Contiki Asian Adventure Day 2-3

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The next day when we arrived in Chiang Mai after the overnight sleeper train, We all marched to our way too fancy hotel for a spot of breakfast.  I have to say all of the accommodation we stayed in while on my Contiki tour was better than I expected. Some places were a bit shabby but nothing was less than 3*, apart from when we stayed in a guest house sailing down the Mekong! For breakfast I had about 238373 waffles before heading upstairs to nap. While I did sleep on the train from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, I just needed a proper rest! I had the weirdest dreams while on the train, which I can put down to my malaria tablets!

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In the afternoon we took a trip to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Here we were blessed by monks and given string bracelets to give us good luck. The temple itself was just as stunning as the one we saw in Bangkok. I cant get over how intricate and decant each of the temples we visited were. Gilded in gold and bright colours it was an absolute treat for the eyes. I don't think photos really do it justice because seeing it for yourself is a whole different experience.

This was the day everyone commented on the fact I'd dressed like a Disney princess. Because we were at a temple we needed to wear Temple Dress (shoulders and knees covered) I'd already forgotten this rule and wore my polka dot White Pepper dress. Therefore I had to borrow a sarong... I ended up with the silky pink one. I looked like I'd just come from Disneyland rather than a temple. Oh well!

We didn't do anything during the afternoon as a lot of people went on a Tiger Temple Trip - For the record I'm SO against stuff like this. I'm totally against animals for entertainment (but not anti captivity, just the use of animals to do something unnatural to entertain people ie. dolphins doing tricks) I think I may have lost a few friends initially with my opinion of Tiger Temples. A girl admitted to me that she didn't go purely because she was worried what people would think of her. While I respect other peoples choices, no matter what I think is right or wrong. I just think there is something fundamentally wrong with going to see an animal in a zonked out drugged state. I have nothing against people going to zoo's or rescues but Aerys won't even let me spoon her and she's a domestic cat. It's just not natural.

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That evening we took an optional extra for the trip and went to a Thai cooking class. I'm so happy I decided to do this as it was one if my favourite things I did on the whole trip. We were shown how to cook authentic Thai food from scratch and it was amazing. The Tom Yum soup we made was one if the best things Ive ever cooked and I'm totally giving it a go now that I'm home! It was epic. We also made a curry, chicken and cashews and Pad Thai. To finish we had mango sticky rice which just writing about has got me drooling over my keyboard. It was out of this world. Our teacher gave us a little book packed with recipes to try. Can't wait!

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contiki asian adventure 2014 review thailand

That night we headed out to a riverside bar after we strolled around more night markets. At the bar we drank too many pitchers of beer and laughed too much before heading to a local bar for a few more. Dean and Antonio were hanging off the back of our taxi and at one point the driver drove off without them. I was convinced one of them was going to die! The people in my group are honestly some of the best people I've had the pleasure of meeting. Not a single person on my trip was unfriendly or unwelcoming. We became a proper little family within just a few days! Even now looking back at the photos Im feeling a bit emotional as I already miss everyone crazy amounts!

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Our third day in Thailand was when we headed up to Chiang Rai. First we stopped at the White Temple.  This was an off plan stop but it was a really awesome place to visit! This was a temple unlike anything I'd seen before. Seriously. There was a statue of predator, paintings of minions, Harry potter and Freddie Kruger and a museum of lost property. It was so surreal seeing this religious monument, it didn't seem quite real. Kind of like Disney/film set type thing. So weird. I cant really explain and I dont have enough pictures to show you just how crazy it actually was!

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contiki asian adventure 2014 review thailand

That night we had a shit shirt party in a local bar. It was Joe's birthday so we had a little party for him and played a bunch of Joe related songs for him. The girls in the bar gave us full reign of the playlist so we played some of the worst mix of music I've ever heard. Even so it was a great laugh. I think Dean won as somehow he managed to squeeze himself into this tiny singlet which had a chick and a kitten on at said "I love you". Im so gutted I dont have a photos of it because it was actually HILARIOUS. He wore it later on the tour when he ran out of clothes as well which I couldn't stop laughing at. I wore a Grumpy Cat tee which wasn't that shit, even though I can't believe I didn't take a photo of it. In my drunken haze I must have forgot. When a vodka and coke is 100 baht... A girl can forget.

Following morning nursing a sore head from lack of sleep and too much booze we headed to the border to go to Laos! More on that tomorrow!

58 comments

  1. How cool that you attended that cooking class and how good that your lodging was not too bad ... You look super cute in your dotted dress!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  2. lovely!
    xx
    daniella
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  3. wow amazing place!
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  4. I love Asian culture. I've been to Hong Kong and China and I've enjoyed my trip so much :)

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  5. These photos are amazing! I would love to travel across Asia someday, it looks fascinating! Hope you had a great time! :)

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  6. I went to Thailand for a month this June. Your photos make me miss it like crazy, Chiang Mai was wonderful :) as were the islands and Bangkok! Ahhh I want to be back :( Hope you had an amazing time x

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  7. The temples looks absolutely stunning! I really love your dress even if everyone said you looked like a Disney character!

