Karen Long Neck Tribe

One of the spots I visited during my 2016 Thailand Trip was the Karen Long Neck Tribe. It was  not the  first time I  heard about them but chances were not there during my past visits in the north of Thailand. I was surprised that when Google showed me the location, it was very near the city of Chiang Rai. Reaching the place, it was not what I had expected. It was set up like an open air museum where entrance fees were collected (THB 300 per person), information were posted and the metal rings were displayed at the entrance. […]

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Hexebella Luvin’ Chiang Khong

Day 1 in Chiang Khong It was my 5th day in Chiang Rai when I arrived in Chiang Kong,  the northernmost part of Thailand near Laos. I know from what I have read that  there is nothing much happening in this sleepy laid back town, tourists come here to cross the border to Laos for further tourism and visa run. I arrived in my hotel mid afternoon and from the reception, I have seen the beauty of the Mekong River that made my heart leap. I entered my room and from the balcony, I was fascinated by the view that […]

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Hexebella Explores Pai, Thailand

Heard about Pai during my visit in Chiang Mai in 2012 but got no chance to go that time, hence this  visit in June 2014, I included Pai in my itinerary. Arrival in Pai……. I reached Pai early afternoon, got off from the mini van from Chiang Mai at the bus terminal, got no clue where is the resort I booked in booking.com, this situation excites me but also it depends on the place, I feel safe in Thailand so, no worries. The place was full of tourists mostly Europeans and Asians, I walked aimlessly, pulling my small trolley and my […]

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Wat Phratat Doi Suthep (March 2012)

It was said that a trip to Chiang Mai is not complete without visiting Wat Phratat Doi Suthep which is considered the most popular and most sacred temple in the area as it is believed to house a relic of Buddha.   According to the legend back in 14th century, a dream led a monk to find a relic which he did and found a bone. The bone was believed to be Buddha’s shoulder and displayed magical characteristics. The monk took the bone to the ruler of Sukothai and the king called for ceremony but the bone did not show […]

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Dozy House

Dozy House was the second guesthouse I stayed in Chiang Mai which I found through Agoda. Since my stay in Chiang Mai was not purely leisure, I was waiting for my employment visa to be processed and I have no idea how long will it take, I decided to move to a budget guesthouse compared to the one I first stayed. Dozy House is located inside the Old City of Chiang Mai, on the northwestern side between Chang Puak Gate and Suan Dok Gate. The location is more of a residential area the makes the place quiet and peaceful. The […]

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Treated like a Queen

Spas are like mushrooms in Chiang Mai, big and small, that I told myself I have to experience one of them. Which among them to try is the question. If I will ask the guesthouse where I was staying, I was worried that I could get a biased recommendation, they might direct me to the spa who give them favors. So, as usual, I asked google and I landed in Trip Advisor. Among the reviews in Trip Advisor, I found out that Fah Lanna has a high rating due to the high satisfaction of their clients,  hence I decided to […]

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Dining at Huen Phen (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

I had no plan coming to this restaurant, I came down from my room of the guesthouse I was staying to check on the food I ordered online. I was told by the receptionist that the service was only in Bangkok. I was hungry already and I don’t plan to dine outside. They told me to walk around 200 meters and I would find a restaurant. And so I went and didn’t bother to go back to the room to take my cell phone and camera. I didn’t know that I will be welcomed by an extraordinary, unique ambiance that […]

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Around Chiang Mai in March 2012

I could say that I loved this city and it is a place that I would definitely go back. In fact, after a few weeks coming back to Muscat where I currently live, I woke up one morning missing Chiang Mai, the surroundings, the temples, the local food……… Chiang Mai is located 700 kms away north of Bangkok and according to history it used to be the capital of Lana Kingdom. No, I wouldn’t be telling you history on this post, I will show you Chiang Mai on a glimpse. Due to the Burmese threats in the past, Chiang Mai […]

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Crossing the Border of Hongkong & China in 1995

In 1995, Hongkong was still under the Brtish rule hence the border was not yet open during that time. After 4 days roaming around in Hongkong, I took the train to Shenzhen. It was a 45 minute journey along the countryside. I will never forget this day as unfortunately I had diarrhea on that day. I was so careful not to eat anything that would trigger the turbulence inside my tummy. I was successful to have a calm stomach during the journey and finished the visa formalities at the border. As I just entered China outside that building where the […]

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My First International Travel

Everybody has the first of everything. It was in the evening of August 1995 when I had my first international flight via British Airways to Hongkong.  The weather was not good that day, a typhoon is moving in the northern part of the Philippines, however, flights are normal, there were no cancellations. Manila to Hongkong is only 2 hours but that 2 hours was not a peaceful flight. Due to the bad weather, turbulence was terrible that the aircraft was up and down in an abrupt manner and passengers were screaming. Thanks God we landed safely in Hongkong. I stayed […]

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