In our recent trip to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, meeting a long-neck woman was one of the highlights. This exotic tradition of wearing brass rings to lengthen their necks is pretty fascinating, and something I wanted to see in person. But is it ethical going?
These beautiful people are refugees from Burma (Myanmar) and international organizations such as UNHCR has urged tourists to boycott long-neck villages, describing the women as victims trapped in “human zoos.” But it’s more complex than that. Ignoring these women will leave them in a worse situation as tourists are the only income source. And shouldn’t we ask the women themselves?
Kiriwong is an idyllic village surrounded by lush mountains in Krabi’s neighboring province Nakhon Si Thammarat. I was blown away when we drove through this little village seeing how beautiful it was. I have learned that Kiriwong is an ecotourism destination, self-sustainable without any need for assistance from the government. The town is also famous for its incredible handicrafts making.
Turn left after the bridge and follow the stream all the way to the parking lot. Continue a few hundred meters until you reach a wire bridge. This bridge is a popular swimming spot, perfect if you have kids or a Thai wife (my wife bought a huge yellow duck and swam around like a kid).
It has almost become a tradition to visit a new rooftop bar in Bangkok every year. We have previously grabbed a drink at Red Sky Bar, Char Rooftop Bar, Vertigo & Moonbar, and Eagle’s Nest — and now it was time to hit the most famous rooftop bar of them all: “The Hangover Bar” or Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower as it’s really called.
My wife and I have been talking about going to Chiang Mai for quite some time and finally made it happen! Located 1,200 km from Krabi down south where my wife is from, Chiang Mai is completely different. With jungle-covered mountains, exotic hill tribes, impressive rivers and waterfalls, stunning temples, and its exciting history as the former capital of Lanna Kingdom (1296–1768) — Chiang Mai is one of the most incredible destinations in Thailand.
Below is a summary of our five-day stay in Chiang Mai and around; I will write more about each part later in separate posts.
Baan Mon Muan Resort up the mountain
In one week from today, I will be sitting on a plane on the way to Thailand. Alone. We decided that my wife should spend a little more time with her family this year, which is why she is already on her way. I’m following her on flightradar24.com, a flight tracker that shows air traffic in real time. At the time of writing, she is flying over India. See you in one week!
Moving can be challenging, but moving to the other side of the world is not possible without the help of a moving company and freight forwarder — unless you want to start from scratch. Eagles Air & Sea, based in Bangkok, has been the leading logistics provider and freight forwarder in the Southeast Asia Region for the past 25 years.
I married my Thai wife in Thailand, but two foreigners can also legally register for marriage — something that has increased in popularity over the years. The idea of holding the ceremony on a pristine beach dusted with flower petals accompanied by the sound of the sea appeals to many brides and grooms. Follow the steps below if you’re ready to say ‘I do’ in the Land of Smiles.
Pre-wedding photoshoot of my wife and I in Krabi.
Step 1: Prepare required documents
Bangkok is an absolute paradise for shopaholics like my wife with mega shopping malls, huge outdoor markets, cheap street sellers, and designer boutiques: everywhere you turn there’s something new to discover. Here’s a guide to the best areas and shopping experiences in Bangkok.