Hey readers! This week found me continuing my exploration of Northern Thailand and having lots of touristy fun along the way. I’ve been traveling with someone I met in Hawaii, and it has definitely inversed my typical work/travel balance (which typically leans much more heavily on work!) Having a travel buddy has a lot of benefits and I’m having a lot of fun with it at the moment, but as you may have noticed from a lighter-than-usual posting schedule this week, I’m totally behind on work!
The week kicked off in Pai, from where we took a two day rafting trip to Mae Hong Son. It was, among other things, the first time I can recall sleeping in the jungle under nothing more than a mosquito net and the longest I’ve been away from Internet since November of 2011!
Unfortunately Mae Hong Son met us with a nasty bout of food poisoning, but we were able to soak up a bit of the city’s bucolic atmosphere and Burmese-style temples first. For the weekend, we booked it back to Chiang Mai to hang out with friends and take a Thai cooking class. As always, I can’t wait to share all of this with you in more in-depth posts later!
I’m traveling at a slightly more rapid pace than I typically prefer, all in order to get to the Philippines before my Thai visa runs out. I’m going to miss Northern Thailand though — I found a lot of happiness here.
Onto the photos!
This tea on my last morning in Pai was most certainly the prettiest I’ve ever had.
The camp in the middle of the jungle on my rafting trip through the Thai jungle.
Stunning hillside temple in Mae Hong Son. I was fascinated by the Burmese influence on the temples in this border city.
These temples on the lake were the reason Mae Hong Son had been on my travel to-do list for so long.
I loved my Chiang Mai cooking class! In the morning we went to the very colorful market.
I managed not to burn the place down!
Which photo is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!