Love Them, Don’t Ride Them

6-7 minutes When the plane finally landed, we exited into the steamy, humid air. My droopy eyes could tell this experience would be something totally new. My sister and I had travelled from our small hometown in Colorado, where the air is too thick to breathe and the mountains rise high around each crack of the town. After thirty hours in airports and planes, we…

A Winter Hike at “Doi Chiang Dao”

top of Doi Luang Chiang Dao (elevation: 2,225 m.). From here, you can see Doi Sam Phi Nong or Three Brothers ,Photo by Zolashine Doi Chiang Dao (ดอยเชียงดาว), also referred to as Doi Luang Chiang Dao (ดอยหลวงเชียงดาว), is the third highest peak, a 2,175 m high mountain in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Although Doi Inthanon is far more popular for being the highest point in the country, Doi…

61 Things to know about Chiang Rai

If you have lived in Chiang Rai long enough, you probably already know lots about the province, but here are some random facts about Chiang Rai that you might not have known. Ok, not all items are facts. I add some of the most famous phrases local people say about something in Chiang Rai, mostly in a funny way. As for the “saying” items, some…

Romantic Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is one of the Thailand’s most romantic cities to visit. A reality show, The Bachelor 2013, had filmed the finale here. Sean Lowe, the Bachelor 2013 said about Chiang Rai, the following.  “Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s really an amazing place and I really built a lifetime of memories in those few days.” Ok, we…

Top 10 tips for riding a motorbike in Thailand

Motorbikes and scooters are the most popular mode of transport in Thailand, and most of south east asia. The 110cc step-thru is ubiquitous. Most just go and go and go – they’re astonishingly reliable. Whilst you’re meant to change the oil once a month we suspect most don’t get their oil changed once a year, or ever. Getting around on a motorbike is easy enough…

Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai?

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe What’s the best place to retire in Thailand? That is a matter of personal choice.  Do you want to be near the beach, do you want a lot of night life or are you looking for some place that has everything you need but is still quiet and peaceful? It is a feeling…

Spotlight On Chiang Rai’s Hidden Charms

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe Tucked away in the far-north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is emerging as the next destination to check out almost by accident. You could say Chiang Rai enjoys obscurity. For the casual visitors it presents a baffling puzzle; just what do you do after you have seen its colour-coded temples? But to others that’s…

Retire in Thailand and Enjoy Sports Fishing in Chiang Rai Province

The Kieng Doi Fishing Park in Chiang Rai is a Family run fishing park very near to the Chiang Rai town center. With very good prices for fishing and rod hire it’s definitely worth a visit if you are up there in the North of Thailand. Chiang Rai offers a few fishing parks, in my opinion the best of the bunch is Khieng Doi Fishing…

The Tiny Town of Mae Salong in Chiang Rai bears a distinctive Chinese Past

  The Martyr’s Memorial Hall in Doi Mae Salong (Image: Wikipedia) The history of Doi Mae Salong community set against a backdrop of the Chinese Civil War after after Mao Zedong’s communist party victory in China, the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) armies were led by Chiang Kai-shek who later retreated to Taiwan. From the defeated army, the General Tuan Shi-wen led about 4,000 soldiers of Kuomintang (KMT) 93rd Division…

King Mengrai Festival

The King Mengrai is a major festival of Chiang Rai. This is celebrated all over the city. The festival, consists of spectacular, colorful parades, cultural performances and competitions. It is held to celebrate the establishment of Chiang Rai and the Lanna Kingdom.  During this festival there is a great deal of food stalls and shops. The main items on sale are local products and house…