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#Pai is definitely a backpacker town in Thailand. This place is relaxed, full of young people building their travel experience, waterfall and rainforest surrounding you. Grab a scooter and go exploring the area!
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My favourite outdoor experience in Northern Thailand: 3 days in the jungle with Tama: happiest person on Earth!
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As fascinating as the white temple , the #blackhouse   #BaanSiDum is geographically located at the opposite of WatRongKhun and this place will let you gob-smacked too. #ThawanDuchanee is a renowned Thai artist who uses skulls, horns, skins, shells and many other animals body parts for his creations.

It's also a place where you can see unusual animals that refer to the night or the fear such as alive annaconda or Owl.

It was fascinating and a little bit scary too, especially the biggest black house!

#Thailand #ChiangRai
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#WatRongKhun or the #WhiteTemple : I couldn't take any picture inside the temple (where you can see batman, superman, jake sparrow, hulk and many others) but Chalermchai Kositpipat is a amazing and talented artist.
After 20 years, his master piece isn't achieved yet but so far I've never seen such wired and incredible and wonderful thing made by a Human being...

#Thailand #ChiangRai  
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I would like to share with you my trek in Doi Inthanon National Park or my day trip to the most beautiful places in Pai with Jake and Christian but I'm not ready yet.

Instead, I want to show you some of the most creative and beautiful creations and buildings in and around #ChiangRai : #clocktower , #WatRongKhun and #BanDaam or #BaanSiDum

#clavier #clavtravel
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Hi everybody, it has been a while since I shared some pictures with you!

Here is a few about the Yi Peng which is the real Lantern ceremony in Chiang Mai. The other one, Loy Krathong is only made up for tourists who missed the real one!

It was magical and I live to think this is how we make stars in the sky.

#clavier #clavtravel #rhizo14 #worldtouroutdoorexperience #yipengfestival  
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Lucky enough to find a couchsurfer in Chiang Mai, I start my journey with Amanda to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep which is a buddhist temple at the top of the closest "mountain": Doi Suthep.

However the best way to get somewhere in Chiang Mai is to rent a bike. Driving in Thailand is an exciting experience you can't miss even if it seems a bit scary. Indeed, driving in Thailand is more like a race and your goal is to avoid any kind of dangerous situation. Therefore you really need both mirrors and you start slaloming between the cars.

Located 16km away from my place, we arrived to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. It's cloudy but it doesn't rain. First we noticed many stallholders along the staircase from the bottom to the entrance of the temple to sell food and souvenirs.
For the first time I ate coconut panckakes and I have to say they were really tasty (far tastier than the insects we had with Trevor the night before less than 1 hour after I landed!).

Once the entrance of the temple passed, we really appreciated the accuracy of the handcraft work. I was amazed by the wood board and how detailled it was. Colours and textures vary but harmonize.

Even if we are surrounded by a lot of tourists, it's not crowded.
Many of them are here to pray either with a white flower or a note (weird?) at the end of a stick.

We also had the chance to watch a small show with traditional clothing given by kids and their master.

It's the first temple I visit in Thailand and I can't wait to see more of them!

#clavtravel #thailand #chiangmai #watphrathatdoisuthep 
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I met Jakes, Christian and Tobias at Slumber Party Hostel and Bar Backpackers in Ao-Nang. After several card games, they ask me if I want to join them to Koh Phi Phi. My rock climbers' friends are not here yet so I accept their offer.

Koh Phi Phi Don is part of the Phi Phi islands. Not far away you can also visit Koh Lanta and Maya Bay (we did this one) where the movie "The Beach" was filmed. Caves and cliffs are everywhere and the atmosphere is magical.
However this is not my world. After 3 days and nights, it is time for me to go rock climbing in Tonsai while my 3 friends go to Thong Sala!
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Woah, it's a big step forward after 22months and a half in Australia!

With only my small 35L backpack Only One, I'm now experiencing something different in SouthEast Asia. I'm not sure where I will go but at least I can tell you where I've been. Here is Krabi, a small town South of Thailand. The street aren't tidy since thriving is more important than anything else. 

Electric cables are twist unsafely together, water pipes aren't hidden, it's really hard to find a bin somewhere, ... But you are not here for that. On the other hand and as expected, temples have a complex architecture and outstanding details. Even birds (or the materialisation of a Thai buddhist god) have their own temple where they eat the rice. 

The background is also quite spectacular with those limestone cliffs covered by the jungle impossible to cross. There are everywhere and most of them hide amazing caves. You can explore everything at your own risk since here nothing is forbidden. If you want to climb up a rope to see what is behind or if you wanna go throughout a tunnel, you can. I also went in a big bat cave without any restriction. They were so many I didn't try to disturb them with my headlamp.

However this part of Thailand is the most expensive of the country. It's hard to eat decently for less than 50 Thai Baht. I bet there is a tourist price and a local price but what can I do? I'm from the western world and I can't hide that.

Luckuly some Thai people don't look at you just for your money. Once I was trapped under a stall holder, caught by a huge tropical shower. I started making biscuit with three thai women: the Grand-mother, the mother and the daughter. They couldn't speak english but we could communicate with the translator on the daughter's Iphone. It was an open heart experience and I can't wait to live an other one!

#onlyone    #clavtravel   #globalclassroom    #krabi   #thailand  #clavier #rhizo14
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