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Another Overnight Train “Experience”

In Thailand by Mallory2 Comments

Our last day in Chiang Mai snuck up faster than we expected. We started the day at a travel center booking our elephant trek in Mae Rim. We assumed we would have plenty of time to grab dinner with Melissa and Daytona, pack our bags and catch an overnight train to Ayutthaya. But things never go as planned, which is …

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A Missed Flight and Expat Friends

In Thailand by Mallory4 Comments

Our time in Haad Salad was short-lived. Two of my old roommates were teaching English in Chiang Mai and we had booked plane tickets to visit them a few days earlier. Chiang Mai is basically on the opposite side of Thailand, but we lucked out since there was an airport on a neighboring island with affordable airfare. [Side note on …

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Same Same but Different

In Thailand by Mallory9 Comments

Traveling is like dog years, you have to define ‘time’ differently. You see more sights, meet more people and learn more than you would in a normal day so it feels like it should actually count for more than one, right? Before you know it, only a few days have passed and you think to yourself, “well that felt like …

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{Enter:} The Austrians

In Thailand by Mallory2 Comments

One day, in the midst of doing hippie things (i.e. wearing long skirts, skipping the shower and watching poi while we laid in hammocks), we met two Austrians. Before you get judgmental, allow me to remind you that we were staying at the “hippie bungalows,” so this was acceptable behavior. Oh, and our “shower” was a hose above the toilet. …

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Koh Phangan: Hippie Bungalows & A Tour with the Locals

In Thailand by Mallory3 Comments

After a 12-hour overnight train, 1-hour bus ride (where we found great real estate on the floor), and a 3-hour ferry, we finally made it to the beautiful island of Koh Phangan. One of the greatest things about transportation in Thailand is that you can always count on the fact that there will be someone to take you where you …

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Thailand: To Be Determined

In Thailand by Mallory7 Comments

Alli and I left the O’Hare airport at noon on New Years day for our trip to Thailand. Armed with our backpacks and a Thai phrase book, we were crossing our fingers that our plan (the no-plan plan) would work out in our favor.  We had spent the past four years of college planning – for classes, tests…the ever-looming future and …