Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016

Photography, Travel, Visual

Welcome to the country side where its quaint and far from the bustling city of Bangkok. The city is in the north side of Thailand. It is mountainous in geography and refer as the creative capital of country. There’s more to Thailand’s second city than its glittering golden temples. A burgeoning population of digital nomads is transforming the place into a hipster heaven.

If you are looking for a place where in your creative juices would flow like the Chao Phraya River, This is the place. You will find some cheap rentals and instagrammable places easily.

This is Ang Kaew Reservoir at Chiang Mai University.

FOOD. This is the main reason why I visited Thailand. Thai Food is known in the world to be one of the best and delicious culinary cuisine.

Don’t miss the Night Bazaar Market in the Old City Wall.The Night Bazaar is approximately 1km long on Thanon Chang Khlan (large roads in Thailand are named Thanon, and smaller side streets are named Soi) (so Thanon Chang Khlan translates to Chang Khlan Road(http://www.visitchiangmai.com.au/night_bazaar.html)

So prepare your bargaining skills because you will need it.

The main temples and markets all lie within the old city walls, This an area of one square mile. You’ll probably want to sleep outside of it, though – its streets are multitude with tuk-tuks, backpackers on motorbikes and cheap massage joints. Chiang Mai, once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, runs on tuk-tuks and you can get almost anywhere in the back of one

The view from sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, This Chiang Mai’s main temple, is the city’s most popular panorama. You have to climb 309 stairs up the Naga Serpent Staircase to see it. This is quite an experience. Make your way past orange-draped monks, golden spires and shrines to the far side of the wat for a view over Chiang Mai and the lush mountains beyond. You can either take a taxi, tuktuk or motorcycle.

The Long Neck Village is one memory that is etched in my mind forever, I have dreamt of seeing them in person since the first time I saw them on National Geographic Channel and I really can’t believe it that I was able to see, interact and even hug them. It was truly a magical experience.

I also went on a Elephant Safari which is really cool, one of the highlights of my trip. It was so fun watching them. I highly suggest to see it and experience feeding them. One thing though, they are animals and they get tired too, so please do not ride on them, the staff will let you experience it but just say no. The least thing the we can do to help is to feed and play with them.

Nimmanhaemin Road (8), This epicentre of hipster Chiang Mai, Locals call in “Nimman” It’s a kilometre-long road where in you can witness some of the best tasting coffee in South East Asia where espresso-fuelled digital nomads have made their home.

Here are some of my favorite coffee shops.

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BulBul Cafe,

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Graph Cafe

Over-all I really enjoyed my stay in Chiang Mai. Thank you to my friend Bank for touring me around the city and for letting me stay in your house. I really appreciate the kind gesture. He is really talented too, you can visit his Blog and Instagram. Follow him.

If you want packages tour, you may visit the old city wall where in you can see heaps of travel tours that will suit to your liking. One reminder though is be ready to bargain as the prices varies. I hope you enjoy this photo tour of the city and will help you decide to visit Chiang Mai.

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All Photos© – Mackario

 

 

 

 

Travel: Siem Reap, Cambodia 2016

Photography, Travel, Visual

They say when you go to Angkor Wat, It’s like heaven on earth. It truly is.

It’s my dream to travel to Cambodia and I have been anticipating this travel for the past 7 months. I  am very lucky that I got to see this majestic beauty.

Its a once in a lifetime experience, I gained so many friends along the way. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to travel and experience different culture.

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Angkor Wat Temple

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Mackario, Our Couchsurfer Host Mike and Theo from SG

I arrived in Siem Reap at past 10:00pm,  My friend Theo picked me up at the bus station. Theo is from Singapore whom I met in Couchsurfing. We stop over for dinner as I am very very hungry and then went straight to our Host. Theo introduced me to our host Mike, He is living with his brother. The place is 10 minutes away from the city proper via tuktuk. He is really a gracious host and provided everything we need. We stayed there for 1 night.

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Tour Guide

My journey began on the second day as we explore Angkor Wat. I was like a kid very excited  to see Disneyland for the first time. It’s the same reaction and anticipation.

 

Taken using iPhone 5s

 

This is a 1 day pass ticket, You will get this far from the Angkor Wat proper. There are many tourist especially in the morning because they want to see the sunrise but the lines are decent so waiting for your turn is not a hassle.
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Mandatory Tourist Shot

This is Angkor Wat proper. As you scroll down, You will see the intricate details of the temple and you will be astound by the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Khmer People. I was blown away by the details of structure and how they build it without modern technology. It was really interesting.

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The upclose look on the details of the architecture in Angkor Wat.

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This is the famous Angelina Jolie’s scene in Tomb Raider Movie

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Ta Phrom

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Asia represent: L-R (Vannak (Siem Reap), Sreymom(Siem Reap), Theo (Singapore) , Me and Leonard (Indonesia)

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