will often take bite-sized chunks out of your budget, so whether its flights into Chiang Mai or an obscure return ticket through Yangon, being prepared is everything. The last time I saw some friends preparing their 2-month tour through Asia, I noticed they had a spreadsheet with cost estimates. Fascinated, I leaned over to see a detailed analysis with a variety of columns for “flights”, “accommodation”, “daily expenditures” and a list of specific activities they had already agreed upon like a …
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The best 5 places to visit in Thailand in 2017

2 thai people walking in an old temple
This overview of the best places to visit in Thailand shows where to find the cultural, historic and natural attractions   Whether it is places to visit in Thailand for honeymoon, the best places to stay in Thailand or Thailand attractions for adults, it really helps to know what’s where. On a 12-hour flight into the country, I often see people going through a Lonely Planet or a Capitol guide, but especially now, with the military in power I would say these guides have a way of becoming outdated very quickly. With the army maintaining a grip on the country, initial fears …
Nothing is ever more fun than hunting down things to buy in Thailand Being out here, I meet people all the time who tell me that back in the day “things were so much cheaper” when they first traveled to Thailand. But the fact is that prices are still extremely low on certain articles. However, what people don’t know is that some stuff comes at unexpected high prices too. Due to unusual import taxes, luxury goods come at a hefty premium compared to the west. So buying a Ray-Ban in Thailand is a no-no! In this article I will list what’s …
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Picking a Chiang Mai Elephant Camp – Where should you go?

Man and his daughters riding on the back of elephant in Thailand
Chiang Mai Elephant Camps: The inside tips   A lot of people coming to Asia are thrilled about the thought of seeing some elephants, and maybe even take a ride on one as well. In the article below I will try to explain a little more about the controversies surrounding Elephant tourism in Thailand, and why it is better to visit a Chiang Mai elephant camp instead, or maybe find an Elephant sanctuary elsewhere.   Is it ethical to keep Elephants? The first time I saw real Elephants in Thailand was when a friend took me to a show in Ayutthaya. …