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Wat Chalermprakiat Lampang

Wat Chalermprakiat: Lampang’s Mysterious Mountain Temple

Completed in 2015, Lampang Province’s Wat Chalermprakiat is one of Thailand’s most spectacular mountain temples. Many who come across pictures of its misty peaks capped with white pagodas immediately want to know where it is. But the temple is in such a remote location that few actually ever make it there.  My case was no

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Wat Huai Pla Klang Chiang Rai

Wat Huai Pla Klang: Seeing Chiang Rai From Guan Yin’s Eyes

In addition to its lush green landscapes, Chiang Rai has become famous throughout Thailand for its unique and unusual temples. Most notably, the White, Black and Blue Temples, which help put a brand new spin on the traditional Thai wat. But unbeknownst to many visitors to the city, there’s yet another Chiang Rai temple that

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Silver Temple Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s 4 Most Unique Temples

Chiang Mai is a city of over 300 temples. While not quite as many as Bangkok’s 400, consider the size difference. The capital has roughly 55 times more people than Chiang Mai! With so many temples concentrated in such a small area, how does one choose where to go? While the historical temples of the

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

A Day on Doi Suthep: Chiang Mai’s Holy Mountain

Chiang Mai residents have always regarded Doi Suthep as sacred. It plays a role in the folklore of the ancient Haripunchai Kingdom, which long predates Chiang Mai’s establishment. And the original inhabitants of the area, the Lawa people, believed the mountain to be the home of their ancestral spirits. Nowadays, in addition to scenic waterfalls

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Wat Chedi Luang Chiang Mai

A Day in Chiang Mai’s Old City

Even today, the ancient historical district of Chiang Mai is widely regarded as the heart of the city. In addition to centuries-old temples, the district also pulls in visitors with its cozy coffee shops, night market and even street art. Simply put, no visit to Northern Thailand is complete without at least a day dedicated

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Sakon Nakhon Guide

Sakon Nakhon: Thailand’s Best-Kept Secret

Considering Thailand’s immense popularity with tourists, its northeastern Isaan region hardly gets the attention it deserves. The area is home to stunning landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and some of the friendliest locals you’ll encounter in the ‘Land of Smiles.’ While Isaan consists of 20 provinces in total, you can’t go wrong with Sakon Nakhon

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Elephant Temple Wat Ban Rai

Wat Ban Rai: The Elephant Temple of Nakhon Ratchasima

Theravada Buddhism, also known as “the way of the elders,” is often considered the most old-fashioned and conservative form of the religion. But over the past few decades, numerous temples in Thailand have been challenging that stereotype. As evidence by colorful and surrealist temples like Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) and the Erawan Museum,

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Prasat Hin Phimai

Phimai: The Khmer Empire’s Most Important Outpost

When most people think of ancient ruins in Thailand, they picture the old Siamese capitals of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. But one of the country’s most impressive stone temples is also one of its least visited. Phimai, located just outside the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, is a Khmer temple dating back to the 11th century. And

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Phnom Rung Buriram

Phnom Rung: Buriram’s Khmer Volcano Temple

Mostly built in the 12th century, Phnom Rung was one of the Khmer Empire’s most important temples outside of Angkor. Later on during the reign of Jayavarman VII, it was even a prominent stop on the road he built connecting Phimai with the capital of Angkor Thom. But nowadays, the impressive temple gets much less

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Khao Khanab Nam Krabi

Discovering the Caves of Krabi Town

Most who arrive at Krabi airport are eager to head straight to the beach. But the provincial capital, locally known as Krabi Town, is more than just a pass-through destination. From the town center you have access to both a stunning viewpoint and numerous caves. And some of these caves have been home to everything

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Chiang Mai Women's Prison Street Art

Street Art: Chiang Mai

Visitors flock to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to see its ancient temples, scenic mountains and maybe even ride some elephants. But not many realize that the city is becoming increasingly popular in Southeast Asia for another thing: street art. As Chiang Mai has long been one of Thailand’s most creative cities, not to mention one of

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MAIIAM Chiang Mai

A Guide to Chiang Mai’s Best Art Spaces

Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s most thriving creative hubs. The abundance of universities, along with the cheap rent and slow pace of living, have combined to make the Lanna capital an attractive place to live and work for all sorts of creative types. While, as we’ll cover below, there are some great art spaces

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