Posted in Exploring Vietnam

DIY Hanoi street food tour!

Tefl Travels Abroad

Moving to a new country means learning about a new culture and trying new foods. I’ve been in Hanoi for three months and decided to seek out the very best of Hanoi’s street food. Rather than booking an overpriced tour guide to take us around the city trying different foods, we decided to do it ourselves.
So here you have a DIY Hanoi street food tour: 

1: Bun Cha

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A popular Hanoi speciality. Pork meatballs in a meaty broth, with vermicelli noodles, herbs, lettuce, garlic and chilli. Put in as little or as much as you want and add to it some crispy vegetable spring rolls for a delicious meal. 90,000vnd. 

Where: Bun Cha can be found all over Hanoi but my favourite is at Bun Cha Ta(21 Nguyen Huu Huan street)

2: Cha Ca

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My favourite Vietnamese dish. Fish, vermicelli noodles, dill, basil, spring onions and coriander, in…

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Posted in Exploring Thailand

Exploring Thailand’s highest peak

Tefl Travels Abroad

The highest peak of Thailand is high up in the mountains of Doi Inthanon. The peak  is situated 2,565m above sea level and is home to two chedis, for the King and Queen of Thailand. Driving to the peak in the Doi Inthanon mountain is a popular destination for expats living in Chiang Mai. It is often missed by tourists being around 2 hour’s drive from the city. Despite the drive, it was a must-see on our sightseeing list being the highest mountain in Thailand. So we ventured to the mountain at the weekend, driving through some of the most spectacular scenery we’ve seen!

Starting off in the centre of Chiang Mai, you head towards Hang Dong and onto the small Thai village of Sanpatong, where there’s a huge locals market to explore. It’s around an hour until you hit those incredible scenic views but well worth the wait. Paddy…

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Posted in Exploring Vietnam, TEFL experiences

Finding a TEFL job in Hanoi, Vietnam!

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Finding a job in Hanoi, Vietnam was incredibly easy. Much easier than those days we spent strolling from school to school in the sweltering heat trying to find a job in Thailand! I’d heard Vietnam is the place to be if you want to teach English but didn’t realise just how much of a demand there is for native English teachers. Looking online before I left Thailand, I was amazed at how many job vacancies I saw. However the reviews were less than impressive. I’ve heard awful stories where people have taken jobs before they’ve arrived and realised they work for a horrible company. Or working so many hours teaching to then not get paid by their employer. I’ve heard of bad experiences so was not looking forward to this one bit!

I decided to post a speculative message on the Hanoi massive facebook group to see if there were any upcoming vacancies for reputable companies. I had a loads and I mean loads of message telling me to send my resume but I wasn’t convinced they were reliable companies. You see the same people posting their vacancies over and over again and you start to become wary of them, so I decided to steer well clear. One girl recommend APAX English so I applied and had a Skype interview scheduled for the next week, whilst I was still in Thailand.

Passed the interview and I was so happy to have been offered the job. I had to have training for a week which was pretty intense. It’s for a language centre working with children from 5-15 years old which is perfect for me and my previous experience. No lesson planning, I don’t know if you quite got that, NO lesson planning! When I heard this I was sold! I spent so much time in Thailand planning lessons and developing my own curriculum for some classes that this seemed like a massive relief!

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Using a smart board so there’s no lesson planning!

I’ve been working in my centre now for the last 2 months. It’s a new centre I’m based in which is great because the kids are all new to it too. I was promoted to become the Head teacher there so I now take on a lot more responsibility but with less teaching hours. I love this role but it’s so strange because I’m now Lee’s boss (My boyfriend) so I have to critique his lessons along with the other teachers in the centre.

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Decorating my new classroom!

I have to say working for a language centre is great. I already feel much more appreciated than I did in the school in Thailand and the hours are perfect. We work from 5pm-9pm Tues-Sun and an additional 3 hours during the day at weekends. Sounds like a lot but actually we have all the days free to explore and we don’t have to turn up to school with a hangover which helps! I miss the two consecutive days off like I had in Thailand but then the salary is twice the amount so you know, I can’t really complain!


Heres a few tips to help you get started:

  • Language centres are everywhere in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, the most reputable ones are:

-APAX English

-Apollo

-Language Link

-ILA

  • You’ll need a few essentials before you can get a work permit

Degree in any field

Teaching certificate (TEFL, CELTA, TRINITY etc.)

