Weekend in Chiang Mai

When we talk about the northern part of Thailand, we can’t definitely go past the Chiang Mai. Many believe that cities in the northern Thailand are still the right ones, authentic and compared to the one in the south, much less flooded with tourists. You can’t get away from the crowds so easily in the Thailand, and no worries, you will certainly not stroll the streets on your own 😀 quite the opposite.

We travelled to Chiang Mai by bus from “neighbouring” Chiang Rai. The ride takes about three hours, for which we were charged 180 THB (approx. € 5,50) per person. Given that the last bus stop is a bit far from the city centre, it is necessary to take another local bus or taxi to get to your hotel.

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To the north, to Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai lies in the far north of the Thailand and is only 55 kilometers away from the state border with Laos and Myanmar. The city itself may be (too) forgotten many times, since many people focus on planning to visit just the surrounding sight, which are mostly visited during day trips from nearby Chiang Mai.

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Off we go… to Thailand

So… Thailand finally ended up on our travel list. A country where the journey of many world travellers began and it was the reason for emergence of numerous travel blogs.

Many people think that Thailand is no longer what it used to be, but – other countries are changing and developing too and some of them becoming even more interesting and attractive than they used to be in the past. We will see if we will be surprised or not, however, we believe that as always, we will come home from this journey excited and full of new stories, which we will, of course, be happy to share with you.

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Itinerary: Unique Istanbul

Istanbul is a city that has a little more than others, with its unique vibe, it attracts many visitors every year who spend just couple of days in the city or even take a longer vacation. Bargaining on stalls, strolling between more or less well-known landmarks and enjoying delicious and especially affordable food – these are just a few reasons why Istanbul is definitely worth a visit.

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La Digue, a small piece of paradise

We continued our journey on the island of La Digue… a really small island. It is 5 kilometers long and only 3 kilometers wide and depending on population, it is still the third biggest isle on Seychelles. Yeah, it is small as hell 🙂 There are only a few cars on it, and they are just like those golf carts you see in expensive resorts. The locals as well as tourists for moving around the island and searching for their spot under the palm trees use bicycles. But forget about relaxed cycling along the beach and prepare yourself for some real steep climbs along the way. You can hire bicycles right next to the port or arrange a rent in your hotel. Daily rent of a bike will cost you 150 rupees, which is approximately 10 € (1 € = 15,3 SCR).

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Exploring Praslin Island and excursion to Curieuse

Our first destination was the second largest island of Seyschelles – Praslin, which is only 20 minutes by plane away from the main island of Mahe. A flight with a small plane that accommodates only 16 people, is a unique experience that can be extremely adrenaline and at times not that pleasant (of course, depending of the weather 😎). Instead of flying, you also have an alternative, which in this case is a ferry. Driving with it lasts a good hour, you can seat in the air-conditioned room and there is also a small bar on board, where you can grab something to drink or have a snack. Luxury at its finest 😋. Regardless of whether you are traveling by plane or ferry, your ticket will cost you around 70 €.

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Istanbul, a city of bazaars, mosques and kebabs

Forget about the all-inclusive resorts near Mediterranean Sea, Istanbul is the real Turkey you want to discover. The city has a really different but at the same time very interesting vibe, it has cheap and especially good food, a whole lot of sights and numerous markets, where you can find practically everything you want. Istanbul is great for a quick weekend city break or longer vacation.

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