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8 Temples You Have To See in Thailand

Thailand is a country of natural landscapes perfectly combined with extraordinary architectural masterpieces and religious temples. Guest poster Alyssa James describes 8 amazing temples that shouldn't be missed next time you find yourself in beautiful Thailand.
Charles and Micki in Ko Samui

Taking the Midnight Ferry to Ko Samui

Back in 2003, Micki and I had just taken our first steps towards a lifelong love of travel. We were only into our first few months of that first year long trip, however we were already documenting our travels for our family and friends back home. This post is taken from an old letter sent home talking about our adventure on the way to an overnight ferry to Ko Samui, Thailand.
On an Isolated Corner of Ko Samui

Backpacking in Search of Paradise

Like many desk-bound Canadians, I had always fantasized about finding the perfect tropical beach. A beach with the whitest sand, the clearest water, and most importantly, the fewest tourists. In 2003, I had left a promising career on hold to explore Thailand in search of Garland's perfect beach with Charles, who was then my boyfriend of just over a year. The numbers themselves argued against being able to find paradise. Close to ten million tourists visit Thailand each year, with a good proportion of them hitting the touristy mainland beaches of Pattaya, and almost as many visiting the island of Phuket. Join me as I search through sun-drenched islands in search of a paradise that may soon be lost to all of us.
Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai

Travel Photo: Bells at Wat Pharathat Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai's Buddhist temples are some of the oldest in Thailand. Open to the public, they're great examples of Thai architecture, and a wonderful way to see true Thai culture and history.

Doi Suthep can be seen from almost anywhere in Chiang Mai, clinging to the mountainside close to the summit of Doi Suthep hill. Doi Suthep temple was built under King Geu Na in the late 14th century.

It's believed that striking the bells will bring good luck.

Legend holds that the temple's site was chosen by a sacred white elephant charging through the forest. King Geu Na ordered the temple built where the ...

Ko Mook, Thailand

Travel Photo: Farang Beach, Koh Mook, Thailand

Koh Mook, a small island paradise in the South West of Thailand in the Andaman Sea is a place of quiet tranquility. Due to it's small size and lack of almost anything, this is the perfect place to get away from it all. There are a few small resorts on the island however the place remains fairly low key even in the high season.

Besides for spending your days lounging in the 28°C ocean and stretching out on the glistening white sand, you'll probably find yourself enjoying a beer or two as your days slowly blend into each other. The biggest excitement of the day is watching the few longtail boats drop off and escort away the guests of the island since that's the only way to get there. Occasionally you'll see a sailboat tied up off the tip of the bay and the occasional diving boat might drive by in the distance.

In the morning there are usually a few...