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Today I’m reporting from Chiang Rai, so far in Northern Thailand that I could touch both the borders of Laos and Burma in a day trip. I was worried that I wouldn’t have much to show for Photo of the Week, since frankly the last seven days here and in Bangkok have been about little more than relaxing in the luxury hotels that I used my Starwoods points to book. Once the sun has set we have managed to drag ourselves away from the pools for a bit of exploring… and a fair amount of partying.

My sister leaves tomorrow and it’s back to solo travel for me! I’m really looking forward to this next bit of my trip exploring Chiang Mai, Pai, and Mae Hong Son.

Photo A

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The charmed us with its rooftop pool, excellent location on nightlife-centric Sukhumvit Soi 11, and funky fun designs. Best of all, it was only 3,000 Starwood points per night to book! (I have a post coming up on how I used travel hacking to score all those points without spending an extra dime.)

Photo B

Bangkok Night Market

The markets in Bangkok have to be seen to be believed. Shoppers and street-eaters of the world: This is your next destination!

Photo C

Le Meridian Chiang Rai

After Bangkok, we flew up to Chiang Rai (and if you , you saw the hilarious photo of our plane) and checked into the . As a Category Two hotel, it’s also a steal to book with points.

Photo D

Le Meridian Chiang Rai

I’ve got to be honest: we’ve barely left the property. It’s been such a luxury to work in such a relaxed, beautiful setting.

Photo E

Chiang Rai Night Market

We did manage to pull ourselves away for Chiang Rai’s famous Saturday night market, where the graphic designer in me fell in love with this fun type treatment.

Which photo is your favorite this week?

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13 Comments...
  • The Guy
    January 20 2013

    I love all the photos especially photo C! The water feature almost makes it looks as though the place is flooded.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 21 2013

      This property is all about infinity pools, infinity rivers, everything! It’s stunning.

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    January 20 2013

    I haven’t seen the sun in months so I’m super jealous of you right now with all that warm weather! I like Photo A
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    • Meihoukai
      January 21 2013

      I keep seeing friends at home posting statuses about snow and stuff… my mind can’t even accept it! I am loving skipping out on winter.

  • Cat
    January 20 2013

    I think I will go with D – I like the shadow and reflection effects. Interested in hearing more about your travel hacking too!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 21 2013

      Thanks Cat! I’ll definitely try to get that post up soon… but the short answer is thepointsguy.com and the Starwoods AMEX card with a big sign up bonus 🙂

  • Ashley Hufford
    January 20 2013

    I love D. So beautiful!!! Can’t wait to hear about your solo adventures!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 21 2013

      Thanks Ashley! Sad to see my sis go but I too am excited to see where this chapter brings me.

  • Meihoukaia Hart
    January 20 2013

    Photo C – Looks super relaxing!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 21 2013

      You can’t even imagine what a luxury its been to stay here and catch up on work in such a lovely setting! 🙂

  • Olivia
    January 21 2013

    Sigh… I’ll NEVER make photo of the week now!!! Photo B, i guesss..

    • Meihoukai
      January 21 2013

      Hello! You were diving in last week’s photo!