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The Legacy of President NoyNoy (PNoy) Aquino politics
The Legacy of President NoyNoy (PNoy) Aquino
(May 28, 2016) After 6 years of presidential rule, PNoy will be stepping down in June to give way to incoming President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. I rallied for PNoy to be elected, had heated conversations with friends who thought differently, and even unfriended a few friends who championed someone else in the presidential campaign of 2010. Let's look back and let us look in the here-and-now to take stock of his accomplishments and failures. What exactly is his legacy?....more »»

Exploring Pai, Thailand traveling
Exploring Pai, Thailand
(May 19-24, 2016) From what I hear about Pai from the travelers I come across with, it's a small mountain town that serves as a backpacker destination when in Thailand. More specifically, it's a hippie town. It's cheap, people are nice, and the vibe is very chill. With my Thailand sojourn coming to a close, it's a destination I had to experience. The 6 days I spent there has been memorable, fun and somehow hinted that I was traveling alone too long...more »»

Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand traveling
Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand
(May 23, 2016) In 2008, a farmer's land in Pai split 2 meters wide and 11 meters deep from an earthquake. Through the years, the split has become wider and longer as more earthquakes hit the area. How does a crack on the earth look like? Time to check it out.....more »»

Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon mtn
Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon
(May 23, 2016) Pai Canyon is an interesting geological formation - narrow rock ridges with a deep vertical drop forming an intricate web system which you can trek and explore......more »»

Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) traveling
Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen)
(May 21, 2016) Wat Phra That Mae Yen, more popularly referred to as the 'White Buddha on the hill' requires 353 steps up a hill offering a panoramic view of the Pai and the surrounding landscape. It's one of the nearest attractions from town, you can walk it. Admission is free.....more »»

Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan yoga
Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan
(May 16-18, 2016) Amm Prajna Pitchaya, a Sivananda yoga teacher, accepted my offer to teach (and attend) yoga at her home studio in Phan District. With that, I left Chiang Rai City to travel 40kms south. What was supposed to be a one day activity turned into 3 days of yoga....more »»

Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District caving
Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District
(May 18, 2016) Just 15.3 kms from the town center of Phan lies 2 caves - the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves. With a rented bicycle together with Sita, a newfound yogini friend, we headed out to check it out....more »»

Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand traveling
Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand
(May 11-16, 2016) Chiang Rai is the biggest city in Northern Thailand that offers urban amenities plus a lot of nature. I've heard many great things about this place that I had to come back to Thailand to experience this place (and Pai). With roughly 6 days, I set about to explore this destination....more »»

Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) traveling
Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun)
(May 15, 2016) Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple is Chiang Rai's biggest crowd drawer. Temples are usually gilded in Thailand, or the rest of the Buddhist world for that matter. But an iconoclast artist broke the mold and built a Snow White Buddhist temple 13 kms south of Chiang Rai City. It's the first installment of many. The entire project is set to complete in 2070....more »»

Exploring Huay Xai, Laos traveling
Exploring Huay Xai, Laos
(May 9-11, 2016) With my Thai visa expiring, I had to find a new country to cross. From Chiang Khong, just across the bridge is Huay Xai, Laos. With my desire to come back to Thailand, crossing into Laos but staying close to the Thai border was important. But who knows what's out there in Huay Xai?....more »»

Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand traveling
Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand
(Apr 30 - May 9, 2016) Like Chiang Saen, I've never heard about Chiang Khong until I strayed into the Golden Triangle. But like a black hole, resistance was futile. I had to completely forget about my plans for Pai and just let the Flow take me where it takes me. It was love at first landing in Chiang Khong....more »»

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 »»





Penang Hotels

Le Dream Boutique Hotel, Penang
Le Dream
Boutique Hotel

Georgetown
Penang, Malaysia



Just Inn, Penang
Just Inn
clean | affordable
Penang, Malaysia



My Voice Cafe, Penang
My Voice Cafe
Big Bowl Ramen
Penang, Malaysia





Pai Hotels

Medio de Pai Boutique Hotel, Pai
Medio de Pai Boutique Hotel
central location
Pai, Thailand



Phonnock Moccasin, Pai
Phonnock Moccasin
leather craft
Pai, Thailand





Chiang Rai Hotels

Suknirand Hotel, Chiang Rai
Suknirand Hotel
budget hotel
near Clock Tower

Chiang Rai, Thailand


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






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