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Shopping in Chiang Mai


What to buy in the handicraft capital of Asia

Thailand’s Chiang Mai province is considered one of the best handicraft centers in Asia. From delicate silk to intricate lacquer ware, the only thing more impressive than the prices is the sheer volume of goods. Here are our top recommendations of what to buy in Chiang Mai: 

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Elephant-trekking in Thailand


Beasts of Burden

It’s a warm day in the jungles of Chiang Mai, Thailand but the Asian elephant barely seems to notice. Stopping only to munch on the leaves of low-hanging branches, she lumbers slowly down a well-worn path toward a remote hill tribe village. Seemingly unaware of the rider straddling her broad back, she rocks and sways from side to side on this most ancient form of transportation.
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Small-Ship Cruises


Larger-Than-Life Experiences

On the deck of the Road to Mandalay the evening is still. There is no sound except the water lapping at the hull, nothing to see but the countless stars that pepper the night sky. Up ahead a twinkling of light appears—evidence of a far-off city? An approaching ship? A nighttime mirage? It’s hard to tell until the ship finally catches up with the dream. Then, in the middle of the Irrawaddy River, there are thousands of candles floating on banana leaves encircling the ship and its awe-struck passengers.


Before the former Burma began to open up, the Road to Mandalay was the only way into the country’s back waterways. While the infrastructure in the now-called Myanmar remains quite primitive, and overland travel, especially in the northern regions, is arduous, the small ships that navigate the Irrawaddy are the best entrance into the interior.

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Eyes Wide Open: My First International Journey


Travcoa's Marketing Specialist's Journey to Thailand

As of December, 2013, I had worked in the travel industry for roughly a year and a half, and in that time I repeatedly had to inform curious folk that I had never left the country (something they were all shocked to hear). But Southeast Asia had been calling my name for months, and I finally asked my mother – one of my best friends – if she would like to join me on a trip neither of us would ever forget.

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Topics: Thailand