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Hey readers! This week found me continuing my exploration of Northern Thailand and having lots of touristy fun along the way. I’ve been traveling with someone I met in Hawaii, and it has definitely inversed my typical work/travel balance (which typically leans much more heavily on work!) Having a travel buddy has a lot of benefits and I’m having a lot of fun with it at the moment, but as you may have noticed from a lighter-than-usual posting schedule this week, I’m totally behind on work!

The week kicked off in Pai, from where we took a two day rafting trip to Mae Hong Son. It was, among other things, the first time I can recall sleeping in the jungle under nothing more than a mosquito net and the longest I’ve been away from Internet since November of 2011!

Unfortunately Mae Hong Son met us with a nasty bout of food poisoning, but we were able to soak up a bit of the city’s bucolic atmosphere and Burmese-style temples first. For the weekend, we booked it back to Chiang Mai to hang out with friends and take a Thai cooking class. As always, I can’t wait to share all of this with you in more in-depth posts later!

I’m traveling at a slightly more rapid pace than I typically prefer, all in order to get to the Philippines before my Thai visa runs out. I’m going to miss Northern Thailand though — I found a lot of happiness here.

Onto the photos!

Photo A

Coffee in PaiThis tea on my last morning in Pai was most certainly the prettiest I’ve ever had.

Photo B

Rafting in PaiThe camp in the middle of the jungle on my rafting trip through the Thai jungle.

Photo C

Mae Hong Son TempleStunning hillside temple in Mae Hong Son. I was fascinated by the Burmese influence on the temples in this border city.

Photo D

Mae Hong Son TempleThese temples on the lake were the reason Mae Hong Son had been on my travel to-do list for so long.

Photo E

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I loved my Chiang Mai cooking class! In the morning we went to the very colorful market.

Photo F

Chiang Mai Cooking ClassI managed not to burn the place down!

Which photo is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    February 10 2013

    I love photo F! You’re already quite a good food photographer I must say 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Which is funny, because I’m one of the world’s worst cooks 🙂

  • Judy
    February 10 2013

    Photo F — classic still life with all new ingredients.

    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Thank you Judy! They were definitely all new ingredients for me 🙂

  • Rochelle Shott
    February 10 2013

    Photo A – Not only is it pretty but it just evokes a comforting feeling, just like a good cup of hot tea.

    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Thanks Rochelle! I think that’s a feeling we’d all love to have 🙂

  • Gram
    February 10 2013

    beautiful, beautiful D

    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Thanks Gram! Miss and love you, hope I see you at Liv’s graduation! 🙂

  • paul | walkflypinoy
    February 10 2013

    I missed Mae Hong Son the last time I was in, well, Mae Hong Son province. I got too caught up in a place called Pang Mapha (an hour outside of Pai). Looks lovely!

    On to more pressing matters. The Philippines, you say? When and whereabouts you traveling here? 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      I’ll be arriving in 5 or 6 days! I think I’ll be there for around 5 weeks… can’t wait! I’m starting in Luzon then Puerto Galera, then it’s all up in the air from there!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    February 10 2013

    C!!! The temple with the bouganvillia is just such a gorgeous shot. Glad you are enjoying the North, Mae Hong Son looks stunning 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Thanks Sarah! It was a beautiful little town… if only I didn’t get food poisoning there to taint the memory! Ugh.

  • Breanna Mansell
    February 10 2013

    Photo C! You are almost convincing me to put Thailand on my travel list

    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Thailand belongs on EVERYONE’S travel list, Breanna! You will love it if you make it here 🙂

  • sameer
    February 10 2013

    Photo A !! prety and cool.

  • wes
    February 10 2013

    A

    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      I always love the weeks when you chime in 🙂

  • Heather
    February 11 2013

    B, because I want to go to there! But I almost picked E because I ate at that market nearly every day I was in Chiang Mai–Somphet, right?

    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Heather, I can’t be sure… I was a *little* sleepy on that first stop 🙂

      • Heather
        February 12 2013

        Haha, fair enough 🙂 Those classes start early!

  • Cat
    February 11 2013

    F and well done for not making the place go up in flames lol! I really like C too – looks like it should be 2 photos, cool effect.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Thanks Cat! With Photo C I was trying to replicate a tilt-shift lens… which I really wish I had!

      • Cat
        February 13 2013

        I need to learn more about this tilt-shift stuff. I keep hearing about it and can sometimes identify a photo with the effect but have no idea what it is or how you do it. I’m intrigued!
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        • Meihoukai
          February 14 2013

          Ha, um, Cat, I feel the same way! I actually really don’t understand what it is — so I probably shouldn’t be throwing the term around so loosely! 🙂

  • Chet Opalka
    February 12 2013

    Although I love the colorful displays in the SE Asian markets, I am also a sucker for night skyline shots. D does it for me.

    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      I almost didn’t put Photo D in here this week…. clearly I almost made a big mistake 🙂 Definitely this week’s most popular photo!

  • Kristen
    February 12 2013

    I almost picked C, but I’d have to go with D! As a lover of lights, reflections, and nighttime skyline views… I think D’s an awesome shot.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2013

      Thank you Kristen! That view made the whole journey there worth it!