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Greenhouse at Bhubing Palace is a riot of color

I laughed out loud the first time I saw an advertisement for Pooping Palace on the window of one of the hop-on/hop-off pickup trucks that carry passengers around Chiang Mai, Thailand....

More of the decorations that surround Thapae Gate in Chiang Mai during the Yi Peng Festival

For years I have longed to attend the Thai festival of Yi Peng, but my travel itinerary never cooperated. Finally, this past December the stars aligned and I found myself in...

Ku Par Dom temple in the ancient underground city  of Wiang Kum Kam near Chiang Mai, Thailand

Anyone who has visited Chiang Mai, Thailand has heard about the 36 temples (wats) within the Old City walls and spectacularly gilded Doi Suthep temple, an important wat that offers stunning...

Street food vendor at Chiang Mai Gate, in Chiang Mai, Thailand

As a vegetarian who travels perpetually, finding appropriate food can sometimes be stressful. Last year I spent two months in Chiang Mai, Thailand and since I’ve been there there many times...

Just don't look down!

The term ‘Thai art’ is something of an oxymoron in modern days. Centuries ago, craftsmen produced stunning sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings that illustrate Buddhist texts or honor Buddha, but other...

Elephants use their trunks to cover themselves with dirt from these trenches, which helps to keep them cool

Half a dozen elephants wandered around the compound as I dug into my delicious vegetarian lunch at Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand. Earlier that day I’d fed and walked among...