Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort

  There’s a calm as soon as you walk through the white archway of Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort. Off of the party street (and feeling an entire world away) sits the new vegetarian resort. For me, after spending two weeks living off of a bustling road, the resort tucked into a quiet, winding soi is aContinue reading “Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort”

Guide to Nightlife in Chiang Mai

Compared to the thumping and thriving nightlife in Bangkok, Chiang Mai at night is sleepy and reserved. But, sleepy and reserved in a way that isn’t really sleepy or reserved at all. From backpacker enclaves to seedier lady bars, to local dives and the places where the hip and fabulous hang out, there’s something forContinue reading “Guide to Nightlife in Chiang Mai”

5 Things to Do in Chiang Mai: a Mini Guide to Chiang Mai

Sweet, gorgeous Chiang Mai. Located in northern Thailand, this city is everything Bangkok is not: it is peaceful, relaxing and blessedly less crowded. It’s easy to just get sucked into the city when traveling and decide to stick around longer. With so many affordable hotels and guest houses in Chiang Mai (we’re talking under $10Continue reading “5 Things to Do in Chiang Mai: a Mini Guide to Chiang Mai”

Chiang Mai health and beauty guide

When I first arrived in Chiang Mai, I had no idea where to start in terms of becoming a healthier person (and a well-coiffed one, too). It isn’t difficult to find places which cater to expats or western travelers in Chiang Mai, thanks to its ridiculously huge digital nomad scene, and its unending supply ofContinue reading “Chiang Mai health and beauty guide”

10 signs you are a local in Chiang Mai

After living in Thailand for more than two years, I like to consider myself a local. Although, let’s face it: as a westerner in Thailand, I will never be a real local. Certainly, I can adapt. I can learn. But, I am not Thai and never will be. However, I am decidedly more “Thai” than IContinue reading “10 signs you are a local in Chiang Mai”

Why I’m grateful for Chiang Mai

Three years ago, if you would have asked me about a future in Chiang Mai, I may have gone all glassy-eyed and distant. Chiang Mai was a dream to me three years ago. The elephants were a dream to me then, too. I lived in a world where I was not satisfied with my existence.Continue reading “Why I’m grateful for Chiang Mai”

Chiang Mai Moments: The moto ride

Welcome to a new series on d travels ’round, Chiang Mai Moments. This series will profile small moments in time during my life  as an expat in Chiang Mai. The moments which normally would get pushed aside for the bigger picture of life, but deserve more. There is no schedule for these posts. There is no format. TheseContinue reading “Chiang Mai Moments: The moto ride”

20 things I love about Chiang Mai

Today is Sunday, July 13, 2014. Two years ago today, I changed my life. I hopped on a Trans-Pacific flight to Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand, to begin anew. To work with my hero, Lek Chailert, and help raise awareness about responsible elephant tourism with Save Elephant Foundation. A lot can happenContinue reading “20 things I love about Chiang Mai”

I feel the earth move: the earthquake in Chiang Mai

“I want you to take over control … take over control … take over control …” My feet pedal furiously to the beat as I try to sweat the fever out of my body. Six more songs. Only six more until I’m done and can go home, shower and take medicine, then pass out. Except,Continue reading “I feel the earth move: the earthquake in Chiang Mai”

Celebrating Passover in Chiang Mai

Rabbis clad in the Orthodox suits stand upon chairs, clapping their hands with smiles on their faces as our makeshift congregation of travelers and expats clap along.   “Day-day-enu, day-day-enu, day-day-enu, dayenu, dayenu, dayenu,” we all sing together, accents melting into the chorus of the Passover song. It’s the first night of Passover, the firstContinue reading “Celebrating Passover in Chiang Mai”