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Top 21 Things to do in Chiang Mai

There’s something for everyone in the lively city of Chiang Mai. There are numerous nature trails for the outdoor lovers, hundreds of cafes for the coffee addicts, and museums and temples for the ones seeking a more cultural experience. For me, the true beauty lies just outside of Chiang Mai and in the surrounding area […]

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The White Temple, Chiang Rai

Hands and arms slithered upwards towards the sky like a serpent from Hell. They grasped for thin air as if they were reaching for the Heavens in an attempt to escape their fiery fate. A gremlin snickered at their defeat, his tongue wriggled out of his mouth like a snake. Skulls sat on the lookout […]

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How to Get to Phu Chi Fa, Thailand

The apocalypse had begun. Thick fog hung down like a curtain and draped around the entire town, embracing it like a mother hugging her child. I could barely see ten feet in front of me and quietly waited for the moment a dark blob would appear and drag me into the abyss.  “Where do we […]

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The Survival Guide to the Full Moon Party

Thousands upon thousands of backpackers drag their feet home at 9 in the morning holding crushed beer cans with paint smeared all over it. Neon paint drips down their backs, their foreheads, and their arms. What once was a drunken, artistic painting full of swirls, dots, and colors, has now formed into a brownish, sweat infused, […]

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Diving with The Dive Inn, Ko Phangan

The brown marbled grouper held his gaze. I couldn’t bear to lose the stare off, so I held mine right back, wondering what was going through his mind. He frowned at me, his lips curved downwards as he bobbed up and down with the current. He opened and closed his mouth rhythmically, as if he […]

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How I Spent Less Than $450 My First Month in Thailand

I spent a total of $442.17 my first month traveling in Thailand. I spent the first two weeks in Bangkok, a week in Chiang Mai, and one week in Pai (and counting). I’m going to show you exactly how I did this, and ways that you can, too. Drinking a ton of Chang beers and gin […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Pai, Thailand

Thick clouds surrounded the mountain peaks in the distance. They wrapped around the tips like a fluffy blanket, covering them completely. The mountains were green, and rolled along the horizon, up and down, up and down, smooth and beautiful, as we drove along the mountain road.  The van winded up and down the narrow road, […]

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What I’m Bringing to Southeast Asia

I have a one-way ticket to Bangkok, not the slightest idea how long I’ll be traveling, and a 60-liter backpack filled to the brim with toiletries and (probably a few unnecessary) clothes. I tried my hardest not to over pack this time. I thought bringing my entire closet to one semester in Denmark was a […]

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My First Couchsurfing Meet Up: NYC

“My name is Monica,” I said to the two boys from Germany as I pointed to my name tag. As I moved my hand, it brushed against something sticky tangled in my hair. When I realized that my name tag was balled up and crumbled in my hair like an unlucky bug in a spiderweb, […]

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Writing Letters: My Favorite Way to Keep in Touch with Friends

The final few words seemed to take hours. I felt like my hand was trudging through molasses. Each letter was more difficult to write than the last. C’s eventually looked like parenthesis, and L’s eventually looked like diagonal lines. My cramping hand burned from holding a pen in the same position for hours, guiding it to […]

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