Police check dated within the last 6 months (Don’t worry, you can have a Vietnamese one if you don’t have one already).

Experience – It’s good to have but not essential in Vietnam.

Business visa which allows you to work in the country (they only last for 3 months so be prepared for regular visa runs – you can avoid this by getting a residence card but they come at cost of around 200 USD).


Have you ever thought about teaching abroad?

Or are you thinking of Teaching in Vietnam or Thailand? 

Leave a comment and share your experiences too. Or check out my post on finding a job  teaching in Thailand!

Don’t forget about the all important tefl checklist either!

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Class selfie!

 

Posted in Exploring Vietnam

DIY Hanoi street food tour!

Moving to a new country means learning about a new culture and trying new foods. I’ve been in Hanoi for three months and decided to seek out the very best of Hanoi’s street food. Rather than booking an overpriced tour guide to take us around the city trying different foods, we decided to do it ourselves.
So here you have a DIY Hanoi street food tour: 

1: Bun Cha

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A popular Hanoi speciality. Pork meatballs in a meaty broth, with vermicelli noodles, herbs, lettuce, garlic and chilli. Put in as little or as much as you want and add to it some crispy vegetable spring rolls for a delicious meal. 35,000vnd + 10,000 for each Nem (Spring roll) 

Where: Bun Cha can be found all over Hanoi but my favourite is at Bun Cha 34 (34 Hàng Than)

2: Cha Ca

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My favourite Vietnamese dish. Fish, vermicelli noodles, dill, basil, spring onions and coriander, in a sizzling hot pot cooked at your table. With chilli and fish sauce to add to your taste. 120,000vnd for one person. Delicious!

Where: Cha Ca Thanh Long (21 Duong Thanh street)

3: Bun bo

Beef, noodle salad in a delicious broth with herbs, fried onions and peanuts for garnish. Not one of the most common dishes in Hanoi so it’s quite difficult to find, but well worth it. 60,000vnd a portion! 

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Where: Bun Bo Nam Bo (67 Hang Dieu)

4: Xoi Xeo

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Sticky rice topped with mung beans and fried shallots. Popular street food snack in Hanoi. The mung beans tastes just like mashed potato. Nice dish but very heavy on the carbs. 15,000vnd. You can also try it topped with meat for added texture and a cucumber salad on the side.

Where: Xoi Yen (35b Nguyen Huu Huan) 

5: Banh goi and Banh tieu

Banh goi – a deep fried pastry parcel filled with glass noodles, minced pork and mushrooms. 7,500vnd for one.

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Banh tieu – or Vietnamese sweet donuts as they are more commonly known. Deep fried pastry balls filled with sesame seeds and a sweet mung bean paste. Tastes like you’re eating a deep fried ball of sweet mashed potato. 3,500vnd, bargain!

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Where: 52 Ly Quoc Su street

6: Pho Bo 

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Vietnam’s most well-known dish. A rich beef noodle soup with vermicelli noodles and chives. You can find this very tasty dish almost everywhere in Hanoi, all for just 50,000vnd! Throw in some quay, deep fried rice donuts for just 5,000vnd, everyone will be eating them too!

Where: My favourite is at Pho Thin (13 Lo Duc)

7: Pho Xao Bo

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The fried form of Pho Bo above. Fried rice noodles with beef and vegetables. Add chilli and soy sauce to taste.

Where: Spicy Pho Bay (162 Xuân Diệu)

8: Banh Mi

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The best baguette in Vietnam. Their twist on both Vietnamese and French cuisine. A french baguette, filled with pork, pate, salad and coriander with hot chilli sauce. Great for a quick lunch and between 20,000-25,000vnd depending on your filling.

Where: There are many street vendors selling these delicious baguettes all around Hanoi but my favourite is at Banh Mi 25 (25 Hàng Cá) 

9. Bo bia

West lake in Hanoi is one of the biggest lakes I’ve ever seen. There’s a bridge that crosses through the lake and all along the edge are motorbike stalls selling Bo Bia. These are my favourite desert snacks in Hanoi. A  thin soft pancake filled with shredded coconut, sugar and sesame seeds. All for just 10,000vnd. 

Where: West lake, Tay ho. (7 Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch)

10. Egg coffee (Ca phe trung)

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A Hanoi speciality that tastes completely different to how it sounds. This traditional coffee is topped with a smooth and creamy texture which tastes just like warm marshmallow, its delicious! You can try it hot or iced. If your not a big coffee drinker, try the egg chocolate instead!