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  8. so amazing lily! cant wait to see more!

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  9. looks amazing I am glad you had a really good time :)

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  10. It looks so pretty omg! x
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  11. Oh wow, amazing!!! Such great Pictures ♥

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  12. Simply stunning pictures! Looks like the perfect place to visit!

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  13. Looks like such an amazing trip, the white temple is stunning!
    - Grace

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  14. Looks like you had so much fun! I am planning a trip to Southeast Asia after I finish teaching in South Korea in October. I was going to do it solo, but I might look into this Contiki tour now.. looks pretty good!

    Emma - http://keepcalmgotokorea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Lovely photos Lily!
    What do you use to collage two portait photos together?

    Thanks!

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  16. Wow it looks amazing, I'm getting my travel tingles again! It's great to see another Contiki option too!

    Great photos, the colours are amazing.

    Mel x

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  17. Oh my goodness, this looks both insane and insanely cool! I've never considered doing Contiki until recently. I still think I couldn't handle how much is packed into each and every day, though it'd be so cool to experience as much as possible (and not have to worry about organising anything!).

    What an incredibly photogenic country!

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  18. Sounds like you had the most incredible trip, can't wait to hear more about what you got up to x

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  19. A Thai cooking class is definitely on my list of things to do when I visit Thailand later this year, the white temple looks amazing too! Loving reading your travel posts, looks like you had a great time.

    Charlotte ♡

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  20. Looks like such a beautiful place!

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  21. Amazing pictures!!

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  22. Absolutely amazing post, The images are stunning, I'm considering travelling through Thailand next summer, and this is just making me want to go even more!

    Amelia | ameliajaneroseknows.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. The White Temple looks like it should be in Westeros or the Lands of the Summer Sea ^^

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  24. Your pictures are always so beautiful!
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  25. This trip looks amazing! I look forward to the next instalment x

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  26. These pictures are looking so cool !

    Sara,
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  27. Amazing pictures, this looks incredible, I am 100% going to do this!

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  28. This is giving me such a crazy case of wanderlust! I've always wanted to go to Thailand but I've never been adventurous enough, however now I'm thinking it definitely needs to happen! Amazing photos and awesome post xo

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  29. Love the photos! I've just come back from travelling around Europe it was incredible, I would love to go to asia in the future too :) xx

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  30. Lovely post!! Each photo looks so magical :') and I completely agree with you about animals being used to do tricks and unnatural things that they would not do in the wild!! I find it so sad :'( xx

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  31. I love seeing how different cultures live, and immersing myself in theirs. I also love travelling.

    Looks like you had a ball!

    Luc x

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  32. It is really an adventure day, but I believe that it is worthy to do that.
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  33. Such a beautiful place. The food looks amazing!

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  34. All your photos are so vibrant and colourful, it sounds amazing! H xx

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  35. I was in Chiang Mai last year. It was my best holiday ever. So relaxing.

    maybe you like to visit my blog to see my Chiang Mai Post!

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  36. It looks like so much fun! The white temple is stunning! All the food looks so delicious too! Love the sunglasses you have on :)

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  37. This looks so amazing! I'm definitely going to have to look more into Contiki. x
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  38. I am SO PROUD of you for not going to the tiger temple. People are so unaware of how disgusting those places are, and how badly the animals are treated - I think if you went, it'd be glamourising it, especially with your number of followers.
    Thank you so much for standing up for the Tigers and speaking openly about it on here. My respect for you has increased x1000

    Laura | KUWB

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  39. Wow some of these places look amazing!

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  40. the cooking class looks so awesome, and the white buildings are my favourite so far - they are so bright and just mindblowing
    Lauren x
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  41. I absolutely adored travelling! I'm glad you had so much fun too!
    These are incredible photos :)

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  42. It sounds so wonderful! I totally agree with you about the animal entertainment, I wouldn't want to see that either x
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  43. Wow! I loved every picture in this post!

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  44. Such gorgeous pics! Chiang Mai was my favourite place in Thailand, thanks for bringing back the memoeries. I totally agree with you about the tigers, though. I refused to go, but it amazed me how many decent people didn't. It's just so cruel.

    Keep the adventures coming!

    Helena xx
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  45. I'd never heard of a tiger temple before so I just googled it. I'm so proud for you for not going. It is much more important to stick up for animals' rights and stand by your principles, even if it does make you momentarily unpopular. It looks you had a great time anyway. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

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  46. This is amazing! Such a great post, the temples are absolutely beautiful! Makes me so excited for my trip to the far east! :)

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  47. Wow the architecture is unbelievable!!

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    xx

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  48. Looks incredible!

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