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Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand traveling
Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand
(Apr 30 - May 9, 2016) Coming Soon!

Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand traveling
Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand
(Apr 28-30, 2016) Chiang Saen...just a few days ago, I didn't even know this place existed. My plan was to go to Pai after Myanmar. But somehow, the Flow is taking me to the Golden Triangle...first Mae Sai, now Chiang Saen. I'm open to where life takes me. Let's see what's here....more »»

4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand traveling
4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand
(Apr 25-28, 2016) After my abrupt departure from Tachileik (Myanmar), I found myself back to the border town of Mae Sai (Thailand), with no place to stay and no plan on what to do next. I was on edge. Luckily, the hotel owner I talked to approved of my proposal and agreed to give me 3 nights in his hotel. That was a tremendous sigh of relief to me - the first one since I crossed into Myanmar. I now have 3 days in Mae Sai to get my bearing, catch up on things and plan ahead....more »»

2 Days in Tachileik, Myanmar traveling
2 Days in Tachileik, Myanmar
(Apr 23-25, 2016) I was supposed to stay in Tachileik for 2 weeks but I was plagued by too many set backs. When I learned that I also had to pay $3/day for my stay in Tachileik, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. I made a mad dash across the border into Thailand....more »»

Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) traveling
Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar)
(Apr 23, 2016) The Mae Sai (Thailand) - Tachileik (Myanmar) border crossing is perhaps the weirdest border I ever crossed. It is an official border that does not register on the radar. Standard border rules do not apply here. It's like the Twilight Zone of all border crossings....more »»

A First Timer in Chiang Mai traveling
A First Timer in Chiang Mai
(Apr 9-23, 2016) I long heard about Chiang Mai as the mountain town of Thailand where the air is cool and crisp. Somehow, images of Sagada came to mind. Finally, upon arrival, it was a surprise awakening for me. Chiang Mai is a big city!. Chiang Mai is a big city! more »»

Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree yoga
Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree
(Apr 19, 2016) When I asked The Yoga Tree studio owner, Areeradh, if I can teach free yoga in her studio, she invited me instead to attend the Dance Mandala...didn't have a clue what that was, which got me even more excited. This would be my first in Chiang Mai....more »»

Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai traveling
Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai
(Apr 13-15, 2016) Thailand celebrates its New Year with Songkran Festival - a 3-day wet-and-wild mayhem that is sure to bring out the child in you. While Songkran is celebrated in all of Thailand, Chiang Mai is ground-zero. Be there or be square!....more »»

Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand) traveling
Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand)
(April 9-10, 2016) Even for a seasoned traveler, a border crossing is always aggravating and plagued with mishaps no matter the preparation. This border crossing was no exception....more »»

19 days in Siem Reap...Thank you and Goodbye traveling
19 days in Siem Reap...Thank you and Goodbye
(Apr 9, 2016) With my 18-day Cambodian visa, I could have gone places around the country. But it felt good just to stay put and chillout, not as a tourist, but someone who wants to feel anchored - it's the closest thing to getting settled. With unhurried pace, I appreciated Siem Reap at a different level....more »»

About TheLoneRider traveling
About TheLoneRider
(Apr 7, 2016) Joy, a friend I recently met in Siem Reap, read my blog and asked why there is no "About Us" in TheLoneRider. The entire time, I thought there was one. Writing about it made me reflect back on the last 16 years and the genesis of it all...more »»

One Day Yoga-Pranayama-Meditation Retreat at Angkor Zen yoga
One Day Yoga-Pranayama-Meditation Retreat at Angkor Zen
(Mar 30, 2016) My one-day retreat at Angkor Zen Gardens consisted of 5 sessions of yoga, pranayama and meditation that started at 6:45am and ended at 7:00pm. In between would be vegetarian meals and an optional dip in the salt-water pool. I came out of it renewed, invigorated and cleansed....more »»

Catching the Phare Circus in Siem Reap traveling
Catching the Phare Circus in Siem Reap
(Mar 29, 2016) The show was entitled, Sokha, a circus narrative about the plight of the Khmers before, during and after the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge. The show was a mosaic of circus, drama, dance, live musical scoring, live painting and spectacular stunts....more »»

5 Tibetan Rites into a Yoga Sequence yoga
5 Tibetan Rites into a Yoga Sequence
(Mar 28, 2016) Legend has it that the Tibetan 5 Rites (5 yogic kriyas) is a fountain of youth. It was supposedly taught to a British army colonel by Buddhist yogis when he explored the Himalayan mountain range in the 1930s. I came upon this story back in 2004 and even practised it for a few days. Now, it has timely resurfaced as I am engaged in the yoga of a teacher here in Siem Reap. I believe it's a good integration in a typical one-hour yoga class as it can fuse seamlessly into other established asanas....more »»

Yoga at Ahimsa Yoga Academy (Siem Reap) yoga
Yoga at Ahimsa Yoga Academy (Siem Reap)
(Mar 27, 2016) I wanted to deepen my yoga practice while I was in Siem Reap. While walking around the Pub Street area, I saw a yoga sign, went in and met the 2 people who run it. I had been a regular at their studio since, meeting the passing yogi travelers who also wanted to keep connected to their practice....more »»





Chiang Khong Hotels

Chiangkhong Green Inn Resident, Chiang Khong
Chiangkhong Green Inn Resident
budget hotel
central location

Chiang Khong



Chiangkhong Green River, Chiang Khong
Chiangkhong Green River
river-front hotel
Chiang Khong




Mae Sai Hotels

Top North Hotel, Mae Sai
Top North Hotel
by main street
walk to border

Mae Sai




Chiangmai Hotels

Nawa Sheeva Hotel, Chiangmai
Nawa Sheeva Hotel
big expansive space
Old City, Chiangmai


Nawa Saraan Hotel, Chiangmai
Nawa Saraan Hotel
upscale container-themed hotel
Old City, Chiangmai


Caffeine Fix Cafe, Chiang Mai
Caffeine Fix Cafe
using top-of-the-line Victoria Arduino Espresso Machine
Old City, Chiang Mai


WAYA Massage, Chiang Mai
WAYA Massage
authentic Thai massage
Old City, Chiang Mai




Bangkok Hotels

Adventure Hostel Bangkok
Adventure Hostel Bangkok
Bed and Breakfast


Riva Surya Hotel Bangkok
Riva Surya Bangkok
Boutique Hotel






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