Month: April 2016

Fukuoka Temple Trek.

Many temples and shrines are scattered throughout Japan, but most of the “must-see” spots known to tourists are in famous areas like Kyoto or Nara. Yet, so many temples and shrines that boast fantastic histories, architecture, and gardens- and are FREE!- can be found a bit closer to home, in Fukuoka. So I went on a little religious quest…

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All About Girls.

Beginning around mid-February, many shops, restaurants and even homes within the city limits will put up their hina displays. In Japan, March 3 is Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girls’ Festival), when people pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. Families with young daughters mark this day by setting up a display of dolls inside…

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Beaches of Koh Chang.

I find that words cannot explain exactly how breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful Thailand’s beaches are- any of them. We opted out of traveling all the way down to the southern beaches (i.e. like the well-known Phuket) but rather, took a ferry ride from outside the city to the beaches of Koh Chang. The island of…

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Fight Night!

Drumroll please… THE main reason I was absolutely stoked to go to Thailand- TO WATCH A GENUINE MUAY THAI BOXING MATCH!! Events leading up to our almost missed ultimate Muay Thai experience Honestly, it almost didn’t even happen! We had tickets booked for Rajadamnern Stadium, one of the two main boxing stadiums in Bangkok. However, the…

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BaNGkoK!

Little did we know that our stay in the downtown city of Bangkok wouldn’t go as planned… It turned out that the exact day we were in the city was the exact day that Thailand was holding its first “Bike For Dad” event. This was a huge cycling event in which Thailand’s crown prince personally led as…

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Central Thailand’s Markets & Railways.

Piled high with tropical fruits and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice, and local food cooked from floating kitchens, Thailand’s floating market boats are all the craze for tourists. And the best known floating market is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Totally chaotic, small canals are filled with tiny boats, expertly paddled and maneuvered around cramped spaces,…

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