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Chiang Mai is definitely in itself worth a few days of sightseeing but if you are longing to get out, experience nature and fet away from the city scene. Here are some suggestions of highlights outside the city.

Koh Talu is a great choice if you long for white sand beaches and turquoise water relatively near Hua Hin. Famous for coral and turtle conservation projects it also has a good reputation for sustainability.

Wat Ban Den is to say the least a very overwhelming temple. When I first came home from the visit there I couldn’t figure out what to write about it. Since it resembles the Blue Temple in Chiang Rai a bit but still meets typical Lanna Tradition and then blends Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Am I in Myanmar, China or Thailand. Well the result is amazing. And you need to see with your own eyes.

Travel tips to Khao Sok, evergreen forest and the most scenic lake in Thailand.

A visit to Doi Mae Salong, elevation 1367 meter above sea level, was part of last summers roadtrip over the mountains from Chiang Mai to Chiang Saen. Doi Mae Salong is to describe it shortly a community settled by the former Kuomintang nationalist forces, the 93rd Division who moved from Myanmar to reside on Thai territory in 1961. The Chinese settlers gradually became cultivators of tea, and now Mae Salong is also a tourist attraction… Read More