24 hours in: Chiang Mai

24 hours in: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is one of those destinations that people often visit — and then stay long past the date they planned to leave. That’s thanks to a ultra laid back atmosphere, some of the best street food in Thailand, an abundance of beautiful temples, and proximity to waterfalls and jungle...

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Riding overland: Why public transport is the best way to see Thailand

Riding overland: Why public transport is the best way to see Thailand

There’s no one single reason why you should visit Thailand. Some travellers come for the perfect beach holiday in paradise, armed with colourful sarongs, sunscreen, and a good book. Others aim for a more active vacation, with trekking or whitewater rafting, or maybe zip-lining and rock climbing. Some hop on...

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What to expect at Songkran in Chiang Mai

What to expect at Songkran in Chiang Mai

In April, Thais celebrate one of the most important festivals of the year: Songkran — also known as the water festival. This celebration of Thai New Year is a big wet and wild party, with buckets of water being thrown, water guns being blasted, and everyone in the streets ending...

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Our local expert: Amy in Chiang Mai

Our local expert: Amy in Chiang Mai

For International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel to some of our female guides around the world. Today we head to Chiang Mai, to talk to our local expert, Amy.  What is your best travel memory? It’s definitely travelling in my own country of Thailand. which I can...

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Celebrating the Yee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

Celebrating the Yee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

November is best time of year in Chiang Mai, when the rainy season ends and winter begins, with temperatures averaging 14 to 28 degrees Celsius. There’s warm sunshine during the day, and cool early mornings and evenings. It’s also the time of year when the magical Festival of Lights takes...

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All about Phansa (or Buddhist Lent)

All about Phansa (or Buddhist Lent)

This Friday marks the beginning of the Buddhist celebration of the Phansa Rains Retreat (sometimes also known as Buddhist Lent). In Thai, this first day of the celebration is known as Khao Phansa and commonly falls in July; Oak Phansa marks the end of it and is usually in October. Phansa...

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Wet and wild! A Songkran survival guide

Wet and wild! A Songkran survival guide

You’ve likely seen photos of it — even if you didn’t really know what it’s all about. The Songkran Festival (or Water Festival) is one of the most famous Thai celebrations and, at first glance, looks like nothing more than a wet and wild party. And yes, that’s kind of...

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