Where: This recipe was created in 1946 at Giang cafe. There are other coffee shops advertising their egg coffee along the same street but I wanted to try it from the originators themselves. It’s at 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, with only a small sign visible from the street. Look out for it!

So if you fancy tucking into some delicious street food in Hanoi, without paying over the odds for an organised tour – create your own. It makes for a fun day out and a very full belly at the end!

Want to settle in Hanoi and find a job teaching English? Read my guide on how to find a TEFL job in Vietnam

Posted in Exploring Asia, Exploring Vietnam, TEFL experiences

Moving to hectic Hanoi, Vietnam

Having lived in Thailand for 1 year and 3 months, it was definitely time to move on and experience somewhere different. We wanted somewhere similar to Thailand’s cost of living and culture. So after 6 weeks living in Phuket, one of Thailand’s stunning beach destinations, we decided to move to Hanoi in Vietnam.

Flying from Phuket to Hanoi, we had to make a stop over in Bangkok for 11 hours. Such an annoying amount of time, Do we stay in the airport overnight? Or do we book a hotel and checkout at 3am in the morning?  Deciding it would be very uncomfortable and strange to sleep out in the airport overnight, we checked into a hotel just 800m from the airport and sought out our nearest 7-11. These little shops are a life saver in Thailand! The humidity can get beyond unbearable at times, so usually we search for the nearest 7-11 and run inside for the aircon! The beauty about Thailand is that your always around 100m from a 7-11, they’re everywhere! Anyway, taking advantage of our last trip to 7-11, we stocked up on Thai ready meals and toasties, anything that we knew we wouldn’t be able to find in Vietnam.

Waking up at 3am and boarding the plane at 6am, we arrived into Hanoi around 2 hours later. Taxis were expensive on our own, so we met some other travellers and got a taxi together. Dropping us off at our guesthouse 30mins later and stepping out onto a busy main road, I realised just how crazy Hanoi is! The traffic here is insane! Crossing the road is so scary, you literally have to look in every possible direction when crossing and walk across slowly to avoid every driver.

 

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Chaotic traffic in the capital

What strikes me as absolutely crazy is that most motorbikes here have no mirrors, a taxi driver told me the Vietnamese remove them as they don’t want to be seen as uncool! Although, the only way around is by motorcycle so my boyfriend and I unwillingly rented one for just $50 a month. He loved driving in Chiang Mai, Thailand but here it’s completely different, it’s the opposite side of the road for one! It definitely took some time getting used to, trying not to drive up the wrong way.

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No mirrors and five people on one bike!

 

After staying in a guesthouse for the night, we went flat hunting. Contacting an agent seems to be the most common way of finding somewhere to rent here. We followed the agent to several properties and found two we fell in love with. Took an extra day to decide which one to go for, but when we moved in, it was definitely the right choice. Much bigger than the flat we rented in Thailand, with brand new furnishings and living by a huge lake, all for under £400 a month. Accommodation is a bit more expensive than in Thailand and you don’t really find the added amenities like a swimming pool or gym but we found a gym just minutes from our apartment so it’s perfect!

There’s a local fruit and veg market about a 2 minutes drive from our place, we’ve taken full advantage of this and actually started to cook more now too. It’s definitely more expensive to eat out in Hanoi than Chiang Mai and to be honest, by now we’re craving some of our home cooked English dishes!

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Lovely little fruit market

The biggest difference I’ve noticed in Hanoi compared to Chiang Mai is the cultural differences. In Thailand, everywhere we turn there is a Buddhist temple or shrine, whereas in Hanoi it’s there, but it’s a lot harder to find. However, there’s so much character here due to the French ruling years ago. Many buildings have a European design and everywhere sells French baguettes. One of my favourite dishes in Vietnam is Banh Mi, a twist on both French and Vietnamese cuisine. It’s a French baguette filled with pork, pate, fresh coriander, salad and hot chilli sauce, delicious!

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Finding culture in busy Hanoi at Chau long temple
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The European influence at St. Joseph’s cathedral

We’ve also completed training at our new jobs and are now officially employed again. This time we’re both working in language centres instead of a school like we did in Thailand. Our classes are in the evenings and at weekends so we have all the days free in the week to explore. We work just 4 hours a day in the week and a bit more on the weekend but it’s perfect for me and Lee.

