Chiang Rai Things To Do, Where To Eat & Where To Stay!

Chiang Rai, in Thailand’s northernmost province,  sits firmly on the South East Asia Backpacker trail, and is often a travelers last stop in Thailand before crossing in Laos. However, a quick search of things to do in the area leaves many feeling underwhelmed. Most travelers have heard about the White Temple, but with google throwing up only a few more temples as options for Things To Do in Chiang Rai, it doesn’t inspire many people to stick around longer than the included 2 hour stop on the way to the border.  This guide is dedicated to showing you that there is so much more to Chiang Rai than just the ‘White Temple’ and to convince you to give it a little more time on your tour of Thailand. Keep reading to find out all about the Things To Do in Chiang Rai – and as you’ll be staying a little longer – where to eat and where to stay! (Chiang Rai Things To Do)

Chinag Rai Things To Do

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Jub is a kiwi who is wearing a cat t-shirt more often than not. He's been travelling since 2012 and for some reason keeps finding himself back in Southeast Asia but knows there is a whole world out there to explore.Follow his adventures on Facebook, and Instagram.

Travel Photo Tuesday (Ep.44)

Travel Photo Tuesday

Hi There! And welcome to my “Travel Photo Tuesday” Series! Thank you for stopping by!

Travel Photo Tuesday is a place to share some awesome shots from Instagram that have been shared with the hashtag #maketimetoseetheworld. Each week I feature a great  photo + story combination and at the end of the month I share 10 of the best snaps under the hashtag from that month. Sounds like fun, right?

So let’s get started!

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and thought, “man, I need to take that photo”? Well my Travel Photo Tuesday series is here to help! Each week I share an awesome photograph from a fellow travel blogger – and ask them to share  a little about the shot: where it was taken, why it was special and any hidden gems in the area that MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld readers should know about!

If you’d like to be featured on Travel Photo Tuesday, the instructions are at the bottom of the post. And if you want to get an idea of the photo’s I like – check out previous featured posts HERE

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Motorbikes in South East Asia – Where 2 wheels are better than 4!

Motorbikes in South East Asia

If you have traveled in South East Asia you may have noticed that the motorbike can be used for such much more than from just getting from A to B. They are people movers, delivery trucks and livestock transportation. The use of motorbikes in South East Asia is the perfect example of how people make do with whatever they have – and it makes for some weird and wonderful sights to the uninitiated! Motorbikes South East Asia

Motorbikes South East Asia

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Travel Photo Tuesday (Ep.25)


Welcome to my “Travel Photo Tuesday” series. Its a place for me to share my favorite travel photographs – and feature some of your best shots – from Instagram & Twitter each week that have been tagged with @maketimetoseetheworld and/or #maketimetoseetheworld.

If you have ever checked out my Instagram feed you will have noticed that I absolutely love travel photos. I have hundreds to share from years of traveling but I also see so many beautiful photographs from my followers which inspire wanderlust and showcase destinations I could only dream of.

I’ve decided to share my favorites with you as a feature here on the blog & across all social media platforms each Tuesday in the hope of inspiring you all to maketimetoseetheworld.

Want to get involved? Check out the instructions below.

And if you want to get an idea of the photo’s I like – check out previous featured posts HERE

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How This Seasoned Traveler Got Scammed… Twice!

That’s right folks. I have been scammed whilst traveling, and not just once, but twice. Traveler Got Scammed

Travel Got Scammed

If you travel – or even if you don’t – you’ve probably heard about travelers being scammed all across the world. From taxi divers who claim the meter is broken to the ‘free gifts from the locals’ that turn out not to be so free, there are so many scammers out there it is sometimes hard to keep up with their tricks. I’ve always liked to think that my endless research before a trip gives me a heads up on all the scams going, and for the most part, I’ve done OK. (I think 30+ countries to only 2 scams is good going!!) But even this seasoned traveler has been caught out. Read on the find out which super scammers got me – and you might be surprised at their simplicity!

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Salad Beach Resort at Haad Salad – The Best Kept Secret on Koh Phangan

Everyone has heard of Koh Phangan. It is just one of the many tropical islands off the coast of Thailand that has made a name for itself as the home of the famous Full Moon Party – a ‘Bucket List’ experience for so many people. Our own visit was no exception, but at the same time I had no desire to stay in Haad Rin (where the party is held) and where you could guarantee boozed up backpackers falling about in the street at all hours of each day/night – whether it was the party night or not! (You might remember my aversion to drunk backpackers from my post about Vang Vieng).

Best place to Stay Koh Phangan Haad Salad

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not lumping every backpacker into this category, and a big blow out every once in a while can be healthy (and fun!) but I just don’t like to be/stay in that kind of environment. So where else should you stay? Read on to find why Haad Salad is the best place to stay on Koh Phangan! Haad Yao near Thong Sala also has hotels near Haad Salad.

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