Chiang Mai Eats: Street Food, Khao Soi, Burgers

One of the downside of extended traveling is too much eating out. By the time we reached Chiang Mai, I was craving for simple home-cooked meals. It was a blessing that our accommodation in Chiang Mai, Baan Ploy-in, had a common kitchen that was well-equipped, and we were able to make breakfast and lunches “at home.” Despite that, we still ate out because we can’t help it. Here are some of my best eats in Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Chiang Mai Eats: Street Food, Khao Soi, Burgers”

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Lanna Folklife Museum, Chiang Mai

Our introduction to Chiang Mai came in the form of a museum. Come to think of it, this was the only museum we visited in our Thailand trip, and we were only compelled to do this because a local, Joy, the owner of our guesthouse, recommended we make such a visit. We had time to burn while waiting for our 2PM check-in time and Joy suggested we visit the Lanna Folklike Museum, which was just one big block away from the guesthouse. Continue reading “Lanna Folklife Museum, Chiang Mai”

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai: Baan Ploy-in via AirBnB

Chiang Mai is a city bursting with tourists (but not in an overrated way). The city does its tourism management so well that, despite knowing there are many tourists, it did not feel crowded at all. Because Chiang Mai attracts millions of tourists in any given year, finding accommodation is not difficult. But choosing the right for us proved more difficult than anticipated because there were so many to choose from! Continue reading “Where to Stay in Chiang Mai: Baan Ploy-in via AirBnB”

Pista in Phitsanulok

Phitsanulok is somewhere between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It is a small city, but I have heard of it already because Joel’s aunt lived and worked there and their family has stories and memories of the city. We never got to explore much of the city but we did have some “stopover” hours on our way to Chiang Mai, and there are two things we would go back for — friend chicken and Pista Cafe! Continue reading “Pista in Phitsanulok”

The Journey to Chiang Mai

Joel and I have been wanting to visit Chiang Mai for the longest time. We have been hearing of the beauty of the place from Joel’s family. His aunt and her family have lived there for about a decade and has been constantly inviting us to visit. Finally, last year, we decided to give it a go. Our journey to Chiang Mai took years to plan and took 12 hours to complete. Continue reading “The Journey to Chiang Mai”

DIY Weekend Tour in Sukhothai

Sukhothai was the first capital of the kingdom of Siam and is another UNESCO World Heritage site I want to tick off my bucket list. The historic park is located a few miles from the new city, and almost half a day of travel from Bangkok. Despite the quite long journey to Sukhothai, the travel was worth it because I had a lovely time exploring the old and the new. Continue reading “DIY Weekend Tour in Sukhothai”

The Journey to Sukhothai

During our trip to Thailand, I was determined to visit the two most popular UNESCO World Heritage sites because they were accessible by different modes of transportation. Having already explored Ayutthaya with my siblings and husband, only Sukhothai remains on my to-check out list. After a week exploring Bangkok, on a Saturday morning, my husband and I ate our last breakfast at the Station Cafe, checked out, and took the earliest special express train to Phitsanulok. Continue reading “The Journey to Sukhothai”

Where to Stay in Sukhothai: Vieng Tawan Guesthouse

Lovely. That was the first word I uttered when I saw Vieng Tawan Guesthouse in Sukhothai. It was a small guesthouse, but it was cozy, and on our first night, I heard a familiar language, Bisaya! Turned out, there was a group of younger girls from Davao who were staying at the guesthouse. They were working in Phitsanulok. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Sukhothai: Vieng Tawan Guesthouse”

Best of Bangkok’s Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in the world. Unlike Singapore’s Chinatown that you explore by foot in a day (or even less), Bangkok’s Chinatown is like a city within a city. We attempted to cover all of Chinatown, but three days is just not enough. I realized that when you come to Bangkok’s Chinatown, you must have a purpose and must know the exact location of that purpose. Otherwise, you’ll end up lost.  Here are the highlights of my walking tour around Chinatown. Continue reading “Best of Bangkok’s Chinatown”

Where to Stay in Bangkok: Chic Hostel

After our siblings went back to the Philippines, my husband and I continued our journey throughout Thailand. We checked out of Orchid Hostel and transferred to another hostel nearer to the Hua Lumphong Station or the central train station that would take us to our next destination. We arrived at Chic Hostel in Bangkok’s Chinatown after lunch and we were immediately given our room. Read on for my review of this strategically located hostel. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Bangkok: Chic Hostel”