Overall, it’s been a good three weeks settling in to our new home in Hanoi. We’ve got a bike, a lovely apartment and a new job. And it gets even better because we’re off to Hong Kong in two weeks for a visa run!

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Vietnam’s culture

 

 

 

 

Posted in Exploring Asia

Chased by Monkeys in the Batu caves, KL!

I love Monkeys or so I thought! Heading to the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur was at the top of my travel to – do list. Reading all about it and seeing other travellers’ photos, I quickly became jealous seeing their numerous close up’s of Monkeys and getting those awesome shots I’ve only dreamt of getting before.

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A golden statue 30 ft high stands at the foot of the caves, and then you have the test of 300 or so steep steps to climb to reach the magnificent caves. Dark and gloomy inside, bats flying above and wild monkeys stealing food from tourists, it was definitely an unusual sight to see. Add to that a few Hindu statues and a huge shine filled with people showing their respects, it’s a tourist hotspot and a great place to check out if you’re in Kuala Lumpur. If your lucky, you might even spot a chicken inside the caves too!

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A chicken and a monkey inside a cave, not something you see every day!
Reaching the second part of the caves, you find yourself approaching a huge cave, with a large opening at the top revealing the glorious sunshine and 35 degrees heat. On the steps leading up to the shrine, I saw a man taking a handful of bananas as an offering up to the large Hindu shrine in the middle. I think you can guess how the story goes from here. Three monkeys come out of nowhere and one of them, (the leader it looked like) grabbed the whole bunch of bananas and ran away. The man was angry, very angry and started to chase after the monkeys himself. 

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Watch out for the monkeys on the stairs!
Note to everyone reading: do not buy bananas from the street stalls outside, unless your buying them to feed the monkeys!

On the way back down that enormous staircase, we spotted an attraction called the dark caves. You can pay 35MYR to have a 45 minute guided tour around the caves, wearing headlamps and trying to spot living things inside the cave. I took one look on the boards outside, spotted one saying these caves are home to one of the rarest spiders and I literally ran away from my biggest phobia of all time. That is not something I would pay to see!

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What was amazing to see were dozens of monkeys jumping all around the place. There’s street food vendors outside the caves,  selling delicious Indian sweets and snacks. I couldn’t help but spot monkeys perched on bins eyeing up their next victims buying food. I brought a selection of Indian sweets for the journey home and was surrounded by monkeys chasing me trying to sample my treats. I had to bury the plastic bag at the bottom of my handbag so they didn’t grab it. Although a lady in front of me wasn’t so careful. I saw a scary looking monkey jump right onto her chest, stole her plastic bag of snacks and ran away.  It looked very scary actually. 

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I highly recommend visiting the Batu caves if you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur. Just jump on a train to KL Sentral station and change to the KTM Komuter to Batu Caves. Only 5.20MYR for a return ticket and the train stops right outside the cave attraction. It’s open until 8pm and admission is free, although donations are welcome. Just be aware of those thieving Monkeys!

 

Posted in Exploring Chiang Mai, Exploring Thailand

Thailand’s International balloon festival!

Hot air balloons are fascinating aren’t they? I loved growing up as a child and gazing at hot air balloons in the sky. I’d always dreamt of going on one but being terrified of heights, never thought I would. My parents surprised me on my 16th birthday with a balloon flight and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had! Strangely, looking down out of the hot air balloon didn’t feel like we were high, it was picturesque to say the least!

When I heard about the International balloon festival arriving in Chiang Mai where I live, we just had to go and take a look!  Getting up really early, we drove in the dark to Payap University where the two day event was taking place. Arriving at 6am, we were amazed to see around a dozen hot air balloons being blown up, it was lovely and hot surrounded by the flames from the balloons. Expats, locals and tourists gathered for the mass balloon release at sunrise. It was an amazing thing to see!

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Preparing for the mass launch at 6am
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Mass balloon launch

After the launch, it was time for the kids to have some fun. Hot air balloons with all different shapes and sizes started to arrive, one shaped as an elephant, another as a fox and a tiny rainbow coloured one too! The owner of the fox balloon was playing with all the kids at the event, chasing them with the fox. It was lovely to see!

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Character balloons!

