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Chiang Mai exudes an ancient charm that may be hard to find in other areas of Thailand, but it's not as old as you'd think! It was established as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, which controlled much of Northern Thailand, in 1296 until the area was incorporated into Siam in the 1800s. Many of the 300ish wats, or temples,…

Chiang Mai is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in Northern Thailand. A popular destination among backpackers, there are ample choices for affordable accommodations. For couples looking for a deal on a private room, the Tree Boutique Hotel might be an option, but our experience there ultimately leads us to not strongly recommend it. Read on to…

Today's Singapore is best known for its futuristic skyscrapers, but if you have a few days to spend, you should definitely explore the old cultural districts that played a hand in shaping the history of the city. As in any major port, Singapore has for centuries hosted immigrants from all over Southeast Asia, the characteristics of each culture amalgamating into…

After leaving Bali, we had a short two night stay in Singapore before continuing on to Thailand. With some IHG Rewards Club points still in our stash, the Hotel Indigo Singapore emerged as a solid option we could redeem for free nights. Located in the trendy Katong district, the Hotel Indigo Singapore was a great base for a short exploration…

Of the thousands of temples on Bali, six are considered the main "directional temples" which provide spiritual balance for the island. Of these six, only one is also a "sea temple" which surrounds the perimeter and provides spiritual protection for the island. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a most auspicious site, perched on a steep 70 meter sea cliff, offering stunning views. And…

Ubud is a foodie haven, especially if you're vegan, gluten-free or just appreciate a delicious healthy meal. You would think the culture of juicing and veganism came to Ubud with the yoga fanatics, but the fact is that Balinese eat incredibly healthy (suckling pig aside). The great thing about eating out in Ubud is that you can get a taste of…

The first time I saw a photo of a Balinese candi bentar was on Pinterest, and my first thought was, "That can't be real." The photo I had seen was from Pura Lempuyang, which is known as the Gate of Heaven. It's the only gate which looks out toward the next mountaintop with nothing but sky and clouds beyond it, evoking a surreal and truly heavenly…

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