Crystal Clear Water with White Sandy Beach – Railey Beach, Krabi, Thailand

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As we continued our Thailand trip, we decided to explore down south to enjoy famous Thailand beaches since we have spent some time in mountain area of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. You can read about my blogs post on them at Land of Lanna, The Highest Point of Thailand, and The Northern Most Province of Thailand. With all the many choices of beaches in Thailand, since we like a more of relaxing family oriented experience, we decided to fly down to Krabi. We flew with Thai Airways and it only took a couple hours to get there from the north part of Thailand since Thailand is relatively small country. We arrived Krabi sometime in the evening and as soon as we stepped out of airplane we can feel the heat and humidity of southern Thailand. It is just different experience from Northern Thailand. Krabi has relatively small airport. So we literally had to step out of airplane and took steps down to run way to take a bus which took us to terminal. Then we took about 40 minutes car ride to our hotel location which is Ao Nang.

Railey Beach – Since we arrived late in the evening, we decided to take things slowly the next day. Instead of hardcore sightseeing, we decided just to relax at nearby beach. After having a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, we took Tuk Tuk to go to pier. It took about 10 minutes ride to get to pier where people sell boats ticket to Rialey Beach. There are several ways you can get to Railey. Continue reading

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The Highest Point of Thailand – Doi Inthanon National Park

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As a second part of post for my Chiang Mai Trip, I am going to write about The Highest Point of Thailand – Doi Inthanon National Park. In previous post, I have already written about our trip to Elephant Camp, 3D Museum, and a Royal Flora. If you miss my previous post on them, please feel free to visit at Land of Lanna – Chiang Mai post.

Doi Inthanon National Park – This is highest peak of Thailand which takes about an hour a half ride to reach to the top. No matter what time of the year you visit, it is a little bit of cooler at the top. So I would recommend visitors to bring extra layers of clothes. This place would not be that magnificent if it is just known for the highest peak of Thailand. There are also other attractions in the vicinity. As part of the national park, you can visit the two pagodas which arise at 2350 meter high sea level.  The view from pagodas is magnificent that you can just stare at the range of Shan Hill which shares with Burma (Myanmar). Also if you are flower enthusiastic, you can enjoy wonderful collection of flowers in the garden located around the pagodas. Also I would recommend not to forget to stop by at Wachirathan Waterfalls on the way back. It is roughly accumulated height of 80 meter segmented waterfalls with a loop that you can walk around to enjoy the waterfalls. Also there are some local restaurant in the area for a nice break to enjoy authentic Thai food before you explore other Chiang Mai attraction.

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Land of Lanna – Chiang Mai

IMG_8784As part of my Thailand vacation series, I am going to post about our three days stop in Chiang Mai which I call Land of Lanna. Chiang Mai is known to be a must visit place for tourists visiting Thailand. Chiang Mai might not have the same city life or night life that Bangkok can offer but if you want to experience a more charming and peaceful experience while enjoying breathtaking scenes and escaping heat of Thailand, I would strongly recommend to visit Chiang Mai. So how can we get to Chiang Mai? There are multiple transportation options that you can take to travel to Chiang Mai. The most economical way will be taking bus. Within bus option, there are different classes that you can take. I would strongly recommend to take VIP class since it offers better leg room as well as air condition which is a must in Thailand. In terms of price, it is roughly $30 for one way. If you are travelling from Bangkok, I would recommend to have overnight bus since you can just sleep a long the way and enjoy the place once the dawn arises. Other transportation options varies from flight, train to private taxi. Of the many attractions that you can enjoy in Chiang Mai, I am going to post about the places I visited. Since I was traveling with two years old toddler, all the places I went are family friendly attractions in Chiang Mai.

Maesa Elephant Camp – As our first stop, we went to visit an elephant camp which is about 30 minutes drive from the town. You might be wondering whats so strange with these elephants that you would fly all the way to Thailand just to see them. Well, these are not just ordinary elephant that you would see and Asian section of city zoo. These are talented elephants which are trained to play soccer and paint wonderful art. You can buy ticket to enjoy elephant playing soccer and usually the show concludes with elephants drawing wonderful paints which are available for purchase for different prices, usually ranging from 1,000 Thai Baht to 2,000 Thai Baht. For those who want to experience elephant riding, there is specific schedule that you can book a tour to ride elephant for either 30 minutes or an hour.

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The Northern Most Province of Thailand – Chiang Rai

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This post is part of my trip to Thailand which I began with Home Sweet Home and I have already written about my first destination as The Golden Triangle – Tachileik. In this post, I will be writing about my family trip to the Northern Most Province of Thailand – Chiang Rai.

There are multiple ways that visitors can get to Chiang Rai. I have traveled to Chiang Rai by both land and air from Bangkok. For land transportation option, visitors can either take bus from Bangkok bus terminal or get private rental car. In either case, it takes about 11 to 12 hours ride. I would say the most economical way of land transportation is bus which costs about only $30. For air options, there are various airlines that fly that to Chiang Rai from Bangkok. As I mentioned in Home Sweet Home post, all the flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai take off from Don Mueng Airport except Thai Smile Airline which is owned by Thai Airway. As for this trip, since I was in Tachileik, my family arranged a private van to visit Chiang Rai. From Tachileik (the Thailand counterpart side is called Maesai), it only takes about 30 minutes to get to Chiang Rai.

The Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden – This is one of the absolute stunning garden that I have visited. The garden was built over 10 acres of land with uncountable flowers of red, yellow, white and any color that you named it. This place is a must visit for any flower enthusiastic. In the middle of the garden, there is a sculpture named “Continuity”. The name was given  to draw attention to the fact that continuity ensures the success of any endeavor.

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The One Place Where Snow Falls Every Night

As part of holiday series, this week I am going to post about The One Place Where Snow Falls Every Night. We are in the winter and holiday season. Yet we haven’t really seen snow yet in Seattle area. Of course, Mt. Rainier does offers snow everyday throughout the year. However, we don’t want to miss out holiday spirit, jingle bells song, and St. Nicholas of the holiday season. So where do we go to enjoy snow and holiday spirit at the same time? Continue reading

Very Local Holiday Event – Festive Fun in Puyallup

As we are still in holiday season, I decided to write another post about Holiday. Last week, I blogged about Christmas Lights event at Warm Beach, WA. This week, I am going to post about a local Christmas event in Puyallup, WA. The event is held at Sunrise Village Shopping Mall in Puyallup. As Christmas is the time for family, this is definitely a family friendly event with a lot of activities for kids. The best thing about this event is it is a free event. Yes, there are a lot of activities and you will not have to pay anything for any of those.

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The Lights of Christmas

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As we are in Christmas time and holiday season, I decided to take a break from my Home Sweet Home series. Instead I will write about my visit to a local holiday event. As we are in December, people are decorating their houses with lights everywhere. There are numerous ticketed lights events throughout Pacific Northwest. Of these many choices, I decided to visit “The Light of Christmas” at Stanwood, WA.

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The event is held at Warm Beach Camp and this is more than a decade old annual event since 1997. The camp is located 1 hour north of Seattle. This is ideal family event for holiday season. There are more than 1 millions light displays. Every year, event organizers start to set up lights in September for this magical lights experience. The general admission for ticket is $16 per adult and it is free admission for children under three. $16 might seem a little expensive but I would say it is totally worth it. If it still deems expensive, visitors can visit “Pay what you can” nights. The schedule of those nights can be found on their website every year. Continue reading