The event continued throughout the day, but we decided to go home and return in the evening. Arriving at 8 o’clock we gazed around the numerous food stalls set up by different hotels in Chiang Mai. Sampling the food and taking a walk, we were soon surrounded by kids we teach. Chiang Mai is relatively small so at any event in the city, your bound to see some of the kids and other teachers too! It’s lovely to be spotted out and parents can’t wait to take a photo of their children and their teachers together!

At the end of the night, it was time for the Lanna orchestra to perform with the huge hot air balloons joining in with the performance. Positioning ourselves on the floor in the centre of the action, surrounded by mosquitoes, we watched an amazing performance. Some of the musicians were playing along inside the various hot air balloons and the balloons lit up in time to the music. Lee, my boyfriend, even managed to skype his brother in England and show him how amazing it was! There were even fireworks at the end to add an extra surprise to the night. It was an experience I will never forget and definitely worth attending if you’re ever in Chiang Mai when the International balloon festival arrives.

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Posted in Exploring Thailand

Songkran water festival in Chiang Mai!

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Songkran is awesome! A 3 day water fight across the whole of Thailand. A unique way to see in the new year. A month before, you’ll see shops full of water guns, buckets and flowery shirts too. All in preparation for the craziest festival of the year. Thai’s and tourists look forward to it every year, fishing out their water guns from the year before and putting on their flowery clothes ready to stand out on the streets and soak everyone that passes by.

It was awesome to be in Chiang Mai for Songkran last year as a tourist. I was based in a guesthouse in Thapae gate, right in the heart of the old town’s celebrations. Stalls were set up for free giveaway’s and swimming pools were inflated and filled with water on the side of the road. There were people selling water guns, pistols, buckets, waterproof bags, anything you could want for the occasion. Our guesthouse filled a dustbin with water and ice outside, ready for the tourist’s to flock in their hundreds. It was incredible.

The celebration of New year starts on the 13th April every year and lasts until the 15th. Although as we were staying in the backpacker area, tourists were out the day before. My boyfriend and I took a bamboo rafting trip on the 12th April. Cruising down the river on the raft, we sailed past rows and rows of bamboo huts filled with Thai families. After spotting us, it took around 30 seconds before we were splashed with water and a huge water fight broke out. Kids were jumping in the river with their water guns and their parents got involved soaking us too. It was hilariously fun and lovely seeing the whole family joining in.

Wherever you are in Thailand during Songkran, it would be awesome I’m sure. Chiang Mai was great. People dancing on tables outside guesthouses, firing water at literally everyone they saw. You can hire a tuk-tuk for 200 bht and set yourself up for a very cool experience. Everyone attacked the tuk-tuk’s with ice cold water. It was mental but awesome at the same time. A giant water fight with thousands of people, your inner child definitely comes out again. Don’t miss Songkran this year, just make sure you get a water gun early! Watch my experience of Songkran in this 1 minute video.

 

 

Posted in Exploring Chiang Mai

1 year as an expat in Chiang Mai

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Yesterday marked exactly one year since I embarked on my first long term adventure abroad. One year exactly since I boarded a plane at Heathrow airport with my boyfriend and said a tearful goodbye to my family. One year ago today that I landed in Bangkok and explored more of what Thailand has to offer. One year has gone by; the plan was 6 months abroad so I never thought we would get to mark this occasion.

It’s crazy how fast a year can go, and it’s amazing to look back on the amount of things I’ve done over the course of this past year. I’ve moved abroad and become an expat in a foreign country. I’ve travelled more of Thailand in one year than I have in my entire life back home in England. I’ve moved into two different apartments in Chiang Mai. I have my own swimming pool and gym to use every day to my heart’s content. I’ve become a Teacher and taught some truly incredible children for the past year. I’ve made friends. I’ve become confident standing up and speaking in front of people. I’ve learnt all about the Thai culture and even learnt how to speak some basic words in Thai. I’ve become a blogger and written all about my travels and experiences. I’ve washed, fed and ridden an elephant. I’ve swam in waterfalls, hiked through mountains, ridden on the back of a motorbike, visited and donated to a Thai hill tribe, felt lost, felt homesick, felt amazing, happy and content all in one.

I’ve achieved so much just in one year, it feels incredible. This has shown me just what it means to achieve your dreams and so much more. You hear people say, “I wish I had done that when I was younger”, or “you need to settle in the real world”. But this is the real world. I’m exploring it as much as I can, I’m living my life to the full and I have no regrets. I’m 23 years of age, I’ve seen so much and yet I’m hungry to see so much more.

Chiang Mai is an awesome place to live, there’s so much to see and do, you’re never too far from being able to explore your surrounding areas and it very much feels like home now. The time has come where I feel like I’ve done so much, it’s hard to find new things to do and see. So we have made the decision to move. Having now travelled much of Thailand, I’m itching for a new country and a new culture to explore, so a move to Bali in Indonesia is very close to becoming our reality.

I’ve had an amazing year. My first teaching experience has been more than I would have hoped for. I didn’t think I would find something that I would love to do for the rest of my life. Standing up in front of 25 students and teaching them for a year is an amazing achievement, one that I will always remember. I wish I could pick the kids up and take them to a new place. They are the highlight of my job and it has been great getting to know each of them. We played games, we’ve had parties, we’ve grown and learnt together and it was very hard to say goodbye.

Moving to Thailand and becoming a teacher here has been the best decision I have ever made. We’ve explored a new culture and found a job we both enjoy. Teaching will be my future but for now, I want to carry on exploring the adventurous world we live in.

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Posted in Exploring Chiang Mai, Exploring Thailand

The hidden wonders of Mae Wang national park.

Hidden within Mae Wang national park lies the old river ruins of Pha Chor. Believed to be the old course of the Ping river, after movement from tectonic plates and erosion, it has now become a small tourist destination. When I say small, I mean you’ll struggle to find much information about it. Don’t let that deter you from going though, because it’s another one of those scenic drives around Chiang Mai and it’s a natural beauty worth checking out.

The erosion has over time, left soil pillars and cliffs standing at around 30 meters high. It has become a quiet tourist destination, mainly visited by Thai nationals. In fact, when we visited, we were the only foreign people around.

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Pha Chor

Lee and I decided we wanted to see more of Chiang Mai having ticked off most of the destinations Chiang Mai has to offer in a year of living here. I came across Pha Chor only from another blogger. I found basic instructions on how to get there, a map that took us to the wrong place and just a couple of road numbers (108 and 1013). So off we went, towards Mae Wang National park. Located around an hours drive South from Chiang Mai, you reach the entrance to the park. Although if you’re anything like me, you’ll miss the turning and continue driving for a further 40 minutes in the wrong direction! Although it wasn’t completely my fault, the map we had was wrong too! Thankfully the route we took was stunning, heading into the mountains and driving past rows and rows of stunning paddy fields. So don’t be too disheartened if you miss the turn, as the views your met with through the countryside are worth it anyway!

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Desert like roads in the Mae Wang national park.
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Make sure you turn LEFT here towards the national park!

 

Finally locating the correct turn off, and heading into the park, you pay 100bht to get in plus 20bht for a motorbike. Spotting the turn for Pha Chor, we had to wait for a herd of cows walking freely to cross in front of us which was a lovely sight! The turn takes you off the nice, flat roads and onto a very bumpy dirt track!

Arriving, there’s a place to park up, go to the loo and grab a coffee before embarking on a short 10 minute walk to get to the cliffs. I think we were a rare sight for all of the Thai tourists walking past, kind of got the feeling we were being stared at.

We decided to start at the top and work our way down, admiring all the details on the structures and catching a photo opportunity whenever we could. You can walk all around the cliffs, on the way out following the actual route of the river, which can get very narrow. Tip: wear long trousers to stop the cliffs from cutting your legs. 

Pha Chor was a great find, and the drive leading up to the park was just as stunning as the cliffs too. I say it’s a tourist destination but there were only a handful of people there. Making it a quiet and relaxing place, a hidden find within Mae Wang national park. 

If you have time, take a drive past the car park of Pha Chor and follow the signs for Pha Daeng. Similar to Pha Chor with huge cliffs but on a higher level and you’re met with an incredible view across the stunning mountain range. Be aware that the roads leading up to it are full of gravel and rocks. We ended up pulling over and walking the last 200 meters as it was difficult on the bike.

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Pha Daeng cliffs.

Another point of interest before you get to Pha Chor, is to continue driving straight. You’re met with a river and in the dry season, its completely dry so you can drive along the course of the river. Deciding to take a walk, you stumble across a stream of water and a bamboo hut hidden within the trees. A very scenic walk with no one around, hearing only the sounds of nature and the trickling stream. It was probably my favourite part of the day!

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Walking along the river. 
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The river in Thailand’s dry season. 
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Bamboo hut hidden in the park/
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Here’s a more reliable map to get to Mae Wang national park.