Doing the northern loop

The infamous road of 1,864 curves

A four-day road trip of about 600 kilometres, starting in Chiang Mai, before journeying on to Mae La Noi, Mae Hong Son, Pai - and finishing back in Chiang Mai.


A stroll around Chiang Mai's Eastern District

A fun-filled glimpse into the past on every street corner

I was sitting in a small garden coffee shop just behind my school sipping a cooling iced-coffee yesterday afternoon, when I started to think about the area surrounding me. Its history is the history of foreigners in Chiang Mai, as this area is where the first foreigners settled, lived and worked in the late nineteenth century.


The battle of Nong Sarai

Following the life stories of a revered Thai king

King Naresuan is one of the most revered monarchs of Thai history. His victories over the Burmese during the years around the end of the 16th Century prevented Burma from consolidating their earlier military victories and hence extending further their empire to encompass large swathes of Siam.


A splendid horticultural experience

A day out at one of Chiang Mai's finest horticultural expositions

This blog is about a beautiful and enjoyable day I recently spent at the Royal Flora Ratchaphreuk horticultural exposition in Chiang Mai. It's a mix of pavilions, gardens, events and activities all nestled into a small valley off the irrigation road around 15km south of the city.


Temple spotting

A guide to Chiang Mai's most popular temples

Chiang Mai is a city of temples, and these temples are at the historical and cultural heart of the city. In fact, one houses the City Pillar which gave the city its cosmological chart and hence the blueprint for its construction in 1296 by King Mengrai . There are hundreds, but for this blog, I will write a personal guide for some of the ones I enjoy visiting.


Treading the boards

Theatre is alive and well in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has become a sort of bohemian centre for new age people and its expatriate community is actively involved in music, yoga, dance, alternative medicine and amateur theatre. There is today an eclectic mix of activities for an eclectic